Caernarfon Castle hosts ‘Castles, Poetry and Music’ Event

Wednesday 27 February 2013

Caernarfon Castle Hosts 'Castles, Poetry and Music' Event

Caernarfon Castle Hosts 'Castles, Poetry and Music' Event

Folk tunes and poetry composed by local children will be performed at an event at Caernarfon Castle on Sunday, 3 March at 2pm.

The work, which has been prepared for the Bangor New Music Festival, was created by the children at a series of workshops which took place in January and February, and will be performed at a warm up event at the castle ahead of the week-long festival.

Welsh poet Eurig Salisbury and composer Dewi Ellis Jones ran the workshops with local children from Ysgol Gynradd Dolbadarn, Llanberis and Ysgol Gynradd yr Hendre, Caernarfon, in an aim to encourage creativity amongst school children. The work was inspired by the history of the castles of North Wales, and is entitled ‘Castles, Poetry and Music.’

Bangor New Music Festival is an annual celebration of new and contemporary music which takes place this year from 9-14 March. The primary objectives of the festival are to provide the public with the opportunity to experience and learn about contemporary music; to commission and perform new works from various composers; to allow school pupils, students and members of the public to compose and perform new music; and to examine the latest trends and developments in contemporary composition. For further information visit 

Castles, Poetry and Music’ will be performed at Caernarfon Castle on Sunday, 3 March at 2pm and at Penrallt Church, Bangor on Monday, 11 March at 7.30pm.

Cadw are providing the participants of the performance with a special guided tour of the castle, learning about some of the fascinating stories the centuries-old monument holds.

Tristian Jones, Head Custodian at Caernarfon Castle said of the event: ‘We’re delighted to be able to host the event which will offer a ‘first look’ at the work produced by local children from Caernarfon and the surrounding area.

We’re eager to attract more visitors from the local community, many of whom have not visited the historical monuments on their doorstep, and really enjoy participating in programmes with local schools and holding these fantastic community events.'

Caernarfon Castle is one of the 128 sites cared for by Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service. More than two million people visit Cadw’s sites every year to discover the dramatic stories behind Wales’s breathtaking historic sites and monuments. There are fascinating stories from over the centuries to uncover.

For any further information please contact Erin Robinson, North Wales Lifelong Learning Manager on  0300 062 5843 or e-mail

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