Fishguard International Music Festival

2016 Dates:  21 July – 2 August

Welcome

How lucky we are! Every summer we have the opportunity to present world class music against the stunning backdrop of North Pembrokeshire. The combination of glorious music and magical settings makes for a memorable experience – for audiences and musicians alike. We look forward to seeing you at this year’s festival where a warm welcome awaits you.

Peter Donohoe CBE
Gillian Green MBE
Joint Artistic Directors

2016 Festival

Festival Box Office @ Theatr Gwaun open! Thurs - Sat 11am - 2pm

Festival Lunch

Thursday, July 21
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Gwyn L Williams talks about his life in music.
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Welsh National Opera Orchestra

Friday, July 22
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World-renowned conductor Carlo Rizzi takes up the baton for our opening concert.
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Elizabeth Watts & Peter Donohoe

Saturday, July 23
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Elizabeth Watts performs a programme of glorious French song inspired by the poet, novelist and journalist Théophile Gautier, one of the great Romantics of the literary world.
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Elizabeth Watts Masterclass

Sunday, July 24
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Join Elizabeth Watts as she shares her shares her wealth of experience with four young professional singers.
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Welsh National Opera Chamber Ensemble

Sunday, July 24
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Schubert’s Octet is a sunny, light hearted outpouring of lovely tunes whilst Mendelssohn’s Sextet, written by a precociously talented 15-year old in just a fortnight, is brimming with youthful impetuosity.
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Newport Music Society Showcase

Monday, July 25
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A showcase of talent by young musicians from across Pembrokeshire.
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London Winds

Monday, July 25
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We celebrate the 70th birthday of composer John Metcalf with the premiere of a new work for wind quintet and piano, specially commissioned by the festival to mark the event.
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Turning Toward Home

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Author and poet Mary Perkins launches her new volume of poetry Turning Toward Home. Free entry.
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Mary Perkins Book Launch – Turning Toward Home

Tuesday, July 26
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Author and poet Mary Perkins launches her new volume of poetry Turning Toward Home. Free entry.
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Michael Collins and Peter Donohoe

Tuesday, July 26
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Celebrated for his dazzling virtuosity, Michael Collins has been described as “one of the best clarinettists walking the planet” (The Times).
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Keith Tippett & Geoff Eales

Wednesday, July 27
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A must for all jazz enthusiasts. Two pianists at the top of their game come together for the first time.
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Tamsin Waley-Cohen

Wednesday, July 27
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Recital by rising young star, Tamsin Waley-Cohen, performing one of the pinnacles of the violin repertoire
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Mererid Hopwood – Singing in Chains

Thursday, July 28
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Poet and author Mererid Hopwood explores the intricacy and beauty of this unique Welsh verse form and its place in the social and cultural history of Wales.
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Ex Cathedra: Twilight Fantasies

Thursday, July 28
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As the sun sets over Fishguard Bay, let one of the UK’s finest choirs take you on a journey spanning a thousand years of British choral music.
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Peter Donohoe

Friday, July 29
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Mozart takes centre stage in this recital showcasing the many facets of his genius – by turns buoyant, humorous, meditative and heartfelt.
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Saints and Stones

Saturday, July 30
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Follow in the footsteps of the ancient pilgrims. This guided tour led by local historian Rev Richard Davies will take you by bus to four churches across north Pembrokeshire.
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Winning Professionals

Saturday, July 30
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Following the success of our inaugural Winning Professionals concert in 2015, we welcome seven more outstanding young instrumentalists to share their enthusiasm and love of music making.
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Festival Service

Sunday, July 31
St Marys Church, Fishguard
A celebration of readings, prayers and music. All welcome
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Kosmos

Monday, August 1
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An evening of entrancing dance rhythms, soulful improvisation and soaring passion, delivered with panache and virtuoso technique.
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Family Concert

Tuesday, August 2
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Performing on violin, viola and accordion, the three members of Kosmos will soon have you tapping your toes as they bring to life the vibrant rhythms of Greece, Turkey, Eastern
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National Youth Orchestra of Wales

Tuesday, August 2
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The festival finale is given by the first national youth orchestra to be established in the world which this year celebrates its 70th birthday.
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2016 Festival Brochure

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