St Michael's church in Tintern in Monmouthshire was the picturesque setting on July 18th for the first-ever Sacred Site and Sound festival.
Grahame Davies read several poems at the sell-out event which also featured the distinguished violinist David Juritz, the soprano Ros Keating and the Parva Springs String Quartet. An article about the evening is here.
The programme at St Michaelís was marked by music for solo voice, violin and choir commissioned from Celia Harper, founder of Sulis Music, a group of eminent classical musicians interested in the healing power of music, and by a new string quartet especially composed by Fiona Frank. The evening finished with the launching of a large flotilla of candles onto the river Wye.
The Saturday evening at Tintern Abbey featured sacred choral and orchestral works by John Tavener, Arvo Pšrt, Henryk Gorecki and Benjamin Britten, performed by the Welsh Chamber Orchestra under their director Anthony Hose, and Cantemus Chamber Choir under Huw Williams who is director of music at the Chapel Royal in St. Jamesís Palace, and former principal organist of St. Paulís Cathedral.
At the centre of the festival was a performance of Sir John Tavenerís Protecting the Veil for cello and strings, inspired by the Virgin Mary to whom the Abbey is dedicated, performed by the Welsh Chamber Orchestra and internationally acclaimed Welsh cellist Kathryn Price.
The picture below shows the beginning of the event at Tintern.
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