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“[...] a memorable commission by composer Nathan James Dearden. [...] The 25th-anniversary commission by Mr Dearden took one line from a poem by Hedd Wyn ("yng nghrog ar gangau'r helyg draw", which roughly translates as "suspended on the branches of yonder willows") to produce hauntingly beautiful music. The choir's impressive performance was deeply felt.”

referring to world premiere of ...yng nghrog ar gangau'r helyg draw., performed by Cantemus Chamber Choir and Huw Williams (cond.), a co-commission with Tŷ Cerdd.

Source: Western Mail / Media Wales (print only)


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"The whole piece struck me to the core and instantly I can tell this one of Nathan's strongest pieces to date. The work was bold and modest, well crafted and elegant, and ultimately sincere. If he carries on like this Wales has a bright future with Nathan as a champion of his generation."

referring to world premiere of o Crux ave, spes unica, performed by Kamerinis moterų choras "Melos" and Jolita Vaitkevičiene (cond.)

Source: Baltic Musical Gems


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“Nathan James Dearden drew on Hebrew/Christian liturgy for and one cried….. in which the word “holy” boomed out and faded away like a bell and his syncopated hosannas created  a sense of excitement.”

referring to world premiere of and one cried… at Cheltenham Music Festival 2015, performed by Genesis Sixteen and Eamonn Dougan (cond.)

Source: Seen and Heard International  


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"[ ... ] soundly conceived in its pitching of swooping strings against jazzier, repeated figures."

referring to world premiere of friction, performed by Sinfonia Newydd and James Southall (cond.), alongisde the Welsh premiere of Gabriel Prokofiev's Concerto for Bass Drum.

Source: Wales Arts Review