What’s on

Cardiff University School of Music’s 2019/20 concert series begins with a concert by Head of School, Kenneth Hamilton. A UK premiere of John Casken’s Six Wooded Pieces, dedicated to Kenneth Hamilton, will feature alongside works by Ronald Stevenson, Chopin and Brahms.

1 October, 2019

Eric Hodges Lecture Recital: Kenneth Hamilton plays Liszt, Brahms, Stevenson, British premiere of Casken's Six Wooded Pieces

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cardiff University Concert Hall

Shaded Bough and Silvered Bough are contrasting slow movements, one dark and luminous, the other a free variation of Swinging Bough and using the brighter, upper registers of the keyboard. The whole new work was conceived for Kenneth Hamilton and the third, fourth and fifth pieces were written especially for him.

8 October, 2019

Rachmaninov: Raymond Clarke (piano)

7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Cardiff University Concert Hall

This is a rare opportunity to hear Rachmaninov’s two monumental piano sonatas performed in the same recital. The expansive First Sonata is the longest and most elaborate of all Rachmaninov’s works for solo piano and is seldom played publicly; it was composed mainly in 1907, shortly before the Third Concerto, and shares some of the features of that work.

13 October, 2019

Professors Shu-hua Chen and Jennifer Ku perform Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Chopin and Milhaud

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Cardiff University Concert Hall

The School of Music is proud to welcome Professors Shu-Hua Chen (Vice-Dean, Xiamen University College of Arts) and Jennifer Ku to Cardiff. 

15 October, 2019

Clare Hammond (piano) plays Mendelssohn, Schumann, Gubaidulina, Hilary Tann, Rhian Samuel and Rachmaninov

7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Cardiff University Concert Hall

A varied programme of contemporary and classical works, Clare’s programme also include the Chaconne by Sofia Gubaidulina which Clare will be recording in December 2019. 

22 October, 2019

Aquilae Trio play Ravel, Debussy, Arlene Sierra, Max Mitchell, Gubaidulina, William Frampton and Saint-Saëns

7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Cardiff University Concert Hall

‘The garden of joy and sorrow is a one-movement piece for harp, flute and viola. It was conceived under the strong influence of two directly contradictory literary phenomena: 1) the work “Sayat-Nova” by Iv Oganov (Moscow), about the famous Eastern story-teller and singer, and 2) verses by the 20th century German poet Francisco Tanzer. Vivid Eastern color was counterposed to a typically Western consciousness. But both of these works had significant inner similarities: their contemplativeness and refinement.’ Sophia Gubaidulina

26 October, 2019

Jazz at the University 19/20: Huw Warren (piano), Mark Lockheart (saxophone)

7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
Cardiff University Concert Hall

Master craftsmen in an Italian winery… and distil the most beautifully rich, intimate, piano-and-tenor magic in their live recording from Livio Felluga (part of ’s 12-album series). ‘NEW DAY’, available NOW:

29 October, 2019

Brahms and the Schumanns performed by the Primrose Quartet

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cardiff University Concert Hall

n 2019 the Quartet released their latest recording of the complete Brahms piano quartets. This was the culmination of years of research into Historically Informed Performance Practice and involved the musicians and recording team travelling to Vienna to record in the historic “Ehrbahr Saal” (where Brahms himself frequently performed), using three different pianos of the period from the famous Gert Hechner collection. The result has been hailed by critics as “revelatory”. 

16 November, 2019

Jazz at the University - Huw Warren Trio, featuring Steve Berry on bass

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cardiff University Concert Hall

A major figure in Jazz Education, Steve is currently head of Improvisation and Jazz at the Royal Northern College of Music as well as teaching at LIPA and Chethams School of Music.

17 November, 2019

LUDWIG - concerto quasi una fantasia

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cardiff University Concert Hall

The performance is continuous – a musical journey through a variety of works – and lasts approximately 60 minutes. To enable the audience to access and experience the music through a fresh approach, we would prefer, where possible, to stage the performance as a promenade event, in the round, or other alternative staging which encourages an innovative interaction with the music.

29 November, 2019

Jazz at the University: Laura Jurd (trumpet), Huw Warren (piano)

6:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Cardiff University Concert Hall

Laura Jurd is a trumpet player, composer and improviser from the UK. A recipient of multiple awards and a BBC New Generation Artist from 2015-2017, Laura has developed a formidable reputation as one of the most distinctive and creative composer-performers to emerge from the UK in recent years.

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