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       Meirion’s programme includes
       music by composers with
       Aberystwyth connections such
       as William Mathias, David
       de Lloyd and Walford Davies

       himself.                                                     chapels in 1915 before emigrating to
                                                                    make a celebrity career in the USA.”
                                                                     Festival events at Gregynog
 Gregynog                                                           include the Odysseus Piano Trio
                                                                    (28 June, 7.30pm) whose repertoire
                                                                    pays tribute to the Aberystwyth
                                                                    Trio appointed by Walford Davies
 Festival 2019: Vision                   For Gregynog Festival, they   in 1919 as the first resident chamber
                                         showcase the album in the context
                                                                    ensemble at any university in
                                         of two remarkable 19th-century
                                         portraits interpreted by Peter Lord   the world. They even shared the
                                                                    platform with Béla Bartók when he
                                         and play a new set of tunes drawn   made his UK début here in 1922.
 22-30 June 2019                         from the collection of Dr Meredydd   The Davies family’s interests are
                          berystwyth takes   Evans (Merêd) at the National   also explored in an afternoon of
                          centre stage   Library.                   talks by Dr Jan Ruzicka (29 June,
                          as Gregynog      Meirion’s programme includes   2.30pm) and Craig Owen (29 June,
                          Festival celebrates   music by composers with   4.00pm). Jan is Director of the
                          the vision of   Aberystwyth connections such   David Davies Memorial Institute
               AGwendoline,              as William Mathias, David de   at Aberystwyth’s Department of
               Margaret and David Davies for a   Lloyd and Walford Davies himself.   International Politics, while Craig
               better world rooted in culture and   Walford gave the inaugural recital   is Head of Wales for Peace at
               peace following the First World   on Bethel’s organ in 1924, while de   the Temple of Peace and Health
               War. The season is inspired by two   Lloyd’s composition ‘Er Cof’ was   in Cardiff. To close the day, the
               centenaries - the appointment   written for the service to dedicate   outstanding French Baroque
               of Henry Walford Davies as first   the instrument to the memory of   ensemble, A Nocte Temporis,
               Gregynog Professor of Music at   Chapel members killed in the First   directed by Reinoud Van Mechelen,
               Aberystwyth University and the   World War.          make their Wales débuts with a
               foundation of the Department of   Dr Rhian Davies, Gregynog   beautiful programme of Bach arias
               International Politics - all funded by   Festival’s Artistic Director, is an   for tenor, flute, viola da gamba and
               the Davies family in 1919.   Aberystwyth alumna and returned   harpsichord (29 June, 7.30pm).
                 The opening and closing concerts   to live here last year. “I love being   There’s another chance to catch
               also take place in Aberystwyth with   back in Aber,” she said, “and it’s   VRȉ and Peter Lord in Llangadfan
               chamber-folk band VRȉ playing at   been great to create this Festival   (23 June, 2.30pm) with a delicious
               the National Library of Wales (22   on the spot. It was so exciting to   afternoon tea at Cwpan Pinc to
               June, 7.30pm), while Meirion Wynn   trace  the manuscript of ‘Er Cof’   follow. Rhian Davies also speaks
               Jones gives a recital on the fine   to the University Archives and   about Walford Davies’ visionary
               Frederick Rothwell organ at Bethel   then to discover Mathias’ ‘Prelude,   schemes for music in Wales,
               Chapel in Baker Street (30 June,   Elegy and Toccata’ in the National   including the Aberystwyth and
               2.30pm).                  Library. It’s an early work that   Cardiganshire Festivals, at the
                 VRȉ (Patrick Rimes, Jordan Price   Mathias wrote when he used to   Drwm (28 June, 1.00pm) and
               Williams and Aneirin Jones) have   play at Bethel as a student, and   Gregynog (28 June, 6.00pm).
               become the hottest property in   it was premiered at Gregynog by
               Welsh music since their début CD   the famous Aberystwyth organist
               Tŷ Ein Tadau won Best Album and   Charles Clements, so it’s perfect to   For tickets and full
               Best Traditional Welsh Song at the   hear it during this year’s Festival.   programme details:
               first Wales Folk Awards in April (“a   Meirion will also be playing a piece
               magic chemistry that is absolutely   called ‘Aria’ by Firmin Swinnen, a
               bewildering, mesmerising and   Belgian refugee who gave several   and 01686 207100.
               thoroughly addictive”, FolkWales).   recitals at several Aberystwyth

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