Rhinegold (L-R) Rhodri Prys Jones and Shân Cothi

Melissa Bradshaw

Choral piece in memory of Kenneth Bowen to premiere at International Eisteddfod

11:23, 6th June 2019

Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod has revealed that it will host the world premiere of The Spring of Vision, a piece created in memory of Welsh tenor Kenneth Bowen, who died last year.

The Spring of Vision, composed by the festival’s music director and friend of Bowen, Dr Edward-Rhys Harry, will use the dramatic setting of the Vernon Watkins poem of the same name to celebrate the life of Bowen and will be performed on the evening of Wednesday 3 July by an all-Welsh cast.

Soprano Shân Cothi and tenor Rhodri Prys Jones will perform together on Llangollen’s Royal Pavilion Stage alongside the London Welsh Chorale, Liverpool Welsh Choral Union and Wrexham Youth Choir, in a massed choir.

‘I am honoured and privileged to be able to create a piece in memory of my friend and inspiration, Kenneth Bowen, that celebrates the Land of Song as its very best,’ comments Harry. ‘He was a long-time collaborator of another of my inspirations William Mathias CBE, and was founder of the London Welsh Chorale whom I have the honour to direct, so it will be a beautiful and emotional evening to have the chorale perform this premiere.’

Tickets can be purchased at www.llangollen.net or via the box office.

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