EARLIER . . . .

  • On March 7, 2016, Rhian's new work for chamber ensemble, On this Precious Earth, was performed at the Holywell Music Room Oxford by the Adesso Ensemble conducted by Cayenna Ponchione. The concert was sponsored by the Oxford University Faculty of Music. The work, for wind quintet and five solo strings (it can also be performed with winds and a string ensemble) consists of three movements, 'Diminishing glory, 'Under the night sky' and 'Lament for Paris'. It explores through music some aspects of our fragile planet, both its natural resources and its human inhabitants. The programme also included works by Nicola Lefanu, Lili Boulanger and Galina Ustvolskaya. Before the concert, Rhian and Nicola engaged in a public discussion of the situation of women composers in the present day.
  • The anthem for unaccompanied choir, Love bade me welcome (published by Stainer & Bell) to the poem by George Herbert, was sung at Evensong on both Feb. 23 and 27, 2016, by the choirs of King's College, London (director, Joseph Fort) and New College, Oxford (director, Robert Quinney), respectively, and given two wonderful performances!  The latter is now on YouTube and is about to be put on a CD of their favourite anthems by the New College Choir.
  • Last summer, two new song-cycles commissioned from Rhian were premiered. A Swift Radiant Morning was performed by Roderick Williams (baritone) and Susie Allan (piano) at the opening recital of the 300th anniversary of the Three Choirs Festival (Hereford) in July, 2015 and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 a few days later; its text is by the First World War poet Charles Sorley.
    Susie Allan, RS and Roddy Williams at St Holy Trinity Church, Hereford
    at the premiere of 'A Swift Radiant Morning', 25 July, 2015
  • Wildflower Songbook was written for the Oxford Lieder Festival, October, 2015, for Anna St├ęphany (soprano) and Sholto Kynoch (piano).  
Sholto Kynoch, RS, Anne Stevenson and Anna St├ęphany 
in the Holywell Music Room, Oxford, UK, at the premiere of 'Wildflower Songbook'
28 October, 2015