This month All Saints' comes alive once again to the sound of music as it hosts the 2019 Mumbles Festival of Music and the Arts - from Saturday 7th to Sunday 22nd September.
As in previous years the Festival will have something to tempt almost every musical taste; operatic arias, sacred music, choirs, musical theatre, jazz, soloists and instrumentalists. Some performers will be back by popular demand.
We are looking forward to welcoming local undertaker and baritone, James Murray, back for an afternoon recital of voice and piano with Hywel Evans. We will also welcome the hugely talented Dan Phelps [piano] and Abigail Blackman [cello] for their first visit to the Festival. David Cottle returns for not just one but two Jazz concerts, so too will Morriston Rugby Club Male Choir, Ros Evans, our 'in house' organists and the Swansea Bay Symphony Orchestra. The amazing new local choir Mumbles A Capella will perform at All Saints' for the first time. A highlight of the Festival is always our Three Choir Gala Concert with All Saints', Morriston Tabernacle and Cardiff Bach Choirs.
Each year we try to do something new, and 2019 is no exception. On Thursday evening, 19th September, opera star, comedian and actor, Mark Evans, will entertain us at Mumbles Cricket Club, with a light supper included in the price of the ticket. He returns the following morning with Ros Evans [no relation] to lead a Schools Concert when local pupils will be introduced to opera in a fun and educational way.
Please take some festival brochures to give to family and friends and come along to some of the festival events. Its success depends so much on our support.
New to This Year's Festival
Mumbles A Capella Choir
Mumbles A Capella is an amazing new local choir directed by Phil Orrin, who was recently appointed the Director of Music at St Peter's Church, Newton. It was founded twelve months ago and has built up a repertoire that knows no boundaries - from Mozart to Randy Newman.
The musical term 'A capella' is from the Italian for 'in the manner of the Chapel'. The youth, senior and full sections of the choir usually sing unaccompanied. We very much look forward to hearing the choir sing in the excellent acoustics of All Saints'.
Mark Lewelyn Evans
Mark is a popular and versatile performer who is as much at home on opera
stages, concert platforms, presenting on BBC Radio Wales, hosting events or
speaking around the world. Born and raised in Carmarthen, brother to Wynne•-.
Evans [tenor], he studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the
National Opera studio, London.
He has recently toured the UK with his popular 'ABC of Opera' for schoolchildren, introducing them to the genre in an enjoyable way. He will perform for children at the School's Concert on Friday 20th September, with Ros Evans [soprano]. He also presents his one man show at the Cricket Club, the evening before.
Dan Phelps & Abiqail Blackman
Dan Phelps is an award-winning composer and pianist based in Tonteg. He studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Bath Spa University College. He has performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, at the Welsh Proms in St David's Hall, Cardiff, the Swansea Fringe Festival and the Wales
Dan will present a piano and cello recital with Abigai Blackman
on Thursday 29th September. She also studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and now performs and teaches the cello. She has worked with several orchestras, including the BBC NOW, Welsh Sinfonia and the Welsh Session Orchestra.