CRICKHOWELL MUSIC FESTIVAL 2020

Welcome to our musical weekend when, as the song states, we will "never stop saying Maria"!

Across the centuries many a famous Mary has provided a beacon of hope and our festival celebrates such figures, who have become the focus of affection for many, and inspired composers to great things.

The Madonna herself takes centre-stage in Bach's exuberant setting of her song, the Magnificat, whilst two other contrasting works, Mozart's Regina Coeli and Scarlatti's Salve Regina, explore her extraordinary life.

Amongst her honourable company we shall also acknowledge some of her earthly namesakes including Purcell's much-loved patron, Queen Mary II, for whom he wrote his festive birthday ode, Come ye Sons of Art. A double whammy, however awaits on Sunday with a performance of Haydn's joyous Mass, similarly written for the name-day celebrations of the composer's patron Princess Maria Esterhazy, but also admired by one of his most devoted fans, the Austrian empress Maria Theresa, resulting in a curious double dedication!

Making a welcome return are last year's star line-up of singers who are sure to thrill. An undoubted highlight will be Elin Manahan Thomas's rendition of Handel's sublime Eternal Source of Light Divine, just as heard at the royal wedding. There are other gems too, including one of the first modern performances of Scarlatti's Salve Regina by Catherine King and a motet by Venetian courtesan Barbara Strozzi.

Two new ventures are set to complement the festival's scope, opening with the multi-talented Carnival Band who take us on a riotous journey through the seasons in an engaging set of folk songs and dances. Closing proceedings, however, will be the sensational sound of Quatuor 21, a female Saxophone Quartet with a mix of musical styles to suit all tastes.

CRICKHOWELL MUSIC FESTIVAL 2020

Friday 1st May 2020 at 7:00pm

THE CARNIVAL BAND: A CARNIVAL CALENDAR
Clarence Hall, Crickhowell

Saturday 2nd May 2020 at 7:30pm

BACH MAGNIFICAT
St Edmund's Church, Crickhowell

Sunday 3rd May 2020 at 10:00am

MORNING FESTIVAL SERVICE
St. Catwg's Church, Llangattock

Sunday 3rd May 2020 at 7:30pm

HAYDN THERESIENMESSE
St Edmund's Church, Crickhowell

Monday 4th May 2020 at 7:00pm

FESTIVAL FINALE: QUATUOR 21
Clarence Hall, Crickhowell