The Lower Machen Festival 2014 runs from 24 – 29 June.
Based in one of the smallest villages in South Wales, Lower Machen is a rural– just nineteen houses (no shop, not even a pub!) with an incomparably beautiful small church, blessed with a perfect acoustic. The majority of the concerts take place in St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Lower Machen, a church dating back to the 12th century, but the festival also has a strong relationship with The Riverfront, Newport bringing four events to Newport during the week.
As part of our vision for the festival we continue to create innovative partnerships between young and established artists. This year we are delighted to welcome clarinettist Michael Collins as artist in residence. Michael will be appearing with both the Welsh Chamber Players and the Mavron Quartet. Voces 8 will be also in residence at the festival performing in concert and giving a workshop/informal performance providing a chance for interested singers to work with them.
The City Waits launches the festival with a fascinating insight into the music and life of London between 1500–1700. Pianist Erdem Mısırlıoglu returns to the festival following his solo recital in 2010 this time with his trio, Trio Isimsiz who have been making waves in the London concert scene. Another previous performer Leon McCawley returns to the festival by popular demand with a programme on an Italian theme. Always wanting to give a platform to Welsh musicians our evening concert at The Riverfront will feature renowned operatic tenor Dennis O’Neill together with students from the Wales International Academy of Voice
For those who enjoy listening to music late at night, we are pleased to continue our series of late night concerts with a piano duo recital given by Mariko Brown and Julian Jacobson. Our daytime events provide something for all ages with a children’s concert given by Little Notes and a chance to get involved with the Voces8 workshop.
Our aim is the highest possible quality of music-making in an atmosphere that brings together what a member of our audience recently described as “a unique atmosphere, in which setting and music complement each other perfectly – the ideal way to spend a summer’s evening.”
Tickets start at just £1 for children and students and can be booked via Ticketsource by phone on 0844 8700 887 and online www.ticketsource.co.uk/machen. For further information please visit www.lowermachenfestival.co.uk
List of Events 2014 Festival
Sunday 22 June, 11.15 am
The City Musick
Tuesday 24 June, 8pm
Welsh Chamber Players
Wednesday 25th 8pm
Dennis O’Neil & Singers from the Wales International Academy of Voice
Thursday 26 June 7:30pm
Michael Collins and The Mavron Quartet
Friday 27th June 1pm
Friday 27 June 8pm
Teddy Bears Concert
Saturday 28th June 11am
Saturday 28 June, 7.30pm
Sunday 29 June 7.30pm