NEWS AND RECENT EVENTS

BBC Radio 3 has commissioned Rhian to write a piece for a BBC Singers for International Women's Day, 2020, for the project, 'Seven Ages of Woman', and to act as co-ordinator for the project as well as to mentor the younger composers involved. Rhian's SATB work is entitled 'The Shape of Trees', text by Anne Stevenson.  (It's a reflection on the fact that in winter, when trees have shed their leaves, we can see their characteristic shapes more clearly. A metaphor for the 7th age!) The concert will take place on 27 February, at St Peter's Eaton Square, London, the broadcast on IWD, 8 March 2020. The score will soon be published in the Stainer & Bell series, Choral Now.  


Really amazing reviews of the Clytemnestra CD with Ruby Hughes, BBCNOW and Jac van Steen! 5 STARS  in The Times, brilliant write-ups in Guardian and Gramophone Magazine,  great radio discussions on CD Review and In Tune and a Gramophone podcast by James Jolly. The Guardian included a very complimentary review of the Song-Lied-Cân CD too. Song-Lied-Cân (Tŷ Cerdd) was issued on 6 December 2019 and Clytemnestra (BIS/Naxos) on 4 January 2020. Clytemnestra contains the seven movements of 'Clytemnestra' (text after Aeschylus) and works by Berg and Mahler.  'Song-Lied-Cân' ('cân' with a long 'a') contains the 3 songs of 'The White Amaryllis', the 5 songs of 'The Flowing Sand' and 'Yr Alarch/The Swan'; these are in the company of a number of beautiful lieder by Clara Schumann. The singers are Katharine Dain and Paul Carey Jones, the pianist, Jocelyn Freeman. All wonderful performances!


Rhian has completed a set of songs to a commission from the Ludlow English Song Weekend (director, Iain Burnside), to take place in early April 2020, which she has entitled The Moon and Iusing texts by Tabitha Hayward and Anne Stevenson. (A sneak preview of the last of the set took place at a concert for the Festival on 3 February in London.)  The singer is Claire Barnett-Jones, who recently starred in Birtwistle's Mask of Orpheus at ENO, and the pianist, Gamal Khamis. Also in the festival, Roderick Williams, baritone, who has sung several of Rhian's pieces previously, will sing Spring Diary (S&B, 2010), a set of five songs to poems by Anne Stevenson, in his recital with Iain at the festival. These poems were inspired by Anne's summer home, 'Pwll y March', in the heart of Snowdonia. Rhian will also run a composers' workshop and participate in panel discussions. 

Latest publication: Little Duos for oboe and cor anglais (pub. Tŷ Cerdd, 2020). This is the third set of 'little duos' by Rhian; the others are for two clarinets and two bassoons. This work is in three movements, 'Morning Glow', 'Whispers' and 'Sentries'.

EARLIER: 
Siân Dicker, RS and Krystal Tunnicliffe after the
Richard Burton Lecture at Swansea University
On 20 November, 2109, Rhian gave the Richard Burton Annual Lecture at Swansea University. Entitled 'Now I become Myself' (a quotation from a poem by May Sarton), the lecture presented issues from Rhian's life in music, in the UK and the USA, including her 50+ years' experience as a composer. The lecture was musically illustrated by Siân Dicker (soprano) and Krystal Tunnicliffe (piano), who performed 'Before Dawn' (no 3 of The White Amaryllis) and the three songs of Cerddi Hynafol. (Now available on YouTube.)  Performing Cerddi Hynafol at The Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform auditions, they were chosen to present a recital at the Oxford Lieder Festival next October. Congratualtions!