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This year’s Festival promises to be another very special occasion and we have already planned some mouth-watering concerts. After the enormous success of Handel’s “Messiah” last year it seemed appropriate to include another large-scale choral work this time and we will therefore be launching this year’s event with a performance of Handel’s mighty oratorio, “Judas Maccabaeus”, with the John S.Davies Singers (the dynamic young choir who thrilled us with their “Messiah” in 2013) together with four leading soloists and the Westward Chamber Orchestra. I cannot wait to hear the renowned “Conquering Hero” chorus in the vibrant acoustic of St. Teilo’s and it would be hard to think of a more exciting start to Festival 2014. This performance will be on Saturday 12th July, when hopefully the savagery of this appalling winter will be no more than a distant memory and we will be enjoying our wine on a balmy summer evening in the churchyard!

The Handel will be just one of the delights to savour. Another will be a Song Recital by the leading Italian operatic soprano, Nuccia Focile who, you may recall, was a superb Violetta in Welsh National Opera’s production of Verdi’s “La Traviata” a few years ago. We will also be welcoming one of the world’s outstanding string ensembles, the St.Petersburg Quartet from Russia, as well as the renowned virtuoso clarinettist, Michael Collins. I have mentioned these evenings just to whet your appetite, but there will of course be a full programme of events including instrumental recital programmes (some of which we are still putting the final touches to) as well as the usual evening of top-class Jazz and a comprehensive array of (free) Lunchtime and Coffee Concerts.