Composer of the Week: Mathias

Inspiration from Wales

Episode 3 Inspiration from Wales



In 1968 William Mathias left his teaching post in Bangor and headed to Scotland to take up an appointment as Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. This was a happy period for Mathias and Yvonne, when their daughter Rhiannon was also born. However, the family would only remain in Scotland for one year, for with the illness and subsequent death of his father, Mathias and his family headed back to Wales where he intended to become a jobbing composer. By 1970 though a new opportunity came Mathias's way, and he was appointed Professor and Head of Music at Bangor University where he remained for many years. This return to Wales inspired a number of new works, including his Harp Concerto which was commissioned by the Llandaff Festival and premiered by Osian Ellis. Mathias also received a number of choral commissions including This World's Joie for the Fishguard Festival, and setting words by the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, he composed his dark and turbulent Ceremony after a Fire Raid premiered by the Scholars in London. Presented by Donald Macleod. Mathias: Magnificat, Op 53 (Jesus College Service). Johanthan Vaughn (organ), Wells Cathedral Choir, conductor Matthew Owens. Harp Concerto, Op 50. Osian Ellis, London Symphony Orchestra, conductor David Atherton. Ceremony After a Fire Raid, Op 63. Andrea Porter (percussion), Matt Hardy (percussion), Christopher Williams (piano), BBC National Chorus of Wales, conductor Adrian Partington.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Donald Macleod
Producer Luke Whitlock