Below inventive administrators violist Rosalind Ventris and conductor Joseph Fort, the Cowbridge Music Competition returns from 16 to 25 September 2022, filling the south Wales market city with world class musicians. This 12 months’s theme is Songs from my Homeland and guests to the competition will embody soprano Natalya Romaniw, Cowbridge Music Competition Affiliate Artist Llŷr Williams, singer Kizzy Crawford, cellist Laura van der Heijden, pianist Tom Poster and violinist Elena Urioste, plus a uncommon alternative to listen to music from Afghanistan. Co-artistic director Joseph Fort can be conducting the Choir of King’s School, London, in Rachmaninov’s Vespers, while Tom Poster and Elena Urioste’s Kaleidescope Chamber Collective can be performing a programme of Mendelssohn, Mozart, Dvorak and Errollyn Wallen.
Introducing the programme, Rosalind Ventris and Joseph Fort commented, “We’re tremendously excited to unveil the programme for the 2022 Cowbridge Music Competition. This 12 months’s theme of ‘Songs from my Homeland’ invitations us to discover the concept one’s dwelling has lengthy been a supply of inspiration for composers and performers alike. A number of artists draw deep on Welsh connections and roots: Llŷr Williams’s programme celebrates of the centenary of Bartók’s first go to to Wales, whereas Kizzy Crawford presents her personal distinctive model of Welsh-language soul-folk jazz. Different performers deliver their dwelling to us: Tom Poster and Elena Urioste recreate the award-winning Uriposte Jukebox that they first broadcast from their very own lounge, whereas musicians of Afghan heritage current a programme of their native folks music. In the meantime, different musicians discover the notion of dwelling as an inspiration for composers, starting from Welsh-Ukrainian opera star Natalya Romaniw’s number of heartfelt songs by Dvořák, Grieg and Rachmaninoff to jazz legend Darius Brubeck’s upbeat finale. With such a broad vary of artists uniting round this theme, there’s certainly one thing for everybody right here, and we hope that each one will be a part of us for the 2022 competition!“
Concert events happen at venues all through the city, together with Holy Cross Church, The United Free Church and Cowbridge Complete College. For individuals who could also be unable to journey, the competition will even deliver music out into the group with a lot of performances in care houses and a full slate of outreach workshops reaching over a thousand pupils throughout the native space.