Côr Glanaethwy to make their New York debut with DCINY at Carnegie Hall on January 15, 2017, presenting the North American Premiere of  Sir Karl Jenkins’ <i>Cantata Memoria - For the Children</i>

Côr Glanaethwy to make their New York debut with DCINY at Carnegie Hall on January 15, 2017, presenting the North American Premiere of Sir Karl Jenkins’ Cantata Memoria - For the Children

Finalists of Britain’s Got Talent, 70 members of Côr Glanaethwy’s choir will embark on a trip to Carnegie Hall to sing the music of fellow Welshman, and composer Sir Karl Jenkins

Cantata Memoria commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster, where 116 children and 28 adults were killed by a mining collapse in Wales

Côr Glanaethwy would like to dedicate their performance to the memory of Olwen Davies, a member of the choir who passed away in October, 2016

Thursday, November 17, 2016 —  

For immediate release - New York, NY – On January 15, 2017 at 2PM, Côr Glanaethway, a Welsh choir from a drama school in Bangor, will participate in the North American Premiere of Sir Karl Jenkins’ Cantata Memoria - For the Children (In Memory of Aberfan 1966) at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) personally invited the choir to sing their debut performance in NYC with the music of fellow Welsh composer Sir Karl Jenkins.  

Finalists of both Britain’s Got Talent and BBC1’s Last Choir Standing, Côr Glanaethway has showcased their singing in front of millions of viewers. The choir specializes in arrangements of folk songs from their homeland of Wales, some of whose timeless melodies have been woven into Cantata Memoria.

The choir has dedicated their New York performance to the memory of Olwen Davies, a longtime member who passed away in October, 2016.

In a joint statement, co-founders Iris Derke and Jonathan Griffith said: “It is a tremendous honor for DCINY to be able to bring Côr Glanaethway to sing the North American premiere of Sir Karl’s Cantata Memoria. We are deep believers in music’s power to heal those who suffer, and could not envision a more poignant work to exemplify that belief.”

Sir Karl Jenkins wrote the piece as a memorial to the 116 children and 28 adults who died in Aberfan in 1966, when a catastrophic collapse of a slag pile was caused by a buildup of water in the accumulated rock and shale. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of this disaster – one of the country's worst – Welsh language TV channel S4C commissioned their national composer, Sir Karl Jenkins, to write a piece to mark the anniversary. The piece received its world premiere on October 9 in Cardiff, and on October 21, 2016 - the true date of the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan Disaster - all of UK observed a moment of silence at 9:15am, as Prince Charles and other dignitaries visited the Aberfan Memorial Garden to honor the lives that were lost.

Sir Karl said: “Apart from depicting the disaster itself, Cantata Memoria is also a celebration of childhood, gradually moving from darkness to light. I felt privileged and humbled to have been invited to compose this piece, whilst also being mindful of the responsibility the commission carried to create something with integrity and accessibility that would connect and move everyone.”


The Music of Sir Karl Jenkins: Aberfan, Cantata Memoria
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall

Karl Jenkins: Cantata Memoria: For the Children (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)
commissioned by S4C
Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
Distinguished Concerts Singers International, including Côr Glanaethway
Distinguished Concerts Orchestra

Karl Jenkins: Requiem
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
Sir Karl Jenkins, DCINY Composer-in-Residence

More information about the concert: http://www.dciny.org/concerts/256115-2/
Tickets for the concert are now on sale from $20: http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2017/1/15/0200/PM/Distinguished-Concerts-International-New-York/


About Sir Karl Jenkins

A recent exhaustive survey shows that Sir Karl Jenkins is now the most-performed living composer in the world. Educated at Gowerton Grammar School, Cardiff University and the Royal Academy of Music, London, The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace alone has been performed over 1500 times in 20 different countries since the CD was released, while his recorded output has resulted in 17 gold and platinum disc awards.

Karl is signed to Deutsche Grammophon Records in Berlin. His acclaim includes an honorary doctorate of music from the University of Leicester; the Chancellor’s Medal from the University of Glamorgan; and two honorary visiting professorships, one at Thames Valley University/London College of Music and the other at the ATriUM, Cardiff. In November 2009, he was given the Cymru for the World Award and, in March 2010, was honoured with the Hopkins Medal given by the St David’s Society for the State of New York.

He was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty The Queen in the 2005 New Year Honours list, a CBE in the 2010 Birthday Honours list, and in the 2015 Birthday Honours list, became the first Welsh born composer to receive a knighthood for services to composing and crossing musical genres.


About Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY)

Founded in 2007 by Iris Derke and Jonathan Griffith, with its first public concert presented on January of 2008, DCINY is a leading producer of dynamically-charged musical entertainment in renowned venues. With its unforgettable, world-class concert experiences, empowering educational programs, and global community of artists and audiences, DCINY changes lives through the power of performance. Commemorating their 10th Anniversary season in 2018, DCINY is proud to have presented life-changing performances for over 40,000 performers and 170,000 audience members since its inception. 

In addition to being selected three times to the Inc. 5000 listing, DCINY also recently received national recognition with the 2014 and 2015 American Prize in conducting – professional orchestra division to DCINY Artistic Director Jonathan Griffith and the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra, and the 2015 American Prize in Arts Marketing to DCINY General Director Iris Derke and the DCINY Team.

About Côr Glanaethway

Established in 1990, Glanaethwy has had many successes over the years including winning two gold and one silver award at the Shaoxing World Choir Games in China in 2010. The choir has also won many awards at the Barclays Music Theatre Awards in London, the Festival of Music for Youth in Birmingham, The Llangollen International Eisteddfod and in 2014 the Glanaethwy Junior Choir won the Children’s Choir of the Year title at the Festival Hall on the South Bank, London. Not to be outdone the Senior choir won the Open Category at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod and were also runners up in the BBC’s ‘Last Choir Standing’ competition in 2008. Glanaethwy Adult Choir won the mixed choir competition at the Pan Celtic Festival in Derry, Northern Ireland and, in 2015, all three choirs joined forces to compete on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’.

Their success on the series gained Côr Glanaethwy new fans from all over the globe and, last December, released their seventh album on the Sain label - “Hallelujah”. Having recently returned from their tour of Patagonia the choirs have also travelled to the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Italy, Hungary, Belgium, The Ukraine, Argentina, Scotland, Ireland and England. Proud of their Welsh heritage, the choirs love to sing arrangements of Welsh folk songs and traditional penillion singing.


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Aberfan Disaster Memorial Garden
Aberfan Disaster Memorial Garden

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