Professional signer and conductor Katie Thomas is a member of the Monteverdi Choir, consistently acclaimed as one of the best choirs in the world.
I chose to study Music at Cardiff because I knew the course had a good reputation. It was also important to me to be in a position to maintain and develop my performing contacts within the Welsh music scene.
After graduating from Cardiff I took up my place to study Choral Conducting (MMus) at the Royal Academy of Music in London. I did Singing as a Second Study during this time, and towards the end of the course I was successful in my audition to sing with Sir John Eliot Gardiner's Monteverdi Choir. This set up my career as both professional singer and conductor.
The highlights of my time at the School of Music came every Wednesday at 3.30pm - Chamber Choir rehearsals directed by John Hugh Thomas. His innovative and exciting repertoire programming introduced me to a world of choral and vocal music that I had never experienced before. The performance standards John Hugh insisted upon inspired me to raise my game; I am indebted to him for pointing me in the right direction.
I would definitely recommend Cardiff University to prospective students - the Music course modules offer a thorough academic grounding, and the school has a great concert hall as well as good links with venues in the city. But you'll need to be proactive; don't miss an opportunity to perform - find out who's good, work together, try things out.
Three words to describe the School/course?
Tight-knit; Supportive; Rigorous.