Composer Spotlight 2018
Following our Call for Scores 2017 in partnership with Ensemble Cymru, Rhian Samuel, Gareth Churchill and Guto Puw were chosen by the Ensemble Cymru jury, and will each have a Spotlight event (consisting of a performance of their works, alongside an interview with the composer), which will take place prior to Ensemble Cymru's concerts in Cardiff, Aberystwyth and Bangor in May.
The Spotlight events are generously supported by Ty Cerdd, The National Lottery fund, and the Welsh Government.
Working with Composers of Wales to bring work of living Welsh composers to the fore is something which is very close to Ensemble Cymru’s heart, as its Artistic Director, Peryn Clement-Evans explains:
“Ensemble Cymru’s mission as an organisation is to raise the profile of Wales’ heritage and contemporary culture through music. We’re thrilled to be working with Composers of Wales to bring composers and audiences together in a celebration of music written by people living and working in Wales today.”
Paul Corfield Godfrey, Secretary of Composers of Wales, observes:
“It is hoped that these series of concerts in association with Ensemble Cymru will provide an ongoing series of opportunities for Welsh composers to bring their works before a wider audience and showcase the wealth and depth of talent in Wales.
"The intention to continue these programmes over future years will also expand the range of composers featured in the spotlight. By engaging with already established audiences for concerts by Ensemble Cymru, and attaching them to their scheduled concerts, an increased public profile will be established for composers currently living and working in Wales.
"The programmes will be recorded, and composers will be present at the concerts featuring their music, enabling them to engage with performers and the audiences. Ensemble Cymru will also benefit from their experience with various fields of contemporary music and extend their repertoire.”