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09 March 2012
Students at Cardiff will be leading a service of worship live on national radio this weekend (11 March).The Chaplaincy at the University is taking BBC Radio 4’s Sunday Worship which will be broadcast live from Eglwys Dewi Sant in the heart of the city.
The Rev Dr Trystan Owain Hughes, Anglican Chaplain at the University, is the preacher taking the theme of Freedom Through Action for the third of Radio 4’s Lent series. The service will be led by the Rev Delyth Liddell, Methodist Chaplain at the University while the Chamber Choir will provide the music, directed by John Hugh Thomas.
Joining the Chamber Choir will be Dr Molly Bright, a postdoctoral researcher in CUBRIC (Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre) in the School of Psychology.
Molly’s research involves using functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study the control of blood flow in the brain, and she is currently exploring how to measure the vascular health of a person as they age.Alongside her postdoctoral work, Molly is also a passionate musician and, luckily, she has found that Cardiff offers an outlet for her creative talents as well as her scientific ones. She is a member of the University’s symphony orchestra and will be playing with the chamber choir this Sunday for a specific piece that requires oboe accompaniment.
Molly said: "Although I have been studying physics and medical imaging for the last 8 years, I have always been highly involved in music. I have been fortunate enough to be at universities and institutions where you don't need to be officially a "music student" to study and practice music at the highest levels. There is a remarkable overlap between people who enjoy maths and sciences and those that have a passion for music and art. "It is especially good to see when the Cardiff University ensembles welcome non-music students (and even non-students, in my case!) into their community. It can hopefully add diversity and bring fresh ideas and styles to the performing groups while getting more attention for the School of Music across other university departments."
Rev Dr Trystan Owain Hughes said: "It is a great honour and privilege to be preaching on BBC Radio 4 and I am delighted that the students of Cardiff University are getting the opportunity to take part on national radio. With the service going out live, and with around 1.8 million listeners, we are all a bit nervous, but very excited!"
Cardiff students will lead the readings and prayers and the organist is Jeffrey Howard, a former student at the School of Music and now a vocal coach at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
The service will be live on BBC Radio 4 at 8.10am on Sunday 11 March. For more information about the Lent series, go to http://www.ctbi.org.uk/587/
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