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School of Music alumna becomes member of the Recording Academy

26 September 2022

Rachel Walker Mason, School of Music graduate and winner of over 80 prestigious music awards, has been made a member of the Recording Academy (The GRAMMYs).

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Cardiff University Orchestra conductor Mark Eager steps down

21 July 2022

After 14 years of directing Cardiff University Symphony Orchestra, Mark Eager steps down as the ensemble’s conductor.

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School of Music ranked top 10 in the UK by Complete University Guide

14 July 2022

The school has jumped 8 places in the 2023 Complete University Guide.

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Professor Arlene Sierra symphony premieres receive audience and critical acclaim

27 June 2022

Premieres of Professor Arlene Sierra’s Nature and Bird Symphonies, performed by Thierry Fischer and the Utah Symphony, have received rave reviews.

Outstanding research at the School of Music

12 May 2022

Celebrating success in the latest Research Excellence Framework

School of Music hosts International Women’s Day concert

31 March 2022

Cardiff School of Music hosted a special concert to celebrate International Women’s Day, paying tribute to musical works written, directed, arranged and performed by women, and pieces where a female character takes centre stage.

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“Death and Transfiguration” receives rave reviews

10 March 2022

Death and Transfiguration, Professor Kenneth Hamilton’s new album devoted to the piano music of Franz Liszt, continues to earn accolades.

Christopher Williams presents Barmotin’s Piano Music, Vol. 2

1 March 2022

Barmotin’s Piano Music, Vol. 2, performed by Christopher Williams, has been released.

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Dr Clair Rowden appointed Vice President of Royal Musical Association

25 January 2022

Dr Clair Rowden been appointed Vice President of the Royal Musical Association (RMA), the professional body for academic musicians and musicologists in the UK.

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Max unmasked: the life and music of Peter Maxwell Davies

23 December 2021

A huge success with Unmasking Max: Peter Maxwell Davies Concert & Study Day event

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Top 5 album in the Classical Charts

16 December 2021

Kenneth Hamilton’s New Liszt Album Reaches No.5 in the Official UK Classical Charts

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A collaboration with the Utah Symphony Orchestra

13 December 2021

Professor Arlene Sierra returns from first visit to Salt Lake City as Composer-in-Association with the Utah Symphony Orchestra

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Outstanding Edited Collection Award for School of Music academic

15 November 2021

Carmen Abroad has won the Royal Music Association/Cambridge University Press Book Prize 2021

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Award-winning undergraduate student to perform with the Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra

11 November 2021

Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year Award 2020 winner Darcy Beck set to perform with the Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra

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Dr David Beard awarded Leverhulme Research Fellowship

1 November 2021

In support of his work on a monograph - The Music of Judith Weir

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Bringing black composers into the foreground

18 October 2021

Randall Goosby, champion of black musical composers, performs at St David’s Hall and meets Cardiff University students

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The Pop Collective

11 August 2021

Introducing the Popular Music Collective

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Romantic Piano Encores

12 May 2021

Collection of encores released by Professor Kenneth Hamilton

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Professor David Wyn Jones retires after 46 years

8 January 2021

A fond farewell to a Professor who has inspired decades of students

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Dr David Beard awarded Ruth Solie Prize

19 November 2020

Prize for outstanding article on British music