Gregynog Festival “a mover and shaker” on the international cultural stage

Dr Rhian Davies, artistic director and ‘curator extraordinaire’ at Gregynog Festival, has included a dozen Welsh debuts (including one UK debut) amongst the Festival’s highlights for 2015. Gregynog takes France and the Spirit of Revolution as its themes this year with many of the debutants from across the Channel and beyond, further reinforcing Gregynog’s reputation as a “mover and shaker” on the international cultural stage.

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The festival takes place between the 12th and 28th of June.

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The impressive French line-up includes harpist Xavier de Maistre, baroque group Ensemble Amarillis, harpsichord and violin duo Les Folies françoises, harpsichordist Christophe Rousset with ensemble Les Talens Lyriques, mezzo-soprano Stéphanie d’Oustrac, pianist Anne Queffélec and Ensemble Variances with pianist Alexander Melnikov (UK debut). From further afield, Belgian vocal ensemble Vox Luminis, Japanese harpist Masumi Nagasawa, South African fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenout and the UK’s very own Clare Salaman with her Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments make their Welsh debuts too.
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Screen Shot 2015-05-06 at 15.19.18Whilst the artists are central to the programming, so is the music. 2015 sees the world première of the Festival’s commission from French composer Richard Dubugnon, ‘Après une visite à Gregynog’, Op 73, a triptych inspired by three Impressionist masterpieces in the Davies Collection at the National Museum Cardiff. Other highlights include a programme of 20th Century French repertoire from The Escher Quartet; Les Folies Françoises present Mozart in Paris; mezzo.
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Stéphanie d’Oustrac; sings melodies of Duparc and Debussy; pianist Anne Queffélec’s programme is entitled Satie et compagnie; and Vox Luminis sing works by Charpentier and Henri DuMont.
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Commenting Dr Rhian Davies, artistic director, said: “In many ways, the Davies sisters at Gregynog started the artistic dialogue between mid-Wales and France with their extraordinary collection of art. I feel a huge responsibility to maintain this cultural symbiosis and research has led me to make connections between rural Wales, the Napoleonic Wars and the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo alongside the music of the time.”
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For more information and to book tickets, visit: www.gregynogfestival.org

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