by Rhian Davies
Rhian Davies explores how the Gregynog Festival of classical music places Wales in a wider European tradition. In the centenary year of the Easter Rising she gives the historical narrative behind this year's Festival: the myriad connections between Wales and Ireland via ancient harp pins, Saint Melangell and the ‘University of Revolution’ at Fron-goch.
Gregynog Festival, the oldest extant classical music festival in Wales, was founded by Gwendoline and Margaret Davies in 1933. Programming combines music-making by international artists of the highest quality with a strong sense of cynefin through annual curatorial themes drawn from the heritage of Gregynog, Mid Wales and the Marches. This year’s theme of ‘Éire’ brings some of Ireland’s leading musicians and scholars to Wales to interpret narratives that link both nations.Sign in to read more
Born in Montgomeryshire, Rhian Davies is a musician and writer who celebrates her tenth anniversary this season as Artistic Director of the Gregynog Festival. Her work as a remembrancer of Welsh music has been recognised by the Institute of Welsh Affairs’ Inspire Wales Awards and Gorsedd Beirdd Ynys Prydain.