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This project expresses my own personal cultural story of Cardiff in the best way that I know how, through Welsh-language songs, with a backdrop of the iconic venues with which I have been associated throughout my career. These songs have been specially arranged for voice and piano by the young and talented Welsh composer Nathan James Dearden, who was educated at Cardiff University. The pianist is Paula Fan.
Attending Welsh chapel featured prominently in my upbringing and therefore the sound and video has appropriately been recorded at the local chapel of Acapela Studio. Location work includes the Wales Millennium Centre, St David’s Hall, the Norwegian Church, the New Theatre, the National Museum of Wales, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Cardiff Castle, all of which hold special memories of past performances for me.
I made my debut with Welsh National Opera in 1992 and have sung 70 roles on stages across the world. I represented Wales in the Cardiff Singer of the World in 1993. As a schoolboy I remember the excitement of attending the acoustic test at St David’s Hall when guns were fired in the air from the stage. I remember the thrill of treading the boards at the New Theatre for the first time as a soloist with Welsh National Opera. In 2004 I was a soloist with Welsh National Opera at the opening gala of the Wales Millennium Centre. Welsh is my first language and Cardiff is the focus of my cultural life.
Audio description read by Jeremy Huw Williams:
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