In its thirteenth year of promoting artists of the highest musical calibre, Bangor New Music Festival 2013 (9 – 14 March) once again enlivened and delighted audiences as it celebrated both contemporary folk music and works inspired by childhood games.

Educational Workshopssalisburyworkshop

Workshop 1: Catrin Finch and Owain Llwyd
Folk and Jazz workshops for AS and A level students with Catrin Finch and Owain Llwyd.

Workshop 2: Welsh Castles
Percussion workshops with provision by Dewi Ellis Jones and Poet of Wales, Eurig Salisbury for Year 6 learners.

Workshop 3: Electroacoustic Wales
Electroacoustic workshops with the composer Edward Wright for primary school learners.

Workshop 4: Folk Music with Psappha
psapphaworkshop A tribute to the Folk Music workshops with the composer Katherine Betteridge and contemporary ensemble, ‘Psappha’ for Year 6 pupils.

Saturday 9 March 2013

Catrin Finch and Band

Catrin Finch (harp)
Richard Metherell (keyboards)
Iestyn Jones (bass)
Daniel Pressley (drums)

Taking audiences to the land of eternal youth and never-ending feasting, this concert featured the celebrated Welsh harpist, Catrin Finch. As the name suggests, Finch’s 2011 album Annwn draws inspiration from ancient Welsh mythology to conjure up images of the ‘Otherworld’. The programme celebrates the past to give hope to a fruitful future.

Sunday 10 March 2013

Masterclass & Concert with Catrin Finch and pupils of Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias

Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias provides instrumental and vocal tuition in Caernarfon and has recently opened a second music centre in Denbigh expanding the provision of music tuition in North Wales.

A masterclass for the pupils of CGWM was held at 2:00pm followed by a concert at 7:00pm. The concert included a variety of pieces from the pupils, most of them from the twentieth century as well as others from their current repertoire. Catrin Finch also performed pieces including a new co-commission by Owain Llwyd.

CGWM String Quartet
Gwenno Morgan (piano)
Morgana Warren-Jones (voice)
Pippa Scourse (trumpet)
Luke Iwan Price (piano)

Monday 11 March 2013

Castles, Poetry and Music

Dewi Ellis Jones (percussion) & Eurig Salisbury (poet)

Inspired by castles and folktunes, this concert featured compositions and poetry by pupils from Llanberis and Caenarfon. The celebrated Welsh Children’s Laureate Eurig Salisbury joined forces with percussionist Dewi Ellis Jones in a dramatic performance of youthful artistic creations.

Tuesday 12 March 2013

Bangor New Music Ensemble: Chess

After performing in the afternoon on Bangor High Street the Bangor Music Ensemble performed in a concert in Powis Hall. Inspired by the child in all of us, this concert featured Bangor University’s School of Music student graphic compositions. Combining timeless games with music, the students were inspired by play and jest to create a soundscape which should take all back to their youth.

Wednesday 13 March 2013

Electroacoustic WALES
Peiman Khosravi: Convergences
Roy Woods: “……………..how time passes……….”  (premiere)
Kimon Emmanouil Grigoriadis: Pandora (premiere)
Peiman Khosravi: Video Piece

— Interval —

Pupils from Ysgol y Graig, Llangefni: new work (premiere)
Steven Tunnicliffe: New work
Richard Nelmes: Hiraeth (premiere)
Peiman Khosravi: Vertex

Electroacoustic WALES welcomes Peiman Khosravi and was joined by postgraduate composers showcasing some of the best works of sonic art created in the studios at Bangor University. Khosravi’s music creates powerfully expressive, gestural driven sound worlds which show a special concern with the internal detail of sound objects and textures.

Thursday 14 March 2013

Homage to BerioArtist4 – Psappha

Katherine Betteridge: Belovodia (premiere and BNMF commission)
Patricia Alessandrini: Black is the colour…(Omaggio à Berio) (UK premiere)
Andrew Lewis: Il re lunaire (premiere and BNMF commission)
Luciano Berio: O King [6’]

— Interval —

Winning work for the William Mathias Composition Prize (premiere)
Pupils from Ysgolion Brynaerau and Talysarn: new work (premiere)
Luciano Berio: Folk Songs

This concert held at Penrhyn Hall, Tan-y-Fynwent, Bangor, features music by composers resident in Bangor University and local school children in homage of the Italian composer, Luciano Berio.