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Gregynog Spring Concert

Sunday 8 May 2022

To mark a three-year collaboration with The Gregynog Trust, Sinfonia Cymru launches its first residency at Gregynog Hall with a Spring concert for string quartet.

Gregynog Hall was the home of Gwendoline and Margaret Davies, the famous sisters who gave so much locally and nationally to support art, poetry and music. Their astonishing art collection included an impressive array of impressionist paintings which are housed at the National Museum of Wales. They welcomed many distinguished musicians to their home, offering it as a retreat in which artists could make work.

Sinfonia Cymru is privileged to be offered the opportunity to host an annual residency at Gregynog, giving our young professional musicians a taste of what Holst, Elgar and Barberolli might have experienced when they stayed there. The concert, in the Davies sisters’ Music Room, will feature music that was among the repertoire played at some of the early Festivals of Music and Poetry in the 1930s, alongside newer works that were influenced by that repertoire.

As well as the public concert at Gregynog, we will be using our time to work with local primary schools, residential homes, and Ponthafren, a local charity that supports people who are experiencing issues around mental health, social isolation or exclusion.

We will also be taking our music further afield with satellite performances across Powys as part of our wider Mainly Village Halls Tour and wee are delighted that the partnership with Gregynog is helping us to achieve this. Look out for the Mainly Village Halls performances at Aberdyfi, Derwenlas, Tre’r Ddol, Llangammarch Wells and Llanymynerch.

Musicians

Roberto Ruisi, violin / Hatty Haynes, violin / Kate de Campos, viola / William Clark-Maxwell, cello

This project is supported by The Gwendoline and Margaret Davies Charity

Programme

  1. Saturday 7 May, 7.30pm Cancelled due to operational reasons
  2. Sunday 8 May, 3pm Including
  3. Britten Divertimenti
  4. Danish String Quartet Selection from 'Last Leaf'
  5. Ravel Movement from String Quartet in F

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