13-14 SEPTEMBER 2017




    Bringing music to the mountains...


    The Beddgelert Music Festival will return again this September bringing chamber music concerts to primary school children in Gwynedd






    See what was on last festival.....

     Saturday 26th September 7.30pm - Chamber Music by Candlelight

    St Mary's Church, Beddgelert


    'The Love Triangle'

    Clara Schumann - 3 Romances

    Schumann - Songs from Dichterliebe

    Brahms - Intermezzo for Solo Piano Op.118


    Schumann Violin Sonata in A minor


    Sam Armstrong - Piano

    Marcus Farnsworth - Baritone

    Sara Wolstenholme - Violin


    Tickets: Adults £10, Concessions £7.50, Children FREE






    Tickets on the door, advance purchase from Emry's House or reserve by email.


    Sunday 27th September 11am - Coffee Concert

    St Mary's Church, Beddgelert


    'Inspired by Nature'

    Music for the whole family - Hear how animals, fairytales, mountains and more have inspired composers through the ages.


    Tickets: Adults £4, Concessions £3, Children FREE

    23rd - 25th September

    Exciting music workshops for Key Stage 1 & 2 local primary school children


    Sara Wolstenholme Violin

    Sara Wolstenholme - Violin

    Founder and Director

    Anna Wolstenholme - Flute


    Marcus Farnsworth - Baritone

    Photo: Balazs Borocz/Pilvax Studio

    Sam Armstrong - Piano

    Reinoud Ford - Cello

    Sioned Roberts - Clarinet

    Education workshops


    Sara Wolstenholme


    A devoted chamber musician, Sara is currently a member of the Heath Quartet. In May 2013 they became the first ensemble in 15 years to win the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society's Young Artist Award. Their performances take them all over the world with future highlights including a return to Berlin Konzerthaus, performances in Austria with Michael Collins, complete cycles of Jorg Widmann's string quartets at Kilkenny Festival, Berlin's Boulez Saal and Wigmore Hall, as well as numerous appearances at summer festivals in the UK.

    Sara also appears as Guest violinist with ensembles such as the London Bridge Ensemble and Chamber Domaine and enjoys collaborations through Wye Valley Chamber Music, Festival & Rencontres de Musique de Chambre du Larzac, France; Southwell Festival and IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music. She was Leader of the Finzi Quartet until 2012, performing internationally with radio broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and abroad. She has taught chamber music at the Royal Northern College of Music and Trinity College of Music and currently teaches chamber music at Birmingham Conservatoire.

    Sara has performed Concertos with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Halle Orchestra and has given Duo recitals in the UK, Holland, Switzerland and Sweden.

    Until 2015 she has held positions as 50% Concertmaster with the Jönköpings Sinfonietta, Sweden and Principal First Violin with the Royal Northern Sinfonia. She is regularly invited as Guest Principal with orchestras around the UK and has appeared as Guest Leader with Aurora Orchestra and Co-Leader with Philharmonia and London Mozart Players.


    She spent many of her childhood holidays running wild in Snowdonia and founded the Beddgelert Music Festival in 2013. This festival aims to serve every corner of the community, bringing high quality music making and music education to this beautiful area she so loves.


    Anna Wolstenholme





    Anna Wolstenholme is one of the foremost flautists of her generation and enjoys a growing reputation within the UK and Europe as an orchestral and chamber musician. Having read music at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, she was a postgraduate scholar at the Royal College of Music, London where she was the recipient of the Douglas Whittaker Prize as well as awards from the Musicians Benevolent Fund, EMI, Worshipful Company of Musicians, Martin and Countess of Munster Trusts.

    Anna was appointed as Principal Flute of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Norway in 2013 and is also a member of Chamber Domaine with whom she has released CDs of solo and chamber premiere recordings by Mark-Anthony Turnage and Henryk Gorecki to critical acclaim in BBC Music and Gramophone magazines. Anna is also in demand as a flute professor and has given classes at the Royal College of Music, Harrogate International Flute Festival and the National Youth Orchestra in addition to ongoing projects with the LSO Discovery in the UK and at the Aix-en-Provence Festival.

    Having served as the Principal Flute of the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra for several years, Anna is also in demand as a Guest Principal for numerous orchestras including the LSO, the Philharmonia, RPO, CBSO, Academy of St Martin’s, Opera North, ENO, LCO, London Mozart Players, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC Philharmonic. She has made orchestral recordings for BBC, BIS and EMI amongst others and has toured to the Far East, Europe and the USA.


    ‘...the soaring beauty of flautist Anna Wolstenholme’s solo in the final movement turned a fascinating movement into an exhilarating triumph...’

    The Independent April 2007


    ‘....This was gorgeous and sparkled with enticingly lovely moments, as with flautist Anna Wolstenholme’s magical solo contribution in the second movement [Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen]....’

    Birmingham Post May 2008


    ‘...Anna Wolstenholme’s pacing is ideal [ Gorecki’s Valentine Piece for solo flute premiere recording] bringing to this sparse writing a wealth of timbral subtlety...utterly magical...’

    Gramophone April 2009


    Marcus Farnsworth


    Marcus Farnsworth was awarded first prize in the 2009 Wigmore Hall
    International Song Competition and the Song Prize at the 2011 Kathleen
    Ferrier Competition.

    This season he returns to the Wigmore Hall for ‘Songsmiths’ with Audrey Hyland and will also appear in future seasons with James Baillieu. Recent recital highlights include debuts at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and La Monnaie, Brussels with Mark Padmore and Julius Drake; concerts for the Australian Chamber Music Festival; a UK tour of Schubert Winterreise with James Baillieu; Salute to Venice with Graham Johnson for Leeds Lieder; a recital for Opéra de Lille with Simon Lepper; appearances at Wigmore Hall Britten Festival with Malcolm Martineau and Julius Drake and with the Myrthen Ensemble and Joseph Middleton and recitals with Carducci Quartet.
    Concert  plans this season and beyond include Bach St Matthew Passion (Christus and bass arias) on tour with the Gabrieli Consort and Paul McCreesh; Taverner Flood of Beauty with the Britten Sinfonia at Barbican Hall,
    London and in Singapore; Equal Voices, a new commission by Sally Beamish, with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda; Fauré Requiem with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in Leeds and Nielsen Symphony No 3 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo.

    Opera plans include singing Kelvin in Fujikura Solaris in Paris, Lille and Lausanne and, in the 2015/16 season, he will make his debut with Welsh National Opera. Recent highlights include Guglielmo Così fan tutte, English Clerk in Britten Death in Venice and Novice’s Friend in Billy Budd for English National Opera; the title role in Britten Owen Wingrave for the International Chamber Music Festival, Nuremberg; Eddy in Mark-Anthony Turnage Greek for Music Theatre Wales on a UK tour, including at ROH 2 and in concert, Kilian Der Freischütz with the LSO and Sir Colin Davis; Sid in Britten Albert Herring with the BBC SO and Aeneas in Purcell Dido and Aeneas with the Early Opera Company and Christian Curnyn at Wigmore Hall.

    Marcus has also recently sung Britten War Requiem with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra; Jesus, in Elgar The Apostles at the 2014 Three Choirs Festival; Berlioz L’enfance du Christ and Son, in the world première of David Sawer Flesh and Blood with the BBCSO; Brahms Requiem for Aldeburgh Music; Thomas Larcher Die Nacht der Verlorenen on a European tour and recording; Dvorak Te Deum with the RLPO; Monteverdi Vespers on a European tour with Emmanuelle Haïm; Haydn Paukenmesse with the BBC SSO and Bernard Labardie; Nielsen Symphony No 3 with the LSO and Davis and Peter Maxwell Davies Eight Songs for a Mad King with the Wermlands Opera Orchestra, Karlstad and on a UK tour with the Hebrides Ensemble.


    Marcus was a chorister at Southwell Minster and read music at the University of Manchester, graduating with a first class honours degree. He is an
    Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, London where he completed his
    studies in 2011.

    Marcus is the founder and artistic director of the Southwell Music Festival.

    Sam Armstrong



    Described as 'a major new talent' by International Piano following his Wigmore Hall recital debut, English pianist Sam Armstrong is emerging as one of the UK's outstanding young pianists. He has made solo recital debuts at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in New York as well as at the Wigmore Hall, and as concerto soloist with the National Symphony of Ecuador.




    Equally dedicated to chamber music he has appeared with musicians including Ralph Kirshbaum, William Bennett, Hannah Roberts, Ju-Young Baek and Philip Higham in festivals such as Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Mecklenburg-Vorpommen, Ravinia and venues such as Seoul Arts Centre, Manchester's Bridgewater Hall. He has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Radio Suisse-Romande/Espace 2, WQXR New York, WFMT Chicago and Radio New Zealand.


    He was a prize winner in the Porto International Piano Competition, the Brant Piano Competition, Beethoven Society of Europe Competition, was laureate of the Epinal International Piano Competition in France and was among the last six pianists in the prestigious Concours Clara Haskil in Switzerland in 2007. He has received awards from the Philharmonia Orchestra/MMSF, MBFMusic Education Fund, Wingate Foundation, Kirckman Concert Society and the Solti Foundation. He studied with Helen Krizos in Manchester at the Royal Northern College of Music and later with Richard Goode at Mannes College of Music in New York. He also worked in masterclasses with Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler, Murray Perahia, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Mitsuko Uchida.


    "Sam Armstrong’s programme at Wigmore Hall on July 1 would have challenged any artist, and it is a tribute to the quality of this young pianist that he emerged triumphant."

    Musical Opinion, James Palmer


    “… the young British pianist Sam Armstrong, whose recital – sponsored by the Kirckman Society – revealed him to be a major new talent. I have never heard so persuasive an account of Berg’s Sonata Op 1 as his, and the spells he wove with Debussy’s Etudes, Book II and L’isle joyeuse were gloriously subtle; elsewhere, Brahms’ Sonata No 3 in F minor was infused with drama and beautifully controlled. What a pleasure, too, to have an encore that broke the mould – in the form of a dizzy elaboration of Embraceable You that exuded both Broadway charm and the joy of unbuttoned virtuosity.”

    International Piano, Michael Church - Wigmore Hall


    Sioned Roberts



    Clarinettist Sioned Eleri Roberts was brought up and educated in Bangor, North Wales. She graduated from the University of Wales Bangor with a BMus 1st Class Hons in July 2003 where she studied the clarinet with Peryn Clement-Evans. During her time in Bangor Sioned also studied clarinet with Andrew Webster, and participated in master-classes with Charles Neidich, Nicholas Cox, David Campbell and Roger Heaton. In 2005 she was awarded a scholarship to go to Trinity College of Music and study with Michael Whight. On the completion of her course she was awarded a PGDip distinction in performance.  Last year, Sioned was awarded a KESS scholarship which enabled her to proceed with her clarinet studies – with emphasis on contemporary music. Subsequently she was awarded a Masters by Research degree in contemporary music for solo clarinet.



    Sioned’s performing has taken her far and wide. She was invited on several

    occasions to perform in the Cheltenham Festival under the baton of Martyn Brabbins. During her time at Cheltenham, Sioned had the opportunity to work and study with Tara Bouman and Marcus Stockhausen. Sioned has also travelled to the Czech Republic, Austria and Switzerland to perform, and worked with contemporary clarinetist Ernesto Molinari in Bern, Switzerland. In November 2012, Sioned was invited to guest with Zappa Plays Zappa on their tour of the UK.


    Sioned has been a finalist in the Blue Ribbon competition in the National
    Eisteddfod of Wales twice, and was awarded first prize in the woodwind section on various occasions. Sioned also works frequently with Ensemble Cymru as a performer and workshop leader, and was recently given the post of the Ensemble’s ambassador for new music. In addition to this she has been awarded Arts Council of Wales funding to commission a new work for solo
    clarinet and dancer by South Wales based composer Christopher









    Reinoud Ford



    Reinoud pursues an exciting portfolio of projects in his music career. He studied with Louise Hopkins at the Yehudi Menuhin School before graduating with First Class Honours from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he also completed a Masters.
    Reinoud has achieved significant success as a soloist. While still at the Yehudi Menuhin School, he was selected to perform a C.P.E Bach concerto with orchestra at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad. As a student at Guildhall, he won the Guilhermina Suggia Award, the Flame Competition in Paris and became a runner-up in the final of the Royal Overseas League competition. Reinoud continues to be in demand as a soloist throughout the UK, Europe and further afield. Recent performance highlights include recitals in the Villa Borghese, Rome and for the diplomatic community in Doha, Qatar as well as other concertos (Elgar, Dvorak) with London-based orchestras (Jupiter Chamber Orchestra, Hounslow Symphony Orchestra, Abbots Langley Orchestra). Reinoud has performed from the solo repertoire in the Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Dorking Halls and in Schloss Mirabel, Salzburg, and most recently in the Grote Zaal of the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and in the National Concert Hall in Dublin.
    Reinoud also has considerable experience as a chamber musician and is a member of several acclaimed ensembles (Brodowski Quartet, Cellophony cello octet). At the Guildhall he was awarded a Junior Fellowship in Chamber Music. In chamber competition he has won the Royal Overseas League and Tunnell Trust. In 2011 he was selected as Park Lane Group Young Artist.


    As a chamber musician, Reinoud has performed in important European ensemble venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room. He has made numerous chamber recordings to critical acclaim (Brodowski Quartet on Toccata Classics and Cellophony on Edition Records). As a chamber musician Reinoud studied under Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet), Gunther Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet), Bernard Greenhouse and Alasdair Tait amongst others.
    In 2012 Reinoud inaugurated the Ashdown Music Festival, an annual classical music event that brings together celebrated international performers and musicians from his boyhood home county of West Sussex. As Festival Director Reinoud programs ambitious musical projects, such as the world premiere of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons arranged for eight cellos and solo violin (2013). Among the 2014 Festival highlights were British tenor Mark Padmore and English National Ballet soloist dancing to an original composition. Reinoud has been Music Director of the Sainte Mere Festival in France since 2011.

    Reinoud pursues a number of successful and unique projects outside the classical music scene. He performs, tours and composes with singer-songwriter Keaton Henson. In 2014 Keaton released a critically acclaimed album, Romantic Works, co-written by and featuring Reinoud as cellist. Reinoud and Keaton have composed the music for the ballet Young Men for the internationally –recognised BalletBoyz , an all-male ballet ensemble which was premiered in
    Sadler's Wells. Reinoud also finds time to play with various UK orchestras and on diverse recordings as a session musician. He is also increasingly requested to “fix” musicians for musical events. Reinoud is currently the musical director for the Ballet Boyz and is also composing the music for a video game with the company "The Flight".


    Nick Trygstad


    Rosie Burton


    Ruth Gibson


    Nathaniel Boyd


    Tanya Houghton


    Rael Jones





    Inspiring the next generation...

    Primary School Workshops





    The education workshops of the Beddgelert Music Festival are central to the festival programme and will involve seven of the Junior Schools in the Porthmadog catchment area, taken by the BMF Ensemble.


    The BMF Ensemble is a group of professional performing musicians who have many years of experience in musical education working with organisations such as LSO Discovery, Live Music Now, CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust and the Prince's Trust. They will provide entertaining educational concerts of 45 minutes in length, designed for pupils at Key Stages 1 & 2.


    Community Music





    The BMF is continually striving to bring music to the

     whole community. The BMF ensembles will visit

     Nursing Homes around North Wales giving concerts to

     elderly people who may not otherwise be able to attend



     "Psychologists at McGill University have shown that the neurochemical benefits of music can boost the body’s immune system, reduce anxiety, and help regulate mood." Click on the photo to the left to link to the complete article.




    Schools taking part:




    Ysgol Beddgelert


    Ysgol Borth y gest


    Ysgol Eifion Wyn



    Ysgol Garndolbenmaen


    Ysgol y Gorlan



    Ysgol Treferthyr





    St Mary's Church,  Church Street,  Beddgelert,  Gwynedd,  LL55 4YB


    This venue has step-free access





     Tickets on the door, advance purchase from Emry's House or reserve by email - beddgelertmusicfestival@gmail.com





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