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Spring 2008 Season kicks off 25th Anniversary celebrations at St Davidís Hall     

Spring 2008 Season kicks off 25th Anniversary celebrations at St Davidís Hall The Spring 2008 season launches an exciting year for St David’s Hall. Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, St David’s Hall, the National Concert Hall of Wales and one of Europe’s leading Concert venues, is marking this prestigious achievement in some style with an impressive live events programme for February and March.

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Orchestra in Residence at St David’s Hall since 1983, has been treating Cardiff audiences to world-class concert performances for 25 years and this spring is no exception. In March they will officially start St David’s Hall 25th Anniversary celebrations with a special St David’s Day Concert featuring harpist Catrin Finch and choirs from all over Wales. The St David’s Day celebrations continue on 2 March with a Gala Concert compèred by Huw Edwards and starring Shân Cothi and young Welsh baritone Craig Yates.

Wales’s own Orchestra Company, in Wales’s own National Concert Hall, kicks-off the season in February with a weekend-long tribute to French composer Henri Dutilleux (15 February). This series of 3 concerts culminates in a recording of BBC 3’s Discovering Music Live programme on Sunday 17 February.

The annual Orchestral Concert Season goes from strength to strength this year with works by Mendelssohn and Elgar, conducted by Carlo Rizzi, from the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera (2 February). Messiaen, Prokofiev and Stravinski form the programme from Philharmonia Orchestra on 9 February and finally Mozart, Ravel and Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski - ‘The most creative force in London’s orchestral life’ Financial Times - from London Philharmonic Orchestra (6 March).

As one of the top 5 concert halls for acoustics in Europe, St David’s Hall has one of the most comprehensive programmes of orchestral work in the UK. However it’s not all Rhapsodies, Symphonies and Overtures at Wales’s National Concert Hall. Music spanning decades, from the forties through to the modern day, are included in this 25th Anniversary Spring Season. Opera with Pure Pavarotti (21 February), featuring Wynne Evans, Pop with Natasha Bedingfield (24 February), Flamenco with Juan Martin (26 February) and even Elvis (One Night with Elvis - 23 February) and Buddy Holly (50th Anniversary Commemorative Show - 28 March) make an appearance this season. You can also try your hand at Gospel singing with local Gospel Diva Humie Webb in Try Gospel (16 February).


Tributes to great performers continue in March with The Nelson Riddle Orchestra (5 March) playing music which launched the careers of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. Wall of Hits, a celebration of 70s Glam Rock, takes to the stage on 8 March and in a tribute to themselves the Solid Silver 60s Show (12 March) featuring Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Swinging Blue Jeans and Dave Berry complete a series of performances taking us back to the 50s, 60s and 70s. To round off the tribute performances is An L of a Tribute Night (29 March); a female only tribute to the world’s biggest lesbian icons from The Indigo Girls and k.d. lang to Tracy Chapman and Annie Lennox.

Other highlights in this Spring 2008 Season include Think Floyd (1 February), the Johan Strauss Gala (10 February) and something for the children with The Chuckle Brothers (11 February). Live music dominates the rest of the season with Marc Almond (13 February), Gabrielle (18 February) and a welcome return to Cardiff for Chris Rea (13 March). Ex-Blue star Anthony Costa also makes his first solo visit to the Hall (3 March) and star of Living TV’s Most Haunted live, Derek Acorah (27 February), brings a spirited performance to St David’s Hall following a sell out show the last time he visited.

Comedy takes centre stage in February with Richard Herring (20 February), whose latest show played to sell-out audiences in Edinburgh. As always young people and community groups get their moment on the big stage at St David’s Hall with the Cardiff County & Vale of Glamorgan Junior Schools’ Music Festival (10 March) and Spring Showcase (11 March). Quintessence, a performance in support of the Thomas Fredrick Willetts Foundation, takes place Saturday 15 March and the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Commando Training Centre & Pendyrus Male Choir join forces in aid of King George’s Fund for Sailors Sunday 16 March. The exceptionally talented students of Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama have their taste of the St David’s Hall experience (17 March) before Cardiff University Choir and Orchestra flex their musical muscles on Thursday 20 March.

The ever-popular Lunchtime Concerts feature throughout February and March (between 1pm and 2pm) for those who like a side order of Culture with their Lunch and to round off a packed couple of months former members of Electric Light Orchestra and ELO Part II re-unite for their Return of The Orchestra Part II Tour (19 March).

For tickets and further information on all forthcoming shows, call the St David’s Hall Box Office on 029 2087 8444 or book online at www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk
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