Geraint Talfan Davies recounts the recent travels of the Welsh National Opera

An excerpt from an article by the Chairman of the Welsh National Opera includes coverage of a visit to Neaudd y Dderwen

Tuesday, 22 July. A packed event in the oak-framed hall at Rhos-y-Gilwen in north Pembrokeshire, part of the Fishguard International Music Festival. Twenty players from the WNO Orchestra, an orchestra that is currently at the peak its powers. The evening ended with a high octane performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons interwoven with another four seasons by Argentine composer, Astor Piazzolla, thus blending a well known work with Latin American influences.

As David Adams, the orchestra’s leader commented, it could not have been a better place to perform this work. Rhos-y-Gilwen is set in the countryside. In quiet moments you could hear real bird-song outside, and as the concert ended an ethereal mist floated up from the valley below. Involvement in festivals such as this is an important part of our work.

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