Premieres for six Welsh composers in BBC Orchestra project

Date: 13.01.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.54
Category: Wales; Orchestras
Six up-and-coming composers from Wales will have their work performed live by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, thanks to a project to be held at Cardiff’s BBC Hoddinott Hall in February.

Submissions were invited from composers who are currently living or studying in Wales, or from composers who were born in Wales. From over 30 scores, six works have been chosen to be performed at the open workshops at BBC Hoddinott Hall on Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 February.

The composers will have a chance to hear their work performed by the Orchestra, before receiving feedback from Principal Guest Conductor Jac van Steen and Composer-in-Association Simon Holt. A previous participant of the project himself, newly-appointed Resident Composer Mark Bowden will also be on hand to provide advice to composers taking part in the project. After the first day of workshops on Wednesday 1 February, selected scores will be rehearsed by the Orchestra for a public concert on the evening of Thursday 2 February.

The project forms part of the Education and Community Outreach activity of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. The aim is to showcase works by living composers worthy of wider exposure and is organised in collaboration with Composers of Wales, Ty Cerdd and the Welsh Music Guild.

The project will feature the following composers and scores:

  • Andrew Lewis (professor of composition at Bangor University): Eclipse for orchestra
  • Brian Noyes (currently living in Pembrokeshire): Shadows Of Memory
  • Dai Hao (postgraduate student at Bangor University): Brahman
  • Gareth Olubunmi Hughes (PhD student at Cardiff University): Visions of Existence #2: "Fractal Civilisations"
  • Joseph Davies (born in Cardiff, now living and working in London): Night Resonance Recedes
  • Sarah Lianne Lewis (born in Wales, and graduate of Cardiff University): I Can't See the Stars... But I Can Feel Their Spears (3rd movement)

To book free tickets for the workshops and concert, call the BBC National Orchestra of Wales Audience Line on 0800 052 1812, or the Wales Millennium Centre on 02920 636464. Tickets can also be booked online through wmc.org.uk.

For more information visit our website at bbc.co.uk/now.

DH