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I’d do anything…to learn about musicals at Cardiff University

21 January 2009

For immediate release

The success of shows like How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? and I’d Do Anything have sparked renewed interest in the theatrical musical.

Now a new Cardiff University course offers the chance to understand the development of the musical from the classics of the 40s and 50s to the latest West End hits. ‘Hopelessly Devoted to You’: The Passion of Musical Theatre is one of hundreds of courses on offer at the University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning, the largest provider of adult education in Wales.

The ten week course is geared towards the enjoyment and appreciation of popular musicals of the 20th century, ranging from Irving Berlin and Cole Porter to Rodgers and Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The classes are topic-based, and will include show structure, song structure, the significance of music, words and dance, character study, a brief history and development of musical theatre, and a survey of different styles.

The course is open to all musical theatre enthusiasts, performers, writers, composers, and those who are simply passionate about musicals and want to know more. ‘Hopelessly Devoted to You’: The Passion of Musical Theatre consists of ten weekly meetings on Thursdays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning, starting in January and in April.

Cardiff University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning offers hundreds of courses for personal or professional development or simply for recreation. Subject areas include; Media and Photography, Languages, Business and Management, Archaeology and History and many others. To obtain a free copy of the Centre’s latest Choices publication, with a full list of courses starting this month, contact the Centre on 029 2087 0000 or visit the website



Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, Professor Sir Martin Evans. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Visit the University website at:

Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning

Cardiff University is the largest provider of adult education in Wales, providing 700 courses in more than 100 venues across South East Wales. The Cardiff University Centre for Lifelong Learning provides part time education for adults in 12 of the 22 unitary authorities in Wales, covering an area of population of more than one and a half million. It also offers professional development courses for local employers, many of which are custom made to suit an individual company’s needs.

For further information, please contact:

Stephen Rouse,
Public Relations Office,
Cardiff University.

Tel: 029 2087 5596