NEWS AND RECENT EVENTS


    • Ty Cerdd (formerly the Welsh Music Information Centre) has just announced its 2017 Youth Music Season, for which Rhian Samuel is composer-in-residence, this post generously supported by the Colwinston Foundation. Three new pieces will be played by the national youth groups, including Taliesin for brass band, On this Precious Earth for wind orchestra (an expanded version of the chamber work for 10 instruments premiered last year) and The Gossamer Thread for SATB choir and organ. Previously written works by Rhian Samuel will also be included on several of the programmes. See  http://www.tycerdd.org/news/71185
    • On 7th March, 2017, at 5.15 pm, Rhian Samuel will give the Newland Lecture in Music at the University of Hull. She will speak about her work Clytemnestra.
    • Several of Rhian Samuel's vocal pieces are being performed in early spring, 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). For more information see 'PERFORMANCES'.
    • 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 Sept 2016 and will be recorded for a CD in 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 last year's Three Choirs Festival (see 'EARLIER . . .'), was re-broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Tuesday, 7 June, 2016.
    • Two of Rhian's compositions for soprano were presented at the Bangor Music Festival, March 1-6, 2016:



    Ruby Hughes at a rehearsal of 'Clytemnestra' at the
    Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff
    • The solo piece, Yr Alarch (The Swan), a setting of a a beautiful, anonymous Welsh 14th-century poem, was included on Elin Manahan Thomas's recital on Thursday evening, March 3, along with works by Judith Weir and Roderick Williams. 
    • The next day, Clytemnestra, 7-movement work for soprano and large orchestra lasting around 25 minutes was performed by Ruby Hughes and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by New Zealand-born Tecwyn Evans. It was later broadcast on International Women's Day (8 March) on BBC Radio 3. It is a dramatic scena which treats the protagonist more sympathetically than do many canonical musical works (by Gluck, R. Strauss, Milhaud, etc.); its texts however are all taken from Aeschylus's Oresteia. Commissioned by the BBC, it was first performed by Della Jones, soprano, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales with Tadaaki Otaka, conductor, in 1994.  Plans are afoot to record the this work with Ruby Hughes as soloist with the BBC NOW.  Watch this space!