Symphony Chorus and Symphony Orchestra
Conductors: Mark Eager and Dominic Neville
Music has been a subject of study at Cardiff since the University
College, Cardiff, was founded in 1883. It is believed that both a choir
and an orchestra were established soon after the foundation of the
College, although there are no extant records detailing actual programmes.
From 1987-2008, the University Choir and Symphony Orchestra was conducted by Dr Tim Taylor, who is Senior Tutor in the School of Music.
From 2008 Mark Eager joined the School as conductor of the Symphony Orchestra and David Ponsford, who already conducts the Chamber Orchestra, becomes the conductor of the University Choir. Dominic Neville took over from David Ponsford in September 2012.
The Choir and Symphony Orchestra usually give three main concerts each year, one for the orchestra alone in November, one in December (usually in WMC Hoddinott Hall or Cardiff's City Hall) and the third, in March/April, in Cardiff's magnificent St David's Hall.
Concert Dates for 2014-15:
- Saturday 8 November 2014, Chamber
Choir and Symphony Orchestra (Llandaff Cathedral)
A programme of sacred and secular music by composers from Wales and France, all written in the 20th-century buy drawing on influences from Gregorian chant to jazz and blues.
- Saturday 30 November 2014, Symphony Chorus and Symphony
Orchestra (St David's Hall, Cardiff)
Beethoven: Symphony no.9, op.125
- Thursday 26 March 2015, Symphony Chorus (National Museum Wales, Cardiff)
Rachmaninov: All-night Vigil 'Vespers'
- Friday 27 March 2015, Symphony Chorus and Symphony Orchestra (St David's Hall, Cardiff)
The Symphony Chorus and Orchestra will be joined by Jeremy Huw Williams (baritone) and Stephen Walsh (narrator) for a programme of new French discoveries - world premieres of two works by Debussy, and the UK premiere of Jolivet's Poemes intimes.
- Saturday 2 May 2015, Chamber Choir and Symphony Orchestra (St David's Cathedral, Pembrokeshire)
Beethoven: Symphony no.9, op.125 'Choral'