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The Montgomery County Music Festival was established in 1921 and the first Festival was held in the Old Pavilion at Newtown on 21st July 1921. The choir of 1300 voices was drawn from 19 choirs from all parts of the County, and was conducted by the late J. Morgan Nicholas. The works performed consisted of a miscellaneous programme of choruses and solo items by artistes in the afternoon, and a performance of Mendelssohn's "Hymns of Praise" and Part One of Mozart's "Requiem" by the whole choir in the evening.

The tradition of performing major works has continued to this day, and those performed since 1988 are detailed here.

Apart from the War years of 1939-1945, the Festival has been held every year since 1921 and has been conducted by many well-known and eminent conductors, including Sir Adrian Boult, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Sir John Barbirolli and Sir Charles Groves.

The Festival Choir now consists of two affiliated choirs - Llanidloes Choral Society and Welshpool Choral Society - supplemented by individual singers from Machynlleth and surrounding areas.

A work that was especially commissioned for the Millennium Festival, “Goroesiad Cenedl”, the music composed by Richard Elfyn Hones of the University of Wales, Cardiff, words by the Poet Alan LLwyd, was chosen for the 2003 Royal National Eisteddfod Choir in Meifod, Conductor Gwyl L Williams.

Bach's St. John Passion in Newtown
        Baptist Church, 2008

The performance of Bach's St. John Passion in Newtown Baptist Church, 2008

The present conductor, Patrick Larley, was first invited to conduct the choir in 2008 when the choir sang Bach's St. John Passion in Newtown Baptist Church. Patrick has brought a new dimension to the choir and for the first time in 2010 encouraged the involvement of school choirs.

To celebrate the choir’s 90th anniversary in 2011, Patrick wrote a choral cantata called The Gentle Earth of Wales.

2015 - 2016  Montgomery County Music Festival Committee

President Lord Davies of Llandinam
Chairman Eurwyn Pierce Jones
Secretary David Collington
Treasurer Sue Holmes
Concert Coordinator Stella Gratrix
Vice Chairman Beryl Jones
Assistant Treasurer Marjorie Ide
Minutes Secretary Johanna Gutteridge
Librarian & Webmaster Jane Dards
Publicity Paula Smith

With Vice-Presidents, Officers and Conductors of Choral Societies.

For more information, contact the Secretary, David Collington, on (01686) 689082.