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2017 Youth Music Season Unveiled

Date:24 February 2017
Tŷ Cerdd, in conjunction with National Youth Arts Wales, announces it 2017 youth music season which presents an ambitious array of concerts with programmes linked by the works of Welsh composer, Rhian Samuel and the music of the USA.

Highlights include:
• World premiere of two new major works by Tŷ Cerdd Composer in Residence, Rhian Samuel.
• Pete Harrison conducts the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Wales (NYWOW) in a performance of Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin.
• Debut of the National Youth Brass Band of Wales (NYBBW) at the North Wales International Festival of Music.
• Celebration of American music across the programming of all 5 youth ensembles.

Rhian Samuel Head ShotTŷ Cerdd Composer in Residence
With the generous support of the Colwinston Charitable Trust, the distinguished Welsh composer, Rhian Samuel has been commissioned to write pieces for both the NYWOW and NYBBW. In April the Wind Orchestra premieres This Precious Earth and the Brass Band performs Taliesin in Porthcawl and St Asaph.

These Tŷ Cerdd commissions for wind and brass mark a departure for the Aberdare born composer who is perhaps best known for her orchestral and chamber music, including Tirluniau/Landscapes which was premiered to great acclaim at the BBC Proms in 2000.

Pieces by Rhian Samuel, the winner of numerous awards including the Glyndŵr Medal for services to the Arts in Wales and the ASCAP-Rudolph Nissim Award, will also be included in concerts by the National Youth Choirs of Wales. They will sing some of her best loved music including Ave Regina Coelorum and A Clear Midnight in Monmouth and Swansea.

Rhian Samuel is enjoying her new role and remarked, "It's a great privilege for me to go back to where I started - in Wales's youth choirs and orchestras. I'm looking forward immensely to working with these talented young people."

The Sound of America
American music connects the programming of Ty Cerdd’s five ensembles. Icons of the twentieth century repertoire such as Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue will be performed alongside by pieces by major names including Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen and Philip Glass.

Developing New Talent
Tŷ Cerdd is launching a new professional development scheme for the alumni of its national ensembles. During Easter a select group of recent graduates and senior students from conservatoires will work as tutors on the National Youth Training Band of Wales course. In July two budding conductors will join the National Youth Choir course to be mentored by conductor, Neil Ferris who said, "I am thrilled to be working with the outstanding young singers of the National Youth Choir of Wales and am also delighted to be working alongside Tomos Watkins and Tom Lazell, two young conductors from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama who will act as choral assistants."

Breaking New Ground
2017 sees the some of the youth ensembles make debut appearances at venues around Wales. The NYWOW’s concert takes place at Swansea University’s newly opened Great Hall while the NYBBW plays for the first time at the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl and the North Wales International Festival of Music.

CONCERT LISTINGS
National Youth Training Band of Wales

Tom Davoren (conductor)
2pm Saturday 15th April
Theatre, Monmouth School for Girls, NP25 5XT

National Youth Training Choir of Wales
Elisabeth Toye (conductor)
Will Mason (organ)
7.30pm Wednesday 19th April
St Mary’s Priory Church, Monmouth, NP25 3BU

National Youth Wind Orchestra of Wales
Pete Harrison (conductor)
George Fradley (piano)
7pm Friday 21st April
Great Hall, Swansea University, SA1 8EN

National Youth Choir of Wales
Neil Ferris (conductor)
Caradog Williams (piano)

St David’s Day Gala Concert with BBC National Orchestra of Wales
7.30pm Wednesday 1st March
St David’s Hall, Cardiff, CF10 1AH

7pm Saturday 29th July
St Mary’s Church, Swansea, SA1 3LP

2.30pm Sunday 30th July
St Mary’s Priory Church, Monmouth, NP25 3BU

National Youth Brass Band of Wales
Ian Porthouse (conductor)
2.30pm Sunday 30th July
Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl, CF36 3YW

7.30pm Saturday 16th September
North Wales International Festival of Music
St Asaph Cathedral, LL17 0RD