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Area: Cardiff

Biennial competition 'known throughout the classical music world as the premier showcase for opera and concert singers at the outset of their careers'. Held Mid June [2019]

* BBC Cardiff Singer of the World
VISITS (to the Website)200
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)3089

‘The Cardiff Guitar Festival team is committed to inspiring a real enthusiasm for music making in guitarists young and old. With our annual festival of outstanding professional concerts, and inspiring workshops we aim to provide the best possible experience for our participants ... All participants get FREE access to each of our six outstanding professional concerts included in their festival pass.‘ Held Late July.

 

Category Cardiff
* Cardiff Guitar Festival
VISITS (to the Website)12
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)23

Founded 1976: ‘We present the best in music which is both light and live, with monthly concerts featuring top international artists. We also hold monthly workshops where you can learn and hone your skills and show off your talents! ...  We started out as a dedicated keyboard and organ club, and we still feature these instruments a great deal. But we have now expanded ... also having the pleasure of inviting members of local professional and semi professional music societies and groups as well as individual musicians of various genre’.

* Cardiff Keyboard Club
VISITS (to the Website)126
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)186
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The Society where friends meet to listen to recordings of classical music and talk about music they've heard. Our presenters include musicians, broadcasters and academics, as well as our own members. The programmes are wide-ranging and are presented in a warm friendly environment. Browse our programme, and if you see something you like come along and meet us... you won't be disappointed!'

 

* Cardiff Recorded Music Society
VISITS (to the Website)177
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)232

'Interdisciplinary network bringing together scholars and practitioners – composers, directors, librettists, dramaturgs, surtitlers – working on a range of topics and methods for the study and creation of opera and drama ... CIRO hosts a variety of events each year, including guest lectures, study days, conferences and seminars with international speakers, workshops and panel discussions.'

 

* Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Opera and Drama [Cardiff]
VISITS (to the Website)204
Also indexedCardiff University
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)383

'The UK and Ireland's LGBT+ Choral Festival. Begun in 2013 in London and followed by successful events in Brighton in 2015 and Manchester in 2017, the next festival will take place in Cardiff in August 2019. More than 25 choirs from all over the British Isles are expected to converge on St David's Hall in the Welsh Capital for a weekend of singing, workshops, partying and much more! As well as St David's Hall, we will be running public events across the city with plans including Cardiff Bay and City Centre venues to bring the joys of LGBT+ singing to a much wider audience.'

 

Category Choral Festivals
* Hand In Hand LGBT+ Choral Festival
VISITS (to the Website)35
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)40

Inaugurated in 2018: ‘The International Choral Festival Wales was borne out of a passion for music, a vision to welcome the best of the international choral community to Wales and a desire to push the boundaries of musical excellence’. The Festival Competition has five Categories: * Mixed Choirs (or no fewer then 16 voices); * Single Voice Choirs (Any female voice choirs (SSAA / SSA / SAA / SA) or male voice choirs (TTBB / TTB / TBB / TB) of no fewer than 16 voices); * Open Category (Ideal for singing groups that include a mixture of children and adults and/or specialise in a particular cultural tradition or style of music); * Young Voices (Under 25 years old); * Children’s Voices (Under 12 years old). Held Mid April.

* International Choral Festival Wales
VISITS (to the Website)61
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)192

‘Has been in existence since 1989 and in that time has presented weekly sessions of mainly Traditional and New Orleans jazz in Cardiff. The PJS present a different band every Tuesday evening.’

Category Jazz Clubs
* Preservation Jazz Society, Cardiff
VISITS (to the Website)36
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)79
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The National Conservatoire of Wales, part of the University of South Wales Group, competes alongside an international peer group of conservatoires and specialist arts colleges for the best students globally, enabling students to enter and influence the world of music, theatre and related professions.'

* Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
VISITS (to the Website)140
Also indexedNational Conservatoire of Wales | University of South Wales
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)255

‘Our students work and study in a research community, learning from academic staff with expertise in composition, performance, musicology, ethnomusicology, and popular music ... Our graduates have found success both within the music profession – as composers, conductors, performers, teachers, arts administrators, and music librarians – but also in diverse fields such law, accountancy, politics, IT, marketing and management consultancy.‘

* School of Music [Cardiff]
VISITS (to the Website)277
Also indexedCardiff University
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)212

'Formed in 1998 to foster interest in the pipe organ and its music. For the practising church organist, SEWOA can provide a strong sense of fellowship and mutual encouragement, perhaps more important now than ever before in an area where musical standards in many branches of the church seem to be under pressure. The membership of SEWOA covers a broad base, and advice is therefore available on any subject of a church organist's activities.'

 

* South East Wales Organists' Association
VISITS (to the Website)177
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)288

'A music festival held in Cardiff, offering performance and competition opportunities to young musicians from Cardiff and South Wales up to the age of 23. The aim of the Festival is to foster musical excellence by providing a friendly and encouraging environment to gain performance experience. Medals and Trophies are awarded and all entrants receive a written, professional assessment.' Held Late April.

* South Glamorgan Festival for Young Musicians
VISITS (to the Website)117
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)326

Founded 1969: ‘Brings the best of contemporary and new classical music from living composers to adventurous audiences from across Wales and internationally. The annual festival takes place in May within various venues across South Wales ... We want to share the joy of listening and discovery with audiences who long to experience the new and progressive, and we work with international composers who are pushing the boundaries to commission new music which reflects the classical music culture of today and tomorrow.‘

* Vale of Glamorgan Festival
VISITS (to the Website)31
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)57

‘Wales' national classical music festival. The Proms take place in the city of Cardiff each summer, Mid-July, at the national concert hall of Wales, St David's Hall. The Welsh Proms annually features some of the world's top orchestras, soloists and additional artists, and continues to be a major focal point in the cultural calendar of the Welsh capital.’

 

Category Cardiff
* Welsh Proms
VISITS (to the Website)30
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)59

Founded 2012 in Cardiff: ‘We perform a variety of musical genres from West End hits, through to classical, and pop! ... We are a non-auditioning, non-religious community based choir, open to all women over the age of 18. We're a community choir with high standards. We love performing to the best of our abilities. It’s who we are, and we're proud of it ... All we ask is that you have a passion for singing and that you want to join our fabulous female choir! We have a mix of experienced choir members and also those who have never sung in a choir before’.

Category Ladies Choirs
+ Affinity Female Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)48
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)107
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Both a broadcast orchestra and the national symphony orchestra of Wales ... Orchestra-in-Residence at Cardiff’s St David’s Hall and performs a busy schedule of live concerts throughout Wales and the UK. Nearly all the Orchestra’s performances can be heard on the BBC, and they regularly perform at the BBC Proms and BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. The Orchestra’s Learning team strive to make classical music accessible, they are also the UK’s foremost soundtrack orchestra, working Doctor Who and War and Peace, among others. Formed in 1983, the BBC National Chorus of Wales is one of the leading large mixed choruses in the UK ... BBC NCW enjoys a close performing and recording relationship with the BBC NOW.'

 

+ BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales
VISITS (to the Website)173
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)305
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

’We are a thriving and ambitious community choir based in Canton, a district of Cardiff, the capital of Wales in the UK ... We do not audition members and we are happy for anybody to come along and audition us ... We generally sing two concerts a year, in January or February and July, typically. The winter concert is usually of a large cantata with professional soloists, accompanied by an accomplished orchestra made up of players from the city’s professional orchestras. The summer concert is usually made up of smaller works such as part songs and may include solos from members of the choir.‘

 

Category Cardiff
+ Canton Chorus
VISITS (to the Website)38
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)66
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Formed 1962: ‘Originally a choir of around 25 singers, in recent times between 50 to 60 choristers regularly take to the performance platform. During the 1980’s the choir expanded to allow performances of the larger works and oratorios and has since given performances of all the major choral works, sometimes jointly with other local choirs ... While we continue to explore new avenues, and develop exciting programmes ... including 20th century composers, we are not forgetting our original aims and the work of Bach and his contemporaries will continue to feature regularly in our programmes’.

Category Choral Societies
+ Cardiff Bach Choir
VISITS (to the Website)71
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)174

'CPO is recognised as one of Wales's foremost non-professional orchestras, with a reputation for a wide ranging repertoire from film music and light classics to major works.'

 

+ Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)184
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)397

‘The Choir’s history starts in 1964 when twenty Aberystwyth graduates who had sung together in university met up in Cardiff to form a choir ... Cardiff Polyphonic Choir now numbers 65 singers ... and has a proud history and a continuing strong reputation ... As a choir we pride ourselves on maintaining high musical standards, and, as such, entry to the choir is by audition. However, the social side of the choir is equally important and new members will always receive a warm and friendly welcome.’

Category Cardiff
+ Cardiff Polyphonic Choir
VISITS (to the Website)31
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)65
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘This Band hosts five bands under the name of City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) Brass Band. M1 competes at Championship Section Nationally & locally. M2 compete in the 2nd section nationally and 3rd section locally, M3 compete at youth level and M4 are our beginner band. Community Brass is for anyone, of any standard, who enjoys playing but does not want to compete. The Band has a long history, The City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) Band can justifiably claim to be the oldest band in Wales. Sure we're also the friendliest.’

 

+ City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) Brass Band
VISITS (to the Website)97
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)187

‘The City of Cardiff Symphony Orchestra was formed in September 1981 to fill a gap at that time for symphonic music making of a high standard for the many gifted amateur musicians in the Cardiff area. The orchestra has performed over 150 concerts in and around Cardiff with a repertoire of well over 200 orchestral works ... We perform at least five concerts per year with varied, challenging programmes, often with high-class, professional soloists.‘

+ City of Cardiff Symphony Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)37
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)103

‘Formed in 2008, City Voices has grown from a small choir of just 25 voices to a membership of over 180 in just ten years. In that time it has been involved in concerts raising over £50,000 for a mixture of charities and performed in a variety of venues in and around Cardiff, as well as further afield. There are no auditions to join, City Voices believe singing is for everyone - everyone has a voice and it should be about meeting new people and having fun. The music performed by City Voices does not follow the traditional “Choral Society” approach, but instead we feature music from Stage and Screen ... City Voices is now a well-established choir, with only a few vacancies periodically becoming available. As a result of this, we have taken the decision to close our waiting list. Instead, we will be reviewing our membership bi-annually each May and November.’

Category Community Choirs
+ City Voices Cardiff
VISITS (to the Website)96
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)148
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We want our opera to engage and surprise audiences. We want to stimulate and communicate new ideas, thoughts and feelings, and so we continually re-imagine what opera can do and what it can offer. That way we can keep opera a truly dynamic and contemporary art form. That is what we strive to do.'

 

Category Opera Companies
+ Music Theatre Wales
VISITS (to the Website)174
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)252
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We sing a variety of music: classical, popular and folk in Welsh and English ... The Chorus welcomes all comers who are keen to sing and open to a variety of music. There is no audition required ... Our regular concerts, performed in December and June, have included guest appearances by local musicians trained by Cardiff University and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama ... Our membership is currently 60 – this is great but we could always do with more members. We do sing in voice sections, and always encourage members to try different sections to see what suits them best.’

Category Community Choirs
+ Roath Community Chorus
VISITS (to the Website)52
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)169
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘South Wales’ Biggest Community Samba Band ... Samba Galêz has around 90 members, and plays 30 to 40 gigs a year. We also enjoy impromptu busking in Cardiff city centre. It’s a social band, with various sub-groups who go cycling, hiking, play music, or just hang out ... You don’t need any previous musical experience, and in fact only a few of us play other instruments. We don’t expect you to be able to walk in off the street and start banging a drum. There is a lot to learn including basic rhythms and how they fit together and how to interpret our leader’s signals but you will be given support and help as you pick up the beats.’

 

+ Samba Galêz
VISITS (to the Website)162
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)161

'The orchestra provides early employment opportunities to young musicians, including talented recent graduates as well as the most promising musicians still in full-time study. Sinfonia Cymru alumni have moved on to successful careers in many of the top professional symphony, chamber, opera and ballet orchestras in the UK and worldwide.'

 

+ Sinfonia Cymru
VISITS (to the Website)142
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)340
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Choir for lesbian, bi and trans women and non-binary people in Wales ... We were set up in 2012 ... but we always welcome new members! ... We pride ourselves on our inclusivity and we aim to be a supportive and friendly group where members can have fun and make a beautiful sound!'

 

Category LGBT Choirs
+ Songbirds Choir
VISITS (to the Website)146
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)249

'Formed in September 2005 to promote clarinet ensemble playing in Cardiff and South Wales.The ensemble has musicians covering the full range of instruments and includes professional clarinettists, music teachers and accomplished players ... SWCC’s repertoire is varied, ranging from Baroque to the present day, and includes arrangements of popular pieces together with original compositions.'

 

+ South Wales Clarinet Choir
VISITS (to the Website)113
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)362

Award winning chorus ‘formed in February 2008 and has grown very quickly to a 40 + strong choir singing everything from early music to rock, including show-tunes, the odd novelty item and, of course, traditional music from Wales, the land of song! ... We foster an open-door policy for new members of all ability, but suggest you try and get in touch prior to get an idea of what we're all about. We work hard and play hard and are supported by a talented musical team’.

 

Category LGBT Choirs
+ South Wales Gay Men’s Chorus
VISITS (to the Website)62
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)153

‘The Premier Championship Section Band of Cardiff. Originally based in the village of Tongwynlais on the outskirts of the City, the Band was founded in 1888 ... The band competes in the Championship Section in the National Brass Band League ... We also give a number of concerts throughout the year as a full band (25 and percussion), or as a smaller group to play music to suit the occasion.‘

 

+ Tongwynlais Temperance Band
VISITS (to the Website)132
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)234

'There's much fine amateur choral singing in Wales and the members of the Welsh Camerata are proud to be part of that tradition. We are a small choir of around 25 singers and what makes us distinct is that we specialise in the authentic performance of early music - that composed in the eighteenth century and previous centuries (with the occasional, well-informed foray into later periods) ... Performance technique has evolved over the centuries and singing music from earlier periods often requires quite a different approach to the material. Our specialism has led us to discover forgotten masterpieces from an incredibly rich period. Many of our performances have contained pieces no doubt performed for the first time in Wales since their composition.'

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Welsh Camerata
VISITS (to the Website)20
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)43

'Transforms lives through the power of opera. We are passionate about opera and want to share this passion with as many people as possible. We do this with award winning performances of fully staged opera and concerts which combine a sense of adventure with the highest possible quality. We keep our performances accessible through affordable ticket prices. Beyond the theatre we connect with people through our community and education work and digital projects.'

Category Opera Companies
+ Welsh National Opera
VISITS (to the Website)212
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)308
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals
MULTIPLE Concerts and Recitals

‘In addition to a substantial operatic remit, the WNO Orchestra has a stature and reputation as a world-class ensemble in its own right. This is demonstrated by its ongoing distinguished involvement in the St David’s Hall International Concert Series and Welsh Proms in Cardiff each year, as well as its place as one of two national orchestras from Wales featured in the acclaimed Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. In addition to this WNO Orchestra also has a well-established concert touring programme to regional venues throughout Wales.’

 

Category Cardiff
+ WNO Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)28
Also indexedWelsh National Opera
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)69
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Situated in the heart of Cardiff’s elegant civic centre, it houses Wales’s national art, geology and natural history collections as well as major touring and temporary exhibitions.’ The Friends of National Museum Wales arrange ‘monthly public lectures on topics of artistic, historical and scientific interest, and other activities such as concerts and “behind the scenes” Museum visits’. Includes recitals on the ‘magnificent Williams-Wynn Wynnstay 18th century organ’.

@ National Museum Cardiff
VISITS (to the Website)29
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)49
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Cardiff's most central concert venue. There is something on nearly every day - from jazz, classical and folk music to comedy, children's shows and everything in between.'

@ St David's Hall
VISITS (to the Website)263
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)197
MULTIPLE Concerts and Recitals

‘For over 40 years the Church has recognised its special ministry to musicians and artists in the locality, and St Edward’s Music & Arts Centre coordinates that outreach to the community, providing opportunities for amateurs and professionals to rehearse and perform in an auditorium of outstanding acoustic quality. Instruments available at the church include a three-manual pipe organ, and an excellent grand piano. A second grand piano is available in the rehearsal room ... Currently thirteen music and arts organisations meet, rehearse and perform at St Edward's. In addition, a series of monthly Saturday morning "Coffee Concerts" is organised each year ... Some are given by the resident music organisations, but the majority are performances by other local musicians. In addition we have a series of Spring Concerts on Saturday evenings at 7.30pm, Piano Recitals on Sundays at 3pm, and a Jazz Month (four consecutive Saturday mornings at 11am).‘

 

Category Churches
@ St Edward’s Roath
VISITS (to the Website)52
Also indexedSt Edward’s Music & Arts Centre
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)76

Music events include ‘a continuing series of Free Concerts featuring the magnificent sounds of the organ made in 1894 by “Father” Henry Willis & Sons, restored in 2005 by David Wells of Liverpool and paid for with a large grant from The Heritage Lottery Fund together with many private donations ... The Church is next to the city centre's covered market, and is the oldest remaining mediaeval building in the city after Cardiff Castle, dating from the 12th century’.

Category Greater Churches
@ St John the Baptist Cardiff
VISITS (to the Website)98
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)172
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The nation's home for the performing arts situated at the heart of Cardiff Bay. One of the UK's top cultural attractions, the Centre provides an extensive programme of world class entertainment, showcases Welsh creativity and talents, partners with international artistic companies, and offers creative learning and community engagement opportunities aimed at increasing accessibility to art and culture.’

@ Wales Millennium Centre
VISITS (to the Website)104
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)225
MULTIPLE Concerts and Recitals

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