BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Steve Reich © Jeffrey Herman

18th May 2019, 7.30pm

BBC Hoddinott Hall, Wales Millennium Centre

Tamsin Waley-Cohen - violin
Elizabeth Donovan - soprano
Ryan Bancroft - conductor

Composer Piece Duration Listen
Dobrinka Tabakova Organum Light 5'
Peteris Vasks Vientulais Engelis (Lonely Angel)
Meditation for Violin & String Orchestra
Steve Reich Music for Ensemble and Orchestra (2018)
Welsh premiere
Ben Wallace Five Gifts for an Old Friend
European premiere
Claire Victoria Roberts Blue Lab 5'
Mark David Boden Descent
World premiere - Festival Commission
David Lang simple song #3 (2015)
As heard in the soundtrack to Paolo Sorrentino’s film YOUTH.
John Metcalf Polly Garter’s Aria from Under Milk Wood
New version for soprano and orchestra (World premiere)
Graham Fitkin Metal 4'

A feast of treats, this concert combines music by giants of contemporary music, including Steve Reich and Peteris Vasks, with incredible new talent emerging from Wales today.

Vale of Glamorgan Festival presents one of the world’s first performances of Steve Reich’s Music for Ensemble and Orchestra, and the world premiere of a new arrangement of John Metcalf’s Polly Garter Aria (from his critically acclaimed opera Under Milk Wood).

The performance promises moments of quiet meditation, with Lonely Angel by Peteris Vasks reflecting the vision of an angel gazing down on the world, concerned and hopeful at the same time; and plenty of fun, with Graham Fitkin’s celebratory work Metal – for orchestra and untuned scaffolding – ending the night with a bang.


Free pre-concert talk 
Rian Evans – The 50th Anniversary of the Vale of Glamorgan Festival: New Music in Wales, then and now
6.30pm, Ty Cerdd Studio, Wales Millenium Centre


This project is supported by:


              Vale of Glamorgan Festival is supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund