Photographs of the 2011 St Davids Cathedral Festival
All of the following photographs have been taken by photographer Philip Clarke and have been reproduced by kind permission.
Our Launch concert this year featured the Welsh Premiere of Zimbe! by the multi-talented composer Alexander L'Estrange. We were delighted that both Alexander and his fabulous group, The Call Me Al Jazz Quintet were able to join us for this special performance.
Alexander L'Estrange thanking the audience for their wonderful support.
The choir who took part in Zimbe! featured the Children's Festival Chorus, the St Davids Cathedral Choir, the Cathedral Boys Choir and members of the St Davids Cathedral Singers.
Alexander Mason, the Festival's Artistic Director conducting the performance of Zimbe!
Some of the colourful Zimbe! merchandise available for sale after the concert.
Composer Francis Grier shows his appreciation to soprano soloist Natalie Clifton-Griffith following the world premiere of this year's Festival Commission 'Sequence for St Davids'. Francis Grier wrote the composition for choir, soprano, cello and organ. The premiere was given by the St Davids Cathedral Choir, Natalie Clifton-Griffith, soprano, Natalie Clein, cellist and Simon Pearce, organ.
The Festival was delighted to welcome back the sensational cellist Natalie Clein who enchanted the audience with her playing in the 'Sequence for St Davids'.
In the second half of the Cathedral Choir concert, the choir was joined by members of the Festival Orchestra to perform Gabriel Faure's Requiem Mass.
The choir and orchestra were conducted by the Organist and Master of the Choristers and Artistic Director, Alexander Mason.
Catrin Price, winner of the 2010 Young Musician of Dyfed gave the first of this year's Young Musician Platform concerts.
Catrin Price, after her mid-morning performance in the Cathedral. Catrin also premiered a new composition Aled Start, Young Composer of Dyfed 2010. His compostion was entitled Apis Mellifica (2011) for flute and piano.
It was an honour for the Festival to host the legendary Hilliard Ensemble and the inspriing Norwegian jazz saxophonist Jan Garbarek who made their Festival debut of their sell out programme 'Officium Novum'.
This was the first time 'Officium Novum' had ever been performed in Wales and this concert was a complete sell out. Many people turned out to savour the unique ambience of ancient vocal music coupled with stunning saxaphone improvisations.
Once again, the festival was delighted to be able to use the Cathedral's Refectory as a venue for two morning Coffee Concerts. This year's Cathedral's Choral Scholar's (Harry Jacques, Ieuan Anthony and Elizabeth Hughesdon), performed a selection of Songs and Arias, accompanied by Simon Pearce.
Choral Scholars, Harry Jacques, Ieuan Anthony and Elizabeth Hughesdon. All three of them have made a wonderful contribution to the life of the Cathedral and to St Davids over the past year and it was an honour for us to have them perform a solo concert in this year's festival.
It was a great pleasure to welcome through 'Live Music Now', Pembrokeshire born Claire Jones - Official Harpist to HRH the Prince of Wales. Claire gave a very special performance to a packed audience at Llanrhian Church. She also gave a very informative talk to the audience about her duties and role as the Royal Harpist.
Once again, the Vicars Choral and Choral Scholars of the Cathedral Choir charmed the audience in their late night performance of close harmony gems! Can you spot the Teddy Bears who made their debut in 'The Teddy Bear's picnic?'
This year the Cathedral Boys Choir made their eagerly anticipated debut concert in the Cathedral Nave.
The Festival Chorus and Orchestra round off the week with their performance of Poulenc's Gloria and Puccini's Messa Di Gloria.
Soprano soloist Grace Davidson joined the choir and orchestra in the first half to sing in the Puccini.
Soloists Paul Badley, tenor and Colin Campbell, bass with the conductor and Artistic Director Alexander Mason.
The choir orchestra and soloists take their final bow - the end to a spectacular week of music making.
Once again, with the kind permission of the Dean, concert goers were able to enjoy post festival refreshments in the beautiful surroundings of the Deanery Garden.
This year the Festival's resident artist was the embroiderer Rozanne Hawksley, who put together a visual art exhibition in the East End featuring a specially installed alter piece entitled 'Sir Galahad', asking us to remember, honour, contemplate and reflect on those souls who sacrifce the greatest gift, the gift of life in our name.
This year's festival programmes, featuring the image of the beautiful tiles found on the floor of the Cathedral. The programme was designed by Jayne Minter of Red Dot Design.
The beautiful flowers at this year's festival, put together by the Flower Guild of the Cathedral. The colours were chosen specially to match this year's festival branding.
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