PERFORMANCES AND PREMIERES
Choral music will feature throughout the week with services sung by the Cathedral Choirs and a Jubilee weekend concert. We welcome the innovative vocal ensemble VOCES8 with violin virtuoso Rachel Podger, performing their new ‘Guardian Angel’ programme in an atmospheric concert using different
spaces in the cathedral. We are delighted to welcome early music ensemble Florilegium with a Bach programme. Award-winning saxophonist and Radio 3 presenter Jess Gillam brings her ensemble to play music from her chart topping albums Rise and Time. Alis Huws, Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales
will play a late-night candle-lit recital. The Festival organ recital is given by Dan Moult. Wales’ first professional folk band Ar Log play the World Premiere of a Suite of Welsh folk songs composed by Paul Mealor with lyrics by poet Grahame Davies. This year the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Ryan Bancroft will perform Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto with Canadian superstar pianist Stewart Goodyear and a World Premiere of ‘Landsker’ by local composer Alex Mills. The BBC NOW concert will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
The Festival runs through the summer half term with the two new bank holidays to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. The Queen is St Davids Cathedral Festival’s Royal Patron and we are delighted to share a celebratory programme including the legendary male voice choir The Morriston Orpheus Male Voice Choir singing a celebratory concert. Vox Angelica and Vicars Choral give a candlelit performance of A Song for the Commonwealth which will be performed by choirs up and down the UK and in all 54 Commonwealth countries. St Davids Cathedral Choirs and British Sinfonietta give the
Platinum Jubilee concert of music written for the coronation of Kings and Queens through the ages.
Family celebrations include a family ‘Queen’s Castle’ sandcastle competition on Whitesands Beach, and our first ever open-air family prom. In a joint venture between the Festival and CADW, we are hosting a ‘Picnic in the Palace’, a concert to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee in The Bishops Palace with
performances from Welsh NHS Choir Hospital Notes.
The full ten day programme: www.stdavidscathedralfestival.org.uk
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