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Crickhowell Music Festival, 2024

Heaven Calling! A musical banquet that’s heaven-sent!

Friday 3rd – Monday 6th May at Clarence Hall and St Edmund’s Church

2024 saw our 28th Festival and features extraordinary pieces by leading C17th and C18th composers that explore the mysteries of the creator spirit and its life-affirming force.

Saturday’s programme saw us celebrating music’s muse and patron, St Cecilia, who through her art could commune with angels, as was made apparent during the performance of Purcell’s wonderful Ode for St Cecilia’s Day.

Complementing this came a first performance in England and Wales of an overlooked masterpiece by Antonio Lotti. His Mass for 3 Choirs provided us with more marvellous insights into a composer’s creative imagination.

In contrast, Sunday’s concert focused on two miraculous interventions in human history, with music for Pentecost and the Annunciation. Who better to capture the sudden outpouring of the spirit on the disciples than the great J.S. Bach in the joyous outbursts of his cantata O ewiges Feuer (O eternal fire). The surprising news  brought by Gabriel to Mary that she was ‘with child’ received an equally rapturous response in C.P.E. Bach’s setting of her song, the Magnificat

Equally inspiring was our star lineup of soloists, which this year included several of our former scholars who are now making a name for themselves on the professional circuit, as well as favourite voices that Festival fans will know from previous years, including Catherine King, Charles Daniels, Rory McLeery (who bravely stepped in at the last minute to replace James Hall who was ill) and Robert Davies.

Monday’s Bank Holiday event was another tribute to former choral scholars. Originally written for students at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama by prize-winning composer and former Choral Society scholar Tomos Owen Jones, this setting of The Egg is something out of the ordinary. A search for the meaning of life itself, it charts an individual’s conversation with the Almighty in music that proved both captivating and poignant. 

But Friday evening launched this year’s events literally on a high with ‘VRï’(translating as ‘up’), one of the Welsh folk scene’s most legendary bands. This amazing trio breathes new life into traditional songs with its unique mix of earthy dance tunes and classical poise. 



2023 – Music for MND

St Edmunds Church

Music For MND was a wonderfully successful fundraising event in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association. It was held in conjunction with local schools and musicians and £3000 was raised for the charity

If you couldn’t make it to the concert  but would like to support the charity, JustGiving is only a click away. Thank you!


And finally…

To leave you with an idea of what we get up to, in the last few years the choir has performed works by:

    • J.S Bach: Magnificat in D, Mass in B minor, St. John Passion
    • Beethoven: Mass in C, Missa Solemnis
    • Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
    • Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb, St. Nicholas
    • Delalande: Jubilate [Psalm 100]
    • Elgar: Music Makers, The Dream of Gerontias
    • Fanshawe: African Sanctus
    • Handel: Te Deum, Dixit Dominus, Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day, Jeptha, Carmelite Vespers, Messiah
    • Haydn: St. Nicholai Mass, Missa Cellensis, Nelson Mass
    • MacMillan: Magnificat
    • Monteverdi: Nisi Dominus, Laudate Dominum
    • Mozart: Vespers KV339, Mass in C minor, Sacred Litanies K243
    • Orff: Carmina Burana
    • Pärt: Litany
    • Pergolesi: Stabat Mater
    • Poulenc: Gloria
    • Purcell: Yorkshire Feast Song
    • Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms
    • Vivaldi: Lauda Jerusalem, Gloria, Beatus Vir
    • Walton: Coronation Te Deum
  • Requiems by:
    • Duruflé
    • Fauré
    • Haydn
    • Rutter
    • Verdi
  • Operas by:
    • Gilbert & Sullivan: Trial by Jury, Mikado!, The Pirates of Penzance
    • Gluck: Orpheus & Euridice
    • Handel: Acis & Galatea
    • Purcell: Fairy Queen, Dido & Aeneas, King Arthur
    • Monteverdi: L’Orfeo

Photo Gallery

2024 Music Festival

Photograph by Tim Evans

Gilbert & Sullivan’s: Mikado!

Mikado 1 Mikado 2 Mikado 3 Mikado 5 Mikado 6

Photographs by Rachel Richards