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Students bring a Romantic French spirit to Llandaff

Llandaff Cathedral

Llandaff Cathedral

The Cardiff University Chamber Choir and Symphony Orchestra will bring the spirit of Romantic French music to historic Llandaff Cathedral on Saturday 29th October.

The Cathedral’s newly constructed organ will be used during the concert and a retiring collection will be made to assist the Cathedral with the completion of the project.

Talented Jessica Cale will be singing soprano on the night, an exciting opportunity for a student who began her undergraduate music degree at Cardiff less than a month ago.

19 year old Jessica, from Haverfordwest, is no stranger to performing though, having already sung with the Tempus Vocal Group in Pembrokeshire, the John S Davies Singers in Cardiff and the National Youth Choir. She said: “I’ve sung in St David’s Cathedral at home in the past but I’ve never sung at Llandaff Cathedral before so the experience of performing in such an historic setting is one I’m really looking forward to.”

“The School of Music here offers its students so many performance opportunities, it’s a great way to prepare singers and musicians for future industry careers. It’s not just the performance opportunities though that attracted me to Cardiff, it’s the balance of theory and practice. I really wanted to experience the academic side of music, as well as performance. I want to be better able to understand pieces I’m singing, their composition, history and so on.”

Dr Clair Rowden, Lecturer at the School of Music, will give a pre-concert talk on Musical Life in Third Republican Paris. This will examine the wider context of the pieces to be performed: Fauré’s Requiem, Dukas’ Fanfare pour préceder La Péri, and Saint-Saën’s Symphony no. 3, ‘Organ’.

The concert begins at 7.30pm. Tickets (£8, £5) are available through a secure online booking service atExternal linkor by calling 03700 101051 for a bilingual box office.

This concert is part of both the University Concert Series 2011-12 and its Creative Minds festival.