2018 Programme



Royal Albert Hall

Friday, 20 July 2018, 5.45pm
Proms Plus Talk, Imperial College Union, London
Rhian Davies and Steph Power discuss Morfydd Owen with Petroc Trelawny
before the performance of her Nocturne. An edited version of the talk will be
broadcast as the interval feature during the live relay of the concert on BBC
Radio 3. More


Friday, 20 July 2018, 7.30pm
Prom 8, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London
The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Thomas Sondergard,
plays Morfydd Owen’s Nocturne alongside repertoire by Mendelssohn,
Schumann and Lili Boulanger. Rhian has written the programme notes about
Morfydd Owen and Nocturne, and the concert will be broadcast live on BBC
Radio 3 and recorded for television broadcast on BBC4 on 22 July. More




Norwegian Church, Cardiff Bay

Tuesday, 7 August 2018, 3pm
Amy Parry-Williams Memorial Lecture, National Eisteddfod of
Wales, Norwegian Church, Cardiff Bay

At the invitation of the Welsh Folk-Song Society, Rhian is creating a presentation about Morfydd Owen’s pioneering work to transcribe and arrange the phonograph cylinder recordings of Ruth Herbert Lewis. The presentation will include live performances by the leading Welsh folksingers Siân James and Steffan Rhys Hughes, plus MP3 transfers of the original recordings held at St Fagans National History Museum in Cardiff and the National Sound Archive at the British Library in London.  Details to follow


Thursday, 9 August 2018, 3pm
Lecture about Gwendoline and Margaret Davies, National Eisteddfod of Wales, Norwegian Church, Cardiff Bay
The National Eisteddfod has also invited Rhian to speak about Gwendoline and Margaret Davies, founders of the Gregynog Festival, as part of the focus on women in this year’s programme. Details to follow




Morfydd Owen

Thursday, 6 September 2018, 7.30pm
Faraday Lecture Theatre, Singleton Campus, Swansea University
‘A refined and beautiful talent’: Thoughts on the centenary of the death of
Morfydd Owen (1891-1918)

Rhian speaks at the invitation of Oystermouth Historical Association and the
Royal Institution of South Wales on the eve of the Centenary of Morfydd
Owen’s death. Details to follow


Friday, 7 September 2018, 11am
Craig-y-Môr, Plunch Lane, Mumbles
On Centenary day itself, Rhian is greatly honoured to have been invited to unveil the blue plaque, commissioned by The Gower Society, on the house in which Morfydd Owen died. Details to follow


Friday, 7 September 2018, 2pm
Oystermouth Cemetery
There will be an opportunity to lay flowers at Morfydd Owen’s grave during the afternoon.


Sunday, 9 September 2018, 7pm
Tabernacl, Efail Isaf
Celebrating the Life and Music of Morfydd Owen

Rhian will speak about the composer’s local connections and there will be performances of her music by Côr Godre’r Garth, Côr yr Einion, Huw Blaney and others. The blue plaque for Morfydd’s birthplace at 68 Park Street, Treforest, will also be unveiled by the Mayor, Councillor Steven Powderhill, prior to its installation at the house. Details to follow

Rhian Davies

Tuesday, 11 September 2018, 1pm
Drwm, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
Another opportunity to hear Rhian’s Centenary talk, ‘A refined and beautiful talent’. Details to follow


Thursday, 13 September 2018
KU Leuven, Brussels Campus, Belgium
Where Do We Go From Here?

Rhian has been invited to speak about her research into the Belgian refugee
musicians who settled in Mid Wales during the First World War as part of this
international conference at Leuven University.


Sunday, 23 September – Saturday, 29 September 2018
Harpist Llywelyn Ifan Jones delivers Gregynog Festival’s extensive annual
community outreach programme, presented in partnership with Newtown Town
Council and Live Music Now Wales. These events bring a flavour of the
Festival to those unable to attend our concert venues, and Llywelyn will play
music by Morfydd Owen as part of these programmes:

Llywelyn Ifan Jones

Sunday, 23 September 2018, 2.30pm
Capel Pontcadfan, Llangadfan, followed by tea at Cwpan Pinc

Tickets £10 including tea

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018, 11am
Glanhafren Market Hall, Newtown

Free admission

Sian James

Saturday, 29 September 2018, 7.30pm
Llanbryn-mair Community Centre
Rhian’s presentation about Morfydd Owen and Welsh folksong, featuring performances by Siân James and Steffan Rhys Hughes.

Tickets £10

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Thursday, 8 – Saturday, 10 November 2018
Royal Library of Belgium, Brussels
From the Berceuse héroïque to In Flanders Fields: Music, Belgium, and the Great War
Rhian speaks about the Belgian refugee musicians in Mid Wales during this
international conference organised by the Belgian Musicological Society.


Monday, 12 November 2018, 6pm
Cardiff University Archives and Special Collections
Rhian gives her Centenary talk, ‘A refined and beautiful talent’. Details to follow


Gail Pearson

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 7.30pm
Concert Hall, School of Music, Cardiff University
Soprano Gail Pearson, accompanied by Christopher Williams, present a recital of music by Morfydd Owen, including songs that have not been heard since the composer performed them herself. Details to follow





Saturday, 8 December 2018, 8pm
Great Hall, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Morfydd Owen’s Nocturne will be played by Philomusica of Aberystwyth, conducted by David Russell Hulme. Details to follow



Across the Season 


Exhibitions of Morfydd Owen’s manuscripts and memorabilia will be held at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, and Cardiff University Archives and Special Collections. Details to follow


Social media
Rhian launched Facebook and Twitter channels in January 2018 called Morfydd Owen 100 which she is using to provide information about how to access publications and recordings of Morfydd’s music as well as to promote and archive Centenary activity worldwide.