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19 August 2009

Australian music at Vale of Glamorgan Festival

Solstice String Quartet will play Sculthorpe's and Dean's string quartets in Wales in September Image: Solstice String Quartet will play Sculthorpe's and Dean's string quartets in Wales in September  
© Sussie Ahlburg

This year's Vale of Glamorgan Festival of Music in Wales (6-12 September) features a large selection of contemporary Australian composition, from orchestral works to solo pieces. The highlight of the festival is the all-Australian program of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (10 September): the orchestra will play UK premieres of Paul Stanhope's orchestral work Fantasia on a theme by Vaughan Williams, Brett Dean's Three Memorials and Ross Edwards's Symphony No. 5, conducted by André de Ridder. Paul Stanhope will introduce his work in a pre-concert talk prior to the performance.

Sinfonia Cymru's program on 12 September includes Stanhope's concerto for oboe, harp and strings Yanihndi, as well as Brett Dean's works Carlo and Short stories: five interludes for string orchestra, conducted by Gareth Jones. The up-and-coming UK-based Solstice String Quartet will perform Sculthorpe's String Quartet No. 11, as well as Brett Dean's work Eclipse, during the festival. Also featured are solo and duo pieces by the above-mentioned Australian composers, as well as music by the Welsh composer John Metcalf, among others. The Vale of Glamorgan Festival has also included Australian works and performers in their program in the past.

Further links

Vale of Glamorgan Festival (www.valeofglamorganfestival.org/)

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