NO music festival worth its salt would be complete without a concert programme or two that offered audiences something new and fresh.

And the line-up at Fishguard Music Fetsival certainly offers that.

Celebrating their 25th year together, the renowned Gould Piano Trio has marked the occasion with a new commission from composer and clarinettist Mark Simpson, the first winner of both BBC Young Musician and BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composer of the Year.

His new work, After Avedon will be performed by the trio at their concert at St Mary’s Church, Newport (July 31) where they will be joined by Mark on clarinet for a performance of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time.

Since its formation just over three years ago, The Hermes Experiment has quickly established itself as one of the most exciting chamber music ensembles working in the UK today.

Sporting a line-up of harp, clarinet, voice and double bass, the group has capitalised on its unusual combination of instruments and passion for contemporary music by commissioning new works from some 36 composers.

Their concert at St Mary’s Church, Fishguard (July 29) includes works by Gareth Wood, Emily Hall, Giles Swayne, Mish Mullov-Abbado and Meredith Monk as well as arrangements of Prokofiev, Debussy and Richard Rodney-Bennett.

It’s worth noting that most events offer very low priced tickets for young people. For example under-16s can enjoy concerts for just £1, while those aged between 16-25 pay £5. Festival buses also serve some venues. Check out the website for full details -