Rhian was present at a fine performance of A Garland for Anne for solo piano by concert pianist Clare Hammond at City University on Friday, 24 May. The piece, in five short movements, takes as its inspiration the titles, or phrases from, five of Anne Stevenson's poems; the first of the set, 'The Therapy of Moonlight' is included in the the book (Festschrift) published to celebrate Anne's 70th birthday. Clare has two more performances of the work scheduled, in London and Cardiff, next October.
April was busy: two sessions at Tŷ Cerdd recording 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, baritone, whom she should have known ages ago (he's Welsh!) and Jocelyn Freeman,
|Paul Carey Jones, RS, Jocelyn Freeman, Katharine Dain|
(photo: Matthew Thistlewood)
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
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 |
|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.