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If you appreciate classical music and the work of little-knownvisittoWales.
composers old and new, head to the Gwyl Gregynog Andthefestivalmarksthe250thanniversaryof
Festival in Powys for a musical extravaganza Handel’sdeathwithavirtuosoprogrammeby
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A MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVALfounded75years GustavHolst,AdrianBoult,WalfordDavies, Chesterenrouteforthefirstperformanceof
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otherhistoricalandmusicalanniversariesandtheir Thisyear’sfestivalpromisesaparticularly withtheShrewsbury-bornmusiccriticanddiarist
linkstoWalesandtheMarches. variedprogramme,fromthemedieval‘jam’ DrCharlesBurney.
SistersGwendolineandMargaretDavies sessionsofTheDufayCollectivetothepercussion •GwylGregynogFestival,GregynogHall,
originallyfoundedtheGwylGregynogFestivalin prowessofODuo.Theopeningconcertmarksthe NearNewtown,Powys.Tel:01743281281.
1933anditattractedthelikesofcomposers 500thanniversaryofHenryVIII’saccessiontothe www.gwylgregynogfestival.org
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THE COBBLED STREETSofChesterwillbe
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andevenahellmouth.Alsoconfirmedforthis
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‘BritishNavy’,ahopeandglorybandandplenty
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Ifyou’dliketotakepart,theorganisersare
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•ChesterCathedralat2pm,ChesterCityCentre,
Chester.www.midsummerwatch.co.uk
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oak,walnutandmahogany.Therewillalsobea textilesandplentyofkitchenaliawillalsobeon
selectionofartsandcrafts.Glasswarewillinclude offer–somethingforeveryone’stastes.
cranberryglassandLalique.There’llalsobean •MonaShowground,Anglesey.Forfurtherdetails,
impressivecollectionofporcelain,spanning tel:01584873634/078831672211
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