Music's Power Divine - A Harmony Beyond Words

Welcome to our 24th Music Festival that will take you straight to the heart of the matter: that is, why does music mean so much to us?

If indeed, music is, as Dryden claimed, "the greatest good that mortals know and all of heaven we have below", then it is little wonder that its power to transform and inspire us has become legendary. And it is two such legendary champions of music's power that form the focus of our Festival celebrations: Orpheus, with his songs to charm the gods, and Cecilia, always inspiring musicians to greater things!

To explore such noble claims, our concerts feature pieces composed by the leading lights of their day, including Vivaldi, Handel and Monteverdi, and neglected masterpieces by the overlooked Restoration composer John Blow and Florentine masters Caccini and Peri. Along the way we will also witness the birth of Italian opera!

Monday sees a Festival 'first' as the spotlight falls on the talents of our choral scholars. Working alongside the professional soloists, their recital pays homage to the "divine Monteverdi", a true Orpheus in human form.

With such a star line up of singers and performers, including up and coming Welsh soprano Jessica Cale, we are in for many sessions of sensory overload, each offering intriguing insights into the ways music works its magic. May its force be with you!

May 2018


Thursday 3rd May 2018 at 7:30pm

The Old Rectory Hotel, Llangattock

Saturday 5th May 2018 at 7:30pm

VIVALDI Domine ad adjuvandum RV 593
St Edmund's Church, Crickhowell

Sunday 6th May 2018 at 10:00am

Bach Cantata BWV 16: Herr Gott, dich loben wir
St. Catwg's Church, Llangattock

Sunday 6th May 2018 at 7:30pm

HANDEL Alexander’s Feast - In honour of St Cecilia
St Edmund's Church, Crickhowell

Monday 7th May 2018 at 3:00pm

St Catwg's Church, Llangattock

Crickhowell Music Festival 2018 Events are listed above and can also be downloaded.


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