Monday 25 September 2023

Michael Stimpson's Dylan at the poet's birthplace in honour of 70th anniversary of his death

Dylan Thomas in New York in 1952
Dylan Thomas in New York in 1952
Dylan Thomas died on the 9 November 1953 and in honour of the 70th anniversary of his death, the Dylan Thomas Birthplace Trust is presenting an immersive performance of Stimpson's captivating song cycle, Dylan on Saturday 4 November 2023 at Dylan Thomas' historic Swansea birthplace. The event will blend spoken excerpts and musical settings, featuring the baritone Gareth Brynmor John and harpist Alis Huws. The event will also be live-streamed on World of Sound.

Stimpson's song-cycle Dylan was premiered in 2003 in the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea by Jeremy Huw Williams and Sioned Williams. The work combines spoken excerpts and musical settings of Thomas's poems, letters, stories and, of course, Under Milk Wood, into a ruminative and evocative monodrama.

There are further performances of Dylan  in New York, where the poet's life came to an end,  at Rutgers Presbyterian Church on 11 November, home of The Welsh Congregation of New York, and at St John's in the Village on 12 November.

Full details from Michael Stimpson's website.

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