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Crickhowell Music Festival 2018

This much-loved annual Festival, now in its 24th year, features Crickhowell Choral Society and a stellar line-up of soloists. This year's theme is 'Music's Divine Power', and the Festival focuses on two legendary champions of music's power: Orpheus, with his songs to charm the gods, and Cecilia, always inspiring musicians to greater things!

Thursday 3rd May
The Festival starts with a spring in its step with a Folk Night at The Old Rectory Country Hotel which is situated alongside the canal, just a stone's throw from our wharf at Llangattock. Morfa, a band comprising of three of Wales' most talented young musicians, provides a mix of lively jigs and traditional Welsh songs, complete with demonstrations of Welsh clog dancing. If you fancy having a go at clog dancing, there's a workshop starting at 6.45pm, and food and drink may be purchased from the hotel from 6pm. Expect a lively, friendly night, with the main event starting at 7.30pm.


Saturday 5th May
St Edmund's Church in the centre of Crickhowell is the glorious setting for an evening of superb choral singing, starting at 7.30pm. Jessica Cale (soprano), Mark Chambers (countertenor), Nicholas Mulroy (tenor) and Robert Davies (baritone) join the Crickhowell Choral Society and the Festival Baroque Players to perform Vivaldi's Domine ad adjuvandum RV 593, John Blow's Ode for St. Cecilia's Day and excerpts from some of the earliest operatic writing by 16th century composers Peri and Caccini.

Sunday 6th May
At 10am join with the congregation of the lovely St. Catwg's Church in Llangattock for J. S. Bach's Cantata BWV 16: Herr Gott, dich loben wir. 

Sunday 6th May
A return visit at 7.30pm to St Edmund's Church in Crickhowell for Handel's Alexander's Feast which was, in its day, rated with Messiah as one of the composer's greatest works. Once again, Jessica Cale (soprano), Mark Chambers (countertenor), Nicholas Mulroy (tenor) and Robert Davies (baritone) join the Crickhowell Choral Society and the Festival Baroque Players.


Monday 7th May
In a Festival 'first', choral scholars sponsored by Crickhowell Choral Society will join acclaimed soloists to perform a selection of Monteverdi's madrigals. The setting is St. Catwg's Church in Llangattock at 3pm.

Visit the Crickhowell Music Festival website for further information and to book tickets.

And take a look here at other things you can enjoy near the canal this Bank Holiday weekend.

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