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An evening with the stars

17 September 2008

International tenor and Grammy award-winner headline Cardiff University’s 125th anniversary concert.

Luminaries from the worlds of opera, music, and media are coming together to mark Cardiff University’s 125th anniversary year with a gala concert at one of Wales’ leading venues.

Internationally-renowned Welsh tenor Dennis O’Neill CBE will be joined by Grammy Award winning soprano Rebecca Evans for the concert, to be held at the Wales Millennium Centre on Sunday October 19 2008.

Together they will perform some of the world’s best-loved opera songs and classical music, accompanied by the Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera.

Born in Wales, Dennis O’Neill has led a distinguished career, and has made principal appearances in opera houses around the world. Rebecca Evans has established a global reputation for her work, singing alongside operatic greats such as Andrea Bocelli and Luciano Pavarotti.

Also performing at the concert will be the Chamber Choir from the University’s own highly-regarded School of Music, as well as students from the acclaimed Cardiff International Academy of Voice, of which Dennis O’Neill is Director.

The gala concert will be hosted by Cardiff Alumnus and BAFTA Award winning journalist Huw Edwards, who said: "I was in one of the lucky years of Cardiff students who celebrated the University's centenary, and I'm really proud to be asked to host this gala concert a quarter-century later. The line-up is terrific and the event will underline the prestige that Cardiff now has as one of Europe's leading universities."

The evening will also feature a specially-created fanfare tribute to the University, written by leading international composer, and Cardiff graduate, Karl Jenkins.

Members of the public are invited to join the University for this classical celebration to mark the 125th anniversary. The gala is kindly sponsored by St David’s Partnership, and tickets are available now from the Wales Millennium Centre’s Ticket and Information Office by phoning 08700 40 2000 or booking online at www.wmc.org.uk. Tickets are priced £30, £20 and £15.

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Notes to Editors:

1. Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. It is also ranked as one of the world’s top 100 universities by the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES).

2008 marks the 125th anniversary of Cardiff University having been founded by Royal Charter in 1883. Today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.

Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s leading research universities.

Visit the University website at: www.cardiff.ac.uk

Further Information:

Victoria Dando

Public Relations

Cardiff University

Tel: 02920 879074

Email: DandoV2@cardiff.ac.uk