2018 Programme

The Bangor Music Festival is a unique opportunity to explore space, planets, stars and galaxies through the medium of music and science that will be an inspiration to the whole family. The Music of the Spheres will resound during Zubin Kanga’s concert, that also includes festival commissions by Maja Palser and Claire Victoria Roberts together with two iconic pieces by George Crumb and Patrick Nunn.

Live electronic sounds led by Scott Wilson will take centre stage at the Electroacoustic Wales and Birmingham Ensemble for Electroacoustic Research concert at Theatr Bryn Terfel, with additional acousmatic music by Jo Thomas and a festival commission by Ed Wright.

Throughout the day the other events are placed within various locations within Pontio that presents us with an exploration of the Planetarium, music for young children with Marie-Claire Howorth and creating electronic sounds from the BEER website. Audiences will be captivated by the performance of student compositions performed by the Bangor New Music Ensemble and local instrumentalists are encouraged to improvise with the Bangor University Fusion Ensemble. Other activities include a piano masterclass and stargazing opportunities on the Friday.

Friday, 2 February 2018

Piano Masterclass with Zubin Kanga

An application form to participate in the masterclass will be available soon.

Time: 4:00pm
Location: Neuadd Mathias, School of Music, Bangor University.
£15 for participants / £3 observers
(Participants need to apply in advance, observers can pay at the door).

In collaboration with Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias, Gwasanaeth Cerdd Gwynedd a Môn, and Bangor University.


Bangor Stargazing Experience

An opportunity to study the night’s sky as well as experience a music installation by acousmatic composer Ed Wright.

More information for this event will be available soon. Booking is required.

Location: Convene at the School of Music Foyer (The session will take place at the Roman Camp, Bangor).
Times: 6:30 – 8:00pm / 8:00 – 9:30pm / 9:30 – 11pm
Price: Free


Saturday, 3 February 2018

Next Steps in Music

Marie-Claire Howorth will present a fun music workshop for children aged 3 – 7 years old, using songs and games to introduce the children to the basic components of music.

Suitable for children aged 3 – 7 years old with parent/guardian supervision.

Location: Level 0, Pontio Bangor.
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 / 11:00 – 12:00
Price: Free (Booking required)

In collaboration with Marie-Claire Howorth and Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias.


Planetarium Event

Location: Lecture Room 2, Pontio
Time: 10:00 – 12:00 (Every half an hour)
Price: Free (Booking required)

Suitable for children 10+


Great Equatorial (David Bedford)

Location: Pontio’s Public Spaces
Time: 12:00pm
Price: Free


Zubin Kanga - PianoThe Music of the Spheres: Zubin Kanga (Piano)

Location: Studio, Pontio Bangor.
Time: 1:00pm
Tickets: £12 / £10 / £5 (students and under 18)


Moon: Bangor University Fusion Ensemble

Location: Bar Ffynnon, Pontio Bangor.
Time: 2:15pm


 Dark Matter Workshop

Location: Lecture Room 2, Pontio Bangor.
Time: 3-4pm / 4-5pm
Price: Free (Booking Required)

Musical Improvisation

Location: Bar Ffynnon, Pontio Bangor.
Time: 3-4pm / 4-5pm
Price: Free


Orbit: Bangor New Music Ensemble

Location: Level 2, Pontio Bangor.
Time: 5:00pm
Price: Free


Pre-concert Talk and Festival Reception

Location: Lecture Room 2
Time: 6:00pm
Price: Free (Booking Required)


Birmingham Ensemble for Electroacoustic Research

Dark Matter

Birmingham Ensemble for Electroacoustic Research & Electroacoustic WALES

Location: Theatr Bryn Terfel, Pontio Bangor.
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: £15 / £12 / £5 (student and under 18)