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Cowbridge Music Festival
September 15 - September 24
Cowbridge Music Festival has announced the programme for its 2023 festival – offering a diverse range of classical, jazz, folk and global music for the local community and beyond.
Now in its thirteenth year, the festival welcomes some of the finest international musicians to the town, and offers a platform for both established and emerging Welsh musicians.
Every year, the festival brings world-class musicians to perform in this beautiful market town; recent artists include Nicola Benedetti, Jacqui Dankworth, the Doric Quartet, Stile Antico, Tenebrae, Llŷr Williams, Elin Manahan Thomas and Maya Youssef. Nicola Benedetti CBE is the festival’s Patron, and Llŷr Williams, is the festival’s Associate Artist.
The festival aims to make great classical musical completely approachable, enjoyable and uplifting. Alongside the concerts runs an outreach programme, which over the past decade has reached over 10,000 local pupils. Fringe performances also take place throughout the town, and numerous concerts in local care homes have ensured that live music reaches all in the local community
Highlights this year include:
- Acclaimed baritone Roderick Williams, fresh from his stunning performance at the Coronation of HRH King Charles III (15 September)
- Dvi Doli, Ukrainian Bandura players enchant audiences with their unique musical style (16 September)
- Leading Welsh artist Llŷr Williams, together with Rosalind Ventris (17 September)
- Daniel Martinez, presenting vibrant and authentic flamenco (18 September)
- A celebration of young Welsh talent, featuring rising star pianist Tomos Boyles (22 September)
- Captivating late-night Jazz from Dionne Bennett (23 September)
- Khamira, an Indo-Welsh world music band blending cultural influences (19 September)
- The Choir of St Paul’s Knightsbridge conducted by Joseph Fort, performing an all-Bach programme (23 September)
- A festival finale featuring the Power of Gower Big Band (24 September)
Concerts take place at venues throughout the town, including Holy Cross Church, The Duke of Wellington Pub and Cowbridge Comprehensive School.
The festival also brings music to those less able to travel, with several performances in care homes and a full slate of outreach workshops reaching over a thousand school pupils across the local area. This year’s family concert is specifically designed to engage and entertain the younger generation (24 September).
The festival programme is designed by leading violist Rosalind Ventris and Director of The Choir of King’s College London, Joseph Fort, who have served as Artistic Directors of the festival since March 2021.
Booking opens from 14 July. Visit cowbridgemusicfestival.co.uk
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