Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Garth Glyn: Work in Progress

Further doings of the busy Anglesey composer Gareth Glyn:-

Gareth tells me that he is “continuing his connection with the LSO, not only by providing arrangements for their educational wing ‘LSO Discovery’, but also with a commission following on from the success of “EGAD!" for multiple string orchestras and soloists - the exact details of this are yet to be confirmed.”

On the international front “there's also a commission by the North Carolina Symphony to write an extended work to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the founding of New Bern, the historic state capital - the piece will be performed in the grounds of Tryon Palace (the Governor's mansion) in 2010.”

Earlier in the year, BBC Radio 3 broadcast Gareth’s Overture for organ and orchestra 'Gwylmabsant', in which the soloist was Huw Williams from St. Paul's Cathedral. It received positive reviews. At about the same time, BBC Radio also broadcast his cantata for 3 male choirs, harp and orchestra Y Delyn ("The Harp").

His plans for the future include preparing the next candidate for CD recording - an Overture 'A Night at the Opera' – there is no connection with the Marx Brothers film! -which is more or less in the style of pieces such as 'Legend of the Lake';

Arrangements are also in hand to record his chamber suite Mabinogi which was originally commissioned way back in 1983 by the Llandaff Festival, though it did have a subsequent performance and broadcast for the Radio 3 series 'Music in Our Time' in 1984.

And finally Gareth Glyn recalled that “recently I was told that some guitar pieces, which I'd completely forgotten I'd written, were chosen for the ABRSM syllabus!"

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