About Lower Machen Festival

50th Anniversary - 2017

The excitement of the 50th anniversary classical music festival is almost upon us and we are delighted to announce that Elin Manahan Thomas has become our Festival Patron.

This Is Our Story

Welcome to the 49th Lower Machen Festival, just one year to go until we make the milestone of our half century. Following on from last year in which our programme theme was based around countries, this year we are taking you on a musical journey featuring some of the cities that have had a big influence on composers and musicians.

The festival commission ‘Machen Forge’ epitomises the core essence of the festival bringing education work centre stage, espousing our ideals of ‘Spanning Generations’ and promoting a Welsh composer reflecting on the local community. We have a fantastic line up of artists this year; new ensembles include the Vida Guitar Quartet, La Serenissima and Bach to Baby whilst we are pleased to welcome back pianist Leon McCawley, the Carducci Quartet, Lucy Parham and Henry Goodman and the Welsh Chamber Players who will be joined by the newly formed Lower Machen Festival Singers.

A first for this year is our ‘Cream Tea’ concert featuring the prodigious 9 year old violinist Leia Zhu who is making her debut in Wales following an international career which at this tender age has included her being the youngest ever winner of the Nutcracker competition, the XIII International Russian Rotary Children’s Music Competition (2015) and already played to a sell-out audience at the Royal Festival Hall. She will be accompanied by pianist John Flinders who makes a welcome return to the festival.

As always we are committed to bringing you first class concerts in unforgettable surroundings. Special Early bird bargains are available with an incredible value ticket for you to enjoy the entire festival week for just £80.

We look forward to welcoming you at this year’s festival to experience what a member of our audience described as “a unique atmosphere, in which setting and music complement each other perfectly – the ideal way to spend a summer’s evening.”

A warm welcome awaits you.

Peter and Alison Esswood
Artistic Directors

Please note: The gardens of Machen House and drinks marquee will be open before and during the interval of each concert by kind permission of
Mrs Mary Adams.

Picture of Marquee photo credit Peter Whittaker

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