Ambassador Anton Thalmann visited Cardiff on 16 March. He paid a courtesy visit to the First Minister, Rt. Hon Carwyn Jones, opened the Sacher Prespectives exhibition at Cardiff University School of Music and 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 Hoddinott Hall, Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay. The concert which was 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.