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Our Hotel is The Wellington (click the name to go to the hotel website). We will check in at the Wellington after 4 pm on Thursday, January 12, and check out before noon on Monday, January 16. Room prices are: Single: $113/person/day, Double: $69/person/day, Triple: $54/person/day. These prices are all inclusive, the Cantata Singers will be paying the hotel with one check to cover all rooms, singers and their family members staying in the hotel will reimburse the group.

The "Requiem" scores are now available. If you haven't gotten your score yet, please email or call Will to make arrangements. You can purchase your score for a $20 donation to the Cantata Singers.

The July payment ($200) is due in our bank account by July 22. You can pay by check ($200) or credit card ($203). Checks should be mailed to Cantata Singers, PO box 952, Elmira, NY 14902. For credit card payments please call Will or Susan Nagle.

Sir Karl Jenkins commemorates Aberfan disaster with new composition: "Everyone has been moved by it"

Sir Karl Jenkins commemorates Aberfan disaster with new composition: "Everyone has been moved by it"

He also writes about his time growing up in the area – including our local cockle pickers, which included members of his own family.

"I was raised in Penclawdd, and at the time the cockle industry was quite thriving. There were always horses and carts up and down the roads, it was part of the village scene, part of the village's culture."

Before he heads to the Welsh 'town of books' next month, Sir Karl is deep in the recording process of an important and timely new piece of music which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster.

One of the most tragic mining-relating catastrophes the world has seen, on October 21, 1966, 116 children and 28 adults lost their lives after a colliery waste tip collapsed and devastated a Welsh community.

A horrific day which Karl can still clearly recall.

"I remember it vividly," he tells me.

"I was 22, in my first term at the Royal Academy in London. I started in September, and it happened in October.

"On the day itself I was following the news on TV, and I remember many people went there to help, to see what they could do in a physical way. It was a disaster waiting to happen, and the landscape of the valleys was changed forever.

"It was a universal disaster, especially because of the number of children who perished."

As such, you might assume that the music marking the event would be quite sombre in tone, but as he explains, it also offers a ray hope.

"The main part is a celebration of childhood, it's moving from the dark to the light," he says.

"It's 35 minutes long, and the first 15 minutes deals with the tragedy. It will be performed at the Wales Millennium Centre on October 8, and Deutsche Grammophon will be releasing the recording later."

Some of Wales' most celebrated artists will be taking part including harpist Catrin Finch, brass specialist David Childs, Swansea soprano Elin Manahan Thomas and operatic superstar Bryn Terfel. The evening will also feature new written work, read by various artists along with special performances from the community given by The Ynysowen Male Choir and school choirs from Ynysowen Community Primary School and Ysgol Rhyd y Grug.

"It's the perfect fit to commemorate a Welsh event," he says of the assembled Welsh musical super team.

"It was a huge honour and a privilege to be asked. Everyone involved has been moved by it.

"It's been commissioned for S4C, but that hasn't compromised the music. The libretto was written by poet Mererid Hopwood, using a mix of English and Welsh with a Latin mass."

Karl Jenkins' website has information about the DCINY concert posted. See it by clicking here.

If you have family or friends interested in attending the concert please encourage them to get tickets sooner rather than later. Although we don't know how many seats are available, DCINY organizers have said that Karl Jenkins concerts sell out quickly. Our guests can attend by either getting a ticket just for the concert or by purchasing a VIP package that includes the "best seat in the house at the time of purchase" along with admission to rehearsals and the VIP reception and dinner with the composer on Sunday following the concert.

Our 2nd payment of $200 each can be paid to The Cantata Singers anytime prior to July 22, 2016. We will be mailing a check to cover all singing and VIP participants during the last week of July. Payments can be by check or credit card with a credit card fee of $3 added. The balance for all participants will be due prior to November 1, 2016 so the final payment to DCINY can go out the first week of November.

So here is the specific information that came from the fine folks at DCINY:

     For the official announcement letter from Dr. Griffith click here.

     Information about the program, DCINY, and the cost click here.

     For the press release we'll be sending out once we confirm our involvement click here.

We will rehearse the music for the Carnegie Hall performance starting in the fall and, as always, there will be rehearsal files available as well. It is also possible that at least some of the music on the Carnegie Hall performance will be on one of our concerts next season as well.