Bethan Morgan-Williams (1992-) is a composer who writes quirky, rhythmically-intricate music. Described as “marvellously oblique and obscure” [5against4] while being “rooted in something ancient and folky” [The Telegraph], Bethan’s music finds motivation in the apogee of musical performance. With composer-performer collaborations a key part of Bethan’s practice, each piece is written according to the characters of those involved.
Bethan is currently based in mid-Wales, having studied predominantly with Gary Carpenter at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and Diderik Wagenaar at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag.
Current projects include a commission from Carl Rosman to write a solo piece for basset clarinet; and the making of a fixed-tape version of Gêmdis. Current preoccupations include the use of text as a means of generating rhythmic content; and the effects of revisiting material interactions on the substructure of ‘finished’ pieces.
Upcoming events include the world premiere of Strumble Head by Bradley Johnson (guitar) at Kings Place in December; and the first performance of Voices Go With You – for alto flute, cello, percussion and piano – by Psappha Ensemble in February. Please visit the events page for more information.
24 February 2021
Gêmdis (2020), for solo E-flat clarinet and ensemble, has been released by Carl Rosman & Ensemble Musikfabrik (cond. Christian Eggen). The title ‘Gêmdis’ combines the Welsh words for ‘game’ and ‘dice’, and like a desperate gambler, the music keeps returning for another roll of the dice.
11 January 2021
Gêmdis, for solo E-flat clarinet and ensemble, was recorded by Martin Pilger & Ensemble Musikfabrik in November and is expected to be released shortly. Meanwhile, two pieces have been recorded live to video tape and are due to be released as part of the ensemble's Lockdown Tapes series soon.
14 July 2020
Datod, for violin and piano, received its premiere in Cologne yesterday. Performers Hannah Weirich and Ulrich Löffler absolutely blew me away with two(!) fabulous performances. A recording of the second performance, which was especially moving, can be accessed via this post.
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