Composition and Performance at Bangor gaining a National/International reputation

Composition lecturer Dr Owain Llwyd has been collaborating with the BBC on the ground-breaking HORIZONS project – the project reached its zenith at the close of 2016, when bands recorded with a the Horizon String Quartet at the legendary BBC Maida Vale studios. The BBC Introducting live sessions were broadcast on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru whilst video footage of the project was aired on the BBC. 

Head of Composition Dr Guto Pryderi Puw’s violin concert has received several accolades since its performance, most notably, from the Wales Arts Review. His violin concerto Soft Stillness, commissioned by Tŷ Cerdd, was premiered by the virtuoso Madeleine Mitchell and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. The concerto will be broadcast on Radio 3 at 2.30pm on 25 January. 

 “ the sense of ‘sweet melody’ was clear throughout the piece, and there were some exquisite instrumental handovers: between violin and piccolo, and violin and trumpet especially. Puw’s many colourful details of motif and texture make this a work that would repay repeated listening”

The school of Music's Head of Performance, Richard Craig, will be performing with the Irish RTE Orchestra, premiering a new piece for contrabass flute, contrabass clairinet and orchestra in February, composed by Ann Cleare. Shortly after this he will be playing at the Bangor Music Festival, curated by Guto Puw. The festival has the theme of Architecture and includes performances from the renowned soprano Juliet Fraser. 2016 was also a busy period for Bangor’s Head of Performance, with concerts in the US and Russia, and the final preparations for his new CD VALE, to be released on the Metier label this year.

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Publication date: 6 January 2017