Welsh Chamber Orchestra
Friday, June 1
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Divertimento in D K.136 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Allegro , Andante, Presto
Prelude in B minor BWV869 Bach/Stokowski
Claire de Lune Claude Debussy
Melangell Variations Hilary Tann
- The Story (b.1947)
- Her Silence
- A Cloud of Witnesses
Threnody Morfydd Owen
Serenade for String Orchestra Op.48 Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Pezzo in forma di sonatina: Andante non troppo – Allegro moderato
Valse: Moderato. Tempo di Valse
Elegie: Larghetto elegiaco
Finale (Tema Russo): Andante – Allegro con spirito
Welsh Chamber Orchestra, Jeremy Huw Williams (baritone), Anthony Hose (Conductor)
The Welsh Chamber Orchestra was founded to fill the gap in the music making life of Wales between performances of solo and small chamber music ensembles and those of the symphony orchestra. Since its inception in 1986 it has performed with many of the world’s greatest soloists, undertaken several European concert tours as well as performing throughout the UK. For many years it was resident chamber orchestra at the Swansea International Concert Series where its innovative policy of giving second performances of works by Welsh composers was highly successful. It has recorded numerous television programmes including a New York Film Festival, prize-winning Opera series.The orchestra’s first commercial CD was a disc of works by William Mathias, two CDs of works by Alun Hoddinott have since been released, and a further CD of Michael Tippett’s works is due to be issued. A key part of the orchestra’s artistic policy is to perform in those areas in Wales which are relatively ill-served with occasions to hear orchestral music compared to other parts of the country. A residency at Glyndŵr University in Wrexham has enabled the provision of schools’ concerts in the north east of Wales, introducing thousands of school children to their first live orchestral concert experience. The orchestra is proud to be associated with the William Mathias Centre in Caernarfon.
Nic Fallowfield has been a free-lance violinist, conductor and teacher since leaving the post of co-principal 1st violin in the (now Royal) Northern Sinfonia in 1988. His playing is now mainly as 1st violin of the Tedesca Quartet which he founded in 2010: the Quartet plays at music societies throughout the Country and is widely praised for it’s coaching. Nic is still, however, co-leader of Sinfonia Viva and has been a guest leader of the Ulster Orchestra and many of the Country’s chamber orchestras. Nic was a student of the great Hungarian pedagogue Bela Katona and has himself been a highly respected teacher of violin at the (recently Royal) Birmingham Conservatoire since 1990. After an intensive period of study with renowned conductor and teacher George Hurst Nic made his conducting debut in 1991 with a series of concerts in Finland. He works with a wide variety of youth and amateur orchestras throughout the UK and is Musical Director of The Midland Sinfonia, a professional chamber orchestra based in Alvechurch.
Anthony Hose began playing the piano at age three and gave his first recital aged six. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London majoring in Piano, Harpsichord, and Conducting, additionally studying Clarinet and Double Bass. He continued his conducting studies first in Salzburg and then with Rafael Kubelik in Munich and Geneva. He has worked with many orchestras throughout Europe including the Budapest Concert Orchestra, the Icelandic Symphony, the Rhine Philharmonic, the Munich Bach Collegium, and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and in Britain with the London Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic, English Chamber, and Welsh Chamber Orchestra of which he is principal conductor.
The Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams studied at St John’s College, Cambridge, at the National Opera Studio, and with April Cantelo. He made his debut with Welsh National Opera as Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) and has since appeared in sixty operatic roles. He has given performances at major venues in North and South America, Australia, China, Hong Kong, and most European countries.In France he has sung the roles of Olivier (Capriccio), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), George (Of Mice and Men), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Shchelkalov (Boris Godunov), Baritone (Hydrogen Jukebox) and title role Till Eulenspiegelby Karetnikov for L’Opéra de Nantes, and Sebastian (The Tempest) for L’Opera du Rhin. In Italy he has sung the role of Nixon (Nixon in China) at the opera house in Verona and Ferryman (Curlew River) at the opera houses of Pisa and Trento. In Greece he has sung the role of Chou En-lai (Nixon in China) for Greek National Opera. In Belgium he has sung the role of Marcello (La Bohème) for Zomeropera. In Norway he has sung the role of Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) for Vest Norges Opera and Serezha (The Electrification of the Soviet Union) for Opera Vest. In Austria he has sung the role of Dr Pangloss (Candide) in Vienna, a role that he repeated in Bremen, Munich, Suhl, Leipzig and London. In the USA he has sung the role of Lukash (The Good Soldier Schweik) for Long Beach Opera.