The news that Llandeilo’s much-loved annual musikfest will now definitely go ahead this year will be a real shot in the arm for music-lovers in this lovely Welsh market town, none of whom would have probably dreamed that the Covid pandemic would have caused the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 events. Nevertheless, the organisers were left with no alternative but to do just that, as most already know, and the town remained silent for two miserable years. The announcement therefore that the dreaded pandemic is not going to interfere with this year’s Festival plans has been greeted enthusiastically by those who have missed the opportunity to listen to some of the world’s finest music, played on their very doorstep by artists of international reputation.
That is not all however. This year ‘s event will be the 20th Annual Festival, the first one having been held in 2001, when the town was in the throes of another crisis, the Foot and Mouth Pandemic, and groups of Llandeilo’s inhabitants came together in an attempt to restore life to its deserted streets. Under the leadership of Artistic Director, Julia Jones, the foundations of what was to become a truly remarkable cultural event were well and truly laid in that year and the ones which immediately followed. Over those twenty years Llandeilo has gained a reputation as a town of some artistic excellence, attracting musicians of the highest calibre, who have played to consistently large and appreciative audiences.
The twentieth festival should be the time to mark this singular achievement and plans have been put in place for a week of music-making of the rarest quality. It will include appearances by artists of international reputation, such as pianists Piers Lane and Martin Roscoe, cellist Raphael Wallfisch, clarinettist Emma Johnson, violinist Jack Leibeck, and the Armonico Consort ensemble. There will also be an attractive evening with Wales’s leading choral conductor, the doyen John S.Davies. The final touches are now being put in place and you should look out for full programme details, which will shortly appear here, and on the new-look Festival Brochure.