Swansea International Festival will take place between Friday 30th September and Sunday 16th October 2016.

The award-winning baroque ensemble La Serenissima will be at the Brangwyn Hall on 1 October with Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

The Brodsky Quartet will be at the National Waterfront Museum on 4 October. The string quartet has a rich and varied musical reputation and holds a prominent presence on the international chamber music scene.

On 8 October BBC National Orchestra of Wales programme with soprano Fflur Wyn will include a specially commissioned work to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster of 1966.

On 15 October in an outstanding Tchaikovsky programme the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra will perform the Piano Concerto No.1, Symphony No.5 and Francesca di Rimini with soloist Pavel Kolesnikov.

There will be over 30 events throughout the Festival featuring orchestral, chamber and folk music, art exhibitions, dance, Festival lectures and much much more.

Full details will be appearing shortly so please visit the website again soon.

We have all been saddened to hear of the death of Norman Smart. Until illness prevented it Norman was a regular attender at Swansea Festival events and he generously sponsored many of our concerts.

A memorial service to celebrate Norman’s life took place on 3rd March 2016 in All Saints Church, Oystermouth. The service included a performance of movements from Ravel’s String Quartet, one of Norman’s favourite works and a fitting tribute to his love of music and generous support of the Festival.

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