My name is Rhys, a first time dad blogging about my adventures and experiences of being a parent. [email protected]

Gregynog hosts Sinfonia Cymru concerts and National Garden Scheme Weekend

A quartet from Sinfonia Cymru will be playing two concerts at Gregynog Hall.

Gregynog Hall in Tregynon, near Newtown, is marking an exciting three-year collaboration with Sinfonia Cymru by hosting two concerts for string quartet.

On Saturday, May 7 at 7.30pm, Sinfonia Cymru will be playing works by Haydn, Beethoven and Caroline Shaw. On Sunday, May 8, the second concert at 3pm will feature music by Britten, Ravel and the Danish String Quartet.

These concerts have important historical associations with the Gregynog Festivals of Music and Poetry of the 1930s. They celebrate not only the work and influence of remarkable musicians and composers, but also the Davies sisters, Gwendoline and Margaret, whose passion and patronage brought musical excellence to Wales.

Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/Gregynog/sinfonia-cymru/e-qqqxor . Tickets for each concert are £14 for adults aged between 18 and 60, £12 for registered disabled and over 60s, £8 for students and £4 for under 18s.

Gregynog will also be supporting the National Garden Scheme by opening its gardens from 10am to 4pm on the same weekend. The gardens are Grade I Listed due to association with the 18th century landscape architect William Emes. A mass display of rhododendrons, azaleas and a unique yew hedge surround the sunken lawns.

An unexpected hidden treasure, Gregynog is one of Wales’ premier country estates and the former home of the extraordinary Davies sisters, art collectors and public benefactors. The black and white hall is surrounded by popular walking trails through the 750-acre estate which is a National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The estate is one of Wales’ most important sites for ancient parkland and wood-pasture habitats, veteran trees and nationally important lichens, insects and other wildlife, supported by these rare habitats. The Great Wood at Gregynog is one of few remaining ancient oak and lichen-rich woodlands, home to an extremely rare lichen never seen before in Wales.