Welcome to the 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.

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


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Sir Karl Jenkins CBE


Gordon Back


Llyr Williams




Gower Festival Venues


1-13 July 2019 Events Programme

The details of the programme will be confirmed as soon as is possible.


An exciting programme to include:

Sir Karl Jenkins 75th birthday Gala

Llˆyr Williams

London Conchord Ensemble

Carducci Quartet

Ji Liu


Plus the outstanding young VIOLINIST:

Christian Li

Youngest ever first prize winner, 2018 Menuhin Competition


The Story of the Gower Festival


Friends of the Gower Festival

We have some wonderful concerts arranged for the 2019 Gower Festival.

Festival Friends have priority booking.




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.

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 over £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.


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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