Our Spring series of Friday night concerts at the Chapel starts with the Mavron Quartet on 27th January at 7.30pm.
Mavron Quartet was formed in September 2002 with Christiana Mavron – Violin, Charlotte MacClure – Violin, Niamh Aston – Viola, Beatrice Newman – cello. It is the first Ensemble in Residence at the National Concert Hall of Wales, St David’s Hall, Cardiff. (Read more on our events page)
The recital will include Haydn Quartet op 76/2, Shostakovich Quartet no 8 and Borodin Quartet no 2.
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Tickets available for all concerts in the series from THE ART SHOP, the Chapel & Abergavenny Music
Come and join us in celebration of the National Eisteddfod in Abergavenny this year…with poets, writers, critics, artists, makers, musicians & singers. Events being held at The Art Shop and at the Chapel. The Chapel kitchen will be serving food all day everyday of the festival 10am-5pm. Visit our events page
The first day of March every year commemorates the death and celebrates the life of Patron Saint of Wales, St David.
An early leader and preacher of Christianity, It is safe to say that St David’s life has with time, slipped into mythology, treading the boundary between the factual and the apocryphal. What we are left with are stories and fragments, some realistic and some supernatural of the remarkable life of a remarkable man, and fitting Patron Saint.
From founding a monastic community, Glyn Rhosyn (Rose Vale), where St David’s Cathedral now stands today, to raising the earth into a hill as he preached so that the all in the crowd that formed could hear (something Wales clearly needs more of..) and bringing a youth back from the dead, St David was an incredibly influential member of the Church rising up to become Archbishop of Wales.
He existed on a humble diet of bread and herbs and water (it is reported that he drunk no other drink) and this treated him well because the stories state that he lived until the ripe age of 100. Upon his deathbed his last words were; ‘Be joyful, and keep your faith and your creed. Do the little things that you have seen me do and heard about. I will walk the path that our fathers have trod before us.’
So lets celebrate this unique and fascinating figure in the history of Wales and remember to ‘Gwnewch y pethau bychain’, ‘Do ye the little things in life’.
Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant Hapus (Happy St David’s Day) from The Art Shop.
Dydd Santes Dwynwen Hapus!
Each year on the 25th January Wales celebrates St Dwynwen’s Day, a day that holds a tragic love story that should be rejoiced for the selfless act of one young woman called Dwynwen.
Dwynwen is the Welsh Patron Saint of Lovers, who had the misfortune of having her heart broken. Betrothed to someone other than her lover, Maelon, her father refused to consent her marriage to him. Maelon directed his anger towards his sweet love, causing her much distress and further heartbreak. Dwynwen wanted nothing more than to forget her love, so whilst she slept an Angel came down and gave her a potion in which would erase her memories of Maelon and turn him to ice.
Despite herself, when she woke up she was horrified to see him as an ice sculpture and begged something be done. The angel granted her three wishes; the first was that Maelon be thawed and for him to forget her; her second, to have God look kindly on the hopes and dreams of true lovers whilst mending the broken hearts of the spurned; and the third was for her to never marry, but to devote the remainder of her life to God, as thanks for saving Maelon.
Dwynwen founded a church there, remains of which can still be seen today. After her death she was declared the Welsh Patron Saint of Lovers and ever since, Welsh lovers have looked to St Dwynwen for her help in courting their true love, or for forgetting a false one.