Pantglas School

“Aberfan” (Rain Sequence, excerpt)

AberfanPantglasSchoolCourtesy of Alan George

Over the past year, I have posted demo excerpts of the music from Aberfan.

For those new to hearing about my project, here is a sample (posted June 2015) from near the beginning of the piece, the sound of 7 pianos as Rain.


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Photo of Pantglas School and the village of Aberfan courtesy of Alan George.

“Aberfan” Verse

AberfanPantglasSchoolCourtesy of Alan George

“In the small Welsh town of Aberfan

for days the rain did fall

down on the heart–”

Here is a vocal sample of the first verse, one of three short lyric fragments from the folk song my Mom wrote following the disaster.  Aberfan is, in essence, a bonding of many different musical sequences, the least of which contain words, each a portion of the experience, each a part of the whole.

This is a picture of Pantglas School, upon which the landslide fell in 1966.  Courtesy Alan George.

Laura Siersema is composer of Aberfan (7 pianos, voice and tools of rescue), a sponsored project of New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization.  All donations are tax deductible.  Your contribution ensures we can return to the studio to complete its recording.