Music At Nantwen, Pembrokeshire

We host intimate concerts at Nantwen as part of our ‘Ssh, we’re a secret’ series.  Our concerts often sell out so please purchase your tickets below or contact us on  or 01239 821139 for more information. Once confimed we will send you directions to Nantwen. 

Next Concert 7.30pm Friday 3rd of August 2018

Gildas Quartet

String Quartet Op 76 No 2 ‘Fifths’ by Joseph Haydn
String Quartet in F Major by Maurice Ravel
String Quartet Op 59 No 2 (Razumovsky) by Ludwig Van Beethoven

The Gildas Quartet have performed to critical acclaim at major venues including the Bridgewater Hall, Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall and on BBC Radio 3. Praised for their ‘energy, verve and refreshing approach’, their bold and explorative approach to performance has been recognised by the International Franz Schubert and Modern Music Competition, Graz, where they were first prize winners of the Audience Engagement Award in 2018.


Equally passionate about new music and works from the quartet canon, the Gildas have a concert series called ‘First Nights, Last Rites’ where they commission pieces to be partnered with late well-loved quartets. The first instalment, a new piece by Philip Cashian, was conceived to be performed alongside Schubert’s ‘Death and the Maiden’, receiving its premiere at the St Magnus Festival in Orkney last year. The quartet has also been privileged to work with composers including Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Colin Matthews on performing their works for quartet. They recently completed a recording of two works by Cheryl Frances-Hoad to be included in a disc for the Champs Hill label.


The quartet has given recitals at international festivals such as Two Moors, Oxford Lieder, Kings Lynn and Cheltenham, and have collaborated with musicians such as the Brodsky Quartet, Nicholas Daniels, Robin Tritschler, Alexander Baillie and Matthew Barley.


The quartet are City Music Foundation Artists and Associate Ensemble at the Birmingham Conservatoire. They have studied with Oliver Wille, Robin Ireland and Catherine Manson, and have also benefited from intensive coaching and masterclasses from Paul Cassidy, Gabor Takacs Nagy and András Keller among others. They have frequently been featured by the Park Lane Group and are grateful for awards and support from the Richard Carne Trust, Tunnell Trust and the RNCM. The Gildas Quartet is one of only eight string quartets to have been selected to compete in the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition 2018, and look forward to a tour of China later in the Summer.

Archive Concerts…

December 2017

Francesca Barritt,  solo Violin

Francesca  performed a wonderful progamme at Nantwen, with christmas tree, minced pies, mulled winter drinks and a roaring log fire….

Francesca embarks on a round the world trip through the ages. There will be beautiful musical offerings by Telemann, Piazzolla, De Bériot and J S Bach and also the story of the little bull who didn’t want to fight…

Johann Paul von Westhoff: Imitazione delle Campane
Georg Philip Telemann: Fantasia no. 1
Charles Auguste de Bériot: Saltarello and Marche Russe
Astor Piazzolla: Tango Etude no. 3
Alan Ridout: Ferdinand the Bull for violin and narrator This will be Narrated by Poet Anne Marie Butler, winner of the RS Thomas 2017 prize, she will also be reading some poetry on the evening.
Eugène Ysaÿe: Sonata no. 2 “Obsession”
Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita no. 3 E major

August 2017




Full Programme was….

Bach Contrapunctus XIX from Art of Fugue
Haydn String Quartet in D minor, Op103
Satoko Doi-Luck disperatamente!
Mozart Fourth movement (molto allegro) from String Quartet No 14, K387
BEETHOVEN String Quartet No 11, Op 95, Serioso

Leading players from the orchestra of age of enlightenment: Violinsits, Matthew Truscott and Julia Kuhn joined by Viola player Simone Jandl and Cellist Luise Buchberger

August 2017

We welcomed Francesca Barritt Violin, Lisa Obert Violin, Steve Doman Viola, for an evening of  Music by Dvorak and Kodaly with delicious cake too. These three players from London visit Nantwen to tutor on our popular Chamber Music course.  In this concert of music by Eastern European composers Dvorak and Kodaly we celebrate the diversity of music available for duos and trios.

Terzetto Op74 for 2 violins & viola by Antonin Dvorak

“Le Londres” Trio for 2 violins and viola by Eugene Ysaye

Bagatelles Op75 for 2 violins & viola by Antonin Dvorak

Serenade op12 for 2 violins & viola by Zoltan Kodaly