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125 concert aids global health

04 February 2008


More than 400 people filled Llandaff Cathedral for an evening of opera and choral singing as part of the University’s 125th anniversary celebrations.

The concert ‘Cardiff sings Classics’ was held in aid of the charity Mothers of Africa set up by the School of Medicine’s Department of Anaesthetics & Intensive Care Medicine with NHS Wales colleagues in response to maternal mortality figures in Sub-Saharan Africa. Rejieli Paulo

Dr Judith Hall, School of Medicine said: "No-one can claim to be able to solve the problems of the developing world. There is no simple answer. I think all those who kindly supported the 125 concert believe that if we don’t make our own small effort then problems will never be resolved."

One of the UK's leading tenors, Wynne Evans introduced singers from the University’s Cardiff International Academy of Voice, stars of the Welsh National Opera Naomi Harvey and Mark Evans and the Choir Cor Caerdydd.

Wynne EvansThe event raised more than £5,000 towards the charity’s work including a visit this spring to Liberia to provide education about resuscitation and safe anaesthesia.

Dr Hall added: "A generous donation from the University means that all funds raised will benefit the charity and the concert represents a major boost to our continued work assisting in the education of doctors, nurses and medical support staff in Sub-Saharan Africa."

Global health forms an important theme for the University's 125th anniversary year. Cardiff for Africa, a conference highlighting the challenges facing Africa in the 21st Century, is planned to focus on opportunities for knowledge-transfer whilst suggesting ways in which universities in Britain can contribute their knowledge to the benefit of African society.