Latest publications:  Ribbons and Streamers I for flute and guitar (Tŷ Cerdd, March, 2018) was written for Lucas Jordon (flute) and Fabrizio Mattos (guitar) and was performed by them in Norma and Zurich as well as London and Oxford in 2014. The work alternates between celebratory, carnival-like music and a sad, reflective melody recalling a Dowland song. Fragile Landscapes for solo piano (also Tŷ Cerdd, March, 2018) is dedicated to the memory of James Martin, who established the Oxford Martin School, and was premiered at James' memorial service by Russell Hirshfield at Keble College Oxford in October, 2013. The work reflects in a modest way James's concerns about issues of natural conservation and the future of the planet. 
Three pieces by Rhian will taken on tour in 2018: baritone Matthew Hoch is performing Yr Alarch across the southern United States in the spring; Ensemble Cymru, Emerging (lightly) in May across Wales, and violinist Mary Hofman, Rhian's new Violin Sonata, in the autumn, also across Wales. Mary's tour, where she will be accompanied by Richard Ormrod (piano), has received funding from the PRS Foundation.

On 14th November, 2018, Rhian's large-scale orchestral piece, Tirluniau/Landscapes (Stainer & Bell, 2000), will be performed by the symphony orchestra of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama conducted by David Jones at St David's Hall, Cardiff. (This is the work that was commissioned by the BBC for the Millenium Proms in the Albert Hall and premiered there by BBCNOW with Tadaaki Otaka, conductor.) Three days later, also in Cardiff, the Ardwyn Singers, conductor David Leggett, will premiere two new sets of choral pieces by Rhian, Tair Alaw, to texts by Nesta Wyn Jones, and The Listening Eye, to texts by Anne Stevenson. The concert, on Saturday, November 17th, will be at the RWCMD Dora Stoutzker Hall.
Two further professional recordings of Rhian's music were made recently, while a third will be made in April 2018. The two already completed are Wildflower Songbook, a set of three songs for mezzo and piano, recorded in December, 2017 for an upcoming CD on Stone Records by Anna Stéphany and Sholto Kynoch, and Dovey Junction, recorded by the A5 Brass Quintet at the studios of Tŷ Cerdd in early November and now available at  In April 2018, Clytemnestra for soprano and orchestra will be recorded for BIS records by Ruby Hughes and the BBCNOW conducted by Jac van Steen. 
RS with A5 Brass Quintet
Wildflower Songbook was commissioned by the Oxford Lieder Festival for performance in October, 2015; Dovey Junction is a newly-revised version of the work published by Stainer & Bell and premiered in the USA by Borealis Brass (Alaska) at the UNESCO World Forum on Music, Los Angeles, and in the UK by the late Jim Watson's students at the RAM. S&B are publishing the revised version. The studio recording was the final activity in Rhian's composer's residency with Wales' Tŷ Cerdd national youth ensembles, 2017, which was for her a most enjoyable and productive time. She thanks Tŷ Cerdd and all the young Welsh musicians who took part in performances of her pieces!

Publications in late 2017: Yr Alarch (The Swan) for SATB chorus and Three Yeats Songs for medium voice and flute (both pub. Tŷ Cerdd). Yr Alarch, to an anonymous 14th-century text often ascribed to Dafydd ap Gwilym, will be performed by the Cardiff University Contemporary Music Group, conductor Robert Fokkens. It is Rhian's second setting of this beautiful poem, the first, quite different, being for solo voice (pub. Stainer & Bell) and currently being toured by American baritone, Matthew Hoch. The Three Yeats Songis 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

    At the International Conference, 'Women's Work in Music', held at Bangor University, Rhian's Phantasy Trio (vln, cello, piano, pub. Stainer & Bell) was performed by members of Ensemble Cymru on 4th Sept. 2017. The following day, she discussed her work, Clytemnestra before the conference. 

    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 Haberdashers' Girls' School in late July. Rhian was Tŷ Cerdd composer-in-residence in 2017, the post generously supported by the Colwinston Foundation. The choir directed by Neil Ferris sang four of Rhian's six Emily Dickinson settings, Lovesongs and Observations (pub. Stainer & Bell), in 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 (pub. Tŷ Cerdd) at the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl, on Sunday, 30th July and played the work again at the North Wales International Music Festival on 16 September, 2017.
        Rhian's setting of George Herbert's poem, 'Love bade me welcome' (pub. Stainer & Bell), 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