St Davids Cathedral Festival
GŴyl Eglwys Gaderiol Tyddewi
24 – 31 May 2019
WELCOME TO THE ST DAVIDS CATHEDRAL FESTIVAL
The St. Davids Cathedral Festival has been responsible for bringing world class music to the heart of West Wales for 40 years. The Festival takes place annually during the Spring Bank Holiday week at the end of May when the Cathedral hosts a feast of classical and contemporary music concerts under the artistic direction of Oliver Waterer, the Organist and Master of the Choristers.
Book your tickets on-line on our website www.stdavidscathedralfestival.co.uk
Or by phone 01437 720202/ 07506 117901, or in our box office in St Davids – opens 17th May.
See our full programme in the Festival leaflet and on our website
FRIDAY 24 MAY / DYDD GWENER 24 MAI
6.00pm Festival Launch – Classy Classics!
The Festival opens with a family-friendly event as the Festival Children’s Chorus joins amazing musicians from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. This short concert of popular favourites will include music from BBC Ten Pieces, along with excerpts from Complete Nonsense, a setting of poems by Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll, composed by Lenny Sayers (principal bass clarinet, BBC NOW). The Festival Children’s Chorus will feature in Complete Nonsense and will close the concert with Gareth Glyn’s medley, Classy Classics, a whistle-stop tour of classical melodies, all accompanied by musicians from BBC NOW. The concert will also include solo performances by the orchestral musicians and even some audience participation!
Tickets £8 unreserved seating Children 16 and under, free
9:00pm Compline by Candlelight – Vicars Choral and Choral Scholars
White Christe, qui lux es et dies (i)
SATURDAY 25 MAY / DYDD SADWRN 25 MAI
The Cathedral Boys’ Choir are joined by the Vicars Choral and Choral Scholars to sing music from the British choral tradition.
Tickets £10 unreserved seating Children 16 and under, free
7.00pm BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Threnos (1990) Mathias
Concerto for organ, timpani & strings Poulenc
Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 (“Organ Symphony”) Saint-Saëns Organ Soloist David Briggs
(Artist-in-Residence, Cathedral of St John the Divine, New York) “stupendous technical brilliance, musical imagination of the first order and breathless inspiration.” The Organists’ Review, UK
Conductor Daniel Blendulf
One of the world’s finest orchestras returns to the Festival to perform spectacular 19th-century masterpieces, and a work by the Welsh composer, William Mathias.
Tickets Reserved £28, £22, unreserved £12 Children 16 and under, free
SUNDAY 26 MAY / DYDD SUL 26 MAI
Pitoni Cantate Domino
Mozart Missa Brevis in D
Purcell I was glad
6.00pm Festival Choral Evensong, St Davids Cathedral Singers with British Sinfonietta
Charpentier Psalm 127 (Nisi Dominus)
Buxtehude Magnificat Nunc dimittis (Plainsong)
Handel Let thy hand be strengthened (anthem)
8.00pm Celebrity Organ Recital by David Briggs: The Art of Transcription
David Briggs is Artist-in-Residence at the Cathedral of St John the Divine, New York City. The programme includes orchestral works by Dvořák, Vivaldi, Wagner, Ravel, Cochereau and Mahler, many of them transcribed for organ by David Briggs himself.
Tickets £15 unreserved seating Children 16 and under, free
MONDAY 27 MAY / DYDD LLUN 27 MAI
11.00am Young Organist’s Platform
Tickets £10, unreserved seating Children 16 and under, free
7.00pm A Choral Fanfare! St Davids Cathedral Choir with British Sinfonietta Brass and Organ
The programme includes evocative and rousing pieces by Bliss, Parry,
Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Stanford, Geraint Lewis and Sir James MacMillan. Conductor Oliver Waterer, Organist Simon Pearce
Tickets Reserved £20, £15, unreserved £10 Children 16 and under, free
10.00pm Marsyas Trio
Thea Musgrave Canta canta!
Farrenc Piano Trio in E minor Op.45
Beach Pastorale and Caprice ‘The Water Sprites’
Louise Farrenc (1804−75), a concert pianist, composer and professor of piano
at the Paris Conservatoire, was well-known in her time but, like Amy Beach (1867−1944), has been unjustly neglected. Includes a video by shadow puppeteers Smoking Apples
Tickets £12 unreserved Children 16 and under, free
TUESDAY 28 MAY / DYDD MAWRTH 28 MAI
A selection of music sung by the cathedral’s Choral Scholars, Harry Hoyland, Matthew Welch and Christopher Limbert, accompanied by Simon Pearce
Tickets £10 unreserved Children 16 and under, free
5.00pm Choral Evensong
Sung by the Cathedral Boys’ Choir, Vicars Choral and Choral Scholars
Noble Canticles in B minor
Campbell Praise to God in the highest
7.00pm Jack Liebeck and Friends: Chamber Orchestra Concert
Mozart Divertimenti for strings K136 Mendelssohn Canticles in B minor Vivaldi The Four Seasons
Jack Liebeck is an extremely accomplished violin soloist, professor of violin at the Royal Academy of Music, and a committed chamber player. He plays a Guadagnini instrument of 1785. Jack has a very busy programme of recording and concerts. This year it includes a new concerto commission for him from Paul Dean (in commemoration of Prof. Stephen Hawking) in an exciting programme Jack has curated with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding conducting, in collaboration with Prof. Brian Cox. ‘His playing is virtually flawless in its technical ease, scintillating and purity of tone’ Gramophone
Tickets, £24, £18, unreserved £10 Children 16 and under, free
WEDNESDAY 29 MAY / DYDD MERCHER 29 MAI
3.30pm Choral Evensong (Eve of Ascension Day) Broadcast live on BBC Radio 3
Owain Park (Festival commission 2019)
Rose Responses Psalms 15; 24
Howells St Paul’s Service
Vaughan Williams O clap your hands
Please arrive at least half an hour before the start of the service
These renowned bilingual Welshmusicians sing, dance and play variously on fiddle, bagpipes, accordion, pibgorn, whistle, guitar and harp. Calan is the only Welsh band to win the coveted International Folk Band Award
Tickets £15, unreserved Children 16 and under, free
THURSDAY 30 MAY / DYDD IAU 30 MAI
This concert will be given in the North Transept by the winner of the annual Young Musician of Dyfed competition, the final of which takes place on 6th April at Rhosygilwen, Ceredigion.
Tickets £10 unreserved Children 16 and under, free
2.30pm Male Voice Choir in Y Tabernacl, Goat Street, St Davids
Tickets £10 unreserved Children 16 and under, free
7.00pm Festal Choral Eucharist (Ascension Day)
Stanford Coelos ascendit hodie
Meirion Wynn Jones Gloria: Offeren Glyn Rhosyn (commissioned Advent 2018)
Haydn Little Organ Mass
Mawby Ave verum corpus
FRIDAY 31 MAY / DYDD GWENER 31 MAI
7.00pm Candlelit Gala Dinner and Concert in the Cathedral Nave, with Vox Angelica, the Vicars Choral and the Choral Scholars.
Join us for this unique opportunity for fine dining provided by multi- award-winning St Davids Kitchen in the magnificent setting of the cathedral nave, by kind permission of the Dean & Chapter. This is combined with a concert by Vox Angelica, who perform together with the cathedral’s Vicars Choral and Choral Scholars. Space is limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Catering by St Davids Kitchen, whose emphasis on quality locally sourced and produced food has earned them glowing reviews
Calling all budding choiristers
If your daughter or son is interested in joining the Cathedral Choir, please contact Oliver Waterer, Organist and Master of If your daughter or son is interested in joining the Cathedral Choir, please contact Oliver Waterer, Organist and Master of the Choristers. 01437 720202 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
As well as wonderful music the St Davids Cathedral Festival also holds Festival Exhibitions
North Quire Aisle – St Davids Cathedral: a musical life in print and posters
The Cloisters Gallery – Jude Howells and Friends: painting, photography & crafts
Eastern Ambulatory – Diana Hoare artist and priest, – Creation and Re-creation Treasury – Thomas Tomkins, composer and organist, past and present
St Davids Cathedral would like to thank
Royal Patron: Her Majesty The Queen
President: The Dean of St Davids, The Very Reverend Dr Sarah Rowland Jones Chairman: Arwel Davies
Artistic Director: Oliver Waterer Administrator: Sarah Green
The Festival Committee is extremely grateful to all those who have supported the Festival in many different ways over the years and we would like to thank all the Festival’s supporters for their generosity. We have simplified our patronage system this year and full details are available on our website: stdavidscathedralfestival.co.uk. In addition we can now claim Gift Aid on all donations, which makes your contribution go further and allows us the security to continue booking world-class musicians.
Please contact Sarah Green for more information: email@example.com .
Contact Oriel-y-Parc Visitor Centre in St Davids, Pembrokeshire for information about the St Davids area, including where to stay and what’s on, through their website: orielyparc.co.uk . For more information about the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, please visit pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk For further information on places to stay and visit whilst in Pembrokeshire you may find visitpembrokeshire.co.uk helpful.
Pre-concert suppers can be obtained at a variety of hotels, cafes and restaurants close to the cathedral and booking is usually necessary. For further details contact Oriel-y-Parc or visit St Davids Peninsula Tourist Association at stdavidsinfo.org.uk
The Festival maintains an electronic database of contact details and booking information relating to its supporters and those who have asked to be added to the mailing list. This information remains strictly confidential and will never be shared with third parties. This practice is within the guidelines of the Data Protection Act 2018.
Important information for St Davids Cathedral Festival
For more detailed information and to select your seats please book online via our website stdavidscathedralfestival.co.uk.
Alternatively, you can book by post using the booking slip included in this brochure but please note that you won’t be able to choose your seats; they will be allocated for you.
Priority booking for Festival Supporters only from Friday 8 March; tickets go on sale to the general public from Friday 22nd March.
From Monday 17 May tickets may also be obtained from: St Davids Cathedral Festival Box Office, Cysgod-y-Tŵr, The Pebbles, St Davids. Open 10:00am – 4:00pm. Telephone: 01437 721204
Parking and disabled parking
Parking is available in the Merrivale, Quickwell Hill, Oriel-y-Parc and Pebbles car parks.
Disabled parking close to the Cathedral is very limited and priority will be given to wheelchair users travelling alone. If you require disabled parking you MUST request a parking permit from the Festival Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07506 117901 before booking your tickets. The permit must be displayed in the windscreen.
A free return bus service will be available for the disabled, including wheelchair users, from the car park at Oriel-y-Parc which will take you straight to the main entrance of the Cathedral for the 7.00pm concert on Saturday 25th May. A pass for the bus is required and will be issued on request from the Festival Administrator, email@example.com or telephone 07506 117901.
For all other concerts, when there are no disabled parking spaces available, arrangements can be made to ‘drop-off’ and ‘pick-up’ but vehicles must be removed to car parks.
Conditions of sale
The Festival reserves the right to refuse admission of the ticket holder to all festival concert
Late comers will only be admitted if there is a suitable break in the
The artists and details given in this brochure are correct at the time of However, all tickets are sold subject to the Festival’s right to make any alterations to the artists, programme or any other advertised arrangements.
Admission to all the concerts taking place in the Cathedral is via the South Porch, where tickets will also be on sale before each event, subject to
Please note that unreserved seats may offer a restricted view of the performance
Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded, except on cancellation of an event by the St Davids Cathedral Festival committee. All sales are
If, unfortunately, you are unable to attend an event or concert, the donation of your ticket would be gratefully
Photography and the use of any video or audio recording equipment are strictly forbidden.
Choral Services during the Festival are included in the daily programme and all are welcome to attend.
Images shown above are courtesy of Paul Edey, the Dean & Chapter of the Cathedral, Philip Clarke and the Artists.