BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Saturday 26 September 19:30 St Asaph Cathedral
The BBC National Orchestra of Wales bring a programme full of light and energy to the festival, featuring former Royal harpist Hannah Stone.
Conductor: Otto Tausk
Leader: Lesley Hatfield
Harp Soloist: Hannah Stone
Solo trombone: Donal Bannister
Violin Soloist: Baiba Skride
Mathias – Helios
Debussy – Danse sacrée et danse profane
Gareth Glyn – Amaterasu* - New commission for Harp and Orchestra – world premiere
Egwyl / Interval
Nielson – Helios Overture
Sibelius – Violin Concerto
This concert will be recorded live by BBC Radio 3 for future transmission.
*Amaterasu was the Sun goddess of the oldest Japanese religion called Shinto. When her brother Susanowo treated her badly, she hid in the cave of heaven and closed the entrance with an enormous stone. This made the world dark, and evil spirits came out of their hiding places.
In despair, a conference of the gods decided to trick Amaterasu into coming out by having a party near the cave. They put a big mirror in front of the cave and beautiful jewels on a tree. Uzume, the goddess of laughter, began a dance accompanied by loud music.
Hearing the music and laughter, Amaterasu was so curious that she took a look outside to find out what was going on. She was so fascinated by her own brilliant reflection in the mirror that she came out of the cave. Finally, the light covered and coloured the world.
© Betina Skovbro