Gwyl! Arts Festival Line-up Flourishes
Gwyl!: The University of Wales Trinity Saint David Arts Festival is once again set to provide a magnificent month of music and drama.
The popular West Wales festival will kick off on May 30 and run throughout the month of June.
This year's event is the first festival as part of the new University and events will take place at Newton House in Dinefwr Park and the stunning Aberglasney Gardens as well as venues in and around the Carmarthen and Lampeter campuses.One major highlight of this year’s festival will no doubt be an evening in the company of Bryn Terfel. The world-renowned opera superstar will perform at a sell-out concert at the historic Carmarthenshire gardens of Aberglasney on June 25 to mark the creation of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
The concert will also see Wynne Evans (Gio Compario), three Welsh choirs and an orchestra perform.
The 150 strong choir is made up of Côr y Drindod Dewi Sant (the University choir), Côr CF1 and Côr Godre’r Garth which is conducted by the Festival’s artistic director Eilir Owen Griffiths will perform the world premier of Requiem by Eilir himself.
He has used the opportunity to write the large-scale composition to chronicle the end of an era but also to celebrate the new chapter in the University’s history.
The renowned Welsh Poet and University lecturer Mererid Hopwood was also commissioned to write original lyrics for the last movement which incorporate the themes from the complete work and looks boldly towards the bright future.
“It has been a privilege to compose this work for this great occasion and to work with such renowned artists,” says Eilir.
“I have set the traditional Latin lyrics from the Requiem but omitted Dies Irae (Day of Judgement), so that the Latin words interweave with the Welsh words taken from traditional Welsh hymns and so showcases our heritage.”
“This will be a truly memorable evening and is a fitting way to celebrate the creation of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David”.
Other highlights from this year’s programme include the Stuart Burrows International Voice Award on Sunday 12 June at the Carmarthen Campus of the University. This international award was established in honour of the world-renowned tenor and is a fantastic opportunity to hear the young voices of the future.
And Taming of the Shrew by The Festival Players Theatre Company at Dinefwr Park on Sunday 19 June promises to be a fun-packed, energetic, and brilliantly inventive production of this perennial favourite.
With so many different styles of music as well theatre, art and literature there’s every reason to be part of Gwyl! this year.
Further information and how to book tickets is available at www.trinitysaintdavid.ac.uk/en/gwyl
Note to Editor
- The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is working with Swansea Metropolitan University, Coleg Sir Gâr, Pembrokeshire College and Coleg Ceredigion to create a dual sector university. This means that the institutions will work as a group to provide progression routes and choices for students as well as programmes of study that respond to the needs of employers in the region.
- Gwyl! is a music, theatre, art and literary festival organised and promoted by The University of Wales Trinity Saint David and is held throughout June 2011.The Festival Artistic Director is Eilir Owen Griffiths and Festival Patron is Karl Jenkins.
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