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2019_ISCM - WELSH SECTION 

 
 

Annual Report

  • Year: 
  • Please describe your organization’s activities over the past year, including concerts, commissions, collaborations, publications: 

    During 2019, Tŷ Cerdd made a significant change to our model: in an aim to increase our reach, engage with new audiences and become an inclusive hub for music-makers across Wales, we made the move from Membership Organisation to Network on 1 April 2019. The new Network model enables individuals and organisations to sign up for free - from community groups to professional bodies, from professional artists to music enthusiasts.

    This period marked the second full year of Tŷ Cerdd’s artist development programme CoDi (Codi in Welsh = to raise; CoDi = Composer Development Initiative). Arts Council of Wales, PRS Foundation (through their UK wide Talent Development Programme), Colwinston Charitable Trust and RVW Trust funded a series of funded creative pathways and a range of other inventions to support the development of composers and music-creators.
    The 2019/20 programme of CoDi featured:
    CoDi Move – five composers worked in residence with the five Hijinx Academies (which train learning disabled actors in locations around Wales), writing music for movement in collaboration with the participants and a choreographer, and overseen by artistic lead Tic Ashfield.
    CoDi Text – composer Joseph Davies and writer/disability activist Kaite O’Reilly led six composers in developing their skills in setting text, scoring for voice, flute, viola and harp (in partnership with Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama).
    CoDi Sound – Wales-based new music group UPROAR and Bangor University collaborated on this pathway, alongside lead composer Andrew Lewis, leading six composers in writing for quintet and electronics. The final performance of the resulting works was programmed at the Bangor Music Festival in February 2020.
    CoDi Hack – an intensive two-day programme led by Odilon Marcenaro and Owen Lloyd. 10 artists learned to create a digital instrument and build a hardware interface.
    Mentors – six Wales-based composers were mentored by four distinguished artists from outside Wales.
    Buddies – creative relationships were forged between 3 Wales-based composers and 3 music-making groups in Wales.
    Interact – online hub, complemented by a series of workshops and networking sessions around Wales.

    In October 2019, in the context of this artist development work, Tŷ Cerdd embarked on a new, participatory initiative: Affricerdd was funded by Arts Council of Wales, and delivered in partnership with Sub-Sahara Advisory Panel. A response to a clear acknowledgment of a lack of diversity in the organisation’s artistic activity, as well as minimal engagement with the local community, the project took the form of a weekly ‘club’ in the Tŷ Cerdd Studio, welcoming participants (with a particular emphasis on young adults from the African diaspora) to engage with two lead artists (Tumi Williams and Helen Woods) and guest artists each week. A new strand developed of Affricerdd Presents… events in the Glanfa area of Wales Millennium Centre: public events by artists including Bumi Thomas, Oasis Choir and Jordan Price-Williams.

    Tŷ Cerdd’s Lottery strands delivered on behalf of Arts Council of Wales (Programming Welsh Music, New Music Commissions, Composer in Residence, Youth Funding, Music in Communities) continued to be an important tool in supporting community groups and professional bodies around Wales to deliver musical activity in communities up and down the country. Alongside this work we provided information and expertise (sometimes in collaboration with the UK-wide Making Music), from an advice session for Male Voice Choirs in South Wales, to a workshop on recruitment of young people, and the resource of an extensive choral hire library. The organisation’s publishing and recording strands were busy during the year. In excess of 20 titles were added to the Tŷ Cerdd Publications catalogue, featuring works by living Welsh composers alongside historical works, including pieces from the Hughes & Son sheet music catalogue (under agreement with copyright holders S4C). The label, Tŷ Cerdd Records, saw four new releases during the year:
    Adra – the debut album from guitarist Chris Roberts, placing the ancient bardic music of Wales alongside Welsh folk song, West African music and contemporary classical composition.
    Caniadaeth y Cysegr – celebrating BBC Radio Cymru’s longest running show, this release featured arrangements by Jeffrey Howard of his favourite Welsh hymns, performed by two Cardiff-based choirs: CÔR and Côrdydd.
    Welsh Impressions – pianist Zoë Smith revealing little-known gems of Welsh piano repertoire.
    Song Lied Can – Katharine Dain (soprano), Paul Carey Jones (bass-baritone), Jocelyn Freeman (piano) presenting vocal works by Rhian Samuel and Clara Schumann.

    Tŷ Cerdd and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama consolidated our ongoing relationship with a range of activity - including a collaboration on a programme of Discover Welsh Music events for the #Encore stage at the National Eisteddfod in Llanrwst. A Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations was signed in November 2019 (celebrated with a Welsh Impressions Cardiff launch recital by Zoë Smith), underpinning a range of collaborative activity, including two Arts Management work placements in Spring 2020. The partnership also hosted a stand at the 2019 Eisteddfod, and three Tŷ Cerdd Records releases were launched at the event (Adra, Caniadaeth y Cysegr and Welsh Impressions).

    Tŷ Cerdd’s partnership with St David’s Hall’s on the NightMusic contemporary music series continued – with Tŷ Cerdd commissioning short works for the series by composers from the growing list of artists to have graduated through the BBC National Orchestra of Wales’s scheme Composition:Wales. In addition, we presented our own TŷCerdd @ NightMusic concert, in which experimental Welsh music was performed by Angharad Davies (piano), Rhodri Davies (harp & electronics) and Tim Parkinson (piano). During 19/20, commissioned composers were:
    Lynne Plowman (for Berkeley Ensemble)
    Jordan Hirst (for Liam Byrne, viola da gamba)
    Jasper Dommett (for piano duo George Fu and Thomas Ang)

    The promotion of Welsh music outside Wales and internationally was a prominent part of our activity this year:
    • Hosting the Welsh Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music. During the year, which entailed convening the Wales advisory group; representing Wales at WNMD 2019 in Tallinn alongside selected composers Andrew Lewis and Daniel Soley; running the call to composers for ISCM World New Music Days 2020 in New Zealand, & submitting the shortlisted works and composers.
    • Representing Wales at the general assembly of IAMIC (International Association of Music Information Centres) in Tallinn in May 2019.
    • Project-managing Wales's presence at Classical:NEXT, the international classical music sector's expo and showcase, in Rotterdam in May 2019 (in partnership with Wales Arts International).
    • Representation at the European Brass Band Championship in Montreux in April 2019.

    Tŷ Cerdd’s studio operation continued to work with artists and clients from across Wales and supported recording, production and releases by a range of partners, both professional and community groups. Once again this year we worked extensively with regular partners Welsh National Opera, as well as engaging in projects with Sherman Theatre and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, among others from the Welsh arts sector.

 

 

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