Sunday, November 24
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Côr Teifi return with soloists Rhiannon Ashley, Efan Williams and Steven Welch, plus the Haverfordwest Ladies Choir and full orchestra, for a varied programme under the leadership of Henry Ward.
Cardigan-based Côr Teifi are regular visitors to the Oak Hall (Neuadd y Dderwen). Memorable previous concerts here include a semi-staged version of Tchaikovsky’s Eugène Onegin and a stirring rendition of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with Llÿr Williams at the piano. The choir also regularly perform at St Mary’s Church Cardigan and elsewhere. Highlights include Haydn’s “Creation”, Dvorak’s “Mass in D” and Duruflé’s “Requiem”.
The choir is joined for this concert by soprano Rhiannon Ashley from Newcastle Emlyn, who has just received a first class degree from the Royal Northern College of Music; tenor Efan Williams of Lledrod, six times winner of the Tenor Solo at the National Eisteddfod; Cardigan-based baritone and frequent guest at Rhosygilwen, Steven Welch. The Haverfordwest Ladies Choir will join Côr Teifi for the first half of the concert.
Michael Tippet – Music: a unison setting of a mystical poem by William Blake for tenor solo, choir and orchestra. With Efan Williams.
Hector Berlioz – L’adieu des Bergers (the Shepherds Farewell): from Berlioz’s oratorio “L’Enfance du Christ” based on the story of the Holy Family’s flight into Egypt. With tenor Efan Williams.
George Holloway – Pied Beauty: UK premiere of a setting of a poem by Gerald Manley Hopkins. George Holloway is a composer with strong local connections. After reading Classics at Oxford and studying composition with Michael Finnissy at Southampton he has been teaching in China where he founded a Children’s Choir. It has recently competed a UK tour and sang at the National Eisteddfod, Llanrwst.
Bob Chilcott – Midwinter: sung by Haverfordwest Ladies Choir, conducted by Nancy Mann.
John Tavener – The Lamb: – a touching setting of William Blake’s poem for unaccompanied voices.
Hector Berlioz – Epilogue and Mystical Chorus”: the closing section of Berlioz’s oratorio “L’Enfance du Christ”.
Interval – The bar will be open for tea, coffee and other drinks.
J.S. Bach – Iesu, Drud Ddifyrrwch Dynion (Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring): the well-known chorus from Bach’s sacred cantata “Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben”, BWV 147, sung in Welsh.
J.S. Bach – Wachet Auf (Sleepers Awake) BWV 140: one of Bach’s most dramatic and most popular sacred cantatas. With soprano Rhiannon Ashley and baritone Steven Welch.
Tickets £12 at the door from 6:00 pm
Reservations côrteifi@gmail.com or Tel: 01559 370422