Rhisiart Arwel – ‘GITÂR’
SAIN SCD 2794
A new album of classical guitar music from Wales, Europe and South America.
Sain is proud to release classical guitarist Rhisiart Arwel’s first album. A guitarist of calibre, Rhisiart has entertained audiences far and wide and his debut album includes many of the popular pieces that he has enjoyed performing along the years. His own arrangements of Welsh folk songs and hymns feature alongside music from various parts of the world with a strong emphasis on music from Spain and South America. “There’s always a great response in concerts abroad to the Welsh folk-songs”, says Rhisiart, “the Welsh melodies are not so well-known, and people seem to love hearing them. I look forward to the response to the new arrangements on the album.”
A native of Denbigh, Rhisiart studied the guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester with John Arran, and Gordon Crosskey. Returning to Wales to commence his professional career, Rhisiart was awarded a scholarship by the Welsh Arts Council for further study with Ricardo Iznaola in Madrid and in London with John Duarte. Rhisiart has performed extensively in recitals throughout Wales and the UK – including an appearance at the Royal Albert Hall in London – and has appeared regularly on radio and television. He has worked as a guitar tutor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff and has appeared as a soloist with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales on numerous occasions in concertos by Vivaldi and Rodrigo.
In 2015, during the 150th anniversary celebrations commemorating the establishment of the Welsh Colony in Patagonia, Rhisiart performed a series of concerts throughout Wales and Argentina, collaborating with many distinguished musicians from both countries. Rhisiart’s personal relationship with Patagonia, Argentina is reflected in the inclusion of several works by notable Argentinean composers such as Ariel Ramirez, Abel Fleury and Jorge Cardoso on this CD.
The album was launched in a special performance at the Norwegian Church, Cardiff, on the 6th August during the National Eisteddfod.
Rhisiart Arwel will perform in concert at Theatr Twm o’r Nant on Thursday evening 6th September. Tickets at £8 are available from Siop Clwyd or Menter Iaith in Denbigh or by contacting Gaynor Morgan-Rees on 01745 812349