‘The Spring of Vision’ To World Premiere In Wales

By Francisco Salazar

In memory of the Welsh tenor Kenneth Bowen, who died last year, the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod has revealed it will host the world premiere of “The Spring of Vision,” composed by the festival’s Music Director Dr Edward-Rhys Harry, a friend of Bowen.

The work will use the dramatic setting of the Vernon Watkins poem of the same name to celebrate the life of Bowen and will be performed by an all-Wales cast that includes Shân Cothi and Rhodri Prys Jones, performing alongside the London Welsh Chorale, Liverpool Choral Union, Wrexham Youth Choir, in a massed choir.

“I am honored and privileged to be able to create a piece in memory of my friend and inspiration, Kenneth Bowen, that celebrates the Land of Song as its very best,” Harry noted in a press release. “He was a long-time collaborator of another of my inspirations William Mathias CBE, and was founder of the London Welsh Chorale whom I have the honor to direct, so it will be a beautiful and emotional evening to have the chorale perform this premiere.”

The piece will be performed on July 3 for its world premiere and will be followed on July 6 by the London Welsh Chorale at St Giles Cripplegate, Barbican, London, where Kenneth Bowen’s grandson Ruairi Bowen will sing tenor.