MusicFest Aberystwyth is a fusion of international Music festival and Summer school held in Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales. Founded in 1987 by the cellist Nicholas Jones, MusicFest initially started as a small series of concerts. In 1988 a small Summer School was run alongside the concerts which provided chamber music coaching for pianists and string players. MusicFest has since evolved into an international Festival and Summer School.
Throughout the Festival there are daily evening and lunchtime festival concerts, together with student foyer performances and student showcase concerts. The 2009 festival features guest artists and visiting tutors include Orion Orchestra, cellist Guy Johnston, pianist Tom Poster, the National Youth Jazz Wales, Solstice Quartet, Sacconi Quartet.
The Summer School offers young and up and coming music students an opportunity to study intensively with leading professionals. A team of internationally renowned musicians and tutors, led by Artistic Director David Campbell, offer organised, structured chamber music opportunities. Throughout the week the artists in residence coach ensembles, lead workshops, and give master-classes as well as performing in the Festival concerts. Based on the ethos of 'learning through listening, practice & performance', courses are run for string chamber music, solo strings, clarinet, wind chamber music, conducting, composition, saxophone, jazz, voice, and harp. Students also have the opportunity to perform in public and enjoy free entry to all festival events.
Courses run included clarinet, run by David Campbell, saxophone, Jazz/Latin, string, brass, voice, composition, wind octet, flute and practical psychology.
Tom Poster - Piano
Guy Johnston - Cello
Simon Lane - Piano
Juliet Edwards - Piano
John Flinders - Piano
National Youth Choir of Wales
Eleanor Turner - Harp
Laurence Perkins - Bassoon
Sigyn Fosness - Violin
Nicholas Jones - Cello
Gerard McChrystal - Saxophone
Lucinda Mackworth-Young - Practical Psychology
John Metcalf - Composition
Toby Purser - Conducting
Veronica Veysey-Campbell - Voice
Board and Officers
MusicFest Chair - Alan Hewson
MusicFest Artistic Director - David Campbell
MusicFest Co-ordinator - Sophie Bennett
Friends of MusicFest
Friends of MusicFest is a charitable organisation which exists to support individual students attending MusicFest who may not otherwise be able to afford to do so.