mitchell2As Bangor New Music Festival looked forward to its fourteenth contemporary music festival, we marked the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth. The 2014 festival runs over 4 days, featuring a series of events including concerts, workshops, lectures and the INTER/actions conference.

The festival opened with violinist Madeleine Mitchell on Wednesday 12th March and concluded on Saturday March 15  with a  performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Mantra as part of the INTER/actions conference.

Thursday featured a jazz workshop from Israeli-born drummer, Asaf Sirkis, followed by a late evening concert of his jazz quartet at Greeks Taverna in upper Bangor. Also on this day acousmatic composer Natasha Barrett lead an educational lecture, followed by a concert in Powis Hall using 32 speaker surround sound spatialisation.

Our 2014 theme was celebrated on the Friday with premieres of four works inspired by Shakespeare. Of special note was an open air lunchtime concert performed by Bangor New Music Ensemble at Deniol Shopping Centre. Guest composer Robert Saxton delivered Friday’s lecture before his Shakespeare Scenes were performed by Orchestra of the Swan in a finale to the day. This concert also features the premiere of two commissions (Tŷ Cerdd and BNMF) in line with our aim to promote new works and composers.

At a glance:

Education in 2014

Wednesday 12 March 2014
Pre-concert Reception
Madeleine Mitchell
Thursday 13 March 2014
Masterclass with Madeleine Mitchell and members of Orchestra Of The Swan
Jazz Workshop with Asaf Sirkis
Festival Lecture by Natasha Barrett
Rehearsal of School Project
Electroacoustic Wales: Portrait of Natasha Barrett
Asaf Sirkis Quartet

Friday 14 March 2014
Jazz Masterclass with Asaf Sirkis
Bangor New Music Ensemble: If music be the food of love, play on;
Festival Lecture by Robert Saxton
Pre-concert Talk/performance
Orchestra of the Swan

Saturday 15 March 2014 
INTER/actions Conference