Are you a fan of contemporary music with a classical twist? If you’re after the brightest stars in the genre and the most interesting workshops delivered by experts, be sure to book your ticket to the Bangor New Music Festival from the 12th to 15th of March.

Madeleine Mitchell

Madeleine Mitchell

Now in its fourteenth year, this great occasion in the historic city doesn’t look like relenting with the big names and great attractions any time soon as 2014’s edition looks like it could be the biggest and best yet. There could be no better way to commemorate the 450th year since William Shakespeare’s birthday than this festival situated in Bangor University.

One of the star turns at the event is Madeleine Mitchell: an upcoming violinist whose name has risen in stature in the community of late. Set to be one of the big draws on both the 12th and 13th of March, the well-travelled musician is looking forward to the occasion.

“I’m delighted to be returning to Bangor to perform at the New Music Festival,” said Mitchell, “It will be my first appearance at the festival although I have played at Bangor University in the past.

“The opening concert, Night and Day, will be a concert I have put together for violin and piano and I will be performing the world première of a new piece of music composed by young Welsh composer, Mared Emlyn, which I’m particularly looking forward to.”

On Thursday, Mitchell will be one of a whole host of attractions to the Bangor New Music Festival as you can also enjoy a jazz workshop with the acclaimed Asaf Sirkis in the morning before he delivers with his rousing quartet in the evening. Also on the day, Electroacoustic will be offering their fascinating performances as well as exclusive insights from industry expert Natasha Barrett.

The next day sees the return of Asaf with another excellent workshop and there will also be plenty of other engaging activities including lectures from the likes of Robert Saxton. The night is rounded off superbly by the stunning Orchestra of the Swan. On Saturday, the INTER/actions Conference will also be hard to miss.

Artistic Director, Guto Pryderi Puw had this to say on the upcoming event: “I’m really excited about the sheer volume of new and previously unheard work that will be performed during this year’s festival.

Guto Pryderi Puw

Guto Pryderi Puw

“We are trying to promote new music to a wider audience and the idea is very much about exposing people to music that they may not normally listen to.

“We aim to increase the festival’s outreach activities, with one concert, a tribute to Shakespeare, taking place at the Deiniol Shopping Centre in Bangor on the Friday afternoon.

“The idea is to engage with the shoppers and passers-by and hopefully to increase the interest in other events during the festival.”

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