Samuel, Rhian: Pan ddaw ust y nos/When the calm of night
SATB and organ
A short choral nocturne for SATB and organ, Pan ddaw ust y nos is a setting of a poem by Nesta Wyn Jones. Welsh speakers will respond to the subtle imagery and verbal nuance of the poet’s wordplay, as well as to the intense lyric moment of charged reminiscence captured both in her evocation of bygone summer evenings and in Rhian Samuel’s simple, evocative music. Pan ddaw ust y nos was written for the London Welsh Chorale, conductor Kenneth Bowen, was premiered at St David’s Cathedral, West Wales, on 24 September 2005. An English translation by the composer is also included.