Welcome to the 2018 Gower Festival

For more than forty years the Gower Festival has been bringing music of the highest quality to this area of south west Wales. Once again, during the first two weeks in July, at a different venue each evening, we are inviting internationally acclaimed musicians to play in the superb acoustic and atmosphere of our ancient churches.

A theme for the 2018 Festival is to mark the end of World War One and the Festival shall close with the newly composed Armistice Suite; the Festival Talk will be on music composition in the First World War.

For the first time we will link with the Gower Open Studios scheme when local artists will open their studios and discuss their work.

We look forward to welcoming you to great concerts in a wonderful environment.

 

As you navigate the web site, clicking photographs will reveal further information.

 

Sir Karl Jenkins CBE

PATRON

Gordon Back

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Llyr Williams

PATRON

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Events Programme

  • Monday 2 July 7.30pm <br><b>Elin Manahan Thomas and<br>Brian Ellsbury (piano) </b><br>
    Monday 2 July 7.30pm
    Elin Manahan Thomas and
    Brian Ellsbury (piano)

  • Monday 2 July 7.30pm <br><b>Elin Manahan Thomas and<br>Brian Ellsbury (piano) </b><br>
    Monday 2 July 7.30pm
    Elin Manahan Thomas and
    Brian Ellsbury (piano)

    ST PAUL’S CHURCH, SKETTY SA2 9AR

    ‘Morfydd Owen: Portrait of a Lost Icon‘

    Locally born Elin Manahan Thomas, one of the most exceptional sopranos of her generation, and pianist Brian Ellsbury introduce the music of Morfydd Llwyn Owen, the Welsh composer and singer who died, tragically young, in 1918. Today Morfydd Owen is increasingly recognized as one of Wales’s most powerful and original talents. As Elin Manahan Thomas explains, “Our hope is to encourage a renaissance of Morfydd Owen’s musical legacy: a legacy not only for Wales but for musicians everywhere.”

    Tickets £15
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  • Tuesday 3 July 7.30pm <br><b> Festival Talk by Toby Thacker</b><br>
    Tuesday 3 July 7.30pm
    Festival Talk by Toby Thacker
  • Tuesday 3 July 7.30pm <br><b> Festival Talk by Toby Thacker</b><br>
    Tuesday 3 July 7.30pm
    Festival Talk by Toby Thacker
    ST MARY’S CHURCH, PENNARD SA3 2EA

    ‘Torn between Duty and Conscience: Elgar, Parry and their musical composition in the First World War’.
    Focussing on Edward Elgar and Hubert Parry, historian and broadcaster Toby Thacker discusses the work of British composers who lived through the Great War and whose wartime compositions were profoundly influenced by it. His talk will be illustrated with recorded music.
    A member of the History Department at Cardiff University, Toby Thacker is the author of British Culture and the First World War, published in 2014.

    Tickets £10
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  • Wednesday 4 July 7.30pm<br><b>Andrey Lebedev (guitar) and Lotte Betts-Dean (mezzo) </b><br>
    Wednesday 4 July 7.30pm
    Andrey Lebedev (guitar) and Lotte Betts-Dean (mezzo)
  • Wednesday 4 July 7.30pm<br><b>Andrey Lebedev (guitar) and Lotte Betts-Dean (mezzo) </b><br>
    Wednesday 4 July 7.30pm
    Andrey Lebedev (guitar) and Lotte Betts-Dean (mezzo)
    ST CADOC’S CHURCH, CHERITON SA3 1BY

    An evening of guitar music and song, performed by candlelight in the ‘Cathedral of Gower’.
    The acclaimed duo of Lotte Betts-Dean and Andrey Lebedev offer an inspiring programme, ranging from the Elizabethan lute songs of John Dowland to the popular folk-song arrangements of Benjamin Britten and Manuel de Falla.

    Tickets £15
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  • Thursday 5 July 3.00pm <br><b>Andrey Lebedev</b><br>
    Thursday 5 July 3.00pm
    Andrey Lebedev
  • Thursday 5 July 3.00pm <br><b>Andrey Lebedev</b><br>
    Thursday 5 July 3.00pm
    Andrey Lebedev
    ST ANDREW’S CHURCH, PENRICE SA3 1LN

    An hour of classical guitar in the picturesque surroundings of St Andrew’s Church, Penrice. Andrey Lebedev’s programme explores the connections between Bach and the South American composers Villa-Lobos and Ginastera who were influenced by him.

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  • Friday 6 July 7.30pm<br><b>2018 Menuhin Competition Winner</b><br>
    Friday 6 July 7.30pm
    2018 Menuhin Competition Winner
  • Friday 6 July 7.30pm<br><b>2018 Menuhin Competition Winner</b><br>
    Friday 6 July 7.30pm
    2018 Menuhin Competition Winner
    ST CATTWG’S CHURCH, PORT EYNON SA3 1NL

    The UK debut of the First Prize winner of the internationally renowned 2018 Menuhin Competition for young violinists, held this spring in Geneva. The winning violinist will be accompanied by our Artistic Director, Gordon Back.

    Tickets £15
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  • Saturday 7 July 1.00pm <br><b>Abertawe Festival for Young Musicians</b><br>
    Saturday 7 July 1.00pm
    Abertawe Festival for Young Musicians
  • Saturday 7 July 1.00pm <br><b>Abertawe Festival for Young Musicians</b><br>
    Saturday 7 July 1.00pm
    Abertawe Festival for Young Musicians
    ST PETER’S CHURCH, NEWTON SA3 4RB

    In 2018 AFYM celebrates its 25th anniversary of widening music education and providing performance opportunities for young musicians. As in recent years, the Gower Festival is offering a concert platform for local talented young musicians from Swansea and the surrounding area.

    Tickets £5
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  • Saturday 7 July 7.30pm <br><b>Leon McCawley (piano) </b><br>
    Saturday 7 July 7.30pm
    Leon McCawley (piano)
  • Saturday 7 July 7.30pm <br><b>Leon McCawley (piano) </b><br>
    Saturday 7 July 7.30pm
    Leon McCawley (piano)
    ST PETER’S CHURCH, NEWTON SA3 4RB

    A prize winner at leading international piano competitions in Vienna and Leeds, Leon McCawley pairs Mozart earliest piano sonata and Beethoven’s last, following them with a performance of Schubert’s gloriously serene late Sonata in G.

    There will be a pre-concert talk at 6.30pm

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  • Sunday 8 July 3.00pm <br><b>Swansea Bach Choir</b><br>
    Sunday 8 July 3.00pm
    Swansea Bach Choir
  • Sunday 8 July 3.00pm <br><b>Swansea Bach Choir</b><br>
    Sunday 8 July 3.00pm
    Swansea Bach Choir
    ALL SAINTS CHURCH, OYSTERMOUTH, SA3 4BZ

    Directed by Greg Hallam, Swansea’s leading choir perform choral music evoking the tragedy of the First World War. The pieces are by John Ireland, Hubert Parry, Gerald Finzi and Gareth Treseder. The organist Glenn Crooks will play an attractive late work by Frank Bridge, his Three Pieces for Organ (1939).
    The concert will be followed by a short presentation on the Mumbles Lifeboat memorial window in All Saints Church, to be given by its designer Tim Lewis.

    Tickets £10
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  • Monday 9 July 3.00pm & 7.30pm <br><b>A Tribute to Ryan </b><br>
    Monday 9 July 3.00pm & 7.30pm
    A Tribute to Ryan
  • Monday 9 July 3.00pm & 7.30pm <br><b>A Tribute to Ryan </b><br>
    Monday 9 July 3.00pm & 7.30pm
    A Tribute to Ryan
    GOWERTON CHURCH HALL SA4 3EA

    Two opportunities to hear a tribute to comedy great Ryan Davies by his manager, Mike Evans. Besides personal memories, the presentation will include visual and audio recordings of Ryan in live performance.

    Tickets £5
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  • Tuesday 10 July 7.30pm <br><b>Catrin Finch (harp) </b><br>
    Tuesday 10 July 7.30pm
    Catrin Finch (harp)
  • Tuesday 10 July 7.30pm <br><b>Catrin Finch (harp) </b><br>
    Tuesday 10 July 7.30pm
    Catrin Finch (harp)
    ST CENYDD’S CHURCH, LLANGENNITH SA3 1HU

    “Catrin has done more than anyone in harp history to bring her instrument to a wider public…”
    Our most accomplished harpist plays classical music by John Parry, Fauré and Britten, together with lighter pieces ending with an Argentine tango.

    Tickets £15
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  • Wednesday 11 July 7.30pm <br><b>Clare Hammond (piano) </b><br>
    Wednesday 11 July 7.30pm
    Clare Hammond (piano)
  • Wednesday 11 July 7.30pm <br><b>Clare Hammond (piano) </b><br>
    Wednesday 11 July 7.30pm
    Clare Hammond (piano)
    ST HILARY’S CHURCH, KILLAY SA2 7DZ

    An imaginative programme by this brilliant young artist, recent winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artist Award. Her concert includes Schubert’s lyrical Impromptus, impressionist Preludes by Debussy, and Stravinsky’s sparkling Petroushka Suite. Listen, too, for the midsummer song of some musical bumblebees!
    There will be a pre-concert talk at 6.30pm

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  • Thursday 12 July 7.30pm <br><b>Sacconi Quartet</b><br>
    Thursday 12 July 7.30pm
    Sacconi Quartet
  • Thursday 12 July 7.30pm <br><b>Sacconi Quartet</b><br>
    Thursday 12 July 7.30pm
    Sacconi Quartet
    ST RHIDIAN & ST ILLTYD’S CHURCH, LLANRHIDIAN SA3 1ER

    Making a welcome return to Gower, Britain’s leading young string quartet play masterpieces by Haydn (his ‘Emperor’ Quartet), Debussy (Quartet in G minor), and Schubert (‘Death and the Maiden’).

    Tickets £15
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  • Friday 13 July 7.30pm<br><b> Geoff Eales Trio <br>100 Years of Jazz Piano</b><br>
    Friday 13 July 7.30pm
    Geoff Eales Trio
    100 Years of Jazz Piano

  • Friday 13 July 7.30pm<br><b> Geoff Eales Trio <br>100 Years of Jazz Piano</b><br>
    Friday 13 July 7.30pm
    Geoff Eales Trio
    100 Years of Jazz Piano

    LLANMORLAIS COMMUNITY HALL SA4 3TZ

    Beginning with the classic ragtime of Scott Joplin and culminating in the Latin exuberance of Chick Corea, we are taken on a breath-taking journey through the entire history of jazz piano with tributes to, amongst others, Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, George Shearing, Erroll Garner, Dave Brubeck and Keith Jarrett.

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  • Saturday 14 July 7.30pm<br><b> The Armistice Suite </b>
    Saturday 14 July 7.30pm
    The Armistice Suite
  • Saturday 14 July 7.30pm<br><b> The Armistice Suite </b>
    Saturday 14 July 7.30pm
    The Armistice Suite
    VILLAGE HALL REYNOLDSTON SA3 1AA

    Commemorating the centenary of the end of the First World War, the Armistice Suite is a multi-media performance piece, written, edited and compiled by Gruffydd Harries with original music by Mark Thomas. Through words, music and images, it tells human stories from the war years, many of them with a Welsh focus: the Call to Arms, the Christmas Truce, the Role of Women and Wartime Humour are some of the themes.
    The Armistice Suite is suitable for all ages, with no graphic accounts of death or violence. It will be performed by members of the Chamber Orchestra of Wales with three well-known actors.
    You may like to know that, until November 2018, Swansea Museum has a very interesting exhibition: Swansea and the Great War. This includes many original family documents and details about the ‘Swansea Pals’ Battalion and also a ‘re-created’ trench.

    Tickets £15
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  • <b>Masterclasses</b>
    Masterclasses
  • <b>Masterclasses</b>
    Masterclasses
    Thursday 5 July
    Guitar with Abdrey Lebedev at Gowerton School SA4 3DL

    Tuesday 10 July
    Harp with Catrin Finch at Ysgol Gyfun Gŵyr SA4 3DD

    For information as to how to attend, please e-mail info@gowerfestival.org
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  • <b>2018 Gower Festival Tickets</b>
    2018 Gower Festival Tickets
  • <b>2018 Gower Festival Tickets</b>
    2018 Gower Festival Tickets
    Festival Friends have priority booking from 6 April 2018.
    Tickets will be on sale to the general public from 11 May 2018.

    You can purchase your copy of the Gower Festival 2018 souvenir programme book when you attend a concert at any of our spectacular venues. You can save time by requesting a programme voucher when you order your tickets.
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Click on the pictures below to learn more about the outstanding musicians and which of the beautiful venues on Gower they will perform in.

 

 

2018 Gower Festival Venues

 

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The Story of the Gower Festival

 

Friends of the Gower Festival

Gower Festival Friends 100 Club

Don’t miss your chance to support the Gower Festival Society and win cash prizes for yourself!

There are three prize draws per year - July, November and March.

1st Prize per draw £100

2nd Prize of £50

3rd Prizes of £25 (the number of 3rd prizes is dependent on the number of tickets sold per year).

Last year the 100 Club raised £600 for the Gower Festival - a significant contribution towards the cost of a concert.

The cost of a share is only £12 per year - that’s just £1 per month. You may take out more than one share if you wish.

You can join in one of three ways:

Contact Mrs Anne Pope, 10 Vowley View, Royal Wotton Bassett, Wiltshire SN4 8HT

Email: gowerfestival@hotmail.com

Pick up an application form at any festival venue.

Benefits of becoming a Friend

Advance booking for concerts - four weeks before the general public. This benefit is much appreciated by Friends as many concerts, particularly at smaller venues, sell out quickly.

Regular Festival email updates.

Acknowledgement in the Festival programme.

Invitation to masterclasses during the Festival.

Opportunities to help with the running of Festival events and to participate at the Society’s Annual General Meeting.

Annual Membership costs: £10 for a single person or £15 for two people living at the same address.

You can join in one of four ways:

Contact Mrs Anne Pope, 10 Vowley View, Royal Wotton Bassett, Wiltshire SN4 8HT

Email: gowerfestival@hotmail.com

Download a Gower Festival application form

Pick up an application form at any festival venue.

We have some wonderful concerts arranged for the 2018 Gower Festival.

Festival Friends have priority booking from 6 April 2018.
Tickets will be on sale to the general public from 11 May 2018. Call 01792 475 715
or visit the Grand Theatre box office at; The Grand Theatre, Singleton Street, Swansea SA1 3QJ

 

 

 

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OF OUR HISTORY OVER THE PAST
40 YEARS

The Gower Festival has its roots in the long, hot summer of 1976 when Jonathan Beecher, an Oxford cellist, brought a student orchestra and a handful of professional soloists to perform an astonishing series of thirty-one concerts in Gower churches during the last two weeks of August. So many events packed into a fortnight may have been over-ambitious. But the idea of holding a music festival in Gower churches was such a good one that it led to the formation of the Gower Festival Society and in due course to the appointment of John Fussell MBE, Swansea's Director of Music and City Organist, as Artistic Director of the enterprise. More than anyone else, it was John who established the high standards of musical performance and well-chosen repertoire which have characterised the Gower Festival ever since.

 

 

Useful links

Gower Festival secretary at info@gowerfestival.org

Friends of Gower Festival secretary: gowerfestival@hotmail.com

Information about Swansea and Gower including, walks, what's on, accommodation: www.visitswanseabay.com/destination/gower-peninsula

For more information on Gower Open Studios: www.goweropenstudios.co.uk

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