Ellen Mason is a talented young Narberth-based composer, whom Tŷ Cerdd were delighted to commission to compose a piece of music that was performed at the Narberth A Cappella Voice Festival 2014, in February.
The piece is called ‘The First Dance’ and is inspired by Greek mythology and traditional African music. It includes narration written by poet Georgie Lorimer, and was performed by Tempus, who define themselves as a ‘vocal group’ rather than a traditional choir.
"It’s with the utmost pleasure that I receive this commission to compose a piece for an ensemble so close to my heart," said the 22-year-old, who was nominated for Young Composer of Dyfed 2008, won the Gerallt Richards prize at the National Urdd Eisteddfod two years running, and had work performed by BBC NOW players at Wales Millennium Centre while studying music at Bangor.
Tŷ Cerdd Director, Gwyn L. Williams commented that,
"Tŷ Cerdd views the commissioning of new music as an essential part of its annual remit. In particular Tŷ Cerdd supports young Welsh composers at the beginning of their careers as well as more established musicians. It is a great pleasure to be part of the Narberth A Cappella Voice Festival in 2014 through the commission for Ellen Mason."
A copy of ‘The First Dance’ is held at the Tŷ Cerdd archive.