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Bangor, July 29-August 4 TWO award winning music organisations have joined forces to create a very different kind of music festival for Bangor.

Featuring a summer school as well as an extensive programme of concerts, talks and masterclasses, this festival, based at the University, will have participation at its heart.

A major feature will be an Allcomers orchestra and choir, a daily event as much for day visitors as for summer school participants. Featuring Stephen Montague's Dark Sun, a threnody to the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the piece will form the climax of the Festival with a public performance in the surroundings of Pritchard Jones Hall.

Festival director Chris Shurety says "We want to attract as many local people as possible to join us in this truly gripping piece of music. It is a work that really is open to all comers."

Themes for the week's concerts include Beethoven meets Budapest featuring Beethoven String Trios set alongside works by Bartok, Kodaly and Ligeti, and Contemporary Classical in which works for violin and cello by Bach are set alongside piano and percussion works by Xenakis and his contemporaries. Informal sessions of gypsy music will round off each evening.

The Summer School itself brings together two acclaimed summer schools - the ELLSO Late Starter String Summer School and the CoMA Contemporary Music Summer School.

They both have long-standing reputations for offering high quality tuition from inspirational tutors in a supportive environment.

The full programme of Summer School activities - open to day visitors - will include courses in composition, percussion, medieval music for voices and music theatre set around a core of mixed ability contemporary ensembles, chamber music options and string orchestras.? Details Chris Shurety,
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 18, 2012
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