A classical celebration
20 October 2008
A spectacular gala concert featuring international opera stars and a specially-created fanfare has marked the University’s 125th anniversary in style.
Held at the Wales Millennium Centre, the concert was led by world-renowned tenor Dennis O’Neill, and Grammy award-winning soprano Rebecca Evans. Together they performed some of the world’s best loved classical and operatic music, including pieces by Puccini and Verdi.
The gala was opened with a specially-created fanfare tribute to the University - Caerdydd 125 - written by leading international composer and Cardiff alumnus Karl Jenkins.
Dennis O’Neill and Rebecca Evans performing
Also on stage were past and present students from the University’s Cardiff International Academy of Voice and the School of Music’s own highly-regarded Chamber Choir.
The event was compèred by BAFTA award-winning BBC journalist and Cardiff graduate Huw Edwards, who said: “I'm really proud to have been asked to host the gala concert. The line-up was terrific and the event underlined the prestige that Cardiff now has as one of Europe's leading universities.”
The concert also included the world première of Somewhere Unknown, a symphonic movement by Liz Lane, a postgraduate student at the School of Music.
All of the performers were accompanied by the Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera, and the event was kindly sponsored by St David’s Partnership.
Photographs from the 125 Gala Concert can be viewed at: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/125/news/gala-concert.html