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Contemporary Music Group

The Contemporary Music Group usually gives three concerts each year. In recent years it has given concerts of contemporary Polish music, a 70th-birthday tribute to the American composer Steve Reich, and marked the 100th-birthday of American composer Elliott Carter and the 100th-anniversary of the birth of Oliver Messiaen.

In 2013-14 the CMG presented a concert celebrating contemporary music by African composers (including Joshua Uzoigwe, Akin Euba, J.H. Kwabena Nketia, Halim El-Dabh, and Peter Louis Van Dijk) and continued its survey of contemporary British vocal music with a concert of works by living female composers.

Showcasing student composers

The CMG's final concert each year is devoted to new works by undergraduate and postgraduate composers at Cardiff.


Composition lecturer Dr Robert Fokkens is Director of the Contemporary Music Group.

Concert Dates for 2014-15:

Workshops for 2014/15:

The Triumph of Time? Responses to Birtwistle at 80
Saturday 15 November 2014, 10am-3pm (University Concert Hall)

CMG will present a celebration and exploration of the work of Sir Harrison Birtwistle. The project will involve a workshop and concert based around new pieces composed by School of Music students and staff in response to the music of Birtwistle in the composer's eightieth year.

Crossing the Border 1
Saturday 7 February, 10am-8pm (University Concert Hall)

The second CMG workshop and performance day of 2014-15 introduces the music of Dutch composer Louis Andriessen and British composers who have been influence by his energetic mix of hard-edged jazz and pop ensembles with contemporary aesthetic and technical approaches. His work is rehearsed and performed alongside Cardiff University students' works written in response to it.


The CMG rehearses every Monday afternoon, 16.00-17.30 in the University Concert Hall in the School of Music.

All music is provided and there are no subscription fees.


The CMG is a group of great flexibility which specialises in contemporary repertoire, and positions are usually gained by audition. Non-music students are welcome. Auditions are usually held once a year in the first two weeks of the Autumn semester. Schedules are usually displayed on the notice board in the main entrance of the School of Music - so keep your eyes posted if you would like to be considered!