John Hardy's entrancing music for orchestra Blue Letters from Tanganyika will be performed in October by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff.
The piece was inspired by the adventures of John's mother, as a young woman working in East Africa in the 1950s - she wrote home in blue airmail letters telling of wild animal encounters, exotic landscapes and countless tales of danger, bravery and the everyday life of a totally unfamiliar environment.
"The rhythmically charged, open and immediately engaging music is bright and colourful while still managing to evoke the African landscape"
South Wales Echo
4 stars **** "Four colourful, finely crafted movements"
Classical Music Magazine
"masterpiece of creation... an extraordinary piece of history"
Roy Noble, BBC Radio Wales
"Colourful, filmic, and open to pleasurable listening at a single sitting"
Howard Smith, Music & Vision
Find out more about the piece at John Hardy's website.