Photographs of the 2012 St Davids Cathedral Festival

All of the following photographs have been taken by photographer Philip Clarke and have been reproduced by kind permission.



It was an honour for the Festival to welcome to Wales for the first time, one of the world's greatest organists, Olivier Latry who is the organist of Notre-Dame de Paris.



Olivier Latry photographed here with chorister Georgia Gillespie.



Our Launch concert this year featured the Children's Festival Chours who came from 5 local primary schools across the County.



It was a joy to welcome the iconic composer Bob Chilcott, who conducted and narrated his work Mr Majeika and the Magic Organ. Bob is photographed here with the original magician's hat from Humphrey Carpenter's Mr Majeika stories which was kindly loaned to the Festival by Mari Pritchard.



Bob Chilcott conducting the Children's Festival Chorus in the performance of A Sporting Chance. The choir had been prepared for the performance through the Festival's Educational Outreach programme which was kindly supported this year by the West Wales Masonic Grand Charity.



The Choir also enjoyed performing the chart-topping work by Welsh composer Paul Mealor, Wherever you are. The perfect end to this wonderful Launch event.


The Festival Chorus and Orchestra in preparation for their performance of Edward Elgar's stunning work, The Dream of Gerontius.




It was wonderful to welcome the Festival's new Artistic Director Daniel Cook as he took to the platform to conduct his first performance with the Festival Choir and Orchestra.



The audience were captived by the moving performence of tenor soloist Jeffrey Lloyd Roberts.



Soloists Julian Empett, (baritone), Jeffrey Lloyd Roberts (tenor) and Jane Irwin (mezzo soprano) with the conductor and Artistic Director Daniel Cook.



The first of this year's Young Musician Platform concerts was given by 12 year old Nest Jenkins who was winner of the 2011 Young Musician of Dyfed. Nest is the youngest solo performer we have ever had perform in the Festival.



Nest Jenkins, after her morning performance in the Cathedral. Nest also premiered a new composition by Sarah Lianne Lewis, Young Composer of Dyfed 2011. Her compostion was entitled Mesmer for solo harp. Nest and Sarah and pictured here with sponsor Mr David Halse.



St Davids Cathedral Choir gave a terrific performance of serveral contemporary pieces which had been commissioned by JAM, along with some Coronation favourites. This concert marked the beginning of the Festival's collaboration with JAM to promote new music in the future.



Composer Judith Bingham shows her appreciation to the Choir and Daniel Cook following the performances of her two work's My Heart Strangely Warmed and Missa Brevis 'The Road to Emmaeus'.



The Cathedral Choir were joined by members of Onyx Brass and Simon Pearce on the organ.


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 (Lizzie Post, Michael Graham and Peter Hale), performed a selection of Songs and Arias, accompanied by Simon Pearce.



Choral Scholars, Michael Graham, Lizzie Post and Peter Hale. 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.




To mark the high point of our celebrations for Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, on the bank holiday Tuesday it was an honour to welcome Edward Higginbottom and the Choir of New College Oxford to the Festival for the first time.



The Choir performed with Collegium Novum and put on a programme of spectacular array of Coronation music by Boyce, Croft, Handel and Purcell.



The Three Welsh Tenors gave us a patriotic rendition of some popular Welsh classics!



Rhys Meirion, Aled Hall and Alun Rhys-Jenkins receive a rapturous applause for their uplifting and fun programme.


It was a great pleasure to welcome through 'Live Music Now', soprano Rhian Mair Lewis and harpist Hannah Stone, Official Harpist to HRH the Prince of Wales. The duo performed to a packed and appreciative audience at Llanrhian Church.




Hannah Stone has recently taken up her new post as Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales and it was wonderful to have another Royal Harpist perform for us at the Festival.



Once again The Dean did a superb job organising the seating of the audience at the Llanrhian concert!



The afternoon tea at Llanrhian Church which was very kindly provided by the Saints and Stones Group.



Once again, the Vicars Choral and Choral Scholars of the Cathedral Choir charmed the audience with their late night performance of close harmony gems!



This year the Boys Choir were joined by the Cathedral Lay Clerks for their special concert on the last day of the Festival



The boys performed a selection of their favourite repertoire.





This year for the first time the Festival worked with Oriel y Parc in St Davids and the Gallery at the park was used a the venue for 2 of this year's events. The Chorister Masterclass with Andrew Carwood was a particular success and the Gallery was a fantastic venue for the event.



Andrew Carwood teaches the girls some 'yoga inspired' warm up techniques!



Andrew Carwood, Director of St Paul's Cathedral is one of the most versatile musicians of his generation and it was an incredible opportunity for the Choristers to work with him during this Masterclass.





This year the Festival's resident artist was the sculptor Roger Moss, who put together a stunning visual art exhibition in the East End featuring a specially installed alter piece.



Roger has been privileged to work with state of the art computer technologies, using them to make his sculpture at the National Centre for Product Design and Development Research in Cardiff Metropolitan University.


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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