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Welcome  to  Musicfest  2019.    I  am
                             delighted that, thanks to the support of       Friday 2 August
                             the  University,  the  Arts  Centre  and  the
                             Music Centre, as well as  the generosity   12.30 pm Old College Quad (free)
                             of  many  individuals,  Musicfest  is  still
                             able  to  offer  its  Summer  School  and  a   Astrid the Street Organ (in collaboration with the Vale of
                             varied  programme  of  concerts  by   Glamorgan Festival), played by Francis Stapleton.  Ten
                             international performers.            new miniature works by Welsh composers.
                             This  year  the  gala  opening  concert  will
                             feature  Aberystwyth’s  own  orchestra,   1.30 pm Old Hall £14/£12
                             Sinfonia Cambrensis, under the baton of
                             David  Russell  Hulme,  and  local  violinist   Mad Song, Barney Wolstenholme (baritone), Joshua
        Tom  Mathias  as  soloist  in  Saint-Saëns’  Introduction  and  Rondo   Ballance (conductor) Introduced by Richard Blackford
        Capriccioso.  It will also include the world première of Bachiana Mexicana   Peter Maxwell Davies Eight Songs for a Mad King
        No 5, by the Mexican composer Venus Rey Jr, performed by the young
        clarinettist Angel Cedillo.  Monday evening brings  the enchanting sound   Anna Semple A specially commissioned new work
        of  24  harps  playing  together  under  the  direction  of  the  former  Royal
        Harpist, Claire Jones.  On Wednesday evening, the Orion Orchestra will be   2.30 pm Old Hall (free)
        performing  that  perennial  favourite,  Beethoven’s  Pastoral  Symphony.
        The Thursday evening concert will include Speak Seven Seas, a work by   Composition Workshop directed by Arlene Sierra and
        the  Welsh  composer  Huw  Watkins,  which  was  greeted  with  great   Kenneth Hesketh, with performances by Mad Song.
        enthusiasm by the audience at its première at the Heimbach Festival in   6.30 pm Great Hall (free)
        Germany in 2011.
                                                                 String Showcase, featuring performers from the Summer
        Following  the  success  of  the  Eine  Kleine  Nachtmusik  concert  last  year,
        Tom Poster has devised another attractive programme for Friday night.    School String Programme
        From Vienna to Broadway will take us from the tunefulness of Schubert’s   7.15 pm Great Hall Foyer (free)
        impromptus, one at least of which found its way into a Broadway musical,
        through to the great songs of Gershwin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and   Astrid the Street Organ (in collaboration with the Vale of
        others.  Tom himself will be the soloist in Schumann’s Piano Concerto in   Glamorgan Festival), played by Francis Stapleton.  Ten
        the  closing  concert.    2019  is  the  centenary  of  the  appointment  of  Sir   new miniature works by Welsh composers.
        Henry Walford Davies as Professor of Music at Aberystwyth and Director
        of Music for Wales,  an appointment that was to  have a profound effect
        on music in Wales.  We shall be commemorating this with a performance
        of his Solemn Melody in the closing concert.
        I hope you will  find plenty  to enjoy – and don’t forget  the Pre-Festival
        events in ‘Musicfest Xtra’.
        David Campbell (Artistic Director)

                   01970 61n034
                                                                             8.00 pm Great Hall £20/£18
                   Festival pass £180 (£160 before 1 July)               From Vienna to Broadway
                   Evening concert pass £130                     Curated and performed by Tom noster (piano) and special
                   Lunchtime concert pass  £70
                                                                                 Musicfest guests.
                   Passes and tickets for individual concerts are
                   available from the Arts Centre Box Office (tel   The programme will include Schubert’s Four Impromptus
                   01970 623232)                                 D899 and a tribute to the Great American Songbook, with
                                                                     arrangements by Tom Poster of songs by George
                                                                    Gershwin, Cole Porter, Richard Rogers and others.
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