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Aberfan disaster 50th anniversary concert in Cardiff

A new choral work by composer Sir Karl Jenkins to mark the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster has been premiered at a memorial concert in Cardiff.

On 21 October 1966, the village was devastated when a colliery waste tip collapsed, with slurry engulfing Pantglas Junior School on the last day before half term.

A total of 144 people died, 116 of them children.

Cantata Memoria was performed on Saturday at Wales Millennium Centre.

Welsh language TV channel S4C commissioned the work, which was performed by Sinfonia Cymru and sung by a mixed choir of over 150 people along with a children's choir of 116.

World-renowned bass-baritone Bryn Terfel and actor Michael Sheen also took part.

The audience included parents and survivors, including teachers Rennie Williams, Mair Morgan and Hetty Williams.

The performance will be shown on S4C on Sunday 9 October at 19:30 BST.

Highlights will be shown on BBC2 Wales on Saturday 22 October at 21:00

Sian Lloyd reports.

  • 09 Oct 2016
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