The Ligeti Quartet perform two pieces written for them in 2019. Firstly a brand new commission by Robin Haigh, his String Quartet which includes a tribute to scat singer Shooby Taylor, recorders (as always), an imitation of singing Samoyed dogs, and "technical death metal through a folk fiddle idiom". And then Tom Green's Solstice Songs, a reimagining of traditional festive tunes.
This is followed by a reading of Dylan Thomas's A Child's Christmas in Wales with music by Adam and Charlotte Caird, and narrator Andy King. A festive fairytale treat for all the family, A Child’s Christmas in Wales chronicles Dylan Thomas's own childhood memories and remains one of his most popular and loved works. In this wonderful adaptation for strings, step into December days ‘as white as Lapland’, where mischief is easily found, snowballs are hurled, and the curious grownups are shrewdly observed.
Alicja Pilarczyk (guest violin 1)
Patrick Dawkins (violin 2)
Richard Jones (viola)
Val Welbanks (cello)