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Andrew Lewis’ Fern Hill receives French Premiere

Winner of the Prix du Concours Klang! Electroacoustic 2016, Andrew Lewis’ setting of Dylan Thomas for Orchestra and Electronics will be given it’s French premiere on Friday 23 February by L’Orchestre National Montpellier Occitanie, conducted by David Niemann.

Rather than a conventionally sung vocal line, the piece uses the poet’s own reading of his work as a melodic thread around which an orchestral commentary and elaboration is formed. Thomas was a key figure in the spoken-word recording industry, recording ‘Fern Hill’ along with four other poems and ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’ for the launch of the newly formed Caedmon label in New York in 1952. It is this recording which sits at the heart of the work.

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