Theatre in Wales

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WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE LISTINGS FOR JANUARY- APRIL 2005.     

Not only is the Wales Millennium Centre a world-class theatre; it’s also a vibrant, living centre with activity throughout the day and into the night.

It’s a place to browse, relax and soak up the atmosphere and with two theatres offering a varied range of shows and performances; WMC is an ideal destination for the whole family, whatever age, day or night.

Foyer Events and Performances

Drop into the foyer of Wales Millennium Centre for a wide range of informal performances. Most days at lunchtime and early evening you can catch music ranging from jazz, traditional, classical, world, choirs, brass and much else through to readings and performance literature – entirely free of charge! Join us for either a full performance or drop in and sample what’s going on whilst enjoying lunch or a snack.

Most of our lunchtime performances start at 1.00pm, though occasionally they may start earlier if there is a matinee performance at the Centre on that day. And there are also afternoon, early evening and occasional evening performances too. Please check our website or ring our information line – www.wmc.org.uk or 08700 40 2000

You can find a range of different events throughout the week in different slots:

Lunchtime Events

Monday, 1.00-2.00pm: Young Musicians’ Lunchtime (except Monday 14 February & 28 March)

Tuesday, 1.00-2.00pm: Performances by the Students of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (in association with Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama) (except Monday 14 February)

Wednesday, 1.00-2.00pm: Anything Goes! – a wide variety of different music

Thursday, 1.00-2.00pm: Lunchtime Recital – WMC’s classical spot

Friday, 1.00-2.00pm: Music from Guest Performers and Resident Bands – Traditional, World, Classical, Cross-over

Saturday, 1.00-2.00pm: The Saturday Series – Join us for a wide variety of performances by guest artists

Sunday, 1.00-2.00pm: Sunday Lunchtime Series – a wide variety of performances by guest artists and the Urdd.

Afternoon/Evening Events

Tuesday, 6.00-7.00pm: Occasional performances and talks by Welsh performers and the Urdd (No performance on 1 February)

Wednesday, 6.00-7.00pm: A mix of different performances including occasional literary presentations presented by Academi.

Thursday, 6.00-7.00pm: Performances by Urdd Gobaith Cymru

Friday, 6.00-7.00pm: The Friday Series – Join us for a wide variety of performances by guest performers and house bands (No performances on 4 & 11 February)

Saturday, 6.00-7.00pm: Jazz Night (except 19 & 26 February and 12 March)

Sunday, 3.00-4.00pm: Sunday Afternoon Bandstand (in association with T_ Cerdd) (except Sunday 6 March)

Flash: Please note that the times of foyer performances may vary due to the starting times of performances in the Donald Gordon Theatre.

JANUARY LISTINGS

THE WESTON STUDIO THEATRE.


JENNY ÉCLAIR IN THE ANDY WARHOL SYNDROME

29 January, 8pm

When housewife Carol Fletcher’s dreams of fame and glamour come true, she gets more than she bargained for and less than she expected. What happens when your fifteen minutes is up, and how much does fame actually cost? The Andy Warhol Syndrome is co-written by Jenny Éclair and Julie Balloo and directed by Chris George.

Tickets range from £10- £14

EDINBURGH COMEDY DOUBLE BILL

January 28, 8pm.

1. ROB DEERING IN ROB DEERING – THE MOVIE

This January, TV’s Rob Deering (99 Things To Do Before You Die, Movie Mistakes Uncovered Uncut, Totally Top Trumps, Flipside) is Rob Deering in Rob Deering- The Movie. If you only see one stand-up show that says it’s a movie this year, make it this one.

2. JOHN OLIVER AND ANDY ZALTZMAN ‘ERM . . . IT’S THE WORLD . . I THINK YOU’D BETTER SIT DOWN.’

There was no easy way to break the news. The doctor sat two of Britain’s most exciting comedians down on their special bench. “Your Edinburgh show is the world’s last chance,” he told the Stars of Radio 4’s The Department. “Please . . . don’t **** it up.”

PUBLIC SPACES

EXHIBITIONS

Until March 31 2005

Native Land
North Wales Artists and Landscape, 1979 – 2004. In partnership with Oriel Mostyn.

FOYER PERFORMANCE DIARY

Thursday, January 27
1pm: Altitude with Philip Heyman (viola) & Zoe Smith (piano).
Music by Rhian Samuel and Mervyn Burtch.
7.30pm: Bitchpups. Monmouthshire’s rising stars make original indie/rock music with a smattering of Pixies’ vibe, some classic Metallica- style guitar riffs, bass lines spiked with Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and a sprinkling of punk, funk, rock, reggae and even swing. See www.bitchpups.com.

Saturday, January 29
1pm: The Saturday Series.
6pm: Saturday Night Jazz: Rob Smith’s Onsombl. Cardiff’s newest jazz outfit led by Rob Smith from the Heavy Quartet.

Sunday, January 30
1pm: Sunday Lunchtime Series.
3pm: Sunday Afternoon Bandstand (In association with Ty Cerdd).

Monday, January 31
1pm: Young Musicians’ Lunchtime.

FEBRUARY- APRIL

DONALD GORDON THEATRE

WNO SPRING SEASON 05

WNO’s inaugural season at WMC is sponsored by Associated British Ports.

Tickets range from £5 - £35 for all WNO shows

WOZZECK Berg New Production

The first WNO new production in its new home, this cornerstone of 20th century opera is one of the most perfect and immediate pieces of music theatre and is a masterpiece of tremendous power. This brand new production for WNO reunites two great artists who have a long-standing relationship with WNO, conductor Vladimir Jurowski and director Richard Jones.

Sponsored by the Garfield Weston Foundation and WNO Partnership. Sung in German with English & Welsh subtitles. Co-production with Komische Opera.

Saturday 19th & Friday 25th February and Saturday 12th March 8pm


LA TRAVIATA Verdi
One of the world’s best-loved operas – brimming with unforgettable, famous melodies – WNO’s La traviata tells this tragic tale of love as a story of our time in a beautiful contemporary setting.

Sponsored by Coutts & Co and supported by a gift from Mrs John Oldacre
Sung in Italian with English & Welsh surtitles. Co-production with Opéra de Lausanne. Conducted by Carlo Rizzi.

Friday 18th & Saturday 26th February, Wednesday 9th & Friday 11th March 7.15pm; Sunday 6th March 4pm


CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA & PAGLIACCI Mascagni/Leoncavallo
This Italian double-bill has infidelity, passion and revenge on cheating lovers and is packed with memorable tunes, including the Easter Hymn and gorgeous Intermezzo. Sung in Italian with English & Welsh subtitles. Conducted by Carlo Rizzi.

Tuesday 8th & Thursday 10th March 7.15pm

Please note there is limited availability for performances of La traviata 18 & 26 February: both performances of Cavalleria rusticana & Pagliacci and The Magic Flute 14th May only - so book early to avoid disappointment.


PRE-SHOW TALKS

Pre-show talks are free to ticket holders but places may be limited so please book through the Ticket & Information Office

La traviata Friday 18th February 6.15pm Wozzeck Saturday 19th February 7pm
Wozzeck Friday 25th February 7pm La traviata Sunday 6th March 3pm
Cavalleria rusticana & Pagliacci Tuesday 8th March 6.15pm La traviata Friday 11th March 6.15pm
Wozzeck Saturday 12th March 7pm


SONGLINES

Young people from the South Wales valleys have created new song cycles inspired by each opera in this exciting WNO season. They will share their lyrics, music and perspectives with you in foyer performances during the hour preceding each first night

EXPLORE OPERA
An opportunity to find out how singers rehears and learn about the characters and themes from La traviata. Two hours of operatic fun (2pm - 4pm) will take place on Saturday 26th February.



DISNEY LIVE! Presents
WINNIE THE POOH LIVE ON STAGE
15 – 20 March 2005

Winnie the Pooh and his friends descend on Wales Millennium Centre for an all new fun-filled adventure live on stage. Tigger, Piglet, Eyore, Roo and all the gang will be preparing a surprise birthday party for Pooh – with plenty on ‘hunny’! The hundred acre wood will be buzzing with excitement, sing along’s and other splendiferous surprises!

Matinees 2pm and Evenings 5pm. Tickets range from £15.50- £19.50- concessions available.


Warner Bros. Entertainment and Wales Millennium Centre Present
BUGS ON BROADWAY
23 – 36 March 2005

Bugs Bunny on Broadway is a fantastic revue of the best of Warner Bros’ classic animated cartoons, accompanied by the Sinfonia Britannia. The 60 member Sinfonia, led by Emmy award-winning conductor George Daugherty, will perform the famous orchestral music scores synchronised with the famous carrot munching rabbit and his friends in a selection of classic Loony Tunes cartoons, projected on a large screen above the orchestra.

The show features Bugs Bunny and his friends Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Porky Pig and other friends in a selection of classic Loony Tunes including “The Rabbit of Seville”, “What’s Opera Doc?” and “Rhapsody Rabbit”.

Matinees 2pm and Evenings 7.30pm. Tickets range from £5- £27- concessions available.



THE WESTON STUDIO THEATRE.

JACKSONS WAY
Presented by WMC, Underbelly Productions, Fuel and Will Adamsdale
Winner of the Perrier Comedy Awards 2004.
Monday, March 14,8pm. Tickets £10 / £8 concession

“Hi, I’m Chris John Jackson, international life coach, and I can’t wait to tell you about my sensational approach to love, life and finance, Jackson’s Way. It’s a simple, workable method of making the equation ‘ love/money + property = gravy train’ work on your terms and at your pace”.
Part theatre, part comedy, Jackson’s Way is a satire on the world of self-help and corporate jargon and so much more. Join Chris John Jackson for perhaps the most surreal and thrilling hour you are likely to spend in a theatre.

“A belly laugh of a gig” London Evening Standard

Tickets £10 / £8 concession
THE PRINCESS AND THE HUNTER
Theatr na n’Og
Tuesday, March 15, 7.30pm (English), Wednesday, March 16, 2pm (English) and 7.30pm (Welsh).
The company will tour venues across Wales with a new musical based on the magical story of Melangell, which will enchant children of all ages. Melangell is a beautiful Irish princess who sets sail for Wales after fleeing from an arranged marriage. She seeks refuge in the idyllic Tanat Valley in Powys and befriends the animals that inhabit the land. All is well until their Eden is disrupted by Brochwel, a spoilt young prince. The animals, in fear for their existence, turn to Melangell for help. Melangell helps the animals and captures the young prince's heart. This beautiful love story, with colourful characters reminiscent of The Wind in the Willows, features original music and is suitable for children of all ages and their families

Tickets £10 / £8 concession

DIRTY FAN MALE
Trunk Records
Thursday, March 17, Friday 18 and Saturday, March 19, 8pm.

Jonny Trunk and Duncan Wisbey have stumbled upon a comedy goldmine with this musical presentation of fan letters written to British soft-porn stars.
The mail was collected by Trunk, who ran a fanclub for his glamour-model sister.
The music, and the characterful voices in which the correspondence is read, are Wisbey's. As directed by Alan Cox, their combination of squalid private fantasies and very actorly recital is often sublimely funny.
It's the detail amid the filth that's delicious, conjuring up surprisingly differentiated personalities. There's the fan with the over-enthusiastic punctuation, or the one whose scatological missives end with a polite: "Yours sincerely ... " There are the frustrated romantics ("I would also take you horse-riding and to see Barry White") and those whose fantasies are the more bizarre for not being remotely sexual.
Seriously arousing stuff
Tickets: TBC

ADOLF
Pip Utton
Tuesday, March 22 and Wednesday, March 23, 8pm

There is a curiosity, for all who have witnessed or learned about this historical monster, for some insight into the man, 'Adolf Hitler'.
The desire to check, at first hand one's own integrity; could I...would I be won over to this mans vision for Europe? The German people of course were, and the 'machine' that this ideology created became the most terrible holocaust the world has ever seen.
But how? What was it that this man said, that any man could say, that would lead a whole Christian nation to megalomania and genocide?
You can watch old German newsreels, or read another book or two but I don't believe that will help much. What is needed is to be transported back to 1930's-40's Germany and attend a Hitler rally, or better still a personal interview with the Furher.
Stand in front of the man himself, hear his voice, see his sweat, feel his passion.
For over an hour Pip Utton is Adolf Hitler, and I don't mean he reads a script. The transformation is complete, from the opening moment you are in Hitler's presence. This performance is as complete as any actor will ever come to achieving their goal. What you will experience will live with you forever
Tickets


AMY WADGE (PLUS SUPPORT).
Thursday, March 24, 8pm

Amy Wadge (pronounced ‘wodge’ – hence the title of the her 2004 released album ‘WOJ’) first came to national attention in Wales when she won Best Female Solo Artist category at the Welsh Music Awards in 2002, and again in 2003, beating contenders such as Cerys Matthews.
After supporting such musicians as Eric Bibb, Brian Kennedy and most recently Jeff Beck, Amy took venues by storm on her first headlining tour in Autumn 2004.
Amy is back in Cardiff (Her home town) performing at the Weston Studio as part of her 2005 UK tour.

“Raw, vibrancy, earthy, valley quaking voice.. emotionally mature lyrics”
Q Magazine.

Tickets £12.50 / £10 concession

WHITE MEN WITH WEAPONS
WMC and UK Arts International
Friday, March 25, 8pm.

Winner of a Scotsman Fringe First award for Innovation In Theatre and Outstanding New Production at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2000.
What happens to the minds of men who are forced to fight a senseless war in a foreign land?
Written and performed by Greig Coetzee, this South African theatre classic is by turns funny, poignant and harrowing.
Coetzee’s 13 characters will take you on a switchback ride through the old South African Defence Force, beginning just before Mandela's release from jail.
A corporal from hell, a drug-crazed Durban Rambo and an Anglican chaplain with Tutu-phobia are just three of the many creatures you will meet during this journey into the heart of South Africa’s forgotten wars with its neighbours. And along the way Mandela walks free, forcing the punch-drunk, bloodshot soldiers to face their final battle as the sun rises on a new country.

"A biting, multi-layered masterpiece." The Stage

Tickets £10 / £8 concessions

LOVEFURIES
Lurking Truth Theatre Company
Saturday, March 26, 8pm.

This double bill performance explodes national and personal pressures to keep silent. The first play, THE CONTRACTING SEA, explores the surprising and shocking resurgences of life that break through grief. A woman confronts her loss, loses her mind, and finds another. Performed by Antoinette Walsh (star of Howard Barker’s own production of The Twelfth Battle of Isonzo) and featuring original music by top Welsh jazz and theatre composer Paula Gardiner.

The second play, THE HANGING JUDGE, explores from the inside an occurrence of sexual abuse in a contemporary Welsh context, and how one survivor finds the courage to discover defiance. Performed by Roger Owen. (Contains strong language and sexual references. Recommended for audiences 15+).

Tickets: TBC

CULHWCH AND OLWEN
WMC in association with Creu Cymru
Friday, April 8 (English) and Saturday, April 9 (Welsh).

The Welsh legend Culhwch and Olwen is brought to life by legend-teller Michael Harvey and musicians Lynne Denman and Stacey Blythe. Lynne and Stacey are the members of Ffynnon who appeared as part of the Music and Legend of Wales (Rough Guide) tour in spring 2003.
The performance is available as either an English language and Welsh language version. The English version uses a small amount of Welsh as colour and remains fully understandable to non Welsh speakers.
Culhwch and Olwen was originally produced as a commission by the Beyond the Border Storytelling Festival at St Donats Arts Centre for the 10th anniversary festival in 2003

Tickets: TBC

CINCINNATI
Presented by WMC and Scamp Theatre
18 – 23 April, 8pm.
Susan is a university lecturer in her late thirties. Her perceptive and humorous lecture on the philosophy of literature gives way to a manic and desperate battle against the demons only she can see. It emerges that the source of this anguish is the violent death of her daughter, which destroyed a happy family existence back in Cincinnati. Now on her own and obsessed with grief, she struggles with philosophical theories which she once held comfortably – ideas about death, suffering and the real existence of other people. Compelling, heartbreaking and courageous, Cincinnati is a multi award winning play from NY based Clancy Productions/director John Clancy (Goner, Americana Absurdum, Horse Country, Complete Lost Works of Samuel Beckett…)
Accompanying Cincinnati is Don Nigro’s The Dark, performed by John Clancy and directed by Nancy Walsh.
Tickets £14 / £12 concession


FOYER PERFORMANCE DIARY

TUESDAY 1 FEBRUARY
1pm: Rhian Samuel (Soprano) from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. (RWCMD Logo)

WEDNESDAY 2 FEBRUARY
1pm: Madintentions. A mix of Gypsy Jazz, Irish, Bluegrass, Latin and Blues from Cardiff-based Madintentions. (Visual to follow)
7.30pm: LEARN at the Wales Millennium Centre: students who have attended Creative Writing Workshops throughout South East Wales will read their work. Original poetry and prose which will be featured in public for the first time by our writers of the future. Academi in association with Cardiff University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning. (Academi logo)

THURSDAY 3 FEBRUARY
1pm: Athena String Quartet. Drawn from within the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, the Athena String Quartet’s concert includes Schubert’s Quartetsatz, Wolf’s Italian Serenade and Dvo_ák’s American Quartet
6pm: Performance by Urdd Gobaith Cymru. CF1 (Urdd logo)

FRIDAY 4 FEBRUARY
1pm: Charlotte Bradburn (saxophone) & Adam Caird (piano). A programme light classics for saxophone & piano (in association with Live Music Now! Wales). (Live Music Now logo)

SATURDAY 5 FEBRUARY
1pm: tbc
6pm: Saturday Night Jazz. CAVMS Big Band. Cardiff and Vale Music Services’ jazz big band in concert.

SUNDAY 6 FEBRUARY
1pm: Performance by Urdd Gobaith Cymru. Traditional Clog dancing with Lowri Walton, Sam Jones and Bethan Williams-Jones (Urdd logo)
3pm: Sunday Afternoon Bandstand; Radyr and Morganstown Band (in association with T_ Cerdd)

MONDAY 7 FEBRUARY
1pm: Young Musicians. A concert featuring students from Guildhall School of Music & Drama Junior Department, London

TUESDAY 8 FEBRUARY
1pm: Tom Jackson (Clarinet) & Graham Jones (Piano) from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. (RWCMD Logo)
6pm: Performance by Urdd Gobaith Cymru (Urdd logo)

WEDNESDAY 9 FEBRUARY
1pm: A Concert of Music by Students from Cardiff University School of Music
6pm: tbc

THURSDAY 10 FEBRUARY
1pm: tbc
6pm: Performance by Urdd Gobaith Cymru (Urdd logo)

FRIDAY 11 FEBRUARY
1pm: Ensemble Cymru – Craig Ogden. One of today’s finest young guitarists gives a recital of music by Villa-Lobos, Tárrega, Albéniz and Nigel Westlake (Ensemble Cymru logo) (Visual to follow)
6pm: tbc

SATURDAY 12 FEBRUARY
1pm: Mynydd Mawr Male Choir (In association with T_ Cerdd)
6pm: Saturday Night Jazz: Bill Fletcher Co-operative. Underpinned by Bill Fletcher's sonorous double bass, this ensemble showcases the Cardiff-based Co-operative’s talents of Greg Evans on drums, Eurig Morgan on trumpet, Mark O'Connor on alto saxophone and Simon Fenoulhet on piano. Their performances take in the ecclesiastical and gospel-influenced music of Charles Mingus and combine it with dark and atmospheric works of Tango Nuevo master Astor Piazzolla. Expect sinister tension-building explorations, relieved by ecstatic bluesy climaxes. (Visual to follow)

SUNDAY 13 FEBRUARY
1pm: 5 Go Swing. Music inspired by the sounds of the 1930s Quintet of the Hot Club of France with a dash of Latin and Spanish flavours
3pm: Sunday Afternoon Bandstand (In association with T_ Cerdd)

MONDAY 14 FEBRUARY
1pm: A Celebration of St. Valentine’s Day given by musicians from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. (RWCMD Logo)
8pm: Canton Café Orchestra – St. Valentine’s Day Special. Come along and dance to the sounds of Jazzed up tangos, new style klezmer and original tunes with a sprinkling of Piazzolla. (Event lasts until 10pm) (Flash: Special St Valentine’s Day).

TUESDAY 15 FEBRUARY
1pm: A Concert of Music by Students from Cardiff University School of Music
6pm: Meet the Composer. Terry Gilmore James talks about the life and work of Mansel Thomas

WEDNESDAY 16 FEBRUARY
1pm: Mwynion Mai. Jane Groves (flute) and Eluned Scourfield (harp) in a concert including traditional Welsh melodies. (Visual to follow)
6pm: Creative Writing at the Millennium Centre – T. James Jones and Jon Dressel read Cerddi Ianws, and creative writing students from Cardiff University’s School of Welsh will present a selection of their work. Academi in association with Cardiff University’s School of Welsh.


THURSDAY 17 FEBRUARY
1pm: tbc
6pm: Performance by Urdd Gobaith Cymru (Urdd logo)

FRIDAY 18 FEBRUARY
1pm: Railroad Bill – Britain’s hottest skiffle band hit Wales Millennium Centre with a fusion of western swing, blues and rock n’roll. (Visual to follow –hard copy)
6.15pm: Introduction to Opera – La Traviata. Pre-show talk on tonight’s opera. (WNO logo)
6.30pm: Songlines. Young People from the South Wales valleys have created new song cycles inspired by each opera in WNO’s first season at Wales Millennium Centre. Share their lyrics, music and perspectives in this foyer performance in the hour preceeding the first night. (WNO logo)

SATURDAY 19 FEBRUARY
1pm: tbc
7pm: Introduction to Opera – Wozzeck. Pre-show talk on tonight’s opera. (WNO logo)
7.15pm: Songlines. Young People from the South Wales valleys have created new song cycles inspired by each opera in WNO’s first season at Wales Millennium Centre. Share their lyrics, music and perspectives in this foyer performance in the hour preceding the first night. (WNO logo)

SUNDAY 20 FEBRUARY
1pm: Performance by Urdd Gobaith Cymru (Urdd logo)
3pm: Sunday Afternoon Bandstand (In association with T_ Cerdd)

MONDAY 21 FEBRUARY
1pm: Young Musicians. A concert of music by young Welsh musicians presented by the Welsh Music Guild. (Welsh Music Guild logo)

TUESDAY 22 FEBRUARY
1pm: A Concert of Woodwind Music given by musicians from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. (RWCMD Logo)
6pm: Performance by Urdd Gobaith Cymru (Urdd logo)

WEDNESDAY 23 FEBRUARY
1pm: A Concert of Music by Students from Cardiff University School of Music
6pm: tbc

THURSDAY 24 FEBRUARY
1pm: Mavron String Quartet. Music by Beethoven, Britten and Piazzolla.
6pm: Performance by Urdd Gobaith Cymru (Urdd logo)

FRIDAY 25 FEBRUARY
1pm: Etsuko Hanyo. A concert of classical and folk songs from Italy, Japan and England.
7pm: Introduction to Opera – Wozzeck. Pre-show talk on tonight’s opera. (WNO logo)

SATURDAY 26 FEBRUARY
1pm: tbc
2pm: Explore Opera – La Traviata (WNO logo)

SUNDAY 27 FEBRUARY
1pm: 5 Go Swing. Music inspired by the sounds of the 1930s Quintet of the Hot Club of France with a dash of Latin and Spanish flavours
3pm: Sunday Afternoon Bandstand. West Glamorgan Youth Brass Band (In association with T_ Cerdd)

MONDAY 28 FEBRUARY
1pm: Young Musicians. A concert by students from Junior Guildhall School of Music, London

TUESDAY 1 MARCH
St. David’s Day Celebration. Join us for a series of informal school events in the foyer throughout the day from 11am onwards with special events at 1pm and 5.30pm. (In association with T_ Cerdd)
1pm: A Celebration of St. David’s Day given by musicians from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD Logo)
5.30pm: Gymanfa Ganu (In association with T_ Cerdd)


WEDNESDAY 2 MARCH
1pm: tbc
6pm: World Book Day (Academi Event) (Academi logo)

THURSDAY 3 MARCH
1pm: Sally Pryce (harp) & Clare Findlater (flute). A programme light classics for flute & harp (in association with Live Music Now! Wales). (use Live Music Now logo)
6pm: Book of the Year 2005 – Join us on World Book Day for the launch of Book of the Year 2005 award – worth £7,000 - with the announcement of the Long Lists (10 books in Welsh and 10 in English). Come and find out which heavyweights will be fighting it out for the coveted awards. Academi in association with the Welsh Books Council.

FRIDAY 4 MARCH
1pm: Haberfield/Jones Jazz Guitar Duo. Simple, strong and direct - virtuosic arrangements of Jazz classics and new music from two of South Wales' finest guitar players.
6pm: tbc

SATURDAY 5 MARCH
1pm: The Whisky River Boys. Hot musical gumbo with a spice of Louisiana music from the South Wales delta. (Visual to follow)
6pm: Saturday Night Jazz. Mike Harries’ Root Doctors. Bandleader and trombonist Mike Harries and the Root Doctors present a tasty gumbo of jazz, r&b, funk and soul.

SUNDAY 6 MARCH
1pm: Playing for Voices. Hannah O’Leary and Simon Riordan present a dramatisation of short stories and poems by Dylan Thomas
3pm: Introduction to Opera – La Traviata (WNO logo) {Flash: Please note starting time!}

MONDAY 7 MARCH
1pm: Young Musicians. A concert featuring students from Guildhall School of Music & Drama Junior Department, London

TUESDAY 8 MARCH
1pm: A Concert of Music given by musicians from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD Logo)
6.15pm: Introduction to Opera – Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci (WNO logo)
6.30pm: Songlines. Young People from the South Wales valleys have created new song cycles inspired by each opera in WNO’s first season at Wales Millennium Centre. Share their lyrics, music and perspectives in this foyer performance in the hour preceeding the first night. (WNO logo)

WEDNESDAY 9 MARCH
1pm: A Concert of Music by Students from Cardiff University School of Music
6pm: tbc

THURSDAY 10 MARCH
1pm: Opera Extracts performed by students of the National Opera Studio as part of their annual residence with Welsh National Opera (WNO logo)
6pm: Performance by Urdd Gobaith Cymru (Urdd logo)

FRIDAY 11 MARCH
1pm: Ensemble Cymru – Heather Bills (Cello) & Harvey Davies (Piano). A concert of music by Beethoven, Boccherini, Vaughan Williams and Tchaikovsky (Ensemble Cymru logo) (Visual to follow)
6.15pm: Introduction to Opera – La Traviata (WNO logo)

SATURDAY 12 MARCH
1pm: Pluck and Squeeze. Join us for medleys of traditional Welsh dance tunes for accordion, fiddle, guitar, banjo and bass from Pluck and Squeeze. (Visual to follow)
7pm: Introduction to Opera – Wozzeck (WNO logo)

SUNDAY 13 MARCH
1pm: Vivace Singers. This Welsh-based all-female vocal group make a return visit to Wales Millennium Centre in a mixed programme.
3pm: Sunday Afternoon Bandstand (In association with T_ Cerdd)

MONDAY 14 MARCH
1pm: Young Musicians. A concert by Cor Ysgol y Bedol, Cwmaman.

TUESDAY 15 MARCH
1pm: A Concert of Piano Music given by musicians from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD Logo)
6pm: Performance by Urdd Gobaith Cymru (Urdd logo)

WEDNESDAY 16 MARCH
12.30pm: Toreth. Traditional melodies for fiddle, melodeon and voice from Guto Dafis and Gareth Westacott – you can almost breathe in the smell of wood smoke and wine… {Flash: Please note starting time!} (Visual to follow – hard copy)
8pm: Poetry in Translation Reading Series 2005. Academi is pleased to present the second in The Poetry Society’s Poetry in Translation Reading Series 2005, featuring an event discussing poems in Welsh and other languages translated into English. Robert Minhinnick will talk about his editorship of Poetry Wales in this respect and his experience as a translator (from Welsh and Iraqi); Patrick McGuinness will discuss issues of translation as relates to Seren and his translation of European poetry, while Michael Schmidt will present the translation ethos at Carcanet Press. {Flash: Please note starting time!} (Academi logo)

THURSDAY 17 MARCH
12.30pm: tbc {Flash: Please note starting time!}
6pm: Performance by Urdd Gobaith Cymru (Urdd logo)

FRIDAY 18 MARCH
12.30pm: Christopher Wearing Davies (tenor) & Lisa Mears (piano). Songs by Puccini, Lalo and Lisa Mears. {Flash: Please note starting time!}
6pm: Canton Café Orchestra. Jazzed up tangos, new style klezmer and original tunes with a sprinkling of Piazzolla.

SATURDAY 19 MARCH
12.30pm: Julian Martin Duo Does Disney {Flash: Please note starting time!}
6pm: Saturday Night Jazz – Glen Manby Quintet. The Glen Manby Quartet, a saxophone-led acoustic jazz group, bring a swinging, groovy approach to a set of standards, Bebop, Hard Bop and beyond.

SUNDAY 20 MARCH
12.30pm: Performance by Urdd Gobaith Cymru (Urdd logo) {Flash: Please note starting time!}
3pm: Sunday Afternoon Bandstand. Cardiff County and Vale of Glamorgan Youth Brass Band (In association with T_ Cerdd)

MONDAY 21 MARCH
1pm: Hemiola Young Musicians. This exciting choir of young mixed voices from the Swansea area have recently won the W.S. Gwynn Williams award for their productions of Britten’s Noye's Fludde and Mervyn Burtch’s Casablanca? You must be Joking!

TUESDAY 22 MARCH
1pm: A Concert given by Music Technology Department from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. (RWCMD Logo)
6pm: Meet the Composer - Enid Luff in conversation.

WEDNESDAY 23 MARCH
1pm: Railroad Bill – Britain’s hottest skiffle band hit Wales Millennium Centre with a fusion of western swing, blues and rock n’roll.
6pm: The Learning Curve of Life. A humorous yet touching look at life through the eyes of performer Carl Carew.

THURSDAY 24 MARCH
12 noon: tbc {Flash: Please note starting time!}
6pm: Performance by Urdd Gorbaith Cymru (Urdd logo)

FRIDAY 25 MARCH
12.00 noon: Phil & Maggie Tomkins Phil and Maggie Tomkins (violin and accordion) are both classically trained, but their taste is anything but classical. Any good tune runs the risk of being hijacked and played – whether it comes from Macedonia, Florida, Brittany, Turkey, Buenos Aires or County Cork. {Flash: Please note starting time!}
6pm: tbc

SATURDAY 26 MARCH
12.30pm: Storytelling with Francis Maxey – an enchanted web of traditional tales, brought dramatically alive with laughter, music and riddles by Francis Maxey {Flash: Please note starting time!}
6pm: Saturday Night Jazz – National Youth Jazz Wales

SUNDAY 27 MARCH
1pm: Performance by Urdd Gobaith Cymru (Urdd logo)
3pm: Sunday Afternoon Bandstand – National Youth Jazz Wales (In association with T_ Cerdd)

MONDAY 28 MARCH
1pm: Westfalia Volkstanzkreis. As part of their exchange with the Border Scottish Dancers, Westfalia Volkstanzkreis from Munster, Germany, visit Wales Millennium Centre.
6pm: tbc

TUESDAY 29 MARCH
1pm: A Concert of given by CAVATINA Music Prize Winners from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. (RWCMD Logo)
6pm: Performance by Urdd Gobaith Cymru (Urdd logo)

WEDNESDAY 30 MARCH
1pm: Two to Tango. Liliana Schlaen (Violin) & Taina Niemela (Piano). Argentinean and Finnish tangos and some small pieces with a Latin-American flavour.
6pm: tbc

THURSDAY 31 MARCH
12 noon: Ben Roskams (violin)& Irina Botan (piano). Music by Beethoven, Chausson and Ravel. {Flash: Please note starting time!}
6pm: Performance by Urdd Gobaith Cymru (Urdd logo)

Early booking is advised for all shows listed in the theatres as the demand for tickets for the opening season is likely to outweigh availability.

For tickets and further details please visit the Wales Millennium Centre website on www.wmc.org.uk or contact the ticket and information office on 08700 402000.

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