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VALE OF GLAMORGAN

FESTIVAL OF MUSIC 2005

PROGRAMMES

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Tuesday 30 August, 7.30pmSt Donats Arts Centre

with a private view of Echoes,
an exhibition by Mary Husted

Ruth Wall

RUTH WALL (clarsach - Scottish harp)
GRAHAM FITKIN (piano)
HOWARD SKEMPTON (accordion)

Philip Glass

Opening (clarsach)

6'

Graham Fitkin

Skirting (clarsach)

8'

Howard Skempton

Under the Elder; Crane’s Waltz; Recessional; merry-go-round (accordion)

7'

Graham Fitkin

The Cone Gatherers (piano)

10'

Ruth Wall

Sibling 4 (clarsach)

11'

Interval

Howard Skempton

Summer Waltz; Waltz (1982);
New Work (world premiere);
Gentle Melody (accordion)

8'

Michael Parsons

Variations and October Dance (clarsach)

5'

Ruth Wall

Peninsula Run (clarsach)

2'

Laurence Crane

Two Movements (clarsach)

12'

Graham Fitkin

Furniture (piano)

5'

Graham Fitkin

Wynter (clarsach)

4'

 

The opening concert of this year’s festival features the evocative sound of the clarsach, the traditional Scottish harp — presented here in a far-from traditional incarnation. Ruth Wall, a leading composer-performer of the ancient lever harp, exploits the instrument’s timeless resonance and simple purity in the context of 21st-century complexity and electrification.

Ruth is joined by Graham Fitkin and Howard Skempton, two of Britain’s leading composer-performers.

See Wednesday 31 August for further performances by Ruth Wall & Howard Skempton; and 3 September for the premiere of Graham Fitkin’s Piano Quartet

 

TICKETS: £9 (£7 for over 60s, unemployed, disabled people & their companions, children and students)

 

Box Office: 0870 013 1812 (BBC Call NOW line) OR 01446 799100 (St Donats Arts Centre during office hours)

 

Wednesday 31 August, 7.30pmNorwegian Church, Cardiff Bay

Exaudi

EXAUDI (vocal ensemble)
JAMES WEEKS (conductor)
RUTH WALL (clarsach)
HOWARD SKEMPTON (accordion)

Howard Skempton

Music; Song at the Year’s Turning; Rose-berries (choir)

7’

Gabriel Jackson

Small Encomium for Matthew Greenall (clarsach)

3

Graham Fitkin

Jim and Pam and Pam and Jim (clarsach)

2'

Peter Maxwell Davies

Farewell to Stromness (clarsach)

4'

Gabriel Jackson

Spring; The Armed Man (choir)

10'

Howard Skempton

Ada’s Dance; Twin Set;
Home and Abroad (accordion)

The Snare; Two Poems of Mary Webb;
Two Poems of Edward Thomas (choir)

5'


7'

Interval

Cardew arr. Howard Skempton

‘Ode Machine 7’ from The Great Learning, paragraph 5 (choir)

7’

Howard Skempton

Hornpipe; Romance;
Cakes and Ale (accordion)

5’

James Weeks

New Work (world premiere);
Selbstbildnis als Laute (choir)

8’

Howard Skempton

preludes and interludes from Images (clarsach)

6’

Howard Skempton

Snape Interval; Four by the Clock;
Music, when soft voices die (choir)

6’

 

Acclaimed young vocal ensemble EXAUDI is joined by Ruth Wall and Howard Skempton in an intimate and ravishing sequence of miniatures.
The entrancing subtlety of Skempton’s choral style is beautifully offset by his accordion and harp works.

 

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Thursday 1 September, 6.30pm The Memorial Hall Theatre, Barry

Pre-concert talk with Guto Puw

Thursday 1 September, 7.30pm The Memorial Hall Theatre, Barry

Jac van Steen

JAC VAN STEEN (conductor)

 

Kurt Schwertsik

Sinfonia-Sinfonietta

21’

Guto Puw

Reservoirs

16’

Interval

Elena Kats-Chernin

Clocks

21’

Judith Weir

The Welcome Arrival of Rain

16’

 

Women composers are given a particular emphasis in this year’s festival, and here we present two major works by leading women in their field: Australian Elena Kats-Chernin’s name is already familiar to Vale of Glamorgan Festival audiences; eminent British composer Judith Weir’s music is making its first appearance with us, and three of her chamber works can be heard on 2 & 4 September.

Guto Puw’s Reservoirs was inspired by a poem by RS Thomas that tells of the drowning of valleys in Wales to supply water for the industrial cities of England. It was shortlisted for the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Awards this year.

The concert opens with our celebration of mercurial Austrian composer Kurt Schwertsik’s 70th birthday.

This year, the Welsh Music Guild celebrates its Golden Jubilee.
The Vale of Glamorgan Festival marks that significant anniversary with this concert.

TICKETS: £9 (£7 for over 60s, unemployed, disabled people & their companions, children and students)

 

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Friday 2 September, 6.30pmEwenny Priory Church, Ewenny

Pre-concert talk: Robin Holloway in conversation with Peter Reynolds

Friday 2 September, 7.30pmEwenny Priory Church, Ewenny


Okeanos

Melinda Maxwell

Piobroch (oboe & cello)

12'

Dai Fujikura

Eternal Escape (cello)

3'

Lynne Plowman

Mermaids’ Lagoon (harp)

7'

Peter Sculthorpe

Djilile (viola & harp)

5'

Akiko Ogawa

Interweaving (oboe, clarinet, viola & harp)
(world premiere)

5'

Interval

John Metcalf

Dolbadarn Castle (cello & harp)

12'

Robin Holloway

Serenade in D flat
(oboe, clarinet, viola & harp)
(world premiere)

20’

 

Okeanos present the first of their two 2005 Vale of Glamorgan festival concerts in this most captivating of settings. An eclectic mix of sonorities evoking scenes from around the world, this programme culminates in a significant world premiere by distinguished British composer Robin Holloway: the Serenade in D flat is the fruit of Holloway’s special relationship with Okeanos, and is co-commissioned by the Vale of Glamorgan Festival.

 

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Saturday 3 September, 6.30pmBradenstoke Hall, St Donats Castle

Pre-concert talk: Graham Fitkin in conversation with John Metcalf

Saturday 3 September, 7.30pmBradenstoke Hall, St Donats Castle

Schubert Ensemble

John Woolrich

Sestina (piano quartet)

12'

Judith Weir

Music for 247 Strings (violin & piano)

10’

Graham Fitkin

Piano Quartet (world premiere)

12'

Interval

Elena Kats-Chernin

Page Turn (piano)

8'

John Metcalf

Ynys Las (cello & piano)

6’

Judith Weir

Piano Quartet, ‘blanche comme la neige’

17’

 

The Schubert Ensemble is one of the world’s finest chamber groups, with an impressive reputation for innovation in the field of new music. It has built strong relationships with many of the UK’s leading composers, including Judith Weir and John Woolrich, whose music features here. More recently, the ensemble has worked extensively with Graham Fitkin, leading to the commission of his Piano Quartet, which receives its world premiere in this concert.

 

TICKETS: £9 (£7 for over 60s, unemployed, disabled people & their companions, children and students)

 

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Sunday 4 September, 6.00pm (note starting time!) St Donats Arts Centre

Okeanos

An evening of music, storytelling, Japanese food, visual art

 

OKEANOS

 

 

DAVID AMBROSE

(storyteller)

 

MARY HUSTED

(artist)

 
     

Dai Fujikura

Touch of Breeze
(viola, clarinet, sho & antique cymbals)

3’

Anne Boyd

Esgid Mair (viola, singing bowls, rin, antique cymbals & ocean drum)

5’

 

storytelling - David Ambrose

 
 

Improvised shakuhachi solo

 

Judith Weir

Really? (soprano, clarinet, viola & koto)

9’

 

storytelling - David Ambrose

 

Ross Edwards

Ulpirra (oboe)

6’

Dai Fujikura

Okeanos Breeze (oboe, clarinet, viola, sho, koto, antique cymbals & ocean drum)

11’

Interval, with traditional Japanese food from Izakaya

Howard Skempton

Fragments (oboe, koto & sho)

6'

Toshio Hosokawa

Fragmente I (shakuhachi, koto & sangen)

9’

 

storytelling - David Ambrose

 

Dai Fujikura

Hibiki in the Line (clarinet)

4’

Toshio Hosokawa

Koto-Uta (voice & koto) (UK premiere)

9’

Gabriel Jackson

A Piece of Sky (after Yoko Ono)
(oboe d’amore, koto & percussion)

7’

 

A unique experience with a distinctly Japanese flavour concludes the festival.

This is an evening of interwoven layers: Okeanos present many faces of Japanese and Japan-inspired music — from lone improvised shakuhachi, to the fantastic ’superinstrument’ fusion of Dai Fujikura’s Okeanos Breeze.

Storyteller David Ambrose links the performances with atmospheric, Japanese-influenced tales. These accompany the procession as the audience and musicians move to different spaces within the Arts Centre, including the Gallery for Mary Husted’s exhibition of fairytale mirror boxes, Echoes, which lends an extraordinary, magical dimension to the music.

The experience is completed with authentic Japanese cuisine from Izakaya restaurant. A selection of sushi, yakitori, torikaraage, renkon kinpira and kabocha age will be served in parallel with the evening’s entertainment.

Izakaya, Cardiff Bay:
award-winning traditional
Japanese Tavern,
run by
Iestyn and Yoshiko Evans

 

TICKETS: £15 (£12 for senior citizens, unemployed, disabled people & their companions, children and students)
TICKET PRICE INCLUDES JAPANESE FOOD; VEGETARIAN CHOICES AVAILABLE

 

Box Office: 0870 013 1812 (BBC Call NOW line) OR 01446 799100 (St Donats Arts Centre during office hours)