Cowbridge Music Festival was started in 2010 by Mary Elliott-Rose and Sam Edwards. They saw the 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 musical life.
It takes place in the early autumn a good time for some of the finest musicians of Wales and the rest of Europe to descend upon Cowbridge with two weeks of world-class music making.
One of the most cherished aims of the festival is to make great classical musical completely approachable, enjoyable and entertaining, never ‘high-brow’ or elitist.
The 2015 festival featured the UK’s leading cello octet, Cellophony, Welsh violin prodigy, Charlie Lovell-Jones, the young string ensemble, Camerata Alma Viva, Romanian pianist Alexandra Dariescu, and one of the country’s finest clarinettists, Julian Bliss, performing with both Irish soprano Ailish Tynan and his jazz septet. The colourful line-up is completed by the wonderfully original jazz singer, Alice Zawadzki, and Cowbridge’s own singer song-writer Greta Isaac.