Our Artistic Director, David Campbell, welcomes you to Musicfest Aberystwyth 2022:
Following the cultural desert which was created by the Covid pandemic, I am genuinely thrilled to be able to welcome you back to Aberystwyth for Musicfest 2022, for what will be my last festival as Artistic Director.
In an act of defiance, hope and optimism and thanks to a generous private sponsor, our opening concert will be with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor, Alpesh Chauhan and our loyal friend and resident artist the cellist, Guy Johnston, who will play the passionate Elgar Cello Concerto. Guy will stay on for several days to play trios with the elegant flautist, Karen Jones, and award-winning pianist Edward Leung and to join the Sacconi Quartet later in the week for a performance of Schubert’s String Quintet. The Sacconi Quartet will play a wonderful work by Jonathan Dove which they premièred on their 20th anniversary concert at the Wigmore Hall. The Sacconis will also be joining me for the première of a new clarinet quintet by John Pickard. On the Wednesday night they will join the Solem Quartet for the joyous Octet by Mendelssohn in a programme which will also feature a Mozart viola quintet and a Rebecca Clarke work for viola and clarinet, as a memorial to Peter Kingswood, viola player and latterly a trustee and member of the Musicfest Board, who passed away within the past year.
Other highlights include performances by the Solem Quartet with singer/songwriter Ayanna Witter-Johnson in a programme entitled ‘Experiments’ and in their second performance as well as a new quartet by the Welsh composer, John Metcalf will also perform Chausson’s ‘Chanson Perpétuelle’ and Samuel Barber’s ‘Dover Beach’ with pianist, Simon Lane and the sensational German mezzo-soprano, Maria Hegele who will also give a lunchtime concert on Thursday 28th and will start the final concert of the festival with Mozart’s aria, ‘Parto, Parto!’ from the opera, La Cemenza di Tito.
Our renowned string artists and coaches Sigyn Fossnes and Kari Ravnan from Norway, with viola player Graham Oppenheimer, and pianists Simon Lane and Anya Fadina, will give a programme of piano quartets by Richard Strauss and Dvorak. I must also mention lunchtime recitals by saxophonist, Kyle Horch , clarinettist Anthony Friend and another by a young, Welsh, prizewinning pianist, Tomos Boyles, who will be juxtaposing Preludes by Debussy and Rachmaninov in his programme.
The final concert on Saturday 30th will consist exclusively of works by Mozart: as well as ‘Parto, Parto!’ we shall have a performance of the Flute and Harp Concerto with flautist, Karen Jones and international harp soloist, Catrin Finch (who is to be my successor as Artistic Director) and I shall finish the concert with the sublime Clarinet Concerto in A.
I look forward to welcoming you to Aberystwyth Arts Centre for some of our concerts. Please also note that Musicfest also includes our Summer School with courses for Composition, Conducting, Vocal Pedagogy, Classical Vocal, Violin, Viola, Cello, Saxophone, Trumpet, Clarinet. Generous Bursaries from the ‘Friends of Musicfest’ are available for all students in full-time education.
Further information about Summer School 2022
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