Bryn Terfel's Faenol Festival 2007
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FAENOL FESTIVAL HITTING HIGH NOTES WITH EXCITING NEW CONCERT SERIES
Bryn Terfel today announced an exciting new development for Faenol Festival that will cement the Festival’s commitment to bringing the world’s best musical talent to Wales and Bryn’s personal commitment to supporting the development of talented young musicians and performers. The Faenol Festival Trust are delighted to announce a new series of concerts in the newly refurbished Great Barn on the Faenol Estate. The ‘Young Artists At The Great Barn’ concert series will introduce some of the best young artists around, in the intimate atmosphere of the Great Barn. The concerts are supported by Bryn Terfel from the Toepfer Foundation Shakespeare Prize Hamburg and the North West Wales Events Commission. All performances will be seated and promise to be an exciting addition to the Festival.
Commenting on the development, Bryn Terfel said: “These afternoon performances in the Great Barn will provide our visitors with an additional opportunity to see some fantastic musical performances, but in a much more intimate environment that that of the main Festival stage. The aim is to offer a platform for talented young musicians and performers – both from Wales and further afield. In addition to delighting us with their talents, my hope is that they will enjoy the additional benefits of watching, speaking to and mixing with the guest performers that are already at the top of their game. This kind of opportunity was incredibly important for the development of my career, I want other young musicians to have the same opportunities that I had, and of course to give our audiences even more to enjoy during this wonderful musical weekend”.
The line up for the first Faenol Barn recital series includes the dynamic young Welsh percussionist Dewi Ellis Jones, the outstanding young classical pianist Benjamin Grosvenor who won of the Keyboard Final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2004 and has recently signed an innovative development deal with EMI; Irish soprano Ailish Tynan, who is rapidly carving out an international career and Rhys Taylor the wonderful Welsh clarinettist who won the Bryn Terfel Scholarship in 2006 and has gone on to develop an enviable reputation as a solo and ensemble artist. In addition, the north Wales based William Mathias School will be showcasing their talented pupils in the final concert of the series on Sunday afternoon.
Tickets for all the concerts are £7.50. To book call Theatr Gwynedd on 01248 351708.
These concerts will be performed in the afternoons leading into the main Festival stage performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights namely:
Friday 24th August – GIRLS ALOUD, SHAYNE WARD & JAMELIA
Opening Bryn Terfel’s Faenol Festival this year with with a bang on Friday 24 August are some of the biggest contemporary music performers of the moment. Headlining a thrilling triple bill feisty female group Girls Aloud boast a string of hit singles including their latest track for Comic Relief ‘Walk This Way’ which entered the UK charts at number 1. Joining the girls will be the UK’s chart topping sensation Shayne Ward and R&Bs hottest femme fatale Jamelia.
Sat 25th August – FAENOL FESTIVAL OPERA GALA
A world of opera comes to the Faenol Festival Stage on Saturday 25 August with international artists galore lining up for arias, duets, quartets and quintets. Joining Bryn Terfel this year will be the world renowned performers including Spanish Verdi baritone Carlos Alvarez., Welsh soprano Rebecca Evans taking time out from her busy international opera schedule to perform to home crowds, and dynamic young English Mezzo Soprano Christine Rice who is currently enjoying great success at the Royal Opera House.
Joining them on stage again this year will be the world renowned orchestra of Welsh National Opera under the baton of Gareth Jones.
Sun 26th August – THE HILLS ARE ALIVE
The Hills are Alive is a gala of best loved songs from the world of musical theatre and now boasts one of the hottest line ups in the world - Michael Ball who needs no introduction to Faenol audiences following his sell out performance at the first Festival in 2000. He returns this year following a successful UK tour and performances in ENO’s new production of Kismet. He will be joined on the Faenol stage by Olivier Award winning West End and Broadway star Ruthie Henshall, and by the winner of the BBC’s popular show ‘How do you Solve a Problem like Maria?’, Connie Fisher. The gala will be accompanied by the Faenol Festival Orchestra under the baton of renowned West End conductor Callum McLeod.
Commenting on this year’s line up, Bryn Terfel said “This is a powerful line up of artists – some of the best contemporary music groups and soloists along with a powerhouse of an opera night with five international singers on stage, and surely, that line up of musicals stars on Sunday night must be among the best – where in the West End or on Broadway can you enjoy such a line up in one night? I’m very proud of what the Faenol team has achieved again this year, and I would urge those wanting to attend to buy those tickets and guarantee their place as soon as possible, for what promises to be an astounding celebration of music”!
Tickets for the Festival main stage performances can be obtained by calling the Venue Cymru box office on 01492 872000, Theatr Gwynedd box office on 01248 351708 or Silver Star Holidays on 01286 671771. The Festival opens on Friday 24th August at 8.00pm with GIRLS ALOUD, SHAYNE WARD and JAMELIA
Tickets – Seats £36, grass £28. The Opera Gala on Saturday 25th August stars Bryn Terfel, Carlos Alvarez (Baritone), Rebecca Evans (Soprano) and Christine Rice (Mezzo) with the orchestra of Welsh National Opera under the baton of Gareth Jones, begins at 8.00pm. Tickets – Seats £38.50, grass £28.00. The Hills are Alive on Sunday 26 August at 8.00pm with Michael Ball, Ruthie Henshall, John Owen-Jones and Connie Fisher, Tickets – seats £38.50, grass £28.00. The Dragon’s Fire celebrates BBC Radio Cymru’s 30th Birthday on Monday 27th August at 6.00pm. Tickets- grass £19.50, children £12.50. A festival ticket is available at £85 which includes all performances and a 10% discount is available for bookings of 10 or more.
Young Artists At The Great Barn concert programme 2007
Friday 24 August
5.30-6.30 pm - Dewi Ellis Jones (percussionist)
A percussionist of outstanding ability, Dewi has an easy rapport with his audience. He draws them into his world, where percussion is musical, rhythmic, and enthralling. His performances are full of energy and movement, providing a visual stimulus and the sounds he draws from the marimba and vibraphone evokes a complete range of emotions within the audience to give all who hear him an unforgettable experience.
Saturday 25 August
4-5 pm - Benjamin Grosvenor (pianist)
At the age of eleven, Benjamin was the outstanding winner of the Keyboard Final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2004. Engagements in 2006-07 include performances of Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Philharmonia and English Chamber Orchestras, and recitals at the Wigmore Hall and St George's, Bristol and he has recently signed an innovative development agreement with EMI.
5.30-6.30p.m - Ailish Tynan ( soprano) Julius Drake (accompanist)
Ailish Tynan was born in Mullingar, Ireland, and studied at Trinity College and the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. In the 2006/7 season Ailish made her US debut, returned to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and on the concert platform in Sweden, Tokyo, Barcelona, and Valloires Festival, France.
Sunday 26 August
4-5p.m – Rhys Taylor (clarinettist)
In 2005 Rhys graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music, with First Class Honours and in 2006 Rhys was awarded the Ysgoloriaeth Bryn Terfel. He is continuing his classical career performing with Orchestras, Ensembles as well as smaller groups and also has a captivating repertoire with various single accompanists.
5.30-6.30p.m – William Mathias School
Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias, based at the Galeri in Caernarfon, was established in 1999 as a Centre for music and is funded by grants from the Arts Council of Wales and donations from the Friends of the Canolfan. The core work of the Canolfan is individual instrumental and voice tuition for all ages, as well as various group workshops and classes. Over 300 students aged from 2 to 75 attend the Centre on a weekly basis with 30 teachers offer tuition on a range of instruments. Elinor Bennett was appointed Artistic Director in 2003.
Supported by Bryn Terfel from the Toepfer Foundation Shakespeare Prize Hamburg and the North West Wales Events Commission.
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