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The Royal Albert Hall 19 July 2006

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 6:16 pm    Post subject: The Royal Albert Hall 19 July 2006 Reply with quote

It was both an honour and a privilege to be at the Royal Albert Hall last night to see Bryn receive the Queen’s Medal for Music from her Majesty. The winner of the award was to be announced after the interval by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Master of the Queen’s Music. There was a lot of speculation around us before the Prom started as to who would receive the award and I was bursting with pride and very much wanting to tell them that it was Bryn Terfel. The first half passed very quickly. The first piece was a BBC-commissioned work by Sir Peter to mark the Queen’s 80th birthday called A Little Birthday Music. Second was Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A major,K622. Julian Bliss played the basset clarinet. Then came the interval not long now. We all took our seats and Sir Peter made the announcement “An inspiring figure for Welsh Music and Welsh musicians throughout the world”. “Setting our opera houses alight” with his portrayals of Scarpia in “Tosca”, the title-role in “The Flying Dutchman”, and his first Wotan in Wagner’s “Ring” cycle for the Royal Opera. The woman behind me is now nearly out of her seat its Bryn Terfel she said to her friend in glee. Sir Peter went on to mention how through his superb artistry and warmth he had brought classical music to the widest possible audience and how Bryn devoted himself tirelessly to his music festival at Faenol in North Wales. There was no mistaking Bryn standing in the wings waiting to make his entrance. The Queen stood patiently alongside Sir Peter with The Duke of Edinburgh and then it was announced the winner of the award was Bryn Terfel. The audience were thrilled and a beaming Bryn walked out on stage to be greeted by the Queen. Bryn towered over the Queen but as he bowed to meet her and receive the award it was a very touching moment, he really looked like a gentle giant. The Queen, The Duke and Sir Peter then took seats on the side of the stage as Bryn thrilled the audience with a very tender rendering of “My Little Welsh Home”. The audience were spell bound and the air electric. As he left the stage Bryn stopped again to speak to her Majesty, I don’t know what he said but she was wearing a huge smile. What a truly wonderful sight it was and I am sure a very special moment for Bryn and a great honour to have received the award. Bryn is only the second recipient of this medal. Then to my delight here comes Bryn to sit next to me for the second half of the concert. Bryn proudly showed me his award a silver medal with the Queen’s head on one side and inscribed with the words “What Passion cannot Music raise and quell”. The award was absolutely beautiful. The second half of the Prom was Symphony No.9 in E minor OP.95 From the New World by Antonin Dvorák. As soon as the Symphony was over a lady came to escort Bryn back stage to meet her Majesty once again.
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