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Michael FrancisCardiff music graduate steps in for Gergiev at LSO concert

January 2007

Cardiff Music graduate Michael Francis (BMus 1997) had an extraordinary 'break' early this month when he was asked at less than 48 hours' notice to deputise for the London Symphony Orchestra's incoming Principal Conductor, Valery Gergiev.

cover of CDJudith Weir: On Buying a Horse

January 2007

A new CD of compositions by Judith Weir has just been issued by Signum Records in collaboration with BBC Radio 3

Prague logoLaunch of Prague Concert Life Database

February 2007

The School of Music and the Central European Music Research Centre (CEMRC) at Cardiff University have announced the launch of the first stage of an innovative new online database.

Michael FrancisMichael Francis rescues LSO concert (again), in Luxembourg

February 2007

Three weeks after deputising for an indisposed Valery Gergiev, Michael Francis (BMus 1997) was asked to rescue another London Symphony Orchestra concert.

A profile photo of Weir

American Award for Arlene Sierra

February 2007

Congratulations to Dr Arlene Sierra who has just been awarded a Charles Ives Fellowship by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Front cover of Stephen Walsh's biography of Stravinsky

Appointment of Dr Clair Rowden

February 2007

The School of Music is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Clair Rowden to a Lectureship in Music.

African drumsNew MA in Ethnomusicology

March 2007

The School of Music at Cardiff University is inaugurating a new MA in Ethnomusicology


Judith WeirHonorary Doctorate awarded to Judith Weir

April 2007

Congratulations to Professor Judith Weir who was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by King's College, London, on 8 March

Ischia tripStudent Trip to Ischia

July 2007

On Monday 18 June 2007 a group of seven students from the School of Music embarked on a ten-day study trip to the island of Ischia off the coast of Italy

Sarah HillAppointment of Dr Sarah Hill

August 2007

The School of Music is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Sarah Hill to a Lectureship in Music from August 2007

music scorePhD Student Composition to be performed by BBC Symphony Orchestra

August 2007

PhD composition student, Max Charles Davies, has had a work selected by the Society for Promotion of New Music for an event at the BBC Maida Vale Studios in London.

Sarah Hill on 'A Taste of Summer', BBC Radio 2

October 2007

Dr Sarah Hill has been central to the preparation and making of a new BBC Radio 2 documentary - 'A Taste of Summer'

Tsar of the Forests

October 2007

Following the publication in 2006 of the first volume of his ground-breaking biography of Leos Janacek, Professor John Tyrrell's second volume has just been published by Faber & Faber.

Judith WeirJudith Weir: Telling the Tale

October 2007

The BBC has announced that Cardiff's Distinguished Visiting Professor, Judith Weir, is being accorded the special honour of being the focus for its annual composer festival in 2008.

Judith WeirWorld Premiere of Judith Weir's Winter Song

October 2007

Winter Song, an extended work for chamber orchestra, is a Scottish-Finnish co-production.


Arlene SierraArlene Sierra Showcase Concert at the Royal Opera House

November 2007

Arlene Sierra has been accorded the honour of a Showcase Concert at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

African drumsBritish Forum for Ethnomusicology Award

November 2007

Eoghan Neff is the first recipient of the BFE Award for the best postgraduate paper presented at the British Forum for Ethnomusicology annual conference

newspapers'Unexpected Gem of a Concert' The Guardian ****

December 2007

The Guardian awards four stars to a recital given by the violinist Alexandra Wood and the composer and pianist Huw Watkins

Launch of Concert Programmes Database

December 2007

The School of Music has annoucned the launch of a second significant database that has been created under the guidance of Professor John Tyrrell