Super Furry Animals’ Cian Ciarán to debut Rhys & Meinir
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Super Furry Animals’ Cian Ciarán is to debut a new classical piece, Rhys & Meinir, with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Supported by PRS for Music Foundation and Arts Council Wales, the composition is an ‘orchestral odyssey into Welsh folklore’ narrated by Rhys Ifan and conducted by Alastair King.
The work, which will be debuted at BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff on Friday 4 November, is a fable following the tragic love story of characters Rhys and Meinir.
Commenting, Cian said: ‘The story of Rhys & Meinir was told to me as a young boy, by my father in the village of Nant Gwrtheyrn, where it is set, so has deep resonance with me.
‘That Rhys Ifans and Alastair King have joined me and BBC National Orchestra of Wales to tell the story will do the story added justice. It’s a double tragedy and there can be no happy ending, but it’s a part of Welsh storytelling and culture, a language and identity, which in turn continues to add to the rich diversity of the world around us.’
The world premiere performance of a work that has been almost two-decades in development will feature a full 84 piece orchestra.
Visit the BBC website to find out more and buy tickets.
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