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Medical students to give Cardiff a tune-up

31 July 2009

Musical medical students from across the UK will be swapping stethoscopes for symphonies when they gather at Cardiff next week for a unique concert.

Cardiff School of Medicine students Annie Bartlett and Alec Thomas hit on the idea of sharing their love of music with other medical students.

Now, 50 student musicians, from as far afield as Aberdeen and Belfast are to stage the first-ever UK Medical Students Orchestra concert.

The students will attend a week-long musical course, culminating in a concert at St David’s Hall on Friday 7 August. Proceeds go to the Noah’s Ark Appeal, which is helping to raise funds for the first Children’s Hospital in Wales

The concert will also feature rising UK pianist Maria Marchant, who will play the Grieg Piano Concerto. The programme also features Elgar’s Friossart Overture and Dvořák’s Symphony No 5.

Jack Smith, a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, who will be conducting the concert, said: "The programme was chosen before we knew who was coming to play for us, however, the interest and quality of applications received so far suggests the orchestra will come together very nicely. I’m delighted that Maria Marchant, recipient of the BBC Fame Academy Bursary, has accepted the invitation to play, she is a performer of great talent and integrity."

The concert’s two devisers, Annie and Alec, said: "We are very excited about the course and concert and are especially looking forward to meeting medical students from across the UK who like us, are passionate about music."

Tickets are available from the St David’s Box office at £10, £5 for students and children. For further information, please contact or visit .

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, Professor Sir Martin Evans.

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.

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