Madeleine Mitchell on the chamber music of Grace Williams


The violinist talks about the chamber music of one of Wales's major musical voices

Madeleine Mitchell and friends have just released a recording for Naxos of chamber music by one of Wales's finest composers, Grace Williams (1906-77). Williams studied at the Royal College of Music – where Madeleine Mitchell is a violin professor – with Gordon Jacob and Ralph Vaughan Williams. She left a sizeable body of work, her best-known piece being the orchestral tone-poem Penillion, as well as a lot of chamber music, much of it as yet unpublished. James Jolly caught up with Madeleine Mitchell to talk about the composer's music on her new Naxos album.

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