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Monday, 20 November 2017

On November 18th David appeared as guest soloist with the Cardiff Sinfonietta to give the orchestral premiere of Seren Wen (White Star) by Bernard Kane. 

The composer later commented, "The orchestra played so sensitively and beautifully under the baton of Jonathan Mann, but my absolute joy was the performance by the work's dedicatee, David Childs. David's playing is just intoxicatingly incredible - his singing tone, just sublime. I was so humbled to have been asked by David to create this work for him: my Concerto for Euphonium and Orchestra: Seren Wen (White Star)."

David gave the world premiere of Seren Wen in its Wind Band version earlier this year in the prestigious New York International Music Festival at Carnegie Hall. 'Seren Wen' — Welsh for 'White Star' — is inspired by the famous transatlantic shipping line and its iconic, but doomed flagship, RMS Titanic. Amazingly, its distress signal was first picked up and relayed to the world by an amateur radio enthusiast in Pontllanfraith (a few miles from David's home in south Wales), over 3,000 miles from where she hit the fateful iceberg. The story of the Titanic is the work's impetus, and its link to Wales is of particular significance given the performers involved.

 Seren WenOn stage with the Cardiff Sinfonietta following the performance 

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