28 Jun New York, Part 2!
New York, Part 2!
Monday, 07 July 2014
A few months ago, I was finally able to return for a while to New York after accepting an incredible opportunity to perform with Côrdydd in Carnegie Hall! It was great to be able to share the stage with other Welsh musicians, and to share some of the beautiful music of Wales with those across the pond again. I was asked to choose around 20 minutes of solo harp music for our performance in Zankel, and I had no idea where to begin!! – So many beautiful pieces to choose from and things to consider. In the end, I settled on: Mathias’ Santa Fe Suite which had been written for my teacher Caryl Thomas who encouraged me to go to New York in the first place; Passacaglia by David Watkins, a beautiful and moving piece I had last played on the 10 year anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy; lastly, an old Welsh favourite and staple of our repertoire in Wales, Bugeilio’r Gwenith Gwyn (Watching the White Wheat) arranged by John Thomas.
I also was privileged to join Côrdydd on many occasions throughout the concert to perform works by Paul Maelor and Karl Jenkins. One of my favourites was performing the US premiere of A Welsh Prayer, which Maelor had written for Prince Charles’ birthday. Yet, I could scarcely contain my pride when the anthem was in full swing and I couldn’t not sing instead of playing!
Apart from this wonderful performance, it was lovely to catch up with friends, visit a few old haunts and find new ones to draw me back again. Special thanks to Ben Sheen for letting us stay at your incredibly convenient apartment, and to The Juilliard School for allowing me to borrow a harp for the concert. Watch this space for New York, Part 3!