This event will be the second to be promoted by the new partnership which we have formed with our friends in All Saints Church in Ammanford, following the Good Friday performance, earlier this year, of Stainer’s ‘Crucifixion’ with the John S. Davies Singers. The rationale behind this venture is what we see as the need to extend the Llandeilo Fawr Festival’s own sphere of operation, not only to provide new audiences and new Friends for the Festival itself, but also to bring much-needed musical and cultural excellence to places which are perhaps lacking in such provision and who have no doubt been looking enviously at what we have succeeded in achieving over the past 18 years in Llandeilo.
All Saints Church will be the most appropriate venue for an evening such as this. It was in the course of construction while the terrible 1914-1918 World War was raging and its iconic clock tower, visible from miles around, was added some ten years later in memory of the fallen in that conflict. It would be hard to think of a more fitting place therefore to hold a commemoration such as this, in a year which marks the passing of a whole century since the eventual Armistice in 1918. The church has been beautifully restored in the past few years, which in itself was an act of homage to those to whom we owed, and continue to owe, so much.
This will be truly an evening to savour. Matthew Trusler is one of Britain’s leading violinists, having studied with the legendary Italian virtuoso, Ruggiero Ricci, and he has worked closely over the years with a pianist described as “an endlessly fascinating artist”, Ashley Wass. Ashley enjoys the enormous distinction of being the only British winner, so far, of the London International Piano Competition and he and Matthew will be joined by one of the most familiar television and radio presenters, Petroc Trelawney, who will be reading some of the most haunting and moving poems associated with the Great War. Petroc has of course become a household name, both on BBC television and Radio 3, and is instantly recognisable from his countless appearances as presenter of the BBC Promenade Concerts, the renowned New Years Day concerts from Vienna and the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competitions. The specially chosen music will include Vaughan Williams’s ‘The Lark Ascending’ and this, I can safely say, will be an evening like no other.
We will, subject to demand, be running a bus from Llandeilo’s main car park, leaving at 6.00pm. If you require transport please let us know no later than Thursday 27th September.
Tickets are available from Peppercorn in Llandeilo (01558 822410) or by ringing 01269 594303.
Tickets can also be purchased from - Ticketsource