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Cardiff concerts

20 October 2010

Violin on a chair

A critically acclaimed string quartet, a leading concert singer and a composers’ showcase are just some of the highlights in the School of Music’s forthcoming concert series.

Starting in October, the programme includes performances from emerging and established artists and groups, as well as staff and students from the University. New for this year are six one-hour early-evening concerts devoted to the complete cycle of Bach’s ‘48’ preludes and fugues.

The Carducci Quartet, the University’s resident ensemble will start the series on October 12th with the first of the one-hour Bach concerts also taking place then. Internationally recognised as one of the most exciting young string quartets, the Carducci Quartet will perform a variety of music, from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries.

Other performances from visiting artists include:

  • Elin Manahan Thomas, a soprano with a love of eighteenth-century music such as Bach, Handel, Haydn and Mozart
  • Voces8, a group in which everyone is a soloist and starring School of Music graduate Andrea Haines
  • New Noise, a duo fusing together classical, electronic, jazz and contemporary music

Alongside visiting artists, student performances include a concert of Bach’s orchestral works, Durufle’s Requiem, Verdi’s Four Sacred Pieces, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no.6 and two performances of works by Mozart and Haydn. As well as performing in the leading venues in Cardiff, students will give concerts in Brecon, Swansea and St David’s.

Speaking about the programme, Head of the School of Music, Professor David Wyn Jones said: "The concert season at Cardiff University offers an exciting mix of professional and student performance with a consistently inquisitive repertoire. Alongside the innovation of new music there is the innovation of old music"

The concert series runs until 16 April 2011 and the full programme is available here. Unless otherwise indicated, concerts take place at the University Concert Hall, Corbett Road, Cardiff, CF10 3EB.

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