An Evening with Morfydd Owen (I)
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Rhian Davies looks at the life and work of Morfydd Owen through the archive held at Cardiff University’s Special Collection and Archives, Arts and Social Science Library.
Morfydd Owen was a talented composer, instrumentalist and singer. Join Rhian Davies for a beautifully illustrated talk which shed new light on her short life, as we celebrate the centenary of this amazing Welsh woman.
Inspired by Cardiff University’s Special Collection and Archives, Arts and Social Science Library, Rhian’s talk will be complemented by a display of Morfydd’s own manuscripts, sheet music and personal effects.
About the speaker
Rhian Davies specialises in discovering undocumented materials in public and private collections: her research is credited with restoring several composers to the repertoire, notably Morfydd Owen.
She is Artistic Director of the Gregynog Festival - Wales’ oldest classical music festival, and has collaborated with leading international musicians to create the only Welsh festival to be recognised by the prestigious Réseau Européen de Musique Ancienne.
Dr Davies has worked as a music historian since 1989 and British culture at the turn of the twentieth century, women musicians and composers of the Great War are among her special interests.
Her work on behalf of the music of Wales has been recognised by the Institute of Welsh Affairs’ Inspire Wales Awards, the Wales Arts Power List and the Gorsedd of Bards at the National Eisteddfod.