Fostering Artistic Collaboration

Mark Bowden & Owen Sheers

Mark Bowden & Owen Sheers were at CERN to research a new oratorio commissioned by the BBC that takes Haydn's Creation as its starting point and reworks it. Arts@CERN curated their visit to the CERN laboratory, which included visiting ALICE. Their final piece will premiere at St. David's Concert Hall in Cardiff, Wales, with BBC NOW, and will be worldwide live broadcast on 18th April with Martyn Brabbins, Roderick Williams, Elizabeth Atherton and the BBC National Chorus and Orchestra of Wales.

Mark Bowden (left) is one of an innovative new wave of composers to have emerged in the 21st century. South Wales-born, he has made a deep impression on the orchestral life of Britain and has recently become Resident Composer with BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Owen Sheers (right) is a well known Welsh poet, author, playwright, actor and TV presenter and one of the leading writers of his generation. He is the first writer-in-residence to be appointed by any national rugby union team.

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