Welcome to the 2019 Gower Festival

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

“Welcome and Croeso to the 2019 Gower Festival. We have planned a brand new programme with many international artists appearing for the first time, in new and old venues. It will be a great event with Music for All!”

Gordon Back

Artistic Director
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gordon back

Artistic Director

“It is a privilege for me, as a patron, to be able to welcome you to the Gower Festival, my ‘local’ festival, having been raised on the beautiful Gower Peninsula. There is an exciting programme for you to enjoy, with concerts in the historic churches of Gower”.

Sir Karl Jenkins CBE

Patron
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Sir Karl Jenkins CBE

Patron

“The Gower Festival represents the best of the British summer festival tradition, great music for friendly and appreciative audiences in the most beautiful surroundings. I always look forward to returning with much anticipation.”

Llŷr Williams

Patron
Llyr Williams click image to reveal welcome

Llŷr Williams

Patron

1-13 july 2019 events programme

PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE 2019 FESTIVAL

A Viennese evening

In the first concert of their three-day residency in Gower, the acclaimed London Conchord Ensemble play Brahms’s marvellous Piano Quintet in F minor alongside Viennese music by Johann Strauss and Alexander Zemlinsky, a late romantic composer whose style has been increasingly admired in recent years.

ST PETER’S CHURCH,
NEWTON SA3 4RB

Monday 1 July 7.30pm
Tickets £15
London Concord Ensemble click image to reveal concert info

London Conchord
Ensemble


ST PETER’S CHURCH,
NEWTON SA3 4RB

Monday 1 July 7.30pm

Baroque music

The Conchord Ensemble are noted for their versatility. For today’s lunchtime concert we move back in time to the Baroque period; an opportunity to enjoy the contrasting styles of two of its greatest masters J.S. Bach and Henry Purcell.

ST GEORGE’S CHURCH,
REYNOLDSTON SA3 1AA

Tuesday 2 July 2.30pm
Tickets £10
London Concord Ensemble click image to reveal concert info

London Conchord
Ensemble

ST GEORGE’S CHURCH,
REYNOLDSTON SA3 1AA

Tuesday 2 July 2.30pm

Mozart at the Glynn Vivian

Honouring the ninety-fifth birthday of the artist Glenys Cour, the London Conchord Ensemble play in the beautiful surroundings of the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. Their concert of music by Mozart includes the much loved Clarinet Quintet in A. The ticket price includes a pre-concert drinks reception at the Gallery.

GLYNN VIVIAN ART GALLERY,
SWANSEA SA1 5DZ

Wednesday 3 July 6.45pm
Tickets £20 and £15 (promenade)
London Concord Ensemble click image to reveal concert info

London Conchord
Ensemble

GLYNN VIVIAN ART GALLERY,
SWANSEA SA1 5DZ

Wednesday 3 July 6.45pm

Christian Li came to international attention in 2018 when he shared the Junior 1st Prize at the Menuhin Violin Competition in Geneva - their youngest ever winner. Tonight’s concert is his UK debut and the start of a European tour. Accompanied by Gordon Back, our Artistic Director, their programme includes Dvořák’s delightful Sonatina and the sparkling Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Saint-Saëns.

ST PETER’S CHURCH,
NEWTON SA3 4RB

Thursday 4 July 7.30pm
Tickets £15
Christian Li click image to reveal concert info

Christian Li
and Gordon Back


ST PETER’S CHURCH,
NEWTON SA3 4RB

Thursday 4 July 7.30pm

Cream Tea … and crime!
An intimate and indulgent event with crime author Cathy Ace.

Born and brought up in Swansea and now based in Canada, the best-selling writer talks about her life and work and invites questions from the audience.
Ticket price includes Cream Tea.
Cathy will sign copies of her new book, the #1 Amazon bestseller The Wrong Boy.

WORM’S HEAD HOTEL,
RHOSSILI SA3 1PP

Friday 5 July 3.00pm
Tickets £10
Cathy Ace click image to reveal concert info

Cathy Ace

WORM’S HEAD HOTEL,
RHOSSILI SA3 1PP

Friday 5 July 3 .00pm

Pupils from Gowerton School and Ysgol Gyfun Gŵyr present music for a summer afternoon. Don’t miss the chance to hear these inspirational young musicians.

At the request of Sir Karl and Lady Jenkins, all proceeds from this concert will be donated to Save the Children.

GOWERTON SCHOOL,
GOWERTON SA4 3DL

Saturday 6 July 1.00pm
Tickets £5
Gowerton School click image to reveal concert info

Children’s
Concert

GOWERTON SCHOOL,
GOWERTON SA4 3DL

Saturday 6 July 1.00pm

One of the most admired musicians of his generation, and a patron of the Festival, Llŷr Williams makes a welcome return to Gower. His programme includes works by Chopin - a waltz, two mazurkas and the Barcarolle in F sharp - alongside pieces by Poulenc and Ravel. He ends with Liszt’s B minor Ballade and two of the composer’s Transcendental Studies.

ST PETER’S CHURCH,
NEWTON SA3 4RB

Saturday 6 July 7.30pm
Tickets £15
Llŷr Williams click image to reveal concert info

Llŷr Williams

ST PETER’S CHURCH,
NEWTON SA3 4RB

Saturday 6 July 7.30pm

Cymru Fach
A journey through the Welsh Art song. Works by Morfydd Llwyn Owen, Meirion Williams, E.T. Davies and David Richards.

An afternoon concert with
Jessica Robinson (soprano) and Llywelyn Ifan Jones (harp).

SILOAM BAPTIST CHURCH,
KILLAY SA2 7AL

Monday 8 July 2.30pm
Tickets £10
Live Music Now click image to reveal concert info

Live Music Now

SILOAM BAPTIST CHURCH,
KILLAY SA2 7AL

Monday 8 July 2.30pm

Following their acclaimed concert at the 2017 Festival, gifted singers from Dennis O’Neill’s International Academy of Voice perform arias and songs, including some associated with the great soprano Adelina Patti, who died one hundred years ago. An informal talk about Adelina Patti, free to ticket holders, will be given at 6.00pm in Llangennith Village Hall.

ST CENYDD’S CHURCH,
LLANGENNITH SA3 1HU

Tuesday 9 July 7.30pm
Tickets £15
Wales International Academy of Voice click image to reveal concert info

Wales International Academy of Voice

ST CENYDD’S CHURCH,
LLANGENNITH SA3 1HU

Tuesday 9 July 7.30pm

Drawing on the ancient Chinese philosophy of the five elements, the brilliant pianist Ji Liu plays pieces evoking fire and water. The concert includes music by Debussy and Ravel, Scriabin’s Sonata Fantasy and movements from Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite.

ST PAUL’S CHURCH,
SKETTY SA2 9AR

Wednesday 10 July 7.30pm
Tickets £15
Ji Liu click image to reveal concert info

Ji Liu

ST PAUL’S CHURCH,
SKETTY SA2 9AR

Wednesday 10 July 7.30pm

A welcome return visit to Llanrhidian Church by one of the liveliest of British chamber groups. Alongside two masterpieces of the quartet repertoire - Beethoven’s Op. 95 in F minor and Ravel’s Quartet - they play a tango by Piazzolla and a newly-commissioned piece, ‘Barrelhouse’, by Karl Jenkins.

ST RHIDIAN & ST ILLTYD’S CHURCH, LLANRHIDIAN SA3 1ER

Thursday 11 July 7.30pm
Tickets £15
Carducci Quartet click image to reveal concert info

Carducci Quartet

ST RHIDIAN & ST ILLTYD’S CHURCH,
LLANRHIDIAN SA3 1ER

Thursday 11 July 7.30pm

“A seemingly unlikely combination of instruments that works real magic.” Award-winning instrumentalists Oliver Wass and Huw Wiggin lead us on a magical journey from Bach to Chick Corea, taking in Debussy along the way, besides songs by Manuel de Falla and George Gershwin, and a brilliant fantasy on themes from Bizet’s Carmen.

CLYNE CHAPEL, MAYALS,
SWANSEA SA3 5DH

Friday 12 July 2.30pm
Tickets £10
Oliver Wass and Huw Wiggin click image to reveal concert info

Oliver Wass and
Huw Wiggin

CLYNE CHAPEL, MAYALS,
SWANSEA SA3 5DH

Friday 12 July 2.30pm

A birthday Gala celebration for the last night of the Festival, with music composed and conducted by Festival patron Sir Karl Jenkins. Featuring Côr Caerdydd, the Chamber Orchestra of Wales and soloists including the harpist Catrin Finch. A spectacular finish to the 2019 Festival.

ST MARY’S CHURCH,
SWANSEA SA1 3LP

Saturday 13 July 7.30pm
Tickets £25, £20 and £15
Sir Karl Jenkins Seventy-fifth Birthday Gala click image to reveal concert info

Sir Karl Jenkins
Seventy-fifth Birthday Gala

ST MARY’S CHURCH,
SWANSEA SA1 3LP

Saturday 13 July 7.30pm

The Conchord Ensemble will attend Parkland Primary School, Sketty to perform a short concert and have a follow-up interaction with students of the school.

Parkland Primary School,
Sketty SA2 8NG

Music for schools click image to reveal concert info

music for schools

Parkland Primary School,
Sketty SA2 8NG

Festival Friends have priority booking from 1 April 2019.
Tickets will be on sale to the general public from 1 May 2019. You can purchase your copy of the Gower Festival 2019 Festival souvenir programme book when you attend a concert at any of our spectacular venues.

Festival Friends
2019

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2019 Gower Festival
tickets


The London Conchord Ensemble playing with two Glenys Cour paintings displayed on easels behind them. The larger monochrome picture, also from the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery collection, is by Catrin Webster.

London Conchord Ensemble
GLYNN VIVIAN ART GALLERY, SWANSEA
SA1 5DZ

Wednesday 3 July 6.45pm
Flautist Daniel Pailthorpe with Daniel Rowland, Simone van der Giessen and Thomas Carroll playing Mozart’s flute Quartet
in C.

London Conchord Ensemble
GLYNN VIVIAN ART GALLERY, SWANSEA
SA1 5DZ

Wednesday 3 July 6.45pm
Oboist Emily Pailthorpe with string-players Daniel Rowland, Benjamin Roskams, Simone van der Giessen and Thomas Carroll playing Mozart’s rarely heard Quintet for Oboe and Strings
in C minor.

London Conchord Ensemble
GLYNN VIVIAN ART GALLERY, SWANSEA
SA1 5DZ

Wednesday 3 July 6.45pm
Gower-born Thomas Carroll, cellist of the London Conchord Ensemble. 

London Conchord Ensemble
GLYNN VIVIAN ART GALLERY, SWANSEA
SA1 5DZ

Wednesday 3 July 6.45pm
Well-known artist Glenys Cour with Sir Karl and Lady Jenkins along with our Artistic Director Gordon Back looking forward to the concert honouring her ninety-fifth birthday. 

London Conchord Ensemble
GLYNN VIVIAN ART GALLERY, SWANSEA
SA1 5DZ

Wednesday 3 July 6.45pm
Writer Cathy Ace and her audience enjoying an indulgent cream tea in Rhossili, where her latest novel is set.

Cathy Ace
WORM’S HEAD HOTEL,
RHOSSILI SA3 1PP

Friday 5 July 3.00pm
Cathy Ace discussing her work as a crime writer against the dramatic backdrop of the Worm’s Head.

Cathy Ace
WORM’S HEAD HOTEL,
RHOSSILI SA3 1PP

Friday 5 July 3.00pm
The author with The Wrong Boy at its fictional location. 

Cathy Ace
WORM’S HEAD HOTEL,
RHOSSILI SA3 1PP

Friday 5 July 3.00pm
A Gower Festival audience, outside St Peter’s Church, Newton, enjoying convivial company (and possibly a drink) during the interval.

Llŷr Williams
ST PETER’S CHURCH,
NEWTON SA3 4RB

Saturday 6 July 7.30pm
Llŷr Willams introducing the music he is about to play, in this case Poulenc’s Les Soirées de Nazelles, a sequence of musical portraits of the composer’s friends. 

Llŷr Williams
ST PETER’S CHURCH,
NEWTON SA3 4RB

Saturday 6 July 7.30pm
Llŷr Willams playing Liszt’s Ballade No 2 in B minor. 

Llŷr Williams
ST PETER’S CHURCH,
NEWTON SA3 4RB

Saturday 6 July 7.30pm
A wonderful setting for some wonderful music. 

Llŷr Williams
ST PETER’S CHURCH,
NEWTON SA3 4RB

Saturday 6 July 7.30pm
Live Music Now duo Jessica Robinson and Llywelyn Ifan Jones taking us on a journey through Welsh Art Song.

Live Music Now
SILOAM BAPTIST CHURCH,
KILLAY SA2 7AL

Monday 8 July 2.30pm
Combining fine acoustics with an intimate atmosphere, the church of St Rhidian & St Illtyd’s at Llanrhidian has long been a favourite venue for string quartet concerts. Here the Carducci Quartet are in afternoon rehearsal.

Carducci Quartet
ST RHIDIAN & ST ILLTYD’S CHURCH, LLANRHIDIAN SA3 1ER

THursday 11 July 7.30pm
Members of the Anglo-Irish Carducci Quartet: violinists Matthew Denton and
Michelle Fleming, viola-player Eoin Schmidt-Martin and cellist Emma Denton.

Carducci Quartet
ST RHIDIAN & ST ILLTYD’S CHURCH, LLANRHIDIAN SA3 1ER

THursday 11 July 7.30pm
Sixty years after its post-war reopening, the civic church of
St Mary in Swansea makes an impressive setting for the final concert of the2019 Gower Festival. Côr Caerdydd and the Chamber Orchestra of Wales are conducted by Sir Karl Jenkins.

Sir Karl Jenkins
Seventy-fifth Birthday Gala
ST MARY’S CHURCH, SWANSEA SA1 3LP

Saturday 13 July 7.30pm
Sir Karl Jenkins making his St Mary’s Church conducting debut. 

Sir Karl Jenkins
Seventy-fifth Birthday Gala
ST MARY’S CHURCH, SWANSEA SA1 3LP

Saturday 13 July 7.30pm
Mezzo-soprano Olivia Gomez singing the Pie Jesu from Sir Karl Jenkins’ Requiem, with members of Côr Caerdydd.

Sir Karl Jenkins
Seventy-fifth Birthday Gala
ST MARY’S CHURCH, SWANSEA SA1 3LP

Saturday 13 July 7.30pm
A hug for Catrin Finch from
Sir Karl Jenkins after her performance of Tros y Garreg (Crossing the Stone) from his Harp Concerto which was written in 2002 at the behest of HRH the Prince of Wales and composed for Catrin, at that time the Royal Harpist.

Sir Karl Jenkins
Seventy-fifth Birthday Gala
ST MARY’S CHURCH, SWANSEA SA1 3LP

Saturday 13 July 7.30pm
Members of Côr Caerdydd performing The Armed Man:
A Mass for Peace, the most widely played of all Sir Karl Jenkins’ works.

Sir Karl Jenkins
Seventy-fifth Birthday Gala
ST MARY’S CHURCH, SWANSEA SA1 3LP

Saturday 13 July 7.30pm
Photographs courtesy of: Huw Richards and Mike Winson (Cathy Ace event)

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The Story of the Gower Festival

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.

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 any masterclasses held 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 Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire SN4 8HT
♦ Email: friends@gowerfestival.org
♦ 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 Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire SN4 8HT
♦ Email: friends@gowerfestival.org
♦ Pick up an application form at any festival venue.