AN INTERNATIONALLY renowned group named after a 16th century Italian aristocrat who murdered his wife and her lover will take centre stage in St Asaph.

The Gesualdo Six will be among the star attractions at the North Wales International Music Festival when they perform at a concert at St Asaph Cathedral on Friday, September 20.

Named after Carlo Gesualdo, a composer and the Italian Prince of Venosa, the original members of the group first met at Cambridge University.

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The Gesualdo Six will take part in the North Wales International Music Festival

Director Owain Park said: “It’s amazing - despite the fact he was composing works in the 16th century, Carlo Gesualdo’s works have a real modern feel to them.

“After initially coming together as a group of friends to perform songs written by Gesualdo we have grown up as a group and now have a much wider repertoire.

“We will be performing Felice Primavera - Oh Happy Spring - which was written by Gesualdo as well as works by Claudio Monteverdi, Caspar Vincent, William Byrd and other 16th Century composers.

“But the concert won’t be all ancient works as the programme includes works from the 1950s, 1970s and 1990s too.

The festival’s artistic director, Ann Atkinson, is delighted to be welcoming The Gesualdo Six to St Asaph.

She said: “Their programme is so varied and includes some fantastic pieces of work. They will be performing a selection of folk song arrangements too. It’s going to be a magical evening of classical music sung in the sublime acoustics of St Asaph Cathedral.

“The vocalists that make up The Gesualdo Six are some of the very best young voices we have in the UK and they work together beautifully to produce a consort of voices that is, quite frankly, unrivalled.”

Tickets start at £10, and are available by

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, from Cathedral Frames in St Asaph or by calling 01745 582929.