World premiere of new work by National Youth Arts Wales

In Concerts by Nyaw

Image by Aled Rhys Hughes from the series Mametz

World premiere of a new work by National Youth Arts Wales:

Sorrows of the Somme
For Chorus, Soloists and Orchestra

National Youth Orchestra of Wales

National Youth Choir of Wales

Composer: Brian Hughes

With a libretto based on writings from the First World War and a new lyric by Dr Rowan Williams

Conductor: Gareth Jones

A special performance supported by Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government and Cymru’n Cofio / Wales Remembers 1914-18.

Sorrows of the Somme is a moving choral and orchestral response to English, Welsh and German writings on the battle for Mametz Wood where almost 4,000 Welsh soldiers lost their lives or were wounded in the first days of the battle of the Somme in July 1916.

Performed by today’s generation of young people, Sorrows of the Somme is the concluding artistic event of the four-year programme that has marked Cymru’n Cofio / Wales Remembers 1914-1918 – and one that will poignantly remind us of the vulnerability and spirit of those that Wales lost in the First World War.


Tickets: £14 | £12 concessions

BBC National Orchestra of Wales Audience Line: 0800 052 1812

Sunday 21 October, 3pm
BBC Hoddinott Hall, Wales Millennium Centre