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Festival 2021

After the challenges of 2020, the team were delighted to programme and present a free 2021 Festival in response to the latest COVID regulations, including online concerts and radio broadcasts.

 

Moved from its regular May date to September 11 to 16 2021, we shared the joy of exploring music by living composers. We celebrated legendary Latvian composer Peteris Vasks, whose music channels the sublime allure of nature’s voices. Meanwhile, we commissioned new music from young Welsh composers Sarah Jenkins and David Roche and supported the next generation through our Peter Reynolds Composer Studios.

 

You can look back and browse the programme for the 2021 festival here:

Sinfonia Cymru: Enchant

Sunday 12 September 2021, 4pm

 

Anna Clyne, Laurence Crane, Anna Meredith, Aaron Parker, Steve Reich, Errollyn Wallen

 

We’ve teamed up with the UK’s leading under 30s orchestra for a tour of awe-inspiring music by living composers from the early 2000s to the present day.

Bhekizizwe

Sunday 12 September 2021

 

Robert Fokkens

 

Composer Robert Fokkens’ new opera Bhekzizwe tells the life story of a South African Zulu man who grows up during the final years of apartheid and moves to the UK. Film.

Pēteris Vasks: String Quartets

Monday 13 September 2021, 7.30pm (pre-concert talk 7.15pm)

 

Pēteris Vasks

 

Featured artists Solem Quartet provide the perfect introduction to one of the world’s most prolific and influential living composers, Pēteris Vasks, in his 75h birthday year.

David Roche – Prayers of Method

Tuesday 14 September 2021, 6.45pm (pre-performance talk 6.30pm)

 

David Roche

 

Twice delayed due to lockdown, we’re thrilled to finally give the world premiere of this Festival commission, Prayers of Method by Welsh composer David Roche. Siwan Rhys (piano).

Fruits of Silence

Tuesday 14 September 2021, 7.30pm (pre-concert talk 7.10pm)

 

Sarah Jenkins, John Metcalf, Guto Puw, Pēteris Vasks

 

The variety and breadth of music in this year’s Festival is epitomised in this concert, which showcases work by four of our Featured Composers.

Winds from Another Planet

Wednesday 15 September 2021, 1pm (pre-concert talk 12.45pm)

 

Sarah Jenkins, Judith Weir

 

Siwan Rhys and the distinctive Magnard Ensemble bring Judith Weir’s airs, jigs and reels to life in this lunchtime concert.

BBC NOW

Wednesday 15 September 2021, 7.30pm

 

Sarah Jenkins, John Metcalf, Guto Puw, Pēteris Vasks, Judith Weir

 

Our annual concert with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales brings together music by all five of this year’s featured composers. Like previous collaborations, it is rich in variety and shows the dynamism and thrill of hearing music by living composers from Wales and beyond.

Peter Reynolds Composer Studio 2021

Thursday 16 September 2021, 12.30pm

 

Cameron Biles-Liddell, Lucy Callen, Euchar Gravina, Florence Anna Maunders, Angela Slater, Daniel Wyn-Jones.

 

Listen to explore music by some of the composers of the future.

Peter Reynolds Composer Studio 2021

Thursday 16 September 2021, 12.30pm

 

Cameron Biles-Liddell, Lucy Callen, Euchar Gravina, Florence Anna Maunders, Angela Slater, Daniel Wyn-Jones.

 

Listen to explore music by some of the composers of the future.

Singing John Metcalf

Thursday 16 September 2021, 7.30pm

 

John Metcalf

 

Composer John Metcalf founded Vale of Glamorgan Festival in 1969 and has been Artistic Director ever since. Tonight we celebrate vocal music from four decades of his song collections and operas.

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