We are excited to have begun to collect people’s memories of favourite moments of MusicFest Aberystwyth through the years. Some of these posts will be included in the physical exhibition at Aberystwyth Arts Centre from 4th July until 1st August and all of them will be featured in this digital archive of the history of MusicFest. We want to continue to build this archive of people’s memories of MusicFest.
If you would like to share a favourite memory then you can do this is several ways, you can simply write it here as a comment and submit it to the website, you can write is as a post on the MusicFest facebook page www.facebook/AberMusicFest and we will collect it and post it here, you can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can write it down and leave it at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre box office or post it MusicFest Memory Post, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Unit 8 Creative Units, Aberystwyth, SY23 3DE
A personal reflection
It’s not the only more personal thing that I have reason to be grateful to MusicFest for…because, sadly, Ken died very, very suddenly in March of 2003. He was one of the Directors of MusicFest and we were still very involved with MusicFest, and the Arts Centre who were also wonderfully supportive to me. The MusicFest administrator at that time was Gwen Parry who was an old friend of mine and she said “I wonder if David would be able to come to play at Ken’s funeral”. I said, “It’s a lovely idea but he’s far too busy, you mustn’t even think of it”. Ken was a great admirer of David Campbell’s clarinet playing and as a man. He always said, “There’s no one like David for taking risks when he’s playing and getting wonderful results”. Anyway, Gwen, bless her, contacted David and he made a special trip to Aberystwyth to play at the service for Ken’s cremation here in Aberystwyth and he performed the slow movement of Mozart’s Clarinet concerto with a piano accompaniment and I shall never forget that wonderful gesture he made. And Alan Hewson made the Arts Centre theatre bar and foyer available to me for the reception or, you know, refreshments after the funeral. And then, in the festival that summer, a performance of the Brahms sonata, the cello sonata performed by Guy Johnson was dedicated to Ken’s memory. Those things meant such a lot to me and so I have a very special attachment to MusicFest and to David and to people who were so good to me at that time.
I have outstanding memories of the stellar Joanna MacGregor who absolutely made the MusicFest for me and many others. Her virtuosity and infectious enthusiasm made the year she came (2005?) my all-time five star favourite. Great verve, charm and commitment. Superb.