Award-winning composer and pianist, Michael Csányi-Wills, has written chamber music, choral and orchestral works as well as film scores. He has been composer in residence with the Welsh Sinfonia since September 2013. Michael’s recent orchestral works have been performed throughout the UK and commissions have taken him around Europe, Australia and the USA.

Last season's collaboration with the Welsh Sinfonia is a setting of Lewis Carroll’s Phantasmagoria for narrator and orchestra which premiered in January 2016. Michael's most recent commission is a Violin concerto entitled, Revisions of the Earth for violinist Tatiana Berman. This piece was performed by Tatiana with the Constella Arts Festival Orchestra in Cincinnati and conducted by Jose Luis Gomez in April 2016.






Nebulae are vast interstellar clouds of dust, hydrogen, helium and other gases, hundreds of lights years in diameter. The Seagull Nebula was discovered by Welsh amateur astronomer Isaac Roberts was described by him as, "pretty bright, extremely large, irregularly round, very diffuse.” It is 3,800 light years from Earth, and nearly 240 light-years across.

This piece was commissioned by Mark Eager and the Welsh Sinfonia, and sets out to describe a journey through space, towards the Seagull Nebula. We start in total darkness. Flashes of light in the distance, gradually increase, until we are surrounded by stars. Momentum gathers, and we are thrown into perpetual motion. We leave our galactic plane and travel past billions of stars towards the Seagull. As we approach, the gases envelope us and begin to dance around us, as if they are moving as a bird in flight. We travel through the nebula, the colours dissipate and we return to flashes of light as we leave the seagull behind us. A final flash of light is seen before we are thrown back into darkness.

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