21 September 2016

International Music and Arts Festival Returns to Swansea

Pianist Clare Hammond sitting at the piano

Clare Hammond, pianist

 by Julie Kim

The annual Swansea International Festival returns this autumn to celebrate music and the arts. From Friday 30 September to Saturday 15 October 2016, over 30 diverse events will take place across the city as part of the programme. 

Across the festival, visitors can watch orchestral performances, concerts, dances, musicals, theatre dramas, readings, comedy shows and films. There's something for everyone, from the powerful Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra performing live, to the ever-inclusive Family Concerts by BBC National Orchestra of Wales. There will also be visual arts on offer, with exhibitions at three galleries. Carys Evans, Jason & Becky and Catrin Saran James will curate and create artwork at Taliesin Arts Centre, Mission Gallery and Galerie Simpson respectively.

Here are just some of the highlights of the packed programme:

Saturday 1 October

As well as BBC National Orchestra of Wales’ fun packed Family Concert, young festival-goers have a treat when Blunderbus Theatre Company present The Sorcerer’s Apprentice - ideal for 3-7 year olds Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University

Members of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Cardiff Bay
BBC National Orchestra of Wales by BBC NOW

Sunday 2 October

La Serenissima will perform Vivaldi's The Four Seasons amongst other baroque masterpieces at the first concert of the festival. Great Hall, Bay Campus, Swansea University

Members of historical performance ensemble La Serenissima

La Serenissima

 by Eric Richmond

Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University

The celebrated British/Australian organist Joseph Nolan will come to Swansea on the first date of his World Tour, giving audiences the opportunity to hear Reubke’s Sonata on the 94th Psalm on the new Viscount organ of Swansea University’s Great Hall.

Monday 3 October

The first daily lunchtime talk takes place with Jen Wilson of Jazz Heritage Wales talking about the colourful history of jazz in Swansea. Other guest speakers this year include Jen Wilson from Jazz Heritage Wales, Phil George from the Arts Council of Wales, poet Gillian Clarke, artist Robert Newell and Lyndon Jones, the Artistic Director of Swansea International Festival. Check daily itinerary for locations

Thursday 6 October

Minima, the leading band in live accompaniment to silent film screenings, are back too. This time, they're performing the accompaniment to the 1925 classic film, The Phantom of the Opera.Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University

Sunday 9 October

We Banjo 3, an award-winning group from Ireland, show off their command of fiddle, guitar, mandolin and banjo. Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University

Thursday 13 October

Elis James and John Robins, who present a radio show together on Radio X, bring their two-hander live comedy show to the Grand Theatre. Grand Theatre, Swansea

Ballet Cymru return presenting Prokofiev’s timeless Romeo and Juliet for Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary year. Grand Theatre, Swansea

Saturday 15 October

The grand finale of the 2016 Festival is provided by one of Russia’s most prestigious orchestras, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra. A night of Tchaikovsky pieces will be conducted by Denis Lotoev and feature the outstanding 27 year-old Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov. Brangwyn Hall, Swansea