Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Two sad losses for the arts in Wales

Alun Hoddinott today and John Chilvers on Monday both passed away.

Hoddinott was the last of the great Welsh triumvirate of composers with Daniel Jones and William Matthias, and probably wrote the most approachable music of the three. He was certainly assiduous in writing to commission and his contribution to Welsh music in general was marked this time last year, when it was announced that the recording space and performance hall of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, at Cardiff's Wales Millennium Centre, was to be named BBC Hoddinott Hall.

There are many theatre-goers in Swansea (as I was in younger days) and theatre groups in the area who owe a great debt of gratitude to John Chilvers.

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