Major new choral work marking 50 years since the Aberfan Disaster to be released on Deutsche Grammophon.
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster in Wales, Sir Karl Jenkins has composed a major new choral work, Cantata Memoria – For The Children, to be released on a Deutsche Grammophon album on 7th October and premiered at the Wales Millennium Centre the following day. The concert will feature some of Wales’ most celebrated artists including Bryn Terfel, Catrin Finch, Elin Manahan Thomas, David Childs, as well as contributions from Michael Sheen and Siân Phillips.
Cantata Memoria was commissioned by S4C, the Welsh language TV channel, to mark 50 years since the Aberfan disaster, when 116 children and 28 adults lost their lives after a colliery waste tip collapsed and engulfed Pantglas school and nearby houses, devastating the local community in South Wales.
Perfomers on Cantata Memoria:
Composed, conducted, orchestrated and produced by: Karl Jenkins
Bryn Terfel: Bass-Baritone
Elin Manahan Thomas: Soprano
Cywair chorus master: Islwyn Evans
CF1 chorus master: Eilir Owen Griffiths
Côr Caerdydd chorus master: Gwawr Owen
Young Voices of Côr Heol y March chorus master: Eleri Roberts
Côr y Cwm chorus master: Elin Llywelyn-Williams
Co-director: Gavin Ashcroft
David Childs: euphonium
Joo Yeon Sir: Violin
Jody Jenkins: Percussion
Catrin Finch: Harp
Rosie, Jody & Karl Jenkins: Recorders
Sinfonia Cymru leader: Benjamin Baker