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BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales Celebrate St David's Day

Live from St David's Hall in Cardiff, Nicola Heywood Thomas introduces a concert celebrating St David's Day with the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales.

Live from St David's Hall, Cardiff

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

Grace Williams (1906-77) was one of the most important figures in Welsh twentieth century music, and her large-scale Missa Cambrensis is her most significant work, yet it was only heard once, in 1971. The premiere proved problematic, and the composer never sought another performance, despite it being held in high regard amongst classical music fans in Wales. To celebrate St. David's Day, it once again takes centre stage with the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, with a starry cast of soloists conducted by Tecwyn Evans. Over an hour long, it mixes the text of the Latin mass with interludes in Welsh, adding a distinctive flavour to her colourful musical language. Exciting young Welsh trumpeter Huw Morgan is the soloist in her Trumpet Concerto, and her Fantasia on Welsh Nursery Tunes is a joyous medley of traditional melodies.

Grace Williams: Fantasia on Welsh Nursery Tunes
Grace Williams: Trumpet Concerto

8.10pm:
Interval music: Nicola Heywood Thomas explores Grace Williams's association with other composers, including the Hymn to St. Cecilia by Benjamin Britten

8.30pm:
Grace Williams: Missa Cambrensis

Huw Morgan (trumpet)
Fflur Wyn (soprano)
Catherine Wyn Rogers (contralto)
Andrew Rees (tenor)
Jason Howard (bass)
Dr. Rowan Williams (narrator)
Ysgol Gerdd Ceredigion (children's chorus)
BBC National Chorus of Wales
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Tecwyn Evans (conductor).

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Stephen Farr

    Magnificat

    • RESONUS.
  • Thomas Tomkins

    Oft did I marle how in thine eyes

    Ensemble: I Fagiolini. Conductor: Robert Hollingworth.
    • Chandos.

Credits

Role Contributor
Performer BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Performer BBC National Chorus of Wales

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