Vale of Glamorgan Festival at Home

Whilst we have sadly had to cancel this year’s Vale of Glamorgan Festival due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation, we have brought together some of our composers to bring you a series of three webcast videos which explore our 2020 programme. These will be premiered on YouTube and feature exclusive interviews and home performances from artists and composers whose works would have been performed this May.

 

Huw Watkins

(presented by Steph Power, with featured composer Huw Watkins and Artistic Director John Metcalf)

 

Our first broadcast, with Steph Power interviewing Artistic Director John Metcalf and composer Huw Watkins, was premiered Friday 15 May. John and Steph discuss the ethos of the Festival and how the programming is decided, whilst Huw talks about his compositional style and the background to some of his works. As one of this year’s featured composers, several of Huw’s works were due to be performed this May, and we are thrilled that he was able to perform some of his own pieces for piano for this video, and to share harpist Anne Denholm’s home performance of his Suite for Harp.

 

Wales’ Got Talent

(with composers Mark Bowden, Mared Emlyn, Maja Palser, Steph Power, David Roche)

 

In the second of our online broadcasts, five composers from Wales who would have featured in this year’s festival introduce their compositions. Mark Bowden, Mared Emlyn, Maja Palser, Steph Power and David Roche talk to Deborah Keyser, Director of Ty Cerdd, about the compositional process, and what inspires their music.

Shaped by themes such as the refugee crisis, Maja Palser and Mark Bowden’s pieces were written for the International Society of Contemporary Music’s World New Music Days, an annual international celebration of new music. Mared Emlyn also talks about Perlau yn y glaw, her five dances for solo harp.

 

John Luther Adams

(presented by Steph Power, with John Metcalf and John Luther Adams)

John Luther Adams joined us on the night that his epic composition Become Ocean would have closed the Vale of Glamorgan Festival. He discusses his music with Steph Power and John Metcalf. We also hear performances of John Luther Adams music’ by harpist Anne Denholm and the percussion/ piano duo George Barton and Siwan Rhys. All three musicians also join us for a chat.

 

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