Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Swansongs in North Wales

John Brunning - Swansongs - Elin Manahan Thomas
Composer (and Classic FM presenter) John Brunning's new song cycle Swansongs will be receiving its premiere at the North Wales International Music Festival in St Asaph Cathedral on Friday 28 September 2018 when soprano Elin Manahan Thomas and pianist Jocelyn Freeman. The concert also includes music by Dilys Elwyn Edwards, Morfydd Llwyn Owen, Brian Hughes, Purcell, and Handel, with performers also including Family Affair – Brian Hughes (piano), Daniel Brian Hughes (clarinet) & Miriam Hughes (flute).

John Brunning was at one time a guitarist with the band Mungo Jerry, he now broadcasts a number of regular programmes for Classic FM. His song cycle started "in response to the death of a loved one that affected me very profoundly". The work has been recorded by Elin Manahan Thomas and pianist Daniel Grimwood and will be issued on the Signum Classics label in November.

The festival, which is on at the moment, runs until 30 September. Full details from the festival website.

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