The Machynlleth Festival
The Machynlleth Festival takes place at MOMA Machynlleth (or the Tabernacle) in late August every year - the latest festival in 2016 marked 30 years since the Festival began. Since 2009, the Festival's Artistic Director is Julius Drake, a pianist of fine international reputation who usually performs himself at the Festival.
The Festival's events include classical and jazz music concerts, the Cymanfa Ganu (a great Welsh tradition comprising hearty congregational singing), poetry readings, and the Hallstatt Lecture focusing on aspects of Celtic culture.
Recent performers at the Festival include Timothy West, reading First World War poetry, Sir John Tomlinson, a fantastic bass singer, and Nicholas Daniel, one of the country's leading oboists. The Festival boasts many other fine performers and is often broadcast on BBC Radio 3 during the run. Our personal favourites during the week are the Welsh male voice choir (usually on the Tuesday evening), and the string quartert and solo pianist, which are usually towards the end of the week. There is also a Children's concert, usually in the first few days of the Festival.
Further information, including the year's programme, can be found here.