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St Teilo's Church, Llantilio CrossennyWhat's it all about?

2009 will be the 48th consecutive annual Festival.  Eleanor Farncombe has taken the position of Artistic Director and the Musical Director is Robyn Sevastos. The President is Rolf Wilson, the very distinguished violinist who has led the Festival Orchestra on many occasions.

Having started with a view to bringing quality music to the local community in a beautiful and unique setting (St Teilo's, the village church), this aim continues, though now they serve a wider audience, with visitors from considerable distances including some from abroad.

The Festival programme always includes a night of opera, an orchestral concert, normally a children's concert, an evening of lighter music (a "fun" evening) and a sung Evensong on the Sunday evening. If the programme permits then from time to time, we like to include a ballet. The Church seats approximately 200, and we expect each concert to play to a full or nearly full house.

The Festival Orchestra is made up of well-known London players, much in demand for major recordings, many of whom have been coming to play for us for many years and have become old friends.

The programme for 2009 is as exciting as ever. The opera is La Cenerentola performed in English by London Opera Productions . Sung Evensong with the Restoration Singers in memory of Charles Farncombe will follow an afternoon concert by The Llantilio Festival Orchestra and a trumpet workshop with Crispian Steele-Perkins.

Orchestra in St Teilo's ChurchBy popular request an evening of Jazz, with Trudy Kerr will be held in the grounds of Treadam  Farm.

Other performances will include a Centenary Tribute to Mansel Thomas comprising of a presentation in words and pictures by Terence Gilmore-Jones and anarrangement of his songs and music by The Pavao Quartet.

Tickets are priced from £10 to £19 for adults, with discounts available for children.

To find out more about this year's programme visit the Llantilio Crossenny website.

How did it all start?

The Festival began when a number of musicians were living in the Llantilio Crossenny area, Charles Farncombe, Mansell Thomas (who conducted the BBC Welsh Orchestra) his wife and others. At first the Festival was very much a local village festival, but, over the years, and taking advantage of Charles Farncombe's connections with top London musicians, the standard has improved continually and now is comparable with Festivals anywhere.

This Festival, from small and humble beginnings, has improved in quality and reputation steadily over the years, and goes from strength to strength.

By making an enquiry through this website you may be entitled to a special discount voucher. The voucher will be either 10% off the cost of a ticket, or money off a meal in a nearby restaurant.