Back in May 2013, as I worked on the order of musical sequences for Aberfan, I came across Dave Petley’s article Remembering the Aberfan disaster — 45 years ago today.
An independent scientist – writer for the AGU Landslide Blog, living in the UK, Dave’s post was an overview of this tragedy and its enduring legacy in physical, social and psychological terms. In this fuller context, I could picture and understand how the landslide occurred, what led up to it and what followed — crucial to the integrity of my music, Aberfan.
I wrote to him immediately. Thus our communications began.
In June 2015, Dave posted Aberfan in his series “Landslides in Art”.
I want to thank him again, for all the factual information, alongside the moral support his interest in my project has garnered over the years.
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