The CD, Clytemnestra (BIS/Naxos Records), containing Rhian's 'Clytemnestra', performed by Ruby Hughes, soprano, with BBC NOW conducted by Jac van Steen, has just been short-listed for a Gramophone Award, 2020! It has had a most wonderful reception: it has received fabulous reviews with FIVE STARS in The Times and BBC Music Magazine, great write-ups and discussions in The Gramophone, Guardian/ Observer, Telegraph, BBC Radio 3's In Tune and Record Review (on two programmes, with Gillian Moore and Sara Mohr-Pietsch, respectively), on Discotable (Netherlands Radio 4), Hong Kong's Radio 4, and online journals such as The Arts Fuse (Boston, USA) and MusicWebInternational, and a Gramophone podcast by James Jolly. The CD was issued on 4 January, 2020.
Latest publications: Isolation Suite, published by Tŷ Cerdd, 'The Shape of Trees' for SATB chorus, commissioned by the BBC for the BBC Singers and published by Stainer & Bell in their series, Choral Now, and The Moon and I, a set of four songs for medium voice and piano ,commissioned by the Ludlow English Song Weekend, also published by Tŷ Cerdd.
Recent works: for 'Isolation Suite' for solo piano (not too difficult, and rather tonal), five international pianist colleagues have each recorded a movement for a YouTube video while the score (see above) has now been published. Also, a piece for solo viola, 'Salve nos', written for the lovely Berlin-based violist, Hiyoli Togawa, for a CD for BIS Records to be released in early 2021. And also, two pieces for voice, lute and viol, Orpheus Descending and The Song of the Spheres, to poems by Tabitha Hayward (the poet for three of the songs in The Moon and I, see below).
'The Therapy of Moonlight', no 1 of A Garland for Anne, is now on the ABRSM Grade 7 syllabus; thus, as well as the ABRSM's published recording there are now at least 13 performances of the piece on YouTube, including that of Chenyin Li, who recorded the suite for the CD Light and Water in Rhian's presence. LISTEN Also, Rhian has re-arranged Ymddiddan / Dialogue, originally for two pianos-four hands, for two pianos-eight hands. This is for performance in the coming months by a London group of pianists (more later!). The original is published by Stainer and Bell; if there are any other four-player piano-groups out there who might be interested in this new arrangement, please get in touch via this web-page.
How lovely that live performances, including postponed ones, are beginning to appear. In September, Rhian's Wherever I go for solo flute is being played by Sophia Tegart at Washington State University (USA) and Little Duos for oboe and cor anglais will be heard at the Cuckfield Festival (Sussex); her Moon over Maenefa will be sung at the RAM in November. The premiere of Moving Images is scheduled for October in Aberystwyth and the premiere of The Moon and I, to poems by Tabitha Hayward and Anne Stevenson, commissioned by the Ludlow English Song Weekend (director, Iain Burnside), has been re-scheduled for April 2021. Also in the 2021 festival, in another re-scheduled concert, Roderick Williams and Iain Burnside will perform Rhian's Spring Diary (S&B, 2010), a set of five songs to poems by Anne Stevenson.
The Guardian/Observer included a complimentary review of the CD, Song-Lied-Cân (Tŷ Cerdd Records): issued on 6 December 2019, it contains the three songs of The White Amaryllis (May Sarton), the 5 songs of The Flowing Sand (Samuel Beckett) and 'Yr Alarch / The Swan' (anon) as well as some beautiful lieder by Clara Schumann. The singers are Katharine Dain and Paul Carey Jones, the pianist, Jocelyn Freeman. All wonderful performances. Available on Spotify.