Love will be in the air at music festival

Published date: 09 August 2014 |
Published by: Free Press Reporter
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EXTRACTS of intimate love letters will be read to the audience at a top music festival.

The Tippett String Quartet, who have forged a reputation as one of the UK’s best exponents of chamber music, will be among the star attractions at the North Wales International Music Festival in St Asaph.

They will pay homage to Czech composer Leoš Janáèek’s Intimate Letters as well as performing pieces by another Czech composer, Antonín Leopold Dvoøák.

The festival takes place between September 20-27, with the help of the Welsh Arts Council, and is held at St Asaph Cathedral

Cellist and founding member of the Tippett String Quartet, Bozidar Vukotic, is looking forward to introducing the North Wales audience to the music that Janáèek penned and based on his unrequited passion for a woman 30 years his junior.

He added: “As a quartet we are delighted to be coming to North Wales to perform. I always enjoy playing in front of a Welsh audience. They listen in a different way somehow.

“It’s hard to explain but a Welsh audience seems to understand music and respond very differently to any other. I’m always excited about performing in Wales.”

Bozidar formed the Tippett String Quartet in 1998 taking the name from British composer Michael Tippett who inspired him when, as a student, he had played with the London School Symphony Orchestra.

The climax of the festival on the final Saturday will be the premiere of a new work by talented Anglesey composer Gareth Glyn, which will be performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

The Tippett String Quartet will perform at the North Wales International Music Festival on Thursday, September 25, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £18 (£9 for children) and are available on 01745 850197 or online at

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