New Welsh Work To Be Performed Alongside Classics In Cardiff

A new work written for the Cardiff Polyphonic Choir member Tomos Owen Jones receives its première at Cardiff Polys’ next concert on 13 July in St German’s Church, Cardiff.

‘Aros Mae’r Mynyddau Mawr’ – or ‘Tall the Mighty Mountains Stand’, sets a poem by Welsh poet Ceiriog.

Tomos, who studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, is a baritone and composer, and grew up in the Brecon Beacons.

Tomos says “In my setting, I try to capture the scale of the vast landscapes described in Ceiriog’s poetry, and evoke the sounds of the shepherds that occupied those hills.”

‘A Polys Selection’ showcases works chosen by and with special significance for individual choir members. 

The Josef Rheinberger work is his Mass in E flat.  Herbert Howells’ moving motet ‘Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing’ was written in 1964 in memory of John F Kennedy. Eric Whitacre’s ‘Water Night’ and James MacMillan’s ‘The Gallant Weaver’ show why these two contemporary composers have quickly become firm favourites with choirs and audiences alike. Pierre Villette’s beautiful ‘Hymne à la Vièrge’, and ‘Bring us, O Lord God’ by William Harris, complete the programme.

Every work features eight voice parts or more, so it will be a feast of a cappella singing. The performance starts at 7.30 p.m.