The CD, Clytemnestra (BIS/Naxos) which includes the voice + orchestra cycle, Clytemnestra, by Rhian Samuel, has had a wonderful reception: it was short-listed for a Gramophone Award, 2020, and received fabulous reviews with *five stars* in The Times and BBC Music Magazine, great write-ups 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 Music Web International, and a Gramophone podcast by James Jolly. The CD was issued on 4 January, 2020. Rhian's work, performed by Ruby Hughes, soprano, with BBC NOW conducted by Jac van Steen, was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Thursday 15 October, 2020. It was previously broadcast on R3 in March, 2020 and Sept. 2019. It's available at https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000nc7k
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.
(1) An anthem for Vol 3 of Multitude of Voyces (ed. Louise Stewart and Olivia Sparkhall) for SATB + organ, 'Rhyfedd, rhyfedd'/'Wonder, wonder', to words by the Welsh 18th-century hymnwriter, Anne Griffiths, with an English translation (for performance) by the composer. The anthem's text is suitable for Christmas and the year round. The volume is slated for publication in November, 2020. 'Rhyfedd, rhyfedd' will also be published, a little later, by Stainer & Bell, in their series, Choral Now.
(2) Isolation Suite for solo piano (not too difficult, and rather tonal), for which five international pianist colleagues each recorded a movement for a video; the score (see above) is published by Tŷ Cerdd.
(3) A piece for solo viola, Salve nos, written for the lovely Berlin-based violist, Hiyoli Togawa, for a CD for BIS Records, Songs of Solitude, to be released in early 2021, also to be published by Tŷ Cerdd.
(4) 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). This work will be premiered in 2021.
'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. These include several woodwind pieces: in September, Rhian's Wherever I go for solo flute, played by Sophia Tegart at Washington State University (USA) and the premiere of Little Duos for oboe and cor anglais, at the Cuckfield Festival (Sussex), and on 20 November, the Fantasy Quintet for five flutes at the RWCMD (Cardiff).
2021: Postponed/rescheduled concerts. 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, now with singer Kathryn Rudge. 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. New dates for the premieres of Moving Images, scheduled for October 2020 in Aberystwyth and Moon over Maenefa for solo baritone at the RAM (London), scheduled for November, 2020, will be announced soon.
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. Four other CDs are in the works!