A week yesterday the fine team at RCT were celebrating the centenary of the Park and Dare Theatre in Treorchy. It was very touching to hear the children performing in the theatre. Many parents were very emotional at the sight of their children performing on the stage. This is especially true some of the youngest children, many of whom would be three or four generations away from the miners who contributed to the building of the theatre in 1913. The piece was very well received by the audiences, and I felt a great sense of achievement after the final encores. So congratulations to all involved: the miners of 1913 would be amazingly proud of what you have achieved.
Today’s Western Mail Arts Sections includes a very nice article about the project and the history of the Park and Dare Theatre. It is the last rehearsal tonight before next week’s performances. Everyone is very excited about the project and it will be great to see some of our youngest performers taking steps on the stage for the very first time.
Last week we finished recording the CD for the project. The work was completed by the 22nd, leaving a few days to master the CD and send it off for manufacture. I think everyone is looking forward to the performances on the 13th and 14th of March.
Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC Cultural Services and the RCT Music Service have announced that I have been awarded the commission to compose a musical work to commemorate and celebrate the centenary of the Park and Dare Theatre Treorci in 2013. The outputs for the project will be the production of an audio CD and four performances of the completed work in March 2013.