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Cowbridge Music Festival 2022

Cowbridge Programmes, 16th - 25th September 2022, ‘Songs from my Homeland’
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Cowbridge Music festival offers classical music, jazz and folk music at an international level for the community of Cowbridge, The Vale of Glamorgan and beyond. Since its launch in 2010 it has gained a place among the most exciting music festivals in Wales, offering classical music, jazz and folk music at an international level.

We like that One of its most cherished aims is “to make great classical musical completely approachable, enjoyable and uplifting, never ‘high-brow’ or elitist”. This commendable intention is reflected in the very reasonable ticket pricing.

The Uriposte Jukebox
Friday 16th September, 7pm
Holy Cross Parish Church
£20 front seats / £15 nave pews / £1 children & students

The 2022 festival opens with Tom Poster and Elena Urioste, winners of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Inspiration Award and BBC Music Magazine Premiere Award. The duo presents their trademark eclectic selection of music, ranging from Mozart and Fauré to Tom’s arrangements of ‘80s hits!


Bach by Candlelight – Laura van der Heijden

Friday 16th September, 9.30pm
Holy Cross Parish Church
£15 front seats / £12 nave pews / £1 children & students

Since becoming BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2012, cellist Laura van der Heijden has gone on to establish a reputation as one of the most exciting cellists of her generation. In this concert she performs one of Bach’s most loved solo suites for cello, together with works by Imogen Holst and Coleridge Taylor-Perkinson.

Kizzy Crawford
Saturday 17th September, 5pm
United Free Church
£15 / £1 children & students

Featured on BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 4 and Radio Cymru, Kizzy Crawford’s unique brand of soul-folk jazz has received wide acclaim. A Welsh speaker with Bajan heritage, Kizzy will sing in both Welsh and English, performing some of her most popular works.

Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective
Saturday 17th September, 7pm
Holy Cross Parish Church
£20 front seats / £15 nave pews / children & students

Associate Ensemble at Wigmore Hall, the ‘sparky, shape-shifting ensemble of starry young musicians’ (TheArtsDesk) that make up the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective bring a programme that combines celebrated piano quartets by Mozart and Dvořák with exciting works by Fanny Mendelssohn and Errolyn Wallen.


Llŷr Williams

Sunday 18th September, 5pm
Holy Cross Parish Church
£20 front seats / £15 nave pews / children & students

In 1922, Béla Bartók made his UK debut as a pianist–not in one of London’s celebrated concert halls, but in Aberystwyth Parish Hall. Beloved Welsh pianist Llŷr Williams returns to Cowbridge this year with a programme that celebrates the centenary of this event, pairing a number of Bartók’s works with music by Chopin, Grieg, Liszt and others.

Musicians from Afghanistan
Wednesday 21st September, 7.30pm
Cowbridge Town Hall
£15 / £1 children & students

Saphwat Simab and Shahbaz Hussain will provide a fascinating and moving programme that showcases music from Afghanistan. These leading musicians have been performing to great acclaim across the UK over the past year, and tonight will make their Cowbridge debut.

Charlie Lovell-Jones and Ariel Lanyi – Young Artists’ Recital
Thursday 22nd September, 7.30pm
Holy Cross Parish Church
£15 front seats / £12 nave pews / £1 children & students

This year’s Young Artists’ Recital unites two rising stars–Welsh violinist Charlie Lovell-Jones and Israeli-born pianist Ariel Lanyi. The duo performs a rich programme of sonatas by Grieg, Debussy and Beethoven, together with some short pieces by Sibelius and Charlie’s own arrangement of Bugeilio’r Gwenith Gwyn.


Natalya Romaniw & Michael Pollock

Friday 23rd September, 7pm
Holy Cross Parish Church
£20 front seats / £15 nave pews / £1 children & students

Welsh-Ukrainian soprano Natalya Romaniw and pianist Michael Pollock join forces for a performance of heartfelt songs by Dvořák, Grieg, Strauss, Rachmaninoff and others. Hailed as ‘the outstanding soprano of her generation’ (The Telegraph), Natalya Romaniw performs across the world; for this concert she returns to Wales to make her Cowbridge debut.


Gwenllian Llŷr

Friday 23rd September, 9.30pm
Holy Cross Parish Church
£15 front seats / £12 nave pews / £1 children & students

For this intimate, candlelit recital, Welsh harpist Gwenllian Llŷr performs a number of works from her new recording ‘Soliloquy’. As well as Welsh folk tunes, this beautiful programme also features a composition by Gwenllian, together with other evocative works.


The Choir of King’s College London

Saturday 24th September, 7pm
Holy Cross Parish Church
£20 front seats / £15 nave pews / £1 children & students

The Choir of King’s College London (directed by Joseph Fort) makes its debut at the festival, with a performance of Rachmaninoff’s much loved All-Night Vigil, better known as the ‘Vespers’. With a recent recording described as ‘a performance of astonishing intensity and musicality’ (Gramophone), this promises to be a moving performance.

Children’s Musical Adventures – Family Concert
Sunday 25th September, 11am
Cowbridge Comprehensive School Theatre
£12 adults / £1 children & students

Cowbridge Music Festival teams up once again with Children’s Musical Adventures to present an interactive musical extravaganza. This year, children aged three to twelve years old and their families will join Merlin as he ventures across the countries that make up the United Kingdom in search of the missing Welsh song. Meet dragons, legends and more and experience live traditional music. Musical fun for all the family.

Festival Evensong
Sunday 25th September, 5pm
Holy Cross Parish Church
Admission free

In a new event for 2022, we celebrate the conclusion of this year’s festival with a Choral Evensong in Holy Cross Parish Church. All are very welcome at this service, which will feature much loved Welsh hymns and several choral treasures from the Anglican tradition, and which will be led by members of the Choir of King’s College London.

The Darius Brubeck Quartet
Sunday 25th September, 7.30pm
Cowbridge Comprehensive School Theatre
£20 front / middle £15 back / sides / £1 children & students

This 2022 festival is brought to a rousing close by the Darius Brubeck Quartet. ‘The chemistry of this quartet has to be seen live to be appreciated … this band never fails to delight’ (Jazz Journal). With varied selections ranging from cowboy songs to the blues, this jazz quartet will present an exhilarating programme of music for this year’s festival finale.

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