NEWS AND RECENT EVENTS



Newest publication: Three Yeats Songs for medium voice and flute (Tŷ Cerdd, 2017). This is a revised version of pieces Rhian wrote in 1967 as part of her Master's degree submission at Washington University, St Louis, USA, where these pieces were first performed. They set the famous poem, 'Had I the Heavens' Embroidered Cloths' as well as 'He and She' and 'Sweet Dancer'. 
    RS with Nicola Lefanu
    at the Bangor conferenc
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At the International Conference, 'Women's Work in Music', held at Bangor University, Rhian's Phantasy Trio (vln, cello, piano) was performed by members of Ensemble Cymru (4th Sept. 2017). The following day, she presented 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 second of the 2017 national youth courses run by  Cerdd, this time for the National Youth Brass Band of Wales and the National Youth Choir of Wales, took place in Monmouth at the lovely Haberdashers' Girls' School in late July. Rhian is Tŷ Cerdd composer-in-residence this year, the post generously supported by the Colwinston Foundation. 
               
            RS, Neil Ferris and NYCW
       
       Ian Porthouse conducting NBBW
The choir, directed by Neil Ferris, sang four of Rhian's Emily Dickinson settings, Lovesongs and Observations, in two concerts, at St Mary's Church, Swansea, on 29th July, and St Mary's Priory Church, Monmouth, on 30th July. The brass band under conductor Ian Porthouse gave the première of her new piece, Taliesin, at the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl, on Sunday, 30th July. They will play Taliesin again at the North Wales International Music Festival on 16 September, 2017.
      Rhian's setting of George Herbert's poem, 'Love bade me welcome', 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 first of 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 at the Haberdashers' Girls' School, Monmouth, in mid-April, 2017. Works performed at the two concerts, at Monmouth Priory and at the University of Swansea, were Rhian's 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 the new work, On this Precious Earth for wind orchestra.

                           
                          RS with Pete Harrison,
                         conductor of NYWOW

      RS with Liz Toye,
      conductor of NYTCW
        NYWOW


        Several of Rhian's vocal pieces with piano were performed in February, 2017. They include Cerddi Hynafol/Ancient Songs (Siân Dicker, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London), 'In Memoriam' from A Swift Radiant Morning (John Ieuan Jones, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester) and The Gaze (Gillian Keith, Holywell Music Room, Oxford).