Gregynog Festival is the oldest classical music Festival in Wales.
Each year the Festival takes a different theme as the starting point for its curation. Gregynog Festival 2013 was curated on the theme of Great Britten to honour the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten and the composer’s appearance at Gregynog Festival 1972 with Peter Pears and Osian Ellis.
The 2013 Festival season – which gained a prestigious Britten Award from the Britten-Pears Foundation at Aldeburgh – brought together some of the finest artists in the world to interpret seven centuries of Great British music from Dowland and Purcell to composers who visited Gregynog such as Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Holst and Britten himself. The Festival also staged an autumn celebration in Cardiff to mark Britten's actual Centenary.
The 2014 theme, War, draws an arc between the English Civil War and First World War to highlight the experience of musicians in Wales and the Borders. It's am "ambitious programme" (Richard Morrison, The Times) with Jordi Savall, the Nash Ensemble, Christopher Maltman, The Brabant Ensemble, Alamire and BBC National Orchestra of Wales amongst its stars.
2015 is France, I believe. Can't wait.