Gregynog Festival 2012 Venezia mid Wales Tickets go on sale today (February 20) for the principal concerts in the 2012 Gregynog Festival season. You can go directly to the booking page by clicking through http://gregynogfestival.org/english/ticket-booking. Spanning six centuries of the music of Venice and featuring truly outstanding international artists who are travelling especially to Gregynog Hall to make Welsh debut and UK exclusive appearances, this year’s programme really shouldn’t be missed. In a major additional concert for the festival’s final weekend, Jordi Savall, doyen of the early music movement, will be performing a programme with members of his group Hespèrion XXI on June 29, which explores the role of Venice as a bridge between East and West. This will be a rare chance to hear this leading ensemble in the UK and is another Wales exclusive to add to the 2012 Festival roster. Jordi Savall joins the exciting 2012 Gregynog Festival line-up with a concert entitled Mare Adriaticum: Venice and the Sephardic and Ottoman World. Maestro Savall, the Catalan virtuoso and scholar, is a key figure in the international early music movement and his label, Alia Vox, remains one of the most innovative and creative. His recording Dinastia Borgia won a Grammy Award in 2011. Savall’s fascinating programme for Gregynog Festival will transport the audience to medieval Venice when the city was a crossroads between East and West and a melting-pot of cultural influences. He will be joined in the Music Room by three core members of Hespèrion XXI: the oud (Arab lute) player Driss el Maloumi from Morocco, the multi-instrumentalist Dimitri Psonis from Greece and the outstanding Spanish percussionist Pedro Estevan. This concert will appeal to classical, folk and world music devotees and tickets are expected to sell quickly. 2012 Festival booking programme is: March 2, 7.30pm It’s Alec Templeton Time!, Drwm, Aberystwyth June 15, 7.30pm Pavlo Beznosiuk & The Avison Ensemble, Gregynog June 16, 2.30pm Marta Rodrigo, mezzo & Andreas Martin, lute, Gregynog June 16, 7.30pm Alessandro Taverna, piano, Gregynog June 17, 2.30pm La Venexiana / Claudio Cavina, director, Gregynog June 18, 7.30pm Hannah Stone, harp, Kerry Church June 21, 2.30pm Rhodri Davies, harp, National Museum Cardiff June 21, 7.00pm QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornett Ensemble, Grace Davidson, soprano & Steven Harrold, tenor, National Museum Cardiff June 22, 7.30pm Xuefei Yang, guitar, Gregynog June 23, 2.30pm Ottavio Dantone, harpsichord, Gregynog June 23, 7.30pm Accademia Bizantina, Gregynog June 24, 2.30pm Giuliano Carmignola & Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca, Gregynog June 29, 7.30pm Jordi Savall & Hespèrion XXI, Gregynog June 30, 7.30pm Le Concert Spirituel / Hervé Niquet, director, Gregynog Festival is sponsored by theArts Council of Wales, Colwinston Charitable Trust, Gregynog Festival Patrons’ Circle, Gwanwyn Festival, Gwendoline & Margaret Davies Charity, Live Music Now, The Music Reprieval Trust, Powys County Council, Tregynon Wind Farm Trust Fund, Town Council of Newtown & Llanllwchaiarn, Wales Arts International and Willie Jack Dentistry at Glansevern For more information about the festival contact Telephone: 01686 207100 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.