Tŷ Cerdd has announced the programme for the National Youth Brass Band of Wales’s summer tour which the Band will perform at Neath’s Gwyn Hall and Cardiff’s Dora Stoutzker Hall. The selection of music features two strands that this year link the repertoire with that of Tŷ Cerdd’s other youth ensembles (National Youth Choir, National Youth Training Choir and National Youth Wind Orchestra of Wales) - the works of Tŷ Cerdd’s first ever ‘Composer in Residence’, Hilary Tann and the music of Latin America.
2015 is an exciting year for Wales as it marks the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Wladfa, the first Welsh settlement in Patagonia. Tŷ Cerdd is playing a major part in the celebrations - in October the National Youth Choir of Wales will embark on a major concert tour to Argentina and throughout the season Ty Cerdd’s other ensembles will perform music from Latin American to mark the event. The NYBBW’s programme features Astor Piazzolla’s languid and sensual tango, Oblivion as well as colourful and exuberant works by Arturo Marquez and Alberto Ginastera.
Tŷ Cerdd has commissioned its Composer in Residence, Hilary Tann to write a new piece for brass band to be premiered by the NYBBW. All the Moon Long, which takes its inspiration from Dylan Thomas’s exuberant poem of youth, Fern Hill, is a major departure for the Ferndale-born, USA based composer who has never previously written for this medium. Ms. Tann, who is known for own brand of lyrical and expressive contemporary music has worked closely with this year’s NYBBW conductor, Philip Harper to ensure the suitability of the writing to the idiosyncrasies of the brass band.
Mr Harper is not only well known as the MD of the World’s number 1 band but also an established composer in his own right so it is only natural that two of his pieces - Constellations and The Path to Peace - be featured in the Band’s repertoire. The programme is completed by the inclusion of two major test pieces - Pageantry, Herbert Howells’s suite written for the 1934 British Open and Connotations which is featured to celebrate the 70th birthday of the composer (and NYBBW President), Edward Gregson.
TJ Powell - Castell Coch
Herbert Howells - Pageantry
Philip Harper - The Path to Peace
Hilary Tann - All the Moon Long (world premiere)
Edward Gregson - Connotations
Philip Harper - Constellations
Marquez - Conga del Fuego
Astor Piazzolla - Oblivion
Ginastera - Malambo