What’s On

Saturday 18th & Sanday 19th May 2019

Glanfa Stage, Wales Millennium Centre

Astrid the Street Organ: 10 World Premieres

Saturday 18th & Sanday 19th May 2019

Francis Stapleton (Dutch Street Organ)

10 world premieres by Charlie Barber, Mark David Boden, Graham Fitkin, Gareth Glyn, Lynne Plowman, Steph Power, Guto Puw, Claire Victoria Roberts, David Roche & Ben Wallace

Saturday 18th May 2019

BBC Hoddinott Hall

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Saturday 18th May 2019, 7.30pm

The Welsh premiere of Steve Reich's "Music for Ensemble and Orchestra" and world premiere arrangement of John Metcalf's Polly Garter Aria for soprano and orchestra

Sunday 19th May 2019

Various venues across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan

Astrid & Sandbox

Sunday 19th May 2019, daytime

Francis Stapleton (Dutch Street Organ), Sandbox Percussion

A series of open access events for all the family to enjoy. Look out for appearances at St Fagans National Museum of History, Barry Island and Penarth Pier and more

Meet outside National Museum Cardiff

New Music Mystery Tour

Sunday 19th May 2019, 5.45pm to 10.30pm

Take a journey into the unknown with the Festival’s first ever Mystery Tour, for a performance at an atmospheric, intimate secret venue.

Monday 20 May 2019

Tŷ Cerdd Studio, Wales Millennium Centre

Composer Spotlights

Monday 20 May 2019, 7pm

Brian Noyes, Andrew Wilson-Dickson

What inspires and challenges composers when they are creating new music? We find out in this intimate and unique event, as we are joined by composers Brian Noyes and Andrew Wilson-Dickson for Welsh premieres of two of their standout piano trios.

Tuesday 21st May 2019

St. David's Hall

Sandbox Percussion (Schools Performance)

Tuesday 21st May 2019, 11.00am

Sandbox Percussion, Presenter: Helen Woods

A specially curated performance for children and their parents, opening with a presentation of songs written and performed by primary school children from South Wales.

St. David's Hall

Sandbox Percussion

Tuesday 21st May 2019, 7.30pm

Sandbox Percussion

Exhilarating fun: new American music featuring infrared sensors interpreting hand movement, virtuosic tuned percussion and Ben Wallace's premiere for street organ and percussion quartet.

Wednesday 22nd May 2019

Ewenny Priory

Armida Quartet

Wednesday 22nd May 2019, 7.30pm

Armida Quartet

Join us in this stunningly atmospheric venue for music of Azerbaijani, Tatar-Russian and Bulgarian origins, and a world premiere by Cardiff-based composer Robert Fokkens.

Thursday 23rd May 2019

Penarth Pier Pavilion

Armida Quartet

Thursday 23rd May 2019, 8.00pm

Armida Quartet

Music by Peteris Vasks and Arvo Pärt is presented alongside Different Trains, Steve Reich's haunting comparison of the trains of his childhood and those used in the Holocaust.

Friday 24th May 2019

Cardiff University School of Music

Peter Reynolds Composer Studio: Armida Quartet

Friday 24th May 2019, 9.30am-1.00pm

Armida Quartet

An informal read-through of works written by participants on the Festival's Emerging Composer programme (free performance)

Acapela, Pentyrch

Graham Fitkin: The Composer Plays

Friday 24th May 2019, 8.00pm

Graham Fitkin (piano)

A rare opportunity to hear one of the UK's foremost composers play his own music, including two world premieres for prepared piano.