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Orchestral piece to be performed at the London Proms

Publication date: 30/07/2007

Composer Guto Pryderi Puw's orchestral piece '...onyt agoraf y drws...' ('...unless I open the door...') will be performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales directed by David Atherton in this year's Proms at the Albert Hall on the 9th of August 2007. This is Guto's second commission as part of his commitment as Resident Composer with the orchestra, and it further highlights his growing reputation as one of the leading Welsh composers of his generation. Guto is a Lecturer at Bangor's School of Music.

Guto Pryderi Puw said: "I have been working on the score for some time now, with the creative process being so much more stimulating and rewarding not only by the importance of the concert in London, but also because I'm aware that it will be performed by one of the best orchestras in the country, together with their guest conductor, David Atherton. I hope that the music will present a challenge for the performers and the listeners alike, and with the rich acoustics of the Albert Hall, I will be looking forward to see how the piece will sound during the premiere."

The piece is inspired by the closing section of the Branwen tale from the Mabinogi, where Bendigeidfran's men feast in a hall in Pembrokeshire for eighty years, until they open the forbidden door, when all the terrible memories from their conflict in Ireland comes flooding back. Within the music the feasting is represented by a quotation of a cheerful Welsh folk tune while later the terrible memories are echoed by a modal Irish reel.

The concert will be broadcast live on Radio 3 on Thursday the 9th of August at 7pm, and there will be a pre-concert talk in the company of Guto and musicologist Geraint Lewis at 5:30pm.

Guto Pryderi Puw's creative career has flourished following his appointment as Resident Composer with the BBC NOW, receiving commissions and performances in numerous festivals across the country. '...onyt agoraf y drws...' will be performed again at the Swansea Festival in the 2008 season. In 2006, Guto was appointed as a lecturer at the School of Music, University of Wales Bangor, and has been the Artistic Director for the Bangor New Music Festival since its founding in 2000. He is also one of the adjudicators for this year's Composer's Medal at the National Eisteddfod in Mold.

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