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Festival 2022

The 2022 programme of events will put a spotlight on inspiring living composers and their work – bringing together international pioneers alongside extraordinary Welsh creators.

The Vale of Glamorgan 2022 Festival

The Vale of Glamorgan 2022 Festival will put a spotlight on inspiring living composers and their work– bringing together international pioneers alongside extraordinary Welsh creators. Only by joining us can you be a part of this particular niche connection of programmes, composer and artists; it truly is an experience only the Vale of Glamorgan Festival can provide.

 

Inspired by featured Composer John Luther Adams, the natural world, and our sense of place, will be a feature of our 2022 programming. It is a theme that mirrors the Festivals’ focus on music by living composers – a concern with nurturing the fragile live present to ensure there is a thriving future.

 

VOGF 2022 will support more artists, from more places than ever before, and connect them with communities and audiences. Each programme strand has been tailored to provide essential creative development, participation and audience experiences that are unique in Wales and rare nationally.

Featured Composers

John Luther Adams

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Huw Watkins

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Featured Artists

The Carducci String Quartet

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Sandbox Percussion

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Robin Green

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PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

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Thursday 22 September 2022

BBC NOW

 

Thursday 22 September 2022
2.00pm, BBC Hoddinott Hall, Wales Millennium Centre


David Roche, John Metcalf, Huw Watkins, Sarah Lianne Lewis, Grace Williams

 

What better way to kick off our 2022 Festival than with Wales’ foremost symphony orchestra perform a programme of entirely Welsh works including three world premieres?


Grace Williams blazed a trail which later generations of Welsh composers have followed. We’re immensely proud to present a concert of works by Welsh Composers, spanning the decades and bringing us right up to date with world premieres from Sarah Lianne Lewis, David Roche and Festival Director John Metcalf.

 

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Friday 23 September 2022

THE CARDUCCI QUARTET

 

Friday 23 September 2022
7.30pm, Cardiff University Concert Hall


John Luther Adams, Huw Watkins, Tarik O’Regan

 

Described by The Strad as presenting “a masterclass in unanimity of musical purpose, in which severity could melt seamlessly into charm, and drama into geniality″, the Carducci Quartet is recognised as one of today’s most successful string quartets. This is a unique opportunity to hear the Carducci’s over three events, including, with the ensemble’s favourite works, the UK premiere of “Lines made by walking” by John Luther Adams.

 

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Saturday 24 September 2022

DEIAN ROWLANDS (Harp) AND SARA TRICKEY (Violin)

 

Saturday 24 September 2022
7.30pm, All Saints Church, Penarth


Mared Emlyn, Huw Watkins, John Luther Adams, Freya Waley-Cohen

 

Prepare for an intricate web of sound as harp, violin and percussion entwine in this assortment of engaging works, sumptuously enhanced by the acoustics of the beautiful All Saints Church, Penarth. The “fiery and passionate” (The Strad) violinist Sara Trickey teams up with the dextrous and versatile Welsh harpist Deian Rowlands and this return to the Vale of Glamorgan, by the Vale of Glamorgan Festival, is a night not to be missed.

 

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Sunday 25 September 2022

THE CARDUCCI QUARTET WITH ROBIN GREEN (Piano)

 

Sunday 25 September 2022
2.00pm, Cardiff University Concert Hall


John Luther Adams, Philip Glass, György Kurtág, Huw Watkins

 

An engrossing afternoon event; this first coming together of the outstanding Carducci Quartet and the highly gifted young pianist Robin Green,, culminates with their collaboration on Huw Watkins’ Piano Quintet. The programme features works by both Festival Featured Composer John Luther Adams, as well as rarely performed pieces by Philip Glass and György Kurtág.

 

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Monday 26 September 2022

OUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE
From the words of Greta Thunberg

 

Monday 26 September 2022
6.45pm, Cardiff University Concert Hall


Helen Woods

 

Be the first to hear a brand new work, which we have commissioned from our long-term collaborator, Helen Woods, with a setting of the words of environmental activist Greta Thunberg. Come along and hear Helen talk about why this work is so important, how she was inspired to write it, and how its impact will continue through engagement with our young audiences. Then hear this unique new work come to life in its world premiere performance by soprano Jennifer Walker.

 

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ROBIN GREEN (Piano)

 

Monday 26 September 2022
8.00pm, Cardiff University Concert Hall


Thomas Adès, Robert Fokkens, John Adams

 

Following the critical success of his opera Bhekzizwe, which the Vale of Glamorgan Festival brought to you in 2021, we are thrilled to present another premiere by Robert Fokkens. “On Quietude and Dancing” provides a second opportunity to hear the highly gifted young pianist, Robin Green, in action.

 

This blockbuster event of piano pieces also includes Thomas Adès’ 7-minute explosion“Darknesse Visible” and culminates in the mesmeric seminal work “Phrygian Gates” by American Composer John Adams.

 

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Tuesday 27 September 2022

PETER REYNOLDS COMPOSERS STUDIO WITH THE CARDUCCI QUARTET

 

Tuesday 27 September 2022
11.00am, Boyd Lecture Theatre, Cardiff University

 

Murrough Connolly, Emily de Gruchy, Harriet Grainger, Chloe Knibbs, Israel Lai, J W Martin

 

Six of the brightest and best of today’s  young composers bring you entirely new works in progress, created especially for the Carducci Quartet. Come along and see new music creation in action.

 

This informal, drop in and out, session is open to a small number of lucky audience members,

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Wednesday 28 September 2022

INUKSUIT

 

Wednesday 28 September 2022
4.00pm, Bute Park and Arboretum

 

John Luther Adams

 

A true “once in a lifetime” experience.


We bring John Luther Adams’ expansive and engrossing work for massed percussion ensemble to the green jewel in Cardiff’s crown; Bute Park and Arboretum. Inspired by the stone sentinels constructed over the centuries by the Inuit in the windswept expanses of the Arctic, Inuksuit invites exploration and discovery of the relationship between the music and the site, as well as the musicians’ interactions with the. This is the ultimate surround sound piece; wherever you sit, stand, wander, or picnic, you will create for yourself a truly unique listening experience.

 

This is a free event suitable for all ages and for the whole community, and you can drop in and out at any stage to see and hear glimpses of this unique event.

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Thursday 29 September 2022

SEVEN PILLARS

 

Thursday 29 September 2022
7.45pm, Dora Stoutzker Hall, RWCMD

 

Andy Akiho, performed by Sandbox Percussion

 

Double GRAMMY®-nominated Sandbox Percussion return to the Vale of Glamorgan Festival with this astounding performance of Andy Akiho’s Seven Pillars.

 

Hailed by The New York Times as “a lush, brooding celebration of noise,” this is Andy Akiho’s most ambitious project to date. Michael McQuilken’s lighting scheme reinforces the work’s form throughout this theatrical evening length performance.

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Friday 30 September 2022

PETER REYNOLDS COMPOSERS STUDIO WITH SANDBOX PERCUSSION

 

Friday 30 September 2022
11.ooam, Cardiff University Concert Hall

 

Murrough Connolly, Emily de Gruchy, Harriet Grainger, Chloe Knibbs, Israel Lai, J W Martin

 

Your second opportunity to hear six entirely new works by the next generation of Composers. This time, our emerging composers present their works for percussion quartet, performed by Artists in Residence Sandbox Percussion.

 

Drop in and experience the creation of new music being rehearsed, finessed and eventually recorded for all to enjoy for years to come.

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