Rhian Samuel

Rhian Samuel
Composer

The first large orchestral work of Rhian Samuel was Elegy-Symphony (St Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, conductor, 1981) while her Tirluniau/Landscapes was premiered at the BBC Millenium Proms in the Albert Hall by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Tadaaki Otaka, conductor. In the USA she was joint winner of the ASCAP-Rudolph Nissim Award, 1983, for her choral-orchestral work, La belle dame sans merci; in the UK she won first prize at the Greenwich Festival, 1979. Her solo vocal music on new CDs includes Clytemnestra (text by Aeschylus) with Ruby Hughes, soprano, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conductor, Jac Van Steen, on BIS Records, and two song-cycles, The White Amaryllis (May Sarton) and The Flowing Sand (Samuel Beckett) with performers Katharine Dain, soprano, Paul Carey Jones, baritone, and Jocelyn Freeman, piano, on Tŷ Cerdd Records. Other song cycles for baritone include A Swift Radiant Morning (Charles Sorley) and Spring Diary (Anne Stevenson), the former premiered by Roderick Williams at the 2015 Three Choirs Festival and the latter to be sung by him at the 2020 Ludlow English Song Weekend; and for mezzo-soprano, Cerddi Hynafol/Ancient Songs (anon.) for the 2001 Fishguard Festival, Wildflower Songbook (Anne Stevenson) for the 2015 Oxford Lieder Festival, and the new cycle, The Moon and I, for the 2020 Ludlow English Song Weekend. A new choral work, The Shape of Trees, will be premiered by the BBC Singers on International Women’s Day, 2020, as part of the BBC Radio 3 project, ‘The Seven Ages of Woman’. Rhian Samuel is Emeritus Professor of Music at City, University of London, where she taught until 2013; she also taught composition at Magdalen College, Oxford. She now composes full-time from her home overlooking Cardigan Bay and the Dyfi estuary.

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