A Celebration of the Music of Osian Ellis 2018-03-22T12:21:50+00:00

A Celebration of the Music of Osian Ellis

Sunday, April 1 2018 | 8:00pm | Theatre, Galeri Caernarfon

Sioned Gwen Davies (Mezzo-soprano)
Catrin Morris Jones (Harp)
Glian Llwyd (Piano)
Rhys Meirion (Tenor)
Valeria Voshchennikova (2014 Chief Musician)
Côr Telyn Hŷn Gwynedd & Môn Senior Harp Consort
Dawnswyr Dawns i Bawb Dancers


Côr Telyn Hŷn Gwynedd a Môn Senior Harp Consort
Director: Alwena Roberts
Jeff Howard: Three Folk Songs from Wales
Whit Dudley: Greensleeves
Ann Hopcyn: Bwgi Dant Wgi

Sioned Gwen Davies (Mezzo-Soprano)
W. Bradwen Jones: Cân Osian
Britten Folk Song Arrangement: Bugeilio’r Gwenith Gwyn
Britten: Birthday Song for Erwin
R. Strauss: Zueignung
Meirion Williams: Y Cymro

Rhys Meirion (tenor)

Valeria Voshchennikova (2014  Chief Musician)
Bochsa / Rossini  (1789 – 1856): Rondo “Zitti-zitti”
Mikhail  Glinka (1804-1857): The Lark
Manuel de Falla (1876 – 1946): Spanish Dance (from La Vida Breve)



First Performance of a collaborative new work created by the poet, Mererid Hopwood, and two of Wales’ most talented young women composers and harpists – Mared Emlyn and  Gwenan Gibbard –  to celebrate Osian Ellis’ 90th birthday.

Poetry: Mererid Hopwood
Music: Mared Emlyn  & Gwenan Gibbard
Harpists: Mared Emlyn, Gwenan Gibbard, Einir Wyn Hughes.
CGWM String Quartet: Carolyn Burton & Olivia Jago (Violins) Daira (Viola) Nicki Pearce (Cello).
Dancers: Dawns i Bawb
Percussion: Dewi Ellis Jones

A note from Mererid Hopwood:

The poem comprises nine song-scenes. In the first, the listener is taken from the beginning of sound to the moments when song was first given to man and woman. Next, from the voices of rain crystals, of blackthorn blossom bells and tree winds, the song calls out Osian’s name. Borrowing themes from the ancient tale of Osian and Nia Ben Aur, we then follow deer and doe through the woods to Tir Na Nog. Here we find Nia, in the form of a silent, empty, wooden harp, her willow and strings waiting for Osian’s fingers and hands to give her a melody. In the duet that follows, we move from the drumbeat of darkness to daybreak and the song of blackbirds. Osian and Nia are united as scene 6 burst into an exuberant fiesta. Their union conceives its own new song whose birth gives flight to the oldest traditions as we move through scenes 7 and 8, until finally, in scene 9, we hear how these new melodies, in turn, are passed from one generation to the next.

Standard: £15, Concessions: £13, Under 18’s: £8
Week ticket for all evening concerts: £70

Tickets are available from the Galeri Box Office

(+44) 01286 685 222
Galeri, Doc Victoria,
Caernarfon, LL55 1SQ

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