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2 Welcome Tickets Free Performances 3 JazzTime in the We are delighted to be joining with Welsh National Opera to celebrate Free Spirits to take us into Whilst WNO focuses on the thematic links between two operas, Lulu and The Cunning Little Vixen, our season will take you on a different journey in music, drama and opera. We ll travel across time to meet historical free spirits both real and imagined ranging from Edith Piaf to Miss Havisham, whilst the Richard Burton Company present originals takes on both Hamlet and Anne Boleyn. Our talented musicians and actors will lead the celebrations of Burns Night and St David s Day as well as giving numerous performances throughout the spring. And you no longer have to be in Cardiff to enjoy the free-spiritness of JazzTime, as our young jazz musicians head off on their first tour of Wales in February visiting venues in Holyhead, Brecon, Caernarfon and Neath to spread the foyer vibe! Beyond our Free Spirits season, we have a full and exciting programme for you. We welcome back some outstanding Welsh musicians - Elin Manahan-Thomas, Catrin Finch and Rebecca Evans - as well as hosting the college debut of the stunning counter-tenor Iestyn Davies. We are pleased to be further enhancing our links with both Welsh National Opera and Music Theatre Wales, with residencies featuring the future stars of opera from the National Opera Studio and a masterclass with eminent composer, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. We also launch a yearlong celebration of Benjamin Britten s centenary with our own production of The Rape of Lucretia in March. There is much to enjoy here and we look forward to welcoming you. Andrew Miller Head of Creative Programming Thurs 7 February Wed 27 March 6.30pm 7pm Drop in Drama Come and see our young actors and musical theatre artists perform their favourite works pre-show, in the foyer. It s free, informal and relaxed. Admission Free Fri 11 January Fri 22 March (Every Friday) 5.30pm Jazz Time Our relaxed session in the foyer is the must-be place for jazz fans in Cardiff at Friday teatime. Paula Gardiner presents some of the most exciting young jazz musicians on the scene, from stunning improvisations to highly charged ballads, reggae to contemporary world grooves. Admission Free Enjoy Tapas from our Cafe Bar 4pm-7pm Supported by Tues 15 January Tues 19 February Wed 20 March 6 8pm Folk in the Come along to our new monthly Folk sessions featuring a range of instruments and young musicians with a passion for traditional music. A selection of laid back folk tunes will be offered which we guarantee will have you tapping your feet! Admission Free Sat 9 February 3.45pm Junior Conservatoire Concert Enjoy a free recital given by our talented Junior musicians in the beautiful surrounds of the foyer. Admission Free Tues 22 January Thurs 21 February Wed 27 February Thurs 7 March 6pm 7pm Chamber Music in the From saxophone Choirs to Contemporary Music our young musicians will dazzle you with their virtuosity. Visit the website for a schedule of events or ask the box office. Admission Free Castle Grounds, Cathays Park, Cardiff Book online: Folk in the Drop In Drama

3 Free Spirits Preview Tickets What is it that makes a free spirit? Courage to live life as you choose? Radical ideas? Love? Loss? All of these and then some, there is no single definition a free spirit appears only in the eye of the beholder......and what better place to celebrate this luminescent characteristic than with the exuberant young artists of the Royal Welsh College? Highlights of the season include the Richard Burton Company s all-female Hamlet and our celebration of the ultimate eighteenth century free spirit, Robert Burns, whose romantic world is summoned up across the globe every year on Burns Night with words, music, haggis and dancing! Direct from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Linda Marlowe will present her critically acclaimed take on Dickens in Miss Havisham s Expectations and Bob Kingdom will explore the life of the King who gave up everything for love in An Audience with The Duke of Windsor. The acclaimed physical theatre company Idle Motion create the magical images of surrealist writer Jorge Luis Borges in Borges and I. In music Elin Manahan- Thomas will sing some of Purcell s most beautiful arias from The Fairy Queen in Banish Sorrow, Banish Care, and our young singers perform Rossini s ravishing Petite Messe Solennelle. We welcome a true free spirit of the present, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Master of The Queen s Music who will explore the complexities of writing an aria prior to Music Theatre Wales performance of his classic, Eight Songs for A Mad King. FREE SPIRITS INSPIRED FREE FOyER PERFORMANCES 6pm 5 February 50 Shades of Opera See page February Fantasy Free Events Showpieces from the French flute repertoire performed by flute and piano students. We will also literally put the free into Free Spirits with a series of free foyer recitals throughout the season to banish away the winter blues. Across our brochure you will find events in the Free Spirits Season marked with this symbol. 26 February The Trout In all its guises the freespirited fish presented in song, as a Piano Fantasy (Liszt) & the ever-popular Piano Quintet by Schubert. 5 March A century of French song Exploring masterpieces of the 20th century. 19 March Façade Walton s musical whimsy and wordplay, his first step onto the British musical scene. 21 March Myths and Legends The flute is the instrument of choice to represent stories and myths across time from Pan to the water sprite, Undine, with music by Debussy, Roussel & Reinecke. Hamlet, 5-12 Feb Miss Haversham s Expectations, 16 Jan Burns Night, 25 Jan

4 Theatre Richard Burton Company Tickets Tues 5 Tues 12 February 7.15pm Matinee Thurs 7 February 2.30pm Hamlet by William Shakespeare Directed by Jamie Garven An all-female cast deliver this bold new production of one of Shakespeare s best known plays featuring the ultimate free spirit. In my heart was a kind of fighting, that would not let me sleep. Hamlet (Act V, Scene II) Bute Theatre Post show Q&A 7 February 2.30pm No performance on Sunday There is no reason why all-female Shakespeare can t become a staple of our stages. Lyn Gardiner, The Guardian Tues 5 Tues 12 February 7.30pm Matinee Wed 6 February 2.30pm Anne Boleyn by Howard Brenton Premiered at Shakespeare s Globe in 2010, this is an exceptionally lively and entertaining portrait of Henry VIII s spirited second wife. She is in love with Henry but also in love with the most dangerous ideas of her day a volatile combination. No performance on Sunday Tues 19 February 1.15pm Lunchtime Bites: Actors Showcase 2013 A selection of entertaining monologues and scenes performed by the Richard Burton Company Tickets 7, 5 concessions Thurs 28 February 7pm Fri 1 March 4pm 7pm Costume in Performance A cat-walk show with a difference Wild and wonderful costumes created from scrap and recycled materials and inspired by Mozart s The Magic Flute. Exploring character, costume construction and challenging materials, our free-spirited designers will mix choreography, music, light and sound to present a unique and captivating performance. Tickets 7, 5 concessions Bute Theatre Tues 26 Sat 30 March 7.30pm Matinee Thurs 28 March 2.30pm The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov Directed by David Bond Chekov s bitter sweet contemplation of a bankrupt family at odds with a rapidly changing society, is moved to where love, freedom and flowers will challenge the very notion of ownership. Tues 26 Sat 30 March 7.15pm Matinee Fri 29 March 2.30pm The Children s Hour by Lillian Hellman Directed by Caitlin McLeod An angry student runs away from her all-girls boarding school and to avoid being sent back she tells her grandmother that the two headmistresses running the school are having an affair. This compelling drama follows the explosive impact of that revelation. Bute Theatre Tues 26 Sat 30 March 7.45pm Matinee Wed 27 March 2.30pm Incomplete and Random Acts of Kindness by David Eldridge Directed by Jonathan Humpreys An intricate, complex story of a young man dealing with the break-up of his family and the legacy of racial tensions. In a story that shifts between dreams and real life, is there anyone out there who can connect with Joey? Tickets 10 8 concessions Caird Studio Drama at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama is supported by the Richard Carne Trust Hamlet by William Shakespeare, photo by Kirsten McTernan

5 Theatre Visiting Companies Tickets Wed 9 January 7.30pm Death s Cabaret A Love Story Presented by Sharp Productions Written by Martin Riley Composed by Stephen Deazley Matthew Sharp cello/ baritone/actor Cliodhna Ryan violin Clara Biss violin Max Baillie viola Daisy Vatalaro cello fresh, compelling, glittering and gutsy The Times The story of a man s search for truth.of all-consuming love for a dangerous woman. And the ultimate sacrifice... It s compelling storytelling. It s virtuoso music-making. It s a ground-breaking new kind of concerto - a cabaret concerto. It s a marriage of the 19th-century concerto form with the grime and sensuality of cabaret. It s dangerous, raw, and intimate and it promises to be an unforgettable night. Wed 16 January 7.30pm Miss Havisham s Expectations Presented by Seabright Productions and LMP Performed by Linda Marlowe Written and directed by Di Sherlock We are delighted to welcome award winning performer Linda Marlowe in this Edinburgh Festival Fringe hit, featuring one of Dickens most iconic female characters, Miss Havisham. This jilted bride, stuck forever in her wedding dress, alongside the stopped clock and untouched cake, is desperate to set the record straight. Enjoy an insightful and fresh look at one of Dickens most enduringly popular novels Great Expectations. Running Time: 75 minutes no interval Thurs 24 January 7.30pm PIAF the songs Presented by UK Touring Eve Loiseau sings the songs of Edith Piaf with Fiona Barrow violin Murray Grainger accordion Edith Piaf has become synonymous with French Cabaret of the 1940s & 50s and remains France s most popular singer. Piaf s life was the stuff of legend, from her dramatic rise from Paris street urchin to star of international renown. Her life, however, was anything but La vie en rose. As the 50th anniversary of Piaf s death approaches, this powerful celebration, back by popular demand, comes from a company whose credentials include Kneehigh Theatre and Canteve Vocale. Tickets 15, 12 concessions Wed 20 February 7.30pm An Audience with The Duke of Windsor Produced by Richard Jordan Productions Ltd in association with Assembly Written and performed by Bob Kingdom This explosive and gripping new stage play premiered at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe tells the extraordinary behind-the-scenes story of former King Edward VIII and the relationship with his ghost writer as they attempt to write his memoir, A King s Story, for a million dollars. Drawn from extensive research, this is the neverbefore-seen story of one man s dilemma between love and money and follows LIFE Magazine s relentless pursuit for a best-selling book - but at what cost to both Edward and Wallis? Running time: 1hr 40mins including an interval Thurs 28 February Sat 2 March 7.30pm Elements of Figure Skating the remarkable story of Morfydd Owen A music-theatre collaboration between RWCMD and Moving Being Productions Music arranged by Matthew Bailey Directed by Geoff Moore Morfydd Owen ( ) was said to be the most supremely gifted and diversely talented musician Wales has yet produced. She was also strikingly beautiful, receiving some 15 proposals of marriage before she was 21. However, her marriage to the pioneering psychoanalyst Ernest Jones, turned out to be brief and tragic. What happened has never been fully explained A talented cast of musicians, dancers and actors led by soprano Gail Pearson who will perform many of Morfydd Owen s best known songs. Wed 13 March 8pm Borges and I Presented by Idle Motion in association with The New Diorama Theatre and Greenwich Theatre Fringe Sell-Out Idle Motion return with their Total Theatre Award nominated show Borges and I. This stunning piece of visual theatre explores the life of writer Jorge Luis Borges, who questioned and translated the world around him. Through the use of multimedia and his evocative stories, Idle Motion bring forth images of labyrinths, tigers and a universe of libraries. Using imaginative staging and inventive story telling, parallels are drawn between Borges life, his work and his readership, revealing a vivid portrait of a man on the brink of blindness. Bute Theatre Death s Cabaret Miss Havisham s Expectations PIAF the songs An Audience with The Duke of Windsor Elements of Figure Skating Borges and I

6 International Artists Series Tickets Fri 18 January 7.30pm Rebecca Evans soprano Malcolm Martineau piano Rebecca Evans is surely one of the finest sopranos of our time. Tonight she joins acclaimed accompanist Malcolm Martineau to bring all her warmth and artistry to a gloriously colourful evening of song: French poetry, Spanish passion, Italian operatics and a musical cookbook from New York; it s all here in an evening to charm, to seduce and to entertain you. Her recital ranges from restrained yet vivid songs by Purcell to the tongue-incheek recipe settings of Bernstein s La bonne cuisine, by way of the languid love songs of Bellini s Sei ariette. Evans also includes a selection of Mozart s Leider and the 1977 Nature Songs by her compatriot Dilys Elwyn- Edwards as well as two Spanish sets: Granados s passionate La maja dolorosa, and folk-inspired songs by Obradors. Tickets 15, 12 concessions Thurs 21 February 7.30pm Birmingham Contemporary Music Group present: Looking To The Heavens BCMG celebrates 100 years of Pierrot Lunaire Claire Booth soprano Marie-Christine Zupancic flute Timothy Lines clarinet Malcolm Wilson piano Laurence Jackson violin/viola Ulrich Heinen cello Arnold Schoenberg s Pierrot Lunaire was premiered at the Berlin Choralion-saal on 16 October The small mixed ensemble that Schoenberg invented for this masterpiece of early atonal music has, over the last 100 years, become a standard ensemble for subsequent composers, spawning a large repertoire for this grouping of instruments. Pierrot Lunaire is a three-part work that sets German translations of poems of the same title by Albert Giraud. Join BCMG in their Cardiff debut with a stunning line-up of outstanding musicians. Free Performance 6pm Wed 6 March 7.30pm Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen A film by Michael Stillwater A Song Without Borders Production Documentary film screening celebrating the life and music of Morten Lauridsen followed by the composer in conversation with Paul Mealor and film director Michael Stillwater. National Medal of Arts recipient and most frequently performed American choral composer, Lauridsen has been described as the only American composer in history who can be called a mystic. This compelling film won Best Documentary at the 2012 DC Independent Film Festival and was reviewed by the Wall Street Journal as a heartening rarity. Running time approx. 75 minutes Post Show Discussion Thurs 7 March 7pm Natalia Lipnitskaya guitar Natalia Lipnitskaya is a brilliant concert guitarist from Belarus and this exciting recital features a varied programme of works covering over 400 years of music. The Renaissance is represented by lutenist John Dowland, the Baroque by J.S. Bach, the early 19th century Spanish era by the celebrated Spanish guitar virtuoso Dionisio Aguado, sublime harmonies from the Argentinian master of the tango Astor Piazzolla, and the colour and atmosphere of 20th century Brazil with music of Sergio Assad. Weston Gallery Thurs 7 March 7.30pm Central Band of The Royal Air Force Join the Royal Air Force s superb Central Band as they fly you from the British countryside to Greece, Africa and Down Under! Whether they re tackling daredevil solos, enjoying movie classics or giving the Dambusters March an irresistible swing, nothing compares to the power, precision and sheer panache of this worldfamous band. Conducted by the Royal Air Force s Principal Director of Music, Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs, the concert will feature debut performances of new works by Paul Hart and Tom Davoren as well as Philip Sparke s Diamond Concerto performed by Guest Soloist Stephen Mead. Fri 8 March 7.30pm Elin Manahan-Thomas: Banish Sorrow Banish Care Elin Manahan-Thomas soprano Bob Davies baritone with Badinerie and The Early Vocal Consort Henry Purcell is Britain s most prolific composer of theatre music. Tonight s programme celebrates the energy, beauty, passion and comedy of his sublime compositions. Join Elin Manahan-Thomas and renowned baritone Bob Davies in an evening s entertainment celebrating free spirits, where we will encounter drunken poets, mysterious strangers, fairy choruses and tragic queens. Tickets 12, 10 concessions Rebecca Evans Laurence Jackson Morten Lauridsen Natalia Lipnitskaya Central Band of the RAF Elin Manahan-Thomas

7 Steinway International Piano Series 13 Sat 19 January 7.30pm Paul Lewis Schubert Sonata for Piano no.19 in C minor D958 (1828) Schubert Sonata for Piano no.20 in A major D959 (1828) Schubert Sonata for Piano no.21 in B flat major D960 (1828) When an unknown Paul Lewis played a cycle of Schubert piano sonatas at the Wigmore Hall back in 2001, Alfred Brendel himself led the standing ovation. Tonight this extraordinary British keyboard poet returns to his first musical love, bringing all his sensitivity and vision to the three haunting sonatas that Schubert wrote in the final year of his short life. Expect poetry, expect drama, and expect deep emotion from the hands of a pianist who has this music in his soul. Sun 24 February 2pm Alexander Romanovsky Beethoven Diabelli Variations Brahms Paganini Variations Book I & II They began as a simple musical joke but Beethoven s Diabelli variations grew into one of the mightiest showpieces ever written for piano. Brahms, meanwhile, did the last thing anyone expected and transformed the dazzling musical fireworks of Paganini into piano music of breathtaking power. It s an ideal programme for the Ukrainian pianist Alexander Romanovsky a young artist who combines grand vision with old-school flair. Sun 10 March 2pm John Lill Mozart Sonata in D, K 576 Schumann Carnival de Vienne, Op 26 Prokofiev Toccata, Op 11 Brahms 2 Rhapsodies, Op 79 Beethoven Sonata in C, Op 53 Waldstein John Lill is the kind of pianist they don t make any more. Combining jaw-dropping skill, limitless imagination and a lifetime s worth of selfless artistry, he s a performer for whom only the music matters. And from the glittering sunshine of Mozart, Schumann and Beethoven, through the autumn storms of Brahms Rhapsodies to the cold steel of Prokofiev s Toccata, today s concert displays his full, masterly range. Also on sale Sun 2 June 2pm Louis Lortie Welsh National Opera is delighted to be continuing their bi-annual residency performances in association with the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. Tues 8 January 1.15pm Artists of Welsh National Opera: The String Orchestra Director David Adams Mendelssohn String Symphony No 6 Dvorak Serenade for Strings WNO String players are joined by RWCMD players from the WNO Orchestral Placement Scheme. A lunchtime feast of stirring music for strings. From the light and charming String Symphony No 6 to the infectious joie de vivre of Dvorak s Serenade for Strings, this concert is guaranteed to make you feel all warm inside. Wed 9 January 1.15pm Artists of Welsh National Opera: The Wind Orchestra Conductor Alice Farnham Mendelssohn Overture for Wind Band Op24 Richard Rodney Bennett Elegy for Miles Davis from Concerto for Trumpet and Wind Orchestra Michael Colgrass Winds of Nagual Sousa Stars and Stripes WNO Wind, Brass and Percussion players are joined by RWCMD players from the WNO Orchestral Placement Scheme. Travel around the world and through the ages without leaving your seat. The concert begins in the 19th century with Mendelssohn s rousing Overture, moving to a jazz café with Bennett s tribute to Miles Davis, across sun-beaten plains in Colgrass s Winds, finishing in an American parade with the iconic Stars and Stripes. Wed 9 January 6pm John Fisher Masterclass Join internationally respected vocal coach, John Fisher, as he leads a masterclass with young singers from the National Opera Studio and the Royal Welsh College. Fri 11 January 7.30pm Opera Gala: Artists from the National Opera Studio with the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera Conductor David Angus New talent joins a world class orchestra to present a spectacular evening of music. The young artists of the National Opera Studio will be performing some of the best-loved arias in opera including excerpts from Don Pasquale, Le Nozze di Figaro, Eugene Onegin and Carmen, accompanied by the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera. Tickets concessions Paul Lewis Alexander Romanovsky John Lill Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera, led by David Adams David Angus

8 Collisions Tickets Fri 8 February 8.00pm Babelfish Babelfish is a joint project between Brigitte Beraha (vocals) and Barry Green (piano). A mix of their original material, well known songs from the jazz, latin and popular repertoires as well as contemporary classical music and literary works from Britten through to Raymond Carver. The project shows a wide range of influences from Kenny Wheeler, Chico Buarque and Paul Bley. Babelfish features internationally renowned musicians Chris Laurence on Bass and Paul Clarvis on percussion. Tickets 12, 10 concessions Performance 5.30pm Beautiful Anarchy Tour with The Paula Gardiner Trio Free Event Paula Gardiner, known as one of the UK s most lyrical and melodic bass players, is one of Wales bravest innovative jazz performers/composers. Joined by her regular saxophonist Lee Goodall and drummer Mark O Connor, the performance promises to be a sheer masterclass in the art of the trio, borne out of the level of trust between musicians who have shared 20 years of collaboration. Admission Free Also touring Wales see the website for details. Supported by Fri 22 February 7.30pm The Budapest Café Orchestra The Budapest Café Orchestra play traditional folk and gypsy music from across the Balkans and Russia. In a wide-ranging programme of music evoking vivid images of Tzigane fiddle maestros, Budapest café life and gypsy campfires - with a few surprises along the way - it s good enough to make you want to book a holiday along the Danube! Chris Garrick is one of Europe s most celebrated jazz violinists; Eddie Hession is a supreme accordion champion of Great Britain. Back by popular demand, the fiery vivacity and awe-inspiring musicianship of the finest purveyors of Eastern European gypsy music this side of a Lada scrap heap will leave you with a grin on your face and rhythm in your feet The Times Wed 20 March 7.30pm Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita (Cymru/Senegal) Cyd-Gynhyrchiad Theatr Mwldan Astar Artes Co-Production After the stunning sell-out performance by Catrin Finch and Toumani Diabaté in March 2012, we are very excited to present this next chapter in a musical collaboration which combines the Welsh harp with the West African kora. The harp occupies a vital place in the incredibly rich cultures of both Senegal and Wales. The West African harp the kora played by Seckou is made from a dried gourd and fishing line; the Welsh harp, played by Catrin, is one of the most iconic symbols of a nation steeped in music. Remarkably, both nations share a centuriesold bardic tradition of intricate oral history, expressed through music, song and verse. Tickets 18, 15 concessions Supported by the Welsh Government and the Arts Council of Wales. Fri 22 March 7.30pm LED BIB Led Bib are one of the original torch bearers for the revitalized young British jazz scene. The band s release, Sensible Shoes was nominated for the 2009 Mercury Prize and described as a modern classic by the press: a handsdown triumph said The Independent, a gale of fresh air wrote The Guardian and the group were described as the band bringing jazz back to contemporary music s cutting edge by The Sun. Led Bib continue to appeal to all fans of good music it s the reason that drum and bass heads, jazz aficionados and folk and pop fans are dotted across their audiences. They have drawn references from across the musical spectrum from Captain Beefheart and John Zorn to Pink Floyd. Babelfish Paula Gardiner The Budapest Café Orchestra Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita. Photo by Brian Tarr LEB BIB

9 Opera & Orchestral Music Tickets Tues 5 February 1pm Royal Welsh College Symphony Orchestra David Jones conductor Máté Rácz violin Debussy Prélude à l après-midi d un faune Khachaturian Violin Concerto A friendly competition between a brilliant soloist and a full orchestra. That s how Aram Khachaturian saw his Violin Concerto - and in the violinist Máté Rácz, a brilliant soloist is exactly what we ve got! Our Symphony Orchestra are his sparring partners today, and while the competition may be friendly, expect passionate tunes and finger-twisting pyrotechnics in the 20th century s most flamboyant violin concerto. Debussy s famous Prélude begins the concert in an altogether more sensuous mood. Tickets 5.50 on the day 4.50 in advance St David s Hall The development of orchestras at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama is supported by The John Lewis Partnership Tues 5 February 8pm Rossini s Petite Messe Solennelle Royal Welsh College Chamber Choir Neil Ferris conductor Vanessa Bowers soprano Helen Bruce mezzo soprano Trystan Griffiths tenor Jan Capinski bass David Doidge piano Seho Lee piano Described by the composer as the last of his Peches de Vieillesse (Sins of Old Age), the Petite Messe Solennelle is the most substantial of the works written during Rossini s Indian summer of composition. Scored for four soloists and chorus, with harmonium and piano accompaniment, the work s title is misleading, since the Petite Messe Solennelle is neither petite nor particularly solemn! It is unmistakeably operatic in style; the music ranges from hushed intensity to boisterous high spirits, and abounds in the memorable tunes and rhythmic vitality for which Rossini became justly famous. Tickets 8, 6 concessions Pre-performance talk 7.15pm Thurs 14 March 6pm Music Theatre Wales Make an Aria: A Public Presentation and Masterclass with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies Master of the Queen s Music and one of the foremost composers of our time, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies leads a masterclass in the complexities of writing an aria the heart and soul of any opera. Working with five young composer-writer-designer teams he wil explore all the ingredients that need to be considered - character, storyline, emotion and psychology. A tantalising insight into the art of composition. Bute Theatre Wed 13, Thurs 14, Fri 15 March 7.30pm Benjamin Britten: The Rape of Lucretia We begin our celebration of Benjamin Britten s centenary year with a full production of perhaps the most controversial of all his operas. Shakespeare s narrative poem gave Britten the inspiration for an electrifying chamber opera narrated by a male and female chorus. As Rome sinks into depravity, all the city s women appear to be unfaithful with the exception of Lucretia, wife of Collatinus. Prince Tarquinius doubts Lucretia s fidelity and decides to put her chastity to the test with tragic consequences. Tues 26 March 8pm Music Theatre Wales: Eight Songs for a Mad King More than 20 years before the film and play The Madness of George III caught the public s imagination, composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies immortalised the monarch s descent into dementia and delusion in Eight Songs for a Mad King - a classic piece of music theatre and a disturbing and poignant portrayal of madness. Welsh baritone Kelvin Thomas reprises the virtuoso lead role that he has made his own in productions across the world. Eight Songs is performed alongside Vasco Mendonça s compelling new setting of Samuel Beckett s monologue Ping. Combining live performance with digital sound and video scenography, this is a work at the cutting edge of contemporary European music theatre. Performances 6 7pm Tues 5 February 50 Shades of Opera Can sorcery, deceit and misrule withstand the power of innocence, joy and love? Join our young singers in 50 Shades of Opera as they summon the good and bad Free Event spirits from the gallery of characters in some of opera s most engaging and dramatic ensembles. Admission Free Tues 26 March Last Words Free Event The last words of famous people have long held a fascination for readers. In place of choosing poetry, composer Timothy Bowers has set sixteen texts, which include the last words of two British monarchs, a Saint, a Roman Emperor, five poets, an explorer-hero and a murderer. The music is, by turns, humorous, despairing, and heroic. Admission Free Royal Welsh College Symphony Orchestra The Marriage of Figaro March 2012 Sir Peter Maxwell Davies Photo by Martin Lenegemann Britten s Women March 2010 Beckett, photo by John Minihan The Marriage of Figaro March 2012

10 International Harp Festival Tickets The Ingenious Harp Celebrating the versatility of the harp through performances, masterclasses, workshops and seminars, together with an exhibition of music and instruments. The Festival offers a unique programme of events for beginners, enthusiasts, young artists and professionals, with the prestigious Lyon & Healy Awards coming to Europe for the first time and taking centre stage in the Dora Stoutzker Hall. Supported by Thurs 14 February 7.30pm Catrin Finch and Hannah Stone In honour of St Valentine s Day, two Royal Harpists present an evening of Romantic Harp Music. Including a tribute to Queen Victoria s harpist, John Thomas, whose centenary is celebrated this year, Catrin Finch and Hannah Stone present solos and duos that evoke the Romantic essence of the harp and the ingenuity of some of the instrument s favourite composers. Supported by Holywell Music Fri 15 February 7.30pm Jana Boušková A distinguished soloist, a celebrated teacher and a prolific recording artist, Jana Boušková has performed to critical acclaim throughout the USA, Europe, Russia and the Far East, sharing concert platforms with musicians of the highest calibre, including Rostropovich, Bashmet, Gallois and Vengerov. Her Festival recital combines much-loved classics from the harp repertoire with lesser known gems. Supported by Lyon & Healy Sat 16 February 7.30pm María Luisa Rayan-Forero An internationally renowned harpist who has performed to widespread critical acclaim for the past twenty years. Described by the New York Concert Review as an experienced performer who can keep an audience listening with rapt attention, Ms Rayan-Forero has appeared across the globe, mesmerizing audiences with the musicianship and poetry of her playing. This festival programme will include works from María Luisa s recent, highly acclaimed CD release From Bach to Piazzolla. Supported by Lyon & Healy For a full festival schedule visit our website or pick up a festival leaflet Tickets Evening Recitals 12, 10 (individual concerts only) 4 Day Pass 60, 50 (includes access to all festival performances, masterclasses & seminars) Day Pass 25, 20 (includes access to all festival events on a single day Friday Sunday) Award Competitors 30 Simon Gough Photography Catrin Finch María Luisa Rayan-Forero

11 Seasonal Concerts Tickets Burns Night St David s Day RWCMD Brass Band Royal Welsh College Concert Orchestra Wed 25 January 7.30pm Burns Night Fri 1 March 7.15pm St David s Day Concert Sat 2 March 7.15pm Welsh Brass Classics Fri 15 March 7.15pm Friday Night is Music Night Join us for a traditional Scottish celebration of the national bard of Scotland, Robert Burns. The evening will include a performance of Burns songs and poetry from our young actors, musicians and singers in the concert hall followed by the piping in of the haggis, a full Burns Supper and Highland Ceilidh in the foyer with our resident folk band. Get your dance partners ready for a night like no other! Includes concert, Burns Supper (Haggis, neeps & tatties or vegetarian alternative, Cranachan) whisky tasting and Ceilidh with dance instruction. Tickets 25 Supported by Join us for a very special celebration of St David s Day in the spectacular Dora Stoutzker Hall. This evening s programme will feature rousing readings, songs, dramatic excerpts and instrumental music to celebrate Welsh culture past and present performed by our talented young artists from across the college. Supported by David & Philippa Seligman Traditional and modern Welsh favourites performed by the Royal Welsh College Brass Band, conducted by Robert Childs. Brass band music is as much part of the Welsh landscape as slate and water and that landscape has inspired some of the most stirring brass music of all time from Men of Harlech to Castle Coch. Robert Childs came from Crickhowell to become one of the true legends of the brass band world; so expect a very special kind of energy in the Dora Stoutzker Hall as he takes our Brass Band back to its roots in this evening of Welsh brass classics ancient, modern, and simply timeless. Royal Welsh College Concert Orchestra Julian Bigg conductor In homage to the longest running live music radio programme in the world, which was first broadcast by the BBC in 1952, we present our very own Friday Night Is Music Night. In keeping with the tradition and appeal of this weekly feast of music, the programme is not published before the evening s presenter reveals all! But you can be assured that, with the involvement of singers, instrumentalists, arrangers and actors, all conducted by Julian Bigg, you will enjoy a memorable evening of familiar tunes, rhythms and harmonies from Theatre, Film and the Concert Hall which will prove that... Friday Night is Music Night!

12 Lunchtime Guests Tickets Fri 18 January 1.15pm Robert Plane clarinet Zoe Smith piano John Ireland Fantasy Sonata Boulez Domaines Debussy Petite Piece Josef Holbrooke Cyrene; Butterfly of the Ballet He can produce whispered tone from nothing, bite the air with a chisel edge, roar low down like a didgeridoo or soar with the pure white sound of a cathedral treble. That s what The Times says about BBC National Orchestra of Wales principal clarinettist Robert Plane and here in Cardiff, we ve always known it! Hear for yourself in a ravishing lunchtime programme that sweeps from misty romantic fantasy to the jewel-like modernist glitter of Pierre Boulez. Fri 25 January 1.15pm John Law s Congregation Renowned for incredibly wide-ranging dynamics, pianist John Law s trio covers the entire spectrum from poised, romantic ballads, to heavy, rock-sounding anthems - and plenty of jazz and rhythmic grooves. It s all underpinned by Law s classical roots; no wonder one critic asked if there is actually anything that this pianist cannot do? Tues 29 January 1.15pm The Schubert Ensemble Brahms Piano Quartet in A major Chamber music has been called the music of friends, and it s never more affectionate than when performed by The Schubert Ensemble. And this lunchtime, they prove it, with the warmest, sweetest and most utterly lovable of Brahms three glorious Piano Quartets. Music to give you a real glow on the inside just what you need on a January afternoon! Fri 8 February 1.15pm Robert Mitchell piano Award winning jazz pianist and Steinway Artist Robert Mitchell performs original compositions from his new solo album The Glimpse, all written to be performed with the left hand alone! Robert is an artist in pursuit of transcendence. Whether performing solo or with his ensemble Panacea, the focus is upon the highest ideals of the essence of jazz. Thurs 21 February 1.15pm Iestyn Davies sings Purcell Iestyn Davies counter tenor It soars, it sparkles, and it leaves listeners grasping for words. It was as good as you are likely to hear, ever said The Observer of the astonishing voice of countertenor Iestyn Davies. Today Davies presents a concert of pure baroque indulgence, joining our period instrument ensemble Réjouissance, to light up a February lunchtime with the gloriously expressive music of Henry Purcell and his Restoration contemporaries. Music fit for a king, performed by a true star! Fri 22 February 1.15pm Mei Yi Foo s Musical Toys The young Malaysian pianist Mei Yi Foo brings her new album to Cardiff and the critics are falling over themselves to keep up. Delightfully conceived ; riveting ; thrown off with élan : yes, these really are reviews of a disc of contemporary music. Mei Yi Foo works closely with composer Unsuk Chin, and her performances of these playful modern miniatures are charged with humour and delivered with brilliant virtuosity. New music with a knowing smile. Tues 26 February 1.15pm Lawrence Power viola Britten Suite for Violin & Piano op.6 Shostakovich Viola Sonata Op. 147 Forget your preconceptions: some may call the viola the Cinderella of the strings, but in the hands of Lawrence Power it can tear your heart out. Power is quite simply one of the finest string players in the world today, so expect deep feeling and sounds to ravish the soul as he joins pianist Simon Crawford Phillips in music by Britten and Shostakovich: some of the supreme masterpieces of the 20th century viola repertoire. The Schubert Ensemble Robert Mitchell Iestyn Davies Mei Yi Foo Lawrence Power

13 Lunchtime Guests Lunchtime Lights 25 Fri 8 March 1.15pm Bones Apart Trombone Quartet present: Chasing Legends Anything strings can do, brass can do better! And since 1999, the all-female trombone quartet, Bones Apart, has been surprising, delighting and entertaining in equal measure. Their latest show spans four centuries to tell the stories of heroes, legends and outright villains - King Arthur, Robin Hood, and Sweeney Todd - brought to life in the music of Purcell, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Arnold, Eric Ewazen, Dan Jenkins and many more. Cracking tales, and top-notch playing. Fri 15 March 1.15pm Christian Forshaw saxophone Fun and games for a Friday lunchtime. Christian Forshaw is one of the world s most charismatic sax players but he s a chart-topping composer too, bringing real creative fire to everything he plays. Today he rocks the baroque in Rameau s Les Boréades, illuminates the fluorescent sound-world of Graham Fitkin and Gary Carpenter, and invites you to join in his own strange waltz. You know you want to! Fri 22 March 1.15pm Jennifer Pike violin Pike Aphelion Schumann Violin Sonata no.1 in A minor Dvorak Four Romantic Pieces Kreisler Miniatures Jennifer Pike is much more than one of the most engaging and insightful violinists ever to win BBC Young Musician of the Year. She s an artist with stories to tell, and this lunchtime she shares four of them, from Dvorak and Schumann s romantic poetry to the musical wit of Kreisler s delicious little miniatures not forgetting a remarkable showpiece written by her own father Jeremy. Wed 16 January 1.15pm Percussion: A Ceiling Full of Stars Set the New Year off with a bang this lunchtime as our virtuoso percussionists emerge from the ranks of the larger ensembles to take the spotlight in a range of exciting combinations and instrumentations. Programme will include A Ceiling Full of Stars by Blake Tyson and Hittade by Maria Finkelmeier. Tickets 5 in advance 7 on the day Wed 23 January 1.15pm Opera: Mediterranean Shades A lunchtime showcase featuring breath-taking songs, arias and piano transcriptions with a Mediterranean atmosphere to banish the winter blues! Tickets 5 in advance 7 on the day Wed 6 February 1.15pm The 20th Century Harp From Fauré to Britten, from Hindemith to William Mathias, this recital will take you on a musical journey through modern Europe with landmark harp pieces that celebrate some distinguished anniversaries along the way. Tickets 5 in advance 7 on the day Wed 20 February 1.15pm Piano: Free Spirits Beethoven Quasi una Fantasia - Appassionata - Pathétique The various titles say it all Beethoven, one of the freest thinking and original of creative minds is most evidently so in any of the 52 sonatas written for the revolutionary new instrument of his time - the pianoforte. Enjoy this group of performances given by our young prize winners! Tickets 5 in advance 7 on the day Wed 27 February 1.15pm Royal Welsh College Wind Orchestra Berlioz Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale A great city shattered by revolution, a crowd of thousands united by mourning Hector Berlioz liked his commissions big. And they don t come much bigger than his mighty Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale. Grand, gloomy, and utterly glorious, wind music simply doesn t get any more magnificent than this incredible symphony, and we re willing to bet you ve never heard anything quite like it. You ll be shaken, stirred and thoroughly astonished and how many lunchtimes can promise that? Tickets 5 in advance 7 on the day Thurs 28 February 1.15pm Free Event Free Spirits: Respighi Airs and Dances All our string players take to the stage in a performance of Respighi s beautiful work, directed by Nick Whiting, co-leader of BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Admission Free Bones Apart Jennifer Pike

14 Lunchtime Lights More Music 27 Wed 6 March 1.15pm Royal Welsh College Symphonic Brass: Tapas A tasty selection of Spanish delights dating from the 13th Century to the present. Spectacular arrangements of traditional and modern Spanish folk and dance music will be deliciously mixed with new works with Spanish flavours. Why not join us for a tasty lunch in the café bar before enjoying our musical delicacies? Tickets 5 in advance 7 on the day Wed 20 March 1.15pm Royal Welsh College Brass Band: Free Spirits Douglas March Mephistopheles Graham In League With Extraordinary Gentlemen Doss Spiriti They say the devil has all the best tunes, but this lunchtime Mephistopheles shares them with Sherlock Holmes, Phileas Fogg and H G Wells in this time-travelling blockbuster of a brass blow-out! And meet one of our very own extraordinary gentlemen, rising star euphonium player James McLeod in a programme that showcases modern brass music at its fiendishly brilliant best. A devil of a lunchtime; just remember to sup with a long spoon Tickets 5 in advance 7 on the day Wed 27 March 1.15pm Royal Welsh College Chamber Orchestra: Free Spirits Wagner Siegfried Idyll Wagner Wesendonck Lieder Anthony Negus conductor Wagner conductor Anthony Negus joins forces with our Chamber Orchestra and the first Ian Stoutzker Prize winner, soprano Reisha Adams, to perform the songs with texts written by Matilde Wesendonck, the wife of Wagner s patron. Tickets 5 in advance 7 on the day Thurs 10 January 7.30pm Save The Children Charity Concert Enjoy an unforgettable evening with husband and wife singing sensations, world-renowned tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones and soprano Stacey Wheeler as they perform a selection of well known opera arias and duets. They will be joined by students of RWCMD. Proceeds from the concert will go to Save the Children as Gwyn and Stacey are ambassadors for the charity s work in Wales. Tickets 17, 14 concessions, 12 bench seats Sunday 20 January 2pm Brilliant Brass Hear rising stars performing stunning repertoire for brass ensembles and instrumental choirs, featuring Max C Davies Slow Motion Slide Show for Double Brass Ensemble and Tom Davoren s Pads & Riffs alongside many more. Tickets 8, 6 Concession Sat 26 January 7.30pm The Welsh Sinfonia Conducted by Mark Eager Purcell/Britten Chacony in G Minor Bartok Divertimento Sz 113 Csanyi-Wills On the idle hill of summer for tenor, horn and strings Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings Mendelssohn String Symphony No 1 in C major Mark Eager conductor Angus West horn Nick Mulroy tenor A ravishingly seductive programme of music principally for strings, but including tenor and French Horn in two special settings of English poetry. The Welsh Sinfonia s special commission from Michael Csanyi-Wills is a setting of an A.E.Housman poem. Britten s Song Cycle Serenade, and his working of Purcell s Chacony are special tributes to this great 20th century composer in the centenary year of his birth. Bartok and Mendelssohn provide complementary contrasts. Tickets 15, 13 concessions, family 30, students 5 Thurs 7 February 3pm Concerto Competition: The Final Concertos galore as our top instrumentalists compete for a future opportunity to perform with orchestra. Tickets 7, 5 concessions Royal Welsh College Chamber Orchestra Reisha Adams Brilliant Brass Nick Mulroy

15 More Music Tickets Tues 5 March 7.30pm All Bluff And Porterage Renowned for their inspiring live concerts, Justin Woodward, Corrina Sylvester and Chris Baron s unique percussion performances appeal to varied and diverse audiences, equally enjoyed by classical, jazz or folk enthusiasts. Forget any preconceptions you may have, this group are the most musically satisfying percussion group you are ever likely to hear. Sat 9 March 7pm Bollywood Tunes Sunita Menon and co-artists with Bass2Base Band Music of Bollywood is gaining increasing popularity and recognition around the world. This show presents selected Bollywood songs from the past and present and also features some western music. Tickets 15, 10 concessions Sat 23 March 7.30pm Cantemus Chamber Choir JS Bach Mass in B minor Directed by Huw Williams Accompanied on period instruments by Réjouissance, leader Simon Jones Bach s legendary Mass in B minor was compiled over two decades by the composer and is one of the most famous pieces of choral and orchestral music in the repertoire. Cantemus will be joined by soloists Emma Brain-Gabbott, Tim Travers Brown, Jon English and Stuart Young Tickets 20 ( 14 side benches and rear of stage) Wed 27 March 7.15pm Ian Stoutzker Prize: Semi Final The second year of this prestigious competition to find the year s most outstanding musician. Instrumentalists and singers strive to achieve a place in the final in July. Tickets 8, 6 concessions Fri 12 April 8pm Will Todd Mass In Blue Cardiff Polyphonic Choir Will Todd Trio Bethany Halliday soprano Neil Ferris conductor Cardiff Polyphonic Choir is delighted to present the first Cardiff performance of this astoundingly uplifting and jazzy Mass. Will Todd s profile has taken off in recent years, having written the anthem for the Diamond Jubilee service at St Paul s Cathedral in 2012, and discs of his works being released on the Signum record label. Recently he performed Mass in Blue at the Lincoln Center in New York. Also included in the programme will be a jazz set performed by the Will Todd Trio and a couple of his shorter choral works. Tickets 16 Thurs 18 April 7.30pm The Welsh Sinfonia Conducted by Mark Eager Mathias Intrada Op 54 Wagner Siegfried Idyll Ibert Flute Concerto Panufnik Orchestrapaedia Beethoven Symphony No 8 in F Op 93 Flute Emma Halnan, finalist in the 2010 BBC Young Musician of the Year Orchestrapaedia, a cocommission with the Cheltenham Music Festival, supported by Geldards Law Firm, uses the format of Benjamin Britten s Young Person s Guide to the Orchestra and a Welsh folk song as a theme, to describe all the instruments of the chamber orchestra. Add Ibert s jazzy Flute Concerto, William Mathias s ultra-rhythmic Intrada, Wagner s Christmas present to his wife, the Siegfried Idyll, and Beethoven 8th Symphony to bring the series full circle. Tickets 15, 13 concessions, family 30, students 5 All Bluff And Porterage Sunita Menon Cantemus Chamber Choir Cardiff Polyphonic Choir Emma Halnan

16 Courses & Workshops Hire Us 31 Junior Conservatoire Specialist Music Education for ages 4-18 Every Saturday, the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama is the home of the Junior Conservatoire. From their very first steps in music through to intensive preparation for conservatoire-level training, the Junior Conservatoire offers opportunities for children and young people to learn in a supportive environment, and to realise their full musical potential. Young Actors Studio A Taste of Drama School for ages Running on Sundays at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, the Young Actors Studio offers one-year Acting courses for young people considering a career in acting, as well as fun, confidencebuilding Theatre Workshops for children from age 12. Opportunities for Adults and Young People We are pleased to be able to offer a range of opportunities for people of all ages to benefit from the specialist training we offer. These include an extensive programme of summer schools, short courses and workshops, and a growing number of groups which meet regularly including community choirs and Jigso, the college s eclectic new orchestra for players of any instrument. We also run a hugely successful programme of outreach activities including workshops and performances for schools and community groups across Wales. RWCMD Community and Outreach programme are supported by Sat 9 Mar 2pm Junior Conservatoire: Advanced Course Open Afternoon We are delighted to welcome prospective Advanced Course students and their parents/carers/ teachers to visit the college and experience the excellent opportunities on offer for outstanding and committed students aged 8 to 18 years, with no obligation. Not to be missed! Reserve your place by ing junior. ac.uk 19 Jan 16 Mar and 23 Mar 2pm Competitions Free Event The Junior Conservatoire stages internal competitions featuring solo and chamber music performances. For more details, and to obtain (free) tickets, please contact junior. or call These organisations have hired our spaces this Autumn so could you! Royal Academy of Dance Youth Music Theatre UK European Piano Teachers Association Welsh Livery Guild Gloria Hill Academy of Dance Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Tapas 427 4pm 7pm Mon Fri Hire a venue at RWCMD The venues and meeting rooms at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama are some of Cardiff s most sought after locations for all types of events, from rehearsals, performances, meetings, conferences to weddings. To discuss your event contact Janet Smith, Venues Manager on or janet. Hire our Musicians We can supply talented performers for a variety of events, whether your event is here at the College or at the location of your choice. For more information contact or visit: performers Tours If you represent a group or organisation and would like to organise a tour of our new performance spaces please contact The Junior Conservatoire at RWCMD is supported by Start your evening with some tasty tapas dishes with a Welsh touch overlooking the Grade 1 listed Bute Park. Buy four dishes and get one free. Menus available online at Community & Outreach Partner Junior Conservatoire

17 General Booking Information Tickets How to book Box Office Opening Hours Monday to Friday 10am 5pm On performance evenings the Box Office will remain open until 8pm. If there is a performance on Saturday or Sunday, the Box Office will open 2 hours prior to the start of that performance. The Box Office is situated in the main foyer. Booking Online Tickets can be purchased online at whatson Please note a 1.75 transaction fee applies to all bookings made online with an optional postage charge of 70p. Booking by Telephone To book by telephone call Messages left on the answering machine outside of opening hours and at busy periods will be dealt with as soon as possible. Booking by You can the Box Office on Please do not send credit/ debit card details by . You can also tweet the box office Additional information Payments made by credit or debit card must be over the value of 5. A 50p fee applies to all credit card transactions made in person or telephone. No fees apply to bookings made by debit card. We accept Mastercard, Visa and Maestro. Any orders posted will incur a postage fee of 70p. Alternatively, tickets can be collected from the Box Office during opening hours. Exchanges & Refunds We regret that refunds are not available. If we can re-sell unwanted tickets we will offer a refund. Otherwise we can offer a credit voucher for other RWCMD productions, subject to availability. Concessions Concessions apply to over 60s, students, ex-rwcmd students, under 16s, Friends of RWCMD and disabled customers. (You will be asked to provide ID upon purchase and/ or collection). Wheelchair companions are entitled to complimentary tickets. Children under 3 years old must be seated but are entitled to complimentary tickets. Food and Drink Café Bar Opening Hours: 8.30am 11.30pm on performance days. Wifi access powered by The Cloud is free of charge. Food and Drink are not permitted in any of the performance spaces. RWCMD Online For up-to-date events listings and lots more information about activities at RWCMD visit the website www. rwcmd.ac.uk/whatson You can also keep in touch by following us on Facebook and How to Find Us We are situated on North Road in Cardiff, a short walk heading North from Cardiff Castle and opposite Cathays Park civic centre. Parking Parking spaces at the college are restricted to disabled badge holders only. These spaces are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. These spaces cannot be reserved. There is a pay and display car park immediately next to the college (free after 6pm). There is also further parking a short walk away at the civic centre opposite the college (free after 6pm). Please note RWCMD has no authority over these car parks. Latecomers During some performances latecomers will not be admitted. You may be asked to wait for a suitable break in the performance before taking your seats. This will be at the Duty Manager s discretion. Accessible Facilities All of our performance spaces are accessible by wheelchair. For College promotions wheelchair users will be charged the concessionary price and 1 complimentary ticket will be given (if required) to a companion. Other rates may apply to non College productions. Hearing Induction Loops are available from the Box Office. Customers will be required to pay a 5 deposit refundable upon return. Please note: It is advisable that you inform Box Office at time of booking if you or any of your party have any special needs. Baby changing facilities are available. Guide dogs are welcome. Brochure Formats Event information is available in large print format, audio format or as a pdf file. Unreserved and Reserved Seating Both the Richard Burton Theatre and the Dora Stoutzker Hall operate a reserved seating policy. All other performance spaces have unreserved seating. Should this differ for any performance you will be informed at the time of booking. Mobile Phones and Recordings Please turn off mobile phones and other noise makingdevices when attending performances. The use of all photographic and/or video equipment is strictly prohibited. Accommodation Park Plaza Cardiff is our preferred hotel and is in walking distance of the College. Ticket buyers are entitled to a discounted rate. Please ask the Box Office for details. Lunchtime Concerts Ticket Pricing You may have noticed that we have adjusted our ticket pricing on Lunchtime Concerts? This is designed to encourage you to book your ticket in advance and reduce queuing at the Box Office on the day of the concert. If you have any queries please don t hesitate to ask a member of the Box Office team. Gift Vouchers Everybody enjoys a great night out, which makes our Gift Vouchers the perfect present for family and friends. Available from the Box Office. Liberty Living Discount Scheme Liberty Living students need to provide their Kx reference number at the time of booking to receive discount on the shows indicated with the Liberty Living logo. Subject to availability. All information is correct at the time of print and is subject to change without prior notice. RWCMD reserves the right to refuse admission or to change the advertised programme of events and/or casting of any performance without prior notice.

18 Thank You! Seating Plans 35 To those who support the College, our scholarship, bursary and prize funds, our education and outreach work and our new public performance programme. Arts Council of Wales The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation The Ashley Family Foundation Dame Shirley Bassey FRWCMD Philip Carne FRWCMD & Christine Carne FRWCMD The Colwinston Charitable Trust The Community Foundation in Wales The Elsa and Leonard Cross Charitable Trust The Ebenezer Choir Aberdare The EMI Music Sound Foundation The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation The Friends of RWCMD The Garfield Weston Foundation The G C Gibson Charitable Trust Valerie Hodges The Jane Hodge Foundation The John Barbirolli Memorial Foundation The Joseph Strong Fraser Trust The late Leonard and Mrs Marian Jones The Leverhulme Trust The late Sir Charles Mackerras CBE FRWCMD Eluned H McGrenery The Paul Hamlyn Foundation The late Mrs Gwenllian Phillips in memory of her husband Mrs Valerie Pitt The Richard Carne Trust Philippa and David Seligman OBE FRWCMD The Simon Gibson Charitable Trust Ian Stoutzker CBE FRWCMD The Walton Trust The Wolfson Foundation The Worshipful Company of Musicians Arts and Business Cymru Park Plaza Cardiff John Lewis Partnership plc Liberty Living Champagne Pommery Stage Electrics Steinway & Sons Wales & West Utilities Connect To those who have made their personal connection and commitment to the College s work and joined our new Connect scheme as individual supporters. Chris Ball Hilary Boulding Martin and Jo Furber Kenneth Griffin Andrew Healy Christine Lewis Christopher Moorsom Cynthia Pulsford Dame Janet Ritterman Lucy Stout Carlo Rizzi FRWCMD Geraint and Elizabeth Talfan Davies Gareth Williams The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama is also immensely grateful to those public bodies, individuals, trusts, foundations and business sponsors who gave their support to our Capital Campaign: A Stage for Success. The new training and performance spaces at the College, realised with their support, have provided the foundation for a new phase in the College s history and to mark their commitment, we continue to acknowledge these donors on the RWCMD website. Please visit thankyou Ground Level Seating Stage A B C D E F G H I J Circle Seating K L Upper Level Seating Stage Stalls Ground Level Seating Upper Level Seating Upper level seating Q R Park Plaza Hotel Greyfriars Road Cardiff CF10 3AL Stage Stage parkplazacardiff RWCMD s Hotel Partner, the Park Plaza can offer discounts to College customers, just call to find out more. A B C D E F G H I J K L M Circle Seating N Ground level seating P

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