Inheritance Tracks - Andrew O'Brien

Submitted by huw on Mon, 05/13/2024 - 12:14
AOB in 3 pictures

As a child I always loved Welsh folk songs and hymns. I was always drawn to their beautiful melodies. Suo Gan and Lisa Lân were favourites as were hymn tunes Llef, Tydi a roddaist and Calon Lan.

Growing up in Merthyr, there was no way you could hide away from the beautiful hymn Myfanwy written by local composer, Joseph Parry. The singing in my local chapel was always quite extraordinary.

When I started playing the piano, I immediately fell in love with Beethoven.

Getting into county and national youth ensembles widened my tastes and I was drawn to Britten, Shostakovich and Stravinsky. 

As a child, I would go to a huge variety of concerts and operas. I loved classical opera but also used to enjoy going to rock and heavy metal concerts. I was always open to all types of music (except Graham Kendrick). I remember one week watching a ballet in Cardiff, travelling to Birmingham to see Blur, then singing in a Cymanfa Ganu [A Welsh festival of sacred hymns]

A track I inherited Suo Gan .

One to pass on Myfanwy