February and March include a number of events, some bunched together rather closely! For instance, on 25th February, Rhian returns 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 Jac Van Steen. The same evening, her Brass Express (Stainer & Bell, 1995), performed on 25th January (played by the same orchestra conducted by Holly Mathieson with principal Philippe Schartz on solo trumpet), will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3; it is already available on Radio Cymru, where Rhian gives an interview in her native (if somewhat rusty!) Welsh. The next day, baritone Roderick Williams with Andrew West, piano, will sing her Summer Songs (Stainer & Bell, 2014) at the Barbican's Milton Court, London; just before, on 22nd February, Mary Hofman and Richard Ormrod will give 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. (Other performances in February and March are listed on the 'Performances' page.)
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
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. On 17th 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 will continue to tour the work through March, 2019 and Rhian will introduce it at both Machynlleth and Aberystwyth Music Clubs.