BBC National Orchestra of Wales at Vale of Glamorgan Festival 2012
with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Friday 11 May 2012, 7pm
BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff CF10 5AL
part of the BBC Hoddinott Hall 2011-12 series
PHILIP GLASS The Olympian
PER NØRGÅRD Iris
QIGANG CHEN Reflect d'un temps disparu
QIGANG CHEN Iris unveiled
Conductor Pascal Rophé
Cello Li-Wei Qin
Soprano Elizabeth Atherton
Soprano Gillian Keith
Soprano Gillian Keith
The mythical figure of Iris, goddess of the rainbow and messenger of the Olympian gods, provides inspiration to both Per Nørgard and Qigang Chen. For Nørgård it is her personification in nature that inspired his stunning orchestral work, rich in sounds that represent a spectrum of glittering colour; for Chen it is Iris, the woman who grabs his imagination as he portrays "the eternal feminine and its multiple facets" through nine movements that subtly integrate traditional Chinese instruments and a Beijing operatic soprano with a large classical orchestra and two Western sopranos.
Voice of the Beijing Opera Xuanxuan Tang
Pipa Jia Li
Zheng Jing Chang
Erhu Nan Wang
How to get there
- There are a number of bus services that serve Wales Millennium Centre/BBC Hoddinott Hall. For details see http://www.cardiffbus.com/routes.shtml
- Regular services run to and from Cardiff Bay Station from Monday to Sunday. First Great Western run services between West Wales and London Paddington, stopping at Cardiff Central. http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/ There is free shuttle service on the Cardiff Baycar bus for all passengers with a return ticket into Cardiff Central or Queen Street Stations, taking just 8 minutes to arrive outside Wales Millennium Centre. The Baycar runs every 10 mins http://www.cardiffbus.com/baycar.shtml
- When using Satellite Navigation Systems to get to Wales Millennium Centre/BBC Hoddinott Hall, please key in the Post Code CF10 5AL. There are several large car parks located close to the Wales Millennium Centre.
- Disabled Car Park There are 18 pre-bookable, undercover vehicle spaces available for disabled visitors, accessible from Pierhead Street at the side of the Centre. Please note that spaces need to be pre-booked by calling the Ticket Office on 029 2063 6464 (Minicom 029 2063 4651). Spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and all existing bookings will be honoured.