We are delighted to say we have extended the deadline to purchase week long passes for MusicFest until the 4th July at 5PM. This is a great opportunity to get a week-long pass with access to every concert and recital at MusicFest for £140. After the 4th July the cost of this pass will revert to the price of £241 which is still a substantial saving against individual ticket purchases. There is also a wide selection of passes for weekends, one day, two and three day passes which will be available through until the festival starts on 22nd July.

MusicFest 2017 will be the 30th anniversary of MusicFest and we are delighted to be celebrating this event with the largest ever festival – an eight day classical music festival, an international summer school and an ever diversifying fringe festival of music genres and performance. All together it offers over 100 concerts, recitals, performances, showcases, classes, workshops, masterclasses, exhibition and talks including classical music, jazz and traditional music.

The main festival programme offers a diverse mix of popular, challenging and the MusicFest speciality of rarely heard ensembles whilst the FREE Fringe programme specialises in artists whose work is about finding, recreating and reinvigorating the lost traditional music of Wales.

Highlights from this year’s main programme include Brahms Double Concerto (a first ever live performance in Aberystwyth), Mozart’s Piano Concerto No23 in A Major with Tom Poster, Vivaldi’s Concerto for two cellos in G minor, Mendelssohn’s Octet in Eb Op. 20, Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro, Schubert Fantasia in F Minor for piano four hands and Grace Williams Sea Sketches.

MusicFest has also decided to place alongside a celebration of its 30 year history with its largest programme of new works featuring compositions from Eleanor Alberga, Richard Blackford, Arlene Sierra, Kenneth Hesketh, miniature pieces written in residence by Gareth Moorcraft,  a showcase of work written by students in the Advance Composition Course and National Youth Orchestra Wales Young Composers.

MusicFest FREE Fringe is also offering its largest programme in many locations throughout the town including the MusicFest StoryBus, the lost folk stories and music collected by Myra Evans with Peter Stevenson, Elsa Davies and Ceri Owen Jones, Peter will be working with Harriet Earis to present John Roberts of the Frolic, Gadael Tir created and performed by Gwilym Morus Baird and Owen Shiers at Medina, Milly Jackdaw will be leading morning sessions for children to learn to play instruments and tell stories at Ceredigion Museum, and there will be performances in galleries throughout the town by Glain Dafydd and Jason Lewis, Milly Jackdaw, Sianed Jones and Ailsa Mair Hughes including Legends at Gregynog Gallery, National Library Wales; Alternative Facts at School of Art and performances in Radical Craft and Maid, Mother, Crone in Gallery 1 and 2, Aberystwyth Arts Centre. In addition Rummers Wine Bar will feature performances throughout the week including Rheged, Elfen, Ffynnon, Three Legg’d Mare and Harriet Earis Jazz Trio.

For detailed information on special offers and programme highlights follow MusicFest at www.facebook.com/AberMusicFest and www.twitter.com/MusicFestAber

The full brochure is available here http://musicfestaberystwyth.org/ebrochure/

Aberystwyth Arts Centre Box Office 01970 623232