NEWS AND RECENT EVENTS



  • At the International Conference, 'Women's Work in Music', to be held at Bangor University in early September, Rhian Samuel's Phantasy Trio (vin, cello, piano) will be performed by members of Ensemble Cymru (4th Sept.). The following day, she will present her work, Clytemnestra, recently broadcast on BBC and about to be placed on CD by BBCNOW, Jac van Steen, conductor, and Ruby Hughes, soprano.
  • The anthem, Love bade me welcome, Rhian Samuel's setting of George Herbert's poem, was released in May, 2017 on a new CD from New College Choir Oxford, director Robert Quinney. The CD, 'The Gate of Heaven: Favourite Anthems of New College Choir', is on the Novum label, NCR1391.
  • The 2017 youth courses run by  Cerdd for the National Youth Training Choir of Wales and the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Wales took place in Monmouth at the lovely Haberdashers' Girls' School, in mid-April, 2017. Rhian is Tŷ Cerdd composer-in-residence this year, the post generously supported by the Colwinston Foundation. Works performed at the two concerts, at Monmouth Priory and at the University of Swansea, Bay Campus, were her two Walt Whitman settings for choir and organ, The Gossamer Thread and A Clear Midnight, recently published by Tŷ Cerdd, the new clarinet quartet, Locomotion (pub. Stainer & Bell), and On this Precious Earth for wind orchestra.  This latter began life as a work for 10 instruments, premiered at the Holywell Music Room, Oxford, in March 2016 (see EARLIER. . . ).  All were given truly admirable performances!  Rhian also worked with NYWOW students on her Redlands Suite for oboe, clarinet and bassoon, a work written while she was a student, recently revised, and also published by  Cerdd.  Further courses, for the National Youth Choir and  National Youth Brass Band, will take place in July; more of Rhian's works will be performed then, including the new brass-band work, Taliesin.
      
            NYWOW, Great Hall, Swansea University

                         
    RS with Pete Harrison,
    conductor of NYWOW

    RS with Liz Toye,
    conductor of NYTCW


    • On 7th March, 2017, at 5.15 pm, Rhian Samuel gave the Newland Lecture in Music at the University of Hull. She spoke about her work Clytemnestra which was re-broadcast on BBC Radio 3 the same day. 
    • Several of Rhian's vocal pieces with piano were performed in February, 2017. The include Cerddi Hynafol/Ancient Songs (Sian Dicker, GSMD), 'In Memoriam' from A Swift Radiant Morning (John Ieuan Jones, RNCM) and The Gaze (Gillian Keith, Holywell Music Room, Oxford).  
    • On 25 August, 2016, Rhian's song-cycle, Wildflower Songbook, was presented at the Machynlleth Festival (director, Julius Drake), by Anna Stéphany (soprano) and Sholto Kynoch (piano), the performers who gave its première last summer at the Oxford Lieder Festival (see EARLIER. . . ). The work sets poems by the award-winning Anglo-American poet, Anne Stevenson. It was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 8 September, 2016, and will be recorded for a CD in September, 2017.  
    • On 4 July, 2016, Rhian received an honorary DMus from the University of Wales, Trinity-St David's. She was presented to the congregation in a lovely speech by the renowned writer and poet, Prof. Mererid Hopwood. Rhian's acceptance speech is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICqx80UNksM

    RS with Prof. Medwin Hughes, Vice-Chancellor, University of Wales
    • Rhian's song-cycle, A Swift Radiant Morning, to poems by WW1 poet Charles Sorley at the 2015 Three Choirs Festival (see 'EARLIER . . .'), was re-broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Tuesday, 7 June, 2016.