Cowbridge Music Festival was launched in 2010 by Mary Elliott-Rose and Sam Edwards. They saw our town with its beautiful medieval church and vibrant community as the ideal setting for such a venture and thought that a festival of the finest chamber, vocal and instrumental music would be a great addition to its cultural life.
It takes place in the early autumn when holidays are over and we are back at work and school, a good time for some of the finest musicians of Wales and the rest of Europe to descend upon Cowbridge to brighten up our lives with two weeks of world-class music making.
The festival attributes its success to the generosity of a number of charitable trusts and especially to the continued support of the Arts Council of Wales. With the loyal support of local businesses, the Friends Association and Cowbridge Rotary Club, as well as countless enthusiastic audience members, the festival goes from strength to strength. Over the last ten years the festival has grown from three concerts taking place over a week to thirty concerts taking place over two weeks, with everything from classical chamber music to folk, world music, jazz and blues. Each year brings something new and our horizons are always expanding.
One of our most cherished aims is to make great classical musical completely approachable, enjoyable and entertaining, never ‘high-brow’ or elitist. We make sure our concerts are always welcoming – occasions for friends to meet, enjoy world-class music and chat over a glass of wine in the interval. The informal atmosphere of our venues makes it easy to remove the barrier between the audience and performers.
The festival became a registered charity in 2011 and is now run by six trustees with the help of several dedicated volunteers. Since the beginning, Mary and Sam have been joined by Andrew Elliott, Eluned Pierce, Tessa Shellens and Iolo Whelan. Rosalind Ventris and Joseph Fort have been appointed as the festival’s new Artistic Directors in 2021. All look forward to welcoming you at the next festival.