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Lower Machen Festival - a tribute to Peter Reynolds

Peter Reynolds

The Lower Machen Festival commemorates the life and works of Peter Reynolds in a tribute concert on Friday 23rd June at 7.15pm at St Michael and All Angels’, Lower Machen. Peter was the previous artistic director of the festival as well as a composer and lecturer who passed away suddenly in October.

Many of Peter’s friends will be involved in the event which features some first performances of works written in his memory including I Remember, I Remember by Luke Whitlock, The Cloak, the Boat and the Shoes by Tim Raymond and Memorial Fragments by Christopher Painter. Other composers featured are Andrew Wilson Dickson, Maja Palser, Steph Power, Lynne Plowman, Michael Parkin, Mervyn Burtch, John Metcalf and Peter Reynolds.

Performers include Matthew Jones(violin), Annabel Thwaite (piano), Philip May (piano), Gail Pearson (soprano), Michael McCartney (guitar), Andre Wilson Dickson (piano), Peter Esswood (cello), Lynne Plowman (flute), Ensemble Eos and singers Sue Welch, Sacha Fullerton, Rhys Batt and Stephen Hamnett.

Joint Artistic Director Alison Mears said "It seemed fitting to pay a musical tribute to Peter in the 50th Anniversary Festival to mark both his achievements as former Artistic Director of the festival and also to honour his commitment to promoting the music of contemporary Welsh composers. Many of the performers and composers were close friends of Peter so it will be a very personal occasion".

Tickets start at £1 for under 16s and are available from

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