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As Artistic Director I am delighted and honoured once again this year to welcome you to the Machynlleth Festival.
We start our Festival week with the very best in Welsh traditional music, from artists especially chosen by Dennis Jones. Then some of the finest classical musicians from all over the world visit this lovely town to make music together, drawn by the unique Machynlleth hospitality and the superb acoustics of the Tabernacle.
Highlights this year abound. They include a programme of Baroque classics from the violinist Rachel Podger; Schubert’s sublime String Quintet from the Doric Quartet and cellist Natalie Clein;
Beethoven’s Archduke Trio with the superb Vienna Piano Trio; the UK debut of the Dutch recorder wunderkind Lucie Horsch; the return by public demand of the brilliant Budapest Café Orchestra; Mendelssohn’s glorious Octet for strings from the combined forces of the Ruisi and Solem quartets; and Roderick Williams singing the eternal song cycle of love and loss, Die Schöne Müllerin.
All this plus a masterclass for young cellists, interviews, pre concert talks by the brilliant Christopher Cook, late night candlelit concerts and a free Family Concert introduced by CBeebies presenter, Chris Jarvis.
So please help yourselves and enjoy this musical feast!