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The Gwent Chamber Orchestra with soloists Sarah Newbold (flute) and Eluned Pierce (harp)


Sarah Newbold (flute)

Sarah is a member of the Academy of St.Martin in- the- Fields and the New London Orchestra and formerly of both Welsh National Opera and the London Philharmonic.

Eluned Pierce (harp)

Principal harpist with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Eluned performs as a chamber music and solo harpist within her post and elsewhere. 


J. C. Bach - Symphony in F major, Op. 3 No. 5
W. A. Mozart - Concerto for Flute & Harp in C, K299
                              with Sarah Newbold (flute) & Eluned Pierce (harp)
Gareth Walters - Divertimento for Strings
Joseph Haydn - Symphony in F minor, No. 49, 'La Passione', Hob I:49

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Enigma Duo - harp & violin/Artist in residence; Lizzie Harper, natural history illustrator.

Enigma Duo, "Music for a Summer evening" — Laurence Kempton (violin) & Katherine Thomas (harp) .

Laurence and Katherine have been performing together for several years to great critical acclaim as the Enigma Duo.  We are eagerly looking forward to hearing them play some of their favourite "Music for a Summer Evening" - from the Baroque period to the present day; from opera to pop, frequently improvising and creating some zany combinations.


ELGAR   Chanson de Matin

DVORAK          Sonatine in G

SAINT-SAENS     Fantaisie for Harp and Violin


HANDEL  Sonata in D

ENIGMA DUO Handel goes flying!

HESS  Fantasy and Theme from Ladies in Lavender

TOM WAITE /McCARTNEY      Broken Bicycles

DRDLA             Carmen Fantasy

Lizzie Harper, natural history illustrator. Well-known for her lovely natural history illustrations.  She works for publishers both in the UK and abroad, environmental organisations, retailers, graphic design firms and undertakes commissions for private individuals.

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Blackweir Brass Quintet with William Kirk (RWCMD students)—Music & Words /Artist in residence; Sue Thorne, glass artist.

Pure Imagination (Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley) from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl)

Noson Lawen (Haldon Evans) Myfanwy (John Betjeman) 

Hymn to St Cecilia (Benjamin Britten)

Dance Macabre (Greig) The Jabberwocky (Lewis Carroll)

On Leaving Wantage (Dan Hall) On Leaving Wantage; Uffington and Wantage Bells (John Betjeman)

Quintet (Kamen)  The Empty Pew (John Betjeman)

Children’s Corner No.6 (Debussy) The Pig (Roald Dahl)

Folk Song Fantasy (Joseph Horovitz) Trebetherick (John Betjeman)

Minute Waltz (Chopin) Silly Old Baboon (Spike Milligan)

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Chamber Quorum (Trio)—Ruth Watson: oboe, Wendy Quinlan: flute, Jeremy Fisher: piano/Hannah Firmin — illustrator & printmaker

Sadly we have to report that the Severn Ensemble are now unable to perform at our first concert on 9th March, due to the illness of two members. We are grateful to them for letting us know at the earliest opportunity and wish them a speedy recovery.

We are delighted that Ruth Watson, the oboist, has been able to step in at short notice with a Trio—Chamber Quorum comprised of herself, Wendy Quinlan: flute and Jeremy Fisher: piano. All have played in Cwmdu before and we know we can look forward to an evening of excellent music.


Trio Sonata in G major J.J. Quantz

Trio Jean-Michel Damase

Piano Solo to be announced

Guillaume Tell Duo Brillant Demersseman/Berthelemy


Zwei Charakterstucke Op 27 for oboe and piano K Goepfart

Trio Op 74 K Goepfart

Suite Antique for flute and piano John Rutter

Trio Madeleine Dring

Our Artist in Residence for the evening will be the illustrator and printmaker, Hannah Firmin, who is well known for her book illustrations of - amongst others -  'The No. 1 Ladies Detective' series and for the Folio Society.

Working from my studio in Llangynidr, printing on my 1840’s Colombian Press. I create woodcut and Lino prints inspired by my surroundings, my garden and other special places.


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Gwent Chamber Orchestra / Philippine Sowerby—wooden sculptures & jigsaw puzzles

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony number 1 in E♭ major, K16

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E♭ major, K364 for violin, viola and orchestra - Julia Watkins (violin) & Stephen Broom (viola)


Peter Warlock: The Capriol Suite

Joseph Haydn: Symphony number 34 in D minor, Hob. 1:34

Julia Watkins (violin) & Stephen Broom (viola)

Julia Watkins (violin) & Stephen Broom (viola)

Artist-in-residence: Philippine Sowerby—wooden sculptures & jigsaw puzzles

Philippine, a civil engineer by training, has been sculpting and making jigsaw puzzles since 2002. She is passionate about working with the ordinary, common materials which are known to everyone. It is something to do with respect for the environment around us, and giving value to the everyday. Her designs often adapt to the grain, colour and texture of the wood.

She says, "For me, sculpting is a language like poetry, saying something while leaving the intensity of interpretation to the reader. I try to say things that touch me in life, concepts, ideas, feelings. At the moment, I am reflecting mostly on strength and fragility, power and vulnerability".



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The Zoltan Ensemble—a string quartet / Jane Bennett—land and seascape artist

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Lowri Porter (violin), Roz Gladstone (cello), Nancy Johnston (viola), joined by David Chadwick (violin).

The Ensemble is a versatile and experienced group, performing in various flexible combinations, including string trio, piano trio and string quartet/quintet. They have given concerts recently in Cornwall, Hay on Wye, Oxford and Grosmont.


  • Joseph Haydn: String Quartet, Opus 76 no 1 in G major
  • Anton Webern: Langsamer satz for string quartet
  • Ludvig van Beethoven: String Quartet no. 8, opus 59 no 2 in E minor

Artist in Residence—Jane Bennett

The landscape and seascape oil paintings in this exhibition often begin as sketches done whilst out walking and then are worked into larger paintings in the studio. They tend not to be of any particular landmark but are more an idea of the land, sea and sky - the colours, tones, textures and atmosphere.

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Trio Volant - a woodwind trio / Robert MacDonald—author, painter & printmaker


Trio Volant: Thomas Evans clarinet, Bea Hubble oboe, Richard Beards bassoon

Trio Volant was formed in 2010 whilst all the members were studying at the Royal Northern College of Music. The Trio regularly give formal recitals and lunchtime concerts in and around Manchester and the North West as well as further afield from Wales to Essex! They particularly enjoy the opportunity to perform the lesser known reed trio chamber music repertoire. They are recent winners of the Dorothy Parkinson Award for young outstanding British chamber musicians as well as being selected/recommended artists by Making Music for 2018-2019.


Rossini- Barber of Seville overture

Mozart- Divertiment No.5, K439b

Henri Sauguet- Trio for Oboe, Clarinet & Bassoon

Beethoven- Trio in C, Op 87

Alexandre Tansman- Trio

Cecelia McDowall- Century Dances

Samples from the programme:



Our Artist-in-residence, Robert Macdonald is well known as a painter and printmaker living at Penpont, near Brecon. In 2007 he was elected chairman of the Welsh Group, the senior association of professional artists in Wales and he became the first president of the Royal Watercolour Society of Wales in 2014.

Amongst other notable achievements and accolades, his prints have been purchased for the Print Collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum and other public collections and purchasers of his paintings include the Contemporary Art Society for Wales and the Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery. His paintings have been shown in the Royal Academy, London and won prizes in open exhibitions of the Royal Watercolour Society and the national Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Competition. They have also been featured on the cover of books published by the University of Wales Press.

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Quartet 19 (RWCMD students)—a percussion ensemble / Kathryn Roberts—glassmaker


Formed of four Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama scholars in 2016, Quartet19 is a young, dedicated and highly versatile percussion ensemble who have performed in venues across England and Wales, and in festivals such as the Cambridge Summer Music Festival, and North Wales International Music Festival. They also deliver regular, informal concerts in care homes, hospitals and schools as registered Live Music Now Cymru artists.

The performance will include works by Becker, Brubeck, Cage, Glass, Hall, Harron, Reich, trad. Welsh composers.

Kathryn Roberts MA (RCA) has been glassmaker for 24 years. Born 1969 in Cardiff she has studied and worked in the UK, Italy and the US.

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She lives above her gallery and workshop in Brecon which sells contemporary craft including her own glassware manufactured in the basement workshop.

Her inspiration comes from the material itself - hot glass is so magical and alive. Fluid forms are enhanced with a vast palette of colour. ‘My glass designs are a reflection on my surroundings and state of mind - they are free, understated but confident with an unrestrained fluid quality.’

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Additional event—Ensemble Eos Cymru

Gounod    Petite Symphonie

Chris Weeks    What the angel said…

Dvorak    Serenade in D minor Op.44


Consisting of musicians based in London, Brussels, Bristol and South Wales, Ensemble Eos Cymru has made regular appearances in the Crwth Chamber Music Series, Swansea and in numerous venues around South Wales.

Promoted by Friends of Cwmdu Music and Crwth with the generous support of Tŷ Cerdd.

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Gwent Chamber Orchestra / Artist in Residence—Kwong Kuen-Shan (Painter and Author)

For our final concert of 2017, we are delighted again to welcome the Gwent Chamber Orchestra under Conductor, Steve Broom and Leader, Julia Watkins; and featuring soloist Angus West in Mozart Horn Concerto No. 2. As always, this promises to be a most exciting evening of music.



Handel  - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Boyce – String Symphony No 1
Haydn – Symphony No. 44
Mozart – Horn Concerto No 2 in E flat, K417 – soloist – Angus West
Mozart   - Symphony No. 29

Artist in Residence—Kwong Kuen-Shan (Painter and Author).

Many of you will be familiar with the work of Kwong Kuen-Shan, whose wonderful paintings and books are internationally known and published in many different languages.  We are most fortunate that she has agreed to be our Artist in Residence for the evening.

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An organ recital and talk by Peter Dyke / Artist in Residence—Pat Birks (pottery)

In 1998, Peter Dyke took up his current post as Assistant Organist at Hereford Cathedral, having previously worked at Newport and St Albans Cathedrals. As well as accompanying the daily services, he has played regularly for the world-famous cathedral choir on radio and television broadcasts, and accompanied the choir on eight overseas tours. Peter founded and directs the Cathedral’s Voluntary Choir, which has made four tours of its own in continental Europe, and which has premiered and championed several works by contemporary composers.

The concert will include music from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries, and from across Europe: Wales, England, France, Germany, Austria and Italy.  There will be music by Tomkins, Bach, Arne, Vierne, Mozart, Franck and others. The major item will be a collection of short works from Bach’s great Clavierübung III. 


Artist in Residence—Pat Birks (pottery)

Pat is a well-known potter, based in Hay-on-Wye and a founder member of the Haymakers Gallery.  
Since opening her own studio in 1986, she has specialised successfully in handmade pottery, especially majolica ware.  She has developed her own designs and direction using the original qualities of the majolica style. All her work is hand-thrown and hand-decorated, incorporating a love of drawing and design that she applies to the three-dimensional form.


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Students from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama / Artist in Residence: Jenny Care (oils & watercolours)

Alexandra Morton

Alexandra Morton

Students from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Alexandra Morton and Michael Lowe, with accompanist David Harrington.

Michael Lowe

Michael Lowe

The singers are current MA students on the Musical Theatre course. Both Michael and Alexandra have a classical background and are now studying to build their skills within the more contemporary aspects of the Musical Theatre world. 

David Harrington

David Harrington

The accompanist is a graduate of RWCMD; a composer and musical director.

The concert will be an evening of songs from the shows ranging from traditional favourites to more contemporary shows we find in Musical Theatre currently. David will be supplying his wonderful accompaniment and entertainment skills. 


Artist in Residence: Jenny Care—landscape artist (oils & watercolours)

Running order

Act I

  1. Alexandra Morton & Michael Lowe Tonight Medley
  2. Michael Lowe Some Enchanted Evening (from South Pacific. Music by Richard Rodgers/Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II)
  3. Alexandra Morton O Mio Babbino Caro (from Gianni Schicchi. Music by Giacomo Puccini/Words by Giovacchino Forzano)
  4. Michael Lowe Widmung (from Myrten. Music by Robert Schumann/Words by Freidrich Rückert)
  5. Alexandra Morton & Michael Lowe La ci darem la mano (from Don Giovanni. Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart/Words by Lorenzo da Ponte)
  6. Mr. David Harrington Piano Solo
  7. Michael Lowe Shine Through My Dreams (from Glamorous Night. Music by Ivor Novello/Lyrics by Christopher Hassall)
  8. Alexandra Morton The Boy Next Door (from Meet Me in St. Louis. Music by Hugh Martin/Lyrics by Ralph Blane)
  9. Michael Lowe Swanee (from Demi-Tasse. Music by George Gershwin/Lyrics by Irving Caesar)
  10. Alexandra Morton I Got Rhythm (from Girl Crazy. Music by George Gershwin/Lyrics by Ira Gershwin)
  11. Alexandra Morton & Michael Lowe Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off (from Shall We Dance? Music by George Gershwin/Lyrics by Ira Gershwin)
  12. Michael Lowe Tonight at Eight (from She Loves Me. Music by Jerry Bock/Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick)
  13. Alexandra Morton Vanilla Ice Cream (from She Loves Me. Music by Jerry Bock/Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick)
  14. Alexandra Morton & Michael Lowe Rodgers & Hammerstein Medley

Act II

  1. Alexandra Morton & Michael Lowe Kiss Me Kate Medley (Music & Lyrics by Cole Porter)
  2. Michael Lowe The Lady is a Tramp (from Babes in Arms. Music by Richard Rodgers/Lyrics by Lorenz Hart)
  3. Alexandra Morton One Hundred Easy Ways (from Wonderful Town. Music by Leonard Bernstein/Lyrics by Betty Comden & Adolph Green)
  4. Michael Lowe In Praise of Women (from A Little Night Music. Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim)
  5. Alexandra Morton Send In The Clowns (from A Little Night Music. Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim)
  6. Alexandra Morton & Michael Lowe Unworthy of Your Love (from Assassins. Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim)
  7. Alexandra Morton I Can Cook Too (from On The Town. Music by Leonard Bernstein/Lyrics by Betty Comden & Adolph Green)
  8. Michael Lowe If I Were a Rich Man (from Fiddler on the Roof. Music by Jerry Bock/Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick)
  9. Alexandra Morton Think of Me (from The Phantom of the Opera. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber/Lyrics by Charles Hart/Richard Stilgoe)
  10. Alexandra Morton & Michael Lowe All I Ask of You (from The Phantom of the Opera. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber/Lyrics by Charles Hart/Richard Stilgoe)
  11. Michael Lowe The Music of the Night (from The Phantom of the Opera. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber/Lyrics by Charles Hart/Richard Stilgoe)
  12. Alexandra Morton Time Heals Everything (from Mack & Mabel. Music & Lyrics by Jerry Herman)
  13. Michael Lowe Flash, Bang, Wallop! (from Half a Sixpence. Music & Lyrics by David Heneker)
  14. Alexandra Morton & Michael Lowe I Could Be Happy With You (from The Boy Friend. Music & Lyrics by Sandy Wilson)
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Cardiff Winds (quintet) / Makers in Residence—Rachel & Arthur Cadman (furniture)

We are delighted to start our 2017 season with a quintet at the top of their profession, Cardiff Winds. They are based in Cardiff and have links to the City’s major musical institutions: Welsh National Opera, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. The players are Sarah Newbold (flute), Amy McKean (oboe), Lenny Sayers (clarinet), Neil Shewan (horn) & Meyrick Alexander (bassoon). Amongst other works, we shall be privileged to hear the world première of an arrangement for flute and bassoon of some of the Bach 'Inventions for keyboard' by Derek Smith, who has dedicated these to Sarah and Meyrick. We are very much looking forward to the Evening and hope that you will join us for such an exciting and varied programme. 

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