Thursday 24 January 2019

BBC Hoddinott Hall @ 10

BBC NOW in BBC Hoddinott Hall
BBC NOW in BBC Hoddinott Hall
This year the BBC Hoddinott Hall, in the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, celebrates its 10th anniversary and the hall's resident orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBC NOW)kicks off the celebrations with a concert on 25 January 2019. 

Conducted by Martyn Brabbins and by Holly Mathieson the orchestra will give the premiere of Kenneth Hesketh's Piano Concerto 'Uncoiling the River' with pianist Clare Hammond, plus Alun Hoddinott's Taliesin, Rhian Samuel's Brass Express, Sarah Lianne Lewis's Is there no seeker of dreams that were? and Andrzej Panufnik's Sinfonia Sacra (Symphony No.3).

BBC NOW's disc of Kenneth Hesketh's orchestral music In Ictu Oculi: Orchestral Works was released in October 2018 on the Paladino label [see my review]. Clare Hammond, the soloist in Hesketh's concerto, has recorded a disc of Hesketh's piano music especially written for her, Horae (pro Clara) [see my review].

The concert includes music by three Welsh composers from three different generations. Alan Hoddinott's Taliesin was commissioned by the Swansea Festival of Music and Arts, and premiered by BBC NOW in 2009. Rhian Samuel's Brass Express was written in 1995 as a 75th anniversary commission from the College of Estate Management, Reading University. Sarah Lianne Lewis, who graduated from Cardiff University in 2011, wrote Is there no seeker of dreams that were? in 2016 when it was premiered by BBC NOW, and the work was shortlisted in ISCM World Music Days 2017.

Full details from the BBC website.

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