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The Vale of Glamorgan Festival Ltd is registered in Wales/Cofrestrwyd yng Nghymru:No/Rhif: 1862934Charity No/Rhif Elusen: 519044 VAT no/Rhif TAW: GB 331 0709 00


About Us

The best in classical music year after year

The Vale of Glamorgan Festival has been passionately curating and presenting the best in contemporary classical music year after year since it’s foundation by Welsh composer John Metcalf in 1969.


We want to share the joy of listening and discovery with audiences who long to experience the new and progressive, and we work with international composers that are pushing the boundaries to commission new music which reflects the classical music culture of today and tomorrow.

Huw Watkins

“This wonderful festival has championed an enormous range of composers over the last fifty years, and I am very fortunate to have been one of them. It has cultivated a sympathetic and adventurous audience for new music in Wales, for which, as a composer, I am deeply grateful.”


Huw Watkins

Vale of Glamorgan Festival has grown in the last 50 years to become one of the classical music world’s most pioneering and unique contemporary festivals. Artistic Director John Metcalf is a leading Welsh/Canadian composer producing works in many major musical forms, who has been dedicated to curating and commissioning boundary-pushing contemporary classical performances throughout the festival’s history. Past years have involved major celebrations of the work of international composers Arvo Pärt, Louis Andriessen and Steve Reich, who have been present at the festival, enabling our audiences to hear direct from the composers about their work and inspirations.

Our programming and commissioning is led from Wales but connects nationally and internationally, providing a range of extraordinary music development and audience opportunities. Our annual concert series, including talks and seminars, profiles talented and diverse music makers, providing integrated learning and insight opportunities.

Our mission is to proactively support and celebrate diverse and talented music makers at any age, at all levels of musical experience and from all backgrounds. This includes:

  • seeding partnerships in communities under-served by creative opportunities to date
  • providing technical training to emerging professional Welsh musicians to support their career development
  • developing pan-Wales musical networks, collaboration, and skill sharing
  • providing performance sharing platforms for inspirational music makers
  • developing ambitious high-quality programming to help support gaps in music development and presentation in Wales.
  • a commitment to inclusivity best practice and implementation of these principles across our programming, commissioning and staffing.
  • supporting freelance creators across Wales and the world – employing, enhancing, and connecting their skills.

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