Free concert: A piece of Welsh Magic part 2
Free Concert in Amsterdam Oost on the Boerhaaveplein square from the Stanwell School Orchestra, Jazz Band and Choir. A typical Welsh art project. Another Group from Wales, Neith Port Talbot, was here a couple of years ago and also gave a wonderful Free Concert.
This kind of activity brings different young artists together, and their giving of a free concert is massively popular with local residents in Amsterdam Oost, who sometimes, through Age or financial limitations, cannot afford expensive Concert performances.
The ensemble has a high quality and numbers 38 young musicians and singers, aged from 14 to 18 years. In recent years the Orchestra has toured to Paris and Lake Garda and has given some very successful concerts there. The group come from Penarth, a town located about 5 miles from Cardiff in Glamorganshire.
About the musical tradition of Wales
Wales is often referred to as “the land of song” and is notable for its harpists, male choirs, and solo artists. The principal Welsh festival of music and poetry is the annual National Eisteddfod. Traditional music and dance in Wales is supported by a myriad of societies. The Welsh Folk Song Society has published a number of collections of songs and tunes.
Traditional instruments of Wales include telyn deires (triple harp), fiddle, crwth, pibgorn (hornpipe) and other instruments. The Cerdd Dant Society promotes its specific singing art primarily through an annual one-day festival.
The BBC National Orchestra of Wales performs in Wales and internationally. The National Youth Orchestra of Wales was the first of its type in the world.
Male voice choirs emerged in the 19th century and continue today. Originally these choirs where formed as the tenor and bass sections of chapel choirs, and embraced the popular secular hymns of the day. Many of the historic choirs survive in modern Wales, singing a mixture of traditional and popular songs.
Wales has a tradition of producing notable singers, including Sir Geraint Evans, Dame Gwyneth Jones, Dame Anne Evans and Dame Margaret Price.
Published: May 30, 2018