Welsh Brass Arts Festival 2006

Discussion in 'The Auditorium - Concert Details' started by madmike, May 26, 2006.

  1. madmike

    madmike New Member

    Details of the forthcoming Welsh Brass Arts Festival have been released by the organisers.
    The Welsh Brass Arts Festival, one of the flagship events in the annual calendar of the Parc & Dare Band, returns to Treorchy's Parc and Dare Theatre between June 12th and 17th 2006.

    Now in its sixth consecutive year the 2006 Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever.

    Main Events:

    The 2006 Welsh Brass Arts Festival features two main events: Electric Brass (Friday June 16th) and Big Anthem Fawr (Saturday June 17th), alongside a host of opportunities for local young musicians through the course of the Festival week (Monday 12th to Saturday 17th June)

    Electric Brass

    "Electric Brass" is the successor to last year's much acclaimed "Brass Tracks: A Night at the Movies" project. Aimed at breaking the conventional stereotypes that surround the traditional Welsh musical institutions of brass band, harp and male choir, the project will see Parc & Dare work alongside noted composer Andrew Powell, world renowned harpist Catrin Finch, progressive male choir Only Men Aloud, Welsh National Opera Baritone soloist Gareth Rhys-Davies and Electric Violinist Steve Bingham to present a full evening of groundbreaking music accompanied by lighting, visual art and electronic effects.

    Featuring a wealth of new music for brass band by composers Tim Souster (Echoes), Mick Wilson (Concerto for Six String Electric Violin and Brass Band), David Bedford (Requiem) and Gareth Wood (Concerto for Harp and Brass Band), Electric Brass will also see the premiere of Andrew Powell's new work "Tair Cerdd Sanctaidd" for brass band, male choir, harp and baritone soloist.

    This work, based on the poetry of literary icons Gwenallt, Dafydd ap Gwilym and William Williams (Pantycelyn), will be accompanied by a display of digital art specially created especially for the piece by the project's Artist-In-Residence, Monika Dutta.

    Further details on the performance and the project can be found at:

    Big Anthem Fawr:

    In Big Anthem Fawr the Parc & Dare Band celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Welsh National Anthem, "Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau" (composed in Rhondda Cynon Taf in 1856), and the twinning link recently established between the band and the 60 strong wind German orchestra, the Stadtorchester Ravensburg.

    In addition to a new arrangement of 'Land of My Fathers' the Big Anthem Fawr audience will also be treated to music by Mozart, Monteverdi and first performances by a combined wind and brass orchestra of Edward Gregson's epic work "The Sword & The Crown" and the Third Symphony of American composer James Barnes.

    Also featured in the event will be London based trumpet quartet Bella Tromba and much admired Welsh soprano Helen May. Bella Tromba will also be giving a solo lunchtime recital at the Theatre on the afternoon of Thursday June 15th as part of the Festival Outreach Programme (Further details of this performance can be found on the quartet's website www.bellatromba.co.uk, while information on all of the above events can be found at www.brassbands.co.uk/­festival.htm

    Gwyl Gerdd Ysgolion - Schools' Music Festival:

    In addition to the main Festival weekend the Parc & Dare Band, in
    conjunction with Rhondda Cynon Taf Education Department and Music Services, are also proud to once again present Rhondda Cynon Taf "Gwyl Gerdd Ysgolion - Schools'Music Festival". This new element of the Welsh Brass Arts Festival was launched in 2005 and is aimed at providing children with the opportunity to perform in a professional setting, both individually and in groups.

    The Schools Music Festival proved an enormous success in its first year with over twenty schools from across the county borough participating in the event, with increased numbers anticipated this year.

    Further Information:

    Further information on all Welsh Brass Arts Festival events, along with retrospectives on previous years and a list of works commissioned by the Festival to date, can be obtained from the Parc & Dare Band website www.brassbands.co.uk and Rhondda Cynon Taf Cultural Services own website www.rct-arts.co.uk

    Tickets for all 2006 events are now available from the Box Office of
    the Parc & Dare Theatre on 01443 773 112
  2. nickjones

    nickjones Active Member

    Well done to Craig and all at Parc and Dare , it's good to see festivals like this also new commissions and new works programmed.

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