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24 September 2012
Announcing the line-up, Professor David Wyn Jones, Head of the School of Music, said: "The acclaimed artists and repertoire in this year’s concert series reflect the diversity of musical interests here at the School of Music, from historically-informed performance and nineteenth century music, to ethnomusicology and contemporary composition. It also offers a well-deserved opportunity to celebrate the talents of our own staff, students and alumni.
The Carducci Quartet returns for its fifth year as Ensemble-in-Residence and will open the series on 9 October.
The series also presents the Fidelio Trio with Patricia Rozario, contemporary ensemble Okeanos, and solo performances by outstanding pianists: Roy Howat, Peter O’Hagan, Clare Hammond, and Kenneth Hamilton, the School’s new Professor of Music.
There will be a rare chance to hear quintets by Spohr and Hüttenbrenner, plus Beethoven’s own quintet arrangement of his Symphony no.8 played by some of the country’s leading period performers and directed by Claire Holden, the School’s AHRC research fellow and violinist with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
This series will also be bringing the magical Mande tradition to Cardiff in November when Idrissa Camara and Sura Susso lead a small ensemble of master musicians from the Mande cultural world in West Africa. Camara is a charismatic dancer and musician from Guinea, Conakry and in just two years has taken his Cardiff-based ‘Ballet Nimba’ to acclaimed performances at London’s Southbank Centre and the main stage of WOMAD. Audiences can expect breath-taking dance and vocals, as well as instrumentalists putting a contemporary spin on 14th century repertoires.
Cardiff students will perform concerts in many of Cardiff’s world-class venues, as well as paying an annual visit to St David’s Cathedral, Pembrokeshire. The University Choir will be joining forces with the Choir and Orchestra of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under the baton of Carlo Rizzi at St David’s Hall, and the Chamber Choir and Symphony Orchestra will perform a programme of choral and orchestral works at Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay.
The programme for the annual student concert at St David’s Hall in March features Elgar’s Spirit of England and Holst’s The Planets, op.32. The students will also be joined by soprano Giselle Allen, an alumna of the School of Music, who will sing the Prelude and Liebestod from Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde. Giselle is currently playing the role of Mimi in Welsh National Opera’s production of La bohème.
For a full listing and ticket information, please visit http://concerts.cf.ac.uk. Tickets for the majority of concerts are available through a bilingual box office on 03700101051 or online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/cardiffmusic .
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