Swiss Cultural Fund UK

Swiss Cultural Fund UK

Sacher Perspectives_march_ Cardiff

The legacy of Swiss conductor and patron of the arts Paul Sacher was the subject of a concert, exhibition and conference (“Sacher Perspectives”) at Cardiff University’s School of Music on 16-17 March, part of a collaboration between the Embassy, Cardiff University, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC Radio 3. Ambassador Anton Thalmann attended a concert by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and its Swiss conductor Thierry Fischer, featuring works commissioned by Sacher including Swiss composers Honegger and Frank Martin. These were juxtaposed with Stravinsky’s Basle Concerto in D and Lutoslawski’s Double Concerto to underline the internationalism of Sacher’s legacy. Around 200 people attended the concert at Cardiff’s Hoddinott Hall, which was also broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Paul Sacher (1906-1999) was one of the last century’s great patrons of 20th century music and commissioned more than 200 works by the world’s leading composers such as Stravinsky, Honegger and Bartok. His eponymous Foundation houses one of the world's most important musical manuscript collections, and is a major international research archive for 20th and 21st century music.