Posted on 16 April 2012
A special extended St David’s Cathedral Festival will be held this year to honour our Patron, Her Majesty the Queen’s, Diamond Jubilee. The cathedral is a stunning venue for experiencing live music, with late 12th century architecture and a unique 16th century oak ceiling. Equally impressive is the range of events covered in this year’s programme, featuring recitals by top professionals from the worlds of classical music and jazz, as well as performances by younger musicians.
The opening night features a recital by Olivier Latry, a tenured organist of Notre Dame Cathedral and one of his generation’s most highly respected players. Other highlights of the festival are sure to include the BBC National Orchestra for Wales playing pieces by Elgar and Vaughan Williams, and a performance by the respected jazz pianist and singer, Joe Stilgoe. An established educational outreach programme will also give local school children the opportunity to perform.
The St David’s Cathedral Festival has been bringing classical music to Pembrokeshire for the past 34 years, and has an excellent reputation as one of the finest classical music festivals in Wales. The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed we wrongly stated the Cathedral was in Cardiff in our latest edition of E-Notes, and we appreciated the e-mails pointing this out – we like to check our readers’ geography from time to time!
Under the artistic direction of the Organist and Master of the Choristers, Daniel Cook, the spread of classical and contemporary concerts will run from 27 May until 8 June. Please visit the St David's Cathedral website for full details of the programme and information on how to book tickets.