NEWS AND RECENT EVENTS



RECENT 

April has been busy so far:  two sessions at Tŷ Cerdd, for a recording of two song cycles for a CD of music by Clara Schumann and Rhian! Wonderful singers and pianist: Katharine Dain, US soprano now living in the Netherlands, whom Rhian first met last summer, Paul Carey Jones, excellent baritone, whom she should have known ages ago (he's Welsh!) and 
Paul Carey Jones, RS, Jocelyn Freeman, Katharine Dain
(photo: Matthew Thistlewood) 
Jocelyn  Freeman, pianist, who performed some of Rhian's other pieces with Elin Manahan Thomas last autumn. Rhian's song cycles for the CD are The White Amaryllis (May Sarton) and The Flowing Sand (Samuel Beckett). The third song of The White Amaryllis, 'Before Dawn' is one of RS's most performed works, in both its orchestral and piano versions. Paul will return to Tŷ Cerdd to record 'Yr Alarch' ('The Swan') shortly (one more piece for the disc!); he's currently singing in La Traviata in Iceland.   

February and March included a number of events, some bunched together rather closely!  On 25th February, Rhian returned to Cardiff's Hoddinott Hall for the completion of the recording of the CD (BIS records) containing her Clytemnestra (Stainer & Bell, 1994) with Ruby Hughes, BBCNOW and 
Performance of Nantcol Songs with Alicia Cadwgan, soprano, Melvyn Tay,
conductor, & the RNCMD Harp Ensemble, director Eira Lynn Jones
Jac Van Steen. The next day, baritone Roderick Williams with Andrew West, piano, sang her Summer Songs (Stainer & Bell, 2014) at the Barbican's Milton Court, London; just before, on 22nd February, Mary Hofman and Richard Ormrod gave the fifth performance of Rhian's Violin Sonata (Tŷ Cerdd, 2018), this time at Carmarthen Arts at the University of Wales, Trinity-St Davids, continuing the tour begun in October 2018.  The next performance was at Aberystwyth University's Old Hall on  3 March, where Rhian gave a pre-concert talk about the Sonata to a friendly audience. A few days later, the RNCMD Harp Ensemble and Alicia Cadwgan, soprano, gave a brilliant performance of her 'Nantcol Songs' for soprano and 6 harps (Stainer & Bell, 2003) at their concert hall in Manchester.

EARLIER

There was a lovely celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Hoddinott Hall, home of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Cardiff, on 25th January. 
                    
                       Philippe Schartz, trumpet, with RS
                       at the Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff
      RS with Holly Mathieson, conductor 
   and Sarah-Lianne Lewis,  fellow composer
The programme included Rhian's Brass Express commissioned in 1994 by Reading University College of Land Management and first performed at the University's Great Hall by Anne McAneney, trumpet, and the Reading Univ. Symphony Orchestra, conductor Graham Treacher. This time it was performed by Philippe Schartz, trumpet, and BBCNOW conducted by Holly Mathieson. The piece was broadcast on Radio Cymru, where Rhian gave an interview in her native (if somewhat rusty!) Welsh.

2018:

A considerable number of Rhian's choral works, including premieres, were performed in late 2018 by choirs professional and amateur. On 13th Nov Kings College London chapel choir, director Joseph Fort, sang Rhian's Love bade me welcome (S&B) at Evensong once again. O17th Nov the Ardwyn Singers of Cardiff, conductor David Leggett, pianist Janice Ball, premiered two sets of choral pieces commissioned from Rhian, Tair Alaw (Nesta Wyn Jones) and The Listening Eye (Anne Stevenson) (both pub. by Tŷ Cerdd), at the RWCMD Dora Stoutzker Hall, Cardiff. 
The Ardwyn Singers, cond. David Leggett,
at the RWCMD Dora Stoutzker Hall

On 25th Nov Ave Maria (Tŷ Cerdd) was performed by the Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir, conductor, Ebbe Munk, in Aalborg, Denmark; it had been performed by them twice previously at Copenhagen Cathedral in October. Then on 23rd Dec the Christmas carol, What Cheer? (S&B), was beautifully sung by the choir of St Laurence Church, Catford, London, director, Jocelyn Freeman, organist Nicholas Mannoukas.


The week beginning 11th November was a 


RS with David Titterington, organist 

very busy one for Rhian: as well as the Ardwyn Singers' premieres (see above), her large-scale orchestral piece, Tirluniau (Landscapes) (S&B, 2000) was played at St David's Hall, Cardiff by the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) Orchestra conducted by David Jones; harpist Elinor Bennett played La Roca Blanca (Curiad) at Acapela Studio, Pentyrch, Cardiff and at the Rhyl Music Club and Professor David Titterington, Head of the Organ Dept at the Royal Academy of Music, gave a 2nd performance of Rhian's three new pieces, Ad Lucem (Tŷ Cerdd), at King's College Chapel, London.
Mary Hofman and Richard Ormrod 


Also at Kings College, the choir directed by Joseph Fort sang Love bade me welcome (S&B) at Evensong (see above); and Rhian's Violin Sonata  was given its 2nd performance by Mary Hofman, violin, and Richard Ormrod, piano, at Welshpool Music Society, mid-Wales. Mary and Richard continue to tour the work through March, 2019 and Rhian introduced it at both Machynlleth and Aberystwyth Music Clubs.