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Cardiff Music Festival 2011     

Cardiff Music Festival 2011 Only Men Aloud singer David Mahoney has big ambitions for Cardiff’s newest music festival which brings together newcomers and established stars including Wynne Evans, Dennis O’Neill and Rebecca Evans.

As artistic director of September’s inaugural Cardiff Music Festival, David has the twin aims of promoting young artists by giving them a platform alongside some of the biggest names in the musical world and raising considerable amounts of money for charity.

Leading a team of volunteers from the Classical Brits award-winning choir and other members of the Cardiff musical community to establish this new addition to Cardiff’s music calendar, he said, “The emphasis on promoting young artists but at the same time involving some of the biggest names in the musical world. A lot of emphasis is placed on youth music in Wales, but not for young artists trying to start a career in the music industry.

“The festival also aims to bring classical music and musical theatre to those who may not have been exposed to it before with tickets all very reasonably priced ranging from free admission to just £15.

“Organised by and for the emerging talent of the South Wales musical community, this festival will show that the future of music in Cardiff and Wales is in safe hands! My hope is that one day, this festival will be able to compete with some of the major European music festivals as a celebration of high quality music making by the enormous wealth of talent that this city has to offer.”

Cardiff-born David added, “I have been delighted by the response of the Cardiff musical community, with everyone seeing the festival as being a really good idea and quick to lend their support. The stature of some of the performers is very impressive, with artists such as Wynne Evans, Tim Rhys-Evans, Dennis O'Neill, Mark Evans, Gwawr Edwards and members of Only Men Aloud all performing and the international opera star Rebecca Evans as a patron with Dennis O'Neill. All performers are giving their time and skill free of charge, showing support for the three charities that we are raising money for through musical performance.

Tim Rhys-Evans and the whole of Only Men Aloud have been incredibly supportive of the festival. From organisational help, to flyering, to performing at the festival launch event, the boys have been a great help in getting the festival up and running. Without their support it simply would not have happened and I am very proud to be a part of a group of young men who are doing so much for music in Wales.”

This year, the festival is supporting the Noah’s Ark Appeal, The Elizabeth Evans Trust and Amser Justin Time.

The 2011 festival will be opened by its resident ensemble the Cardiff Sinfonietta, joined by the critically acclaimed young pianist Sophie Cashell (BBC ‘Classical Star’ winner).

The musical theatre evening brings some show business to proceedings with an all-star line up including Katy Treharne (currently starring in Phantom of the Opera in London’s West End), Jessica Robinson (star of BBC’s ‘Over the Rainbow’) and members of Only Men Aloud.

The festival includes the Manchester Chamber Orchestra with a concert of string music, before a spectacular Opera Gala brings the festival to a stunning conclusion with performers including Dennis O’Neill, Wynne Evans, Gwawr Edwards and Mark Evans, hosted by Only Men Aloud musical director Tim Rhys-Evans.

The festival also sees the launch of the Young Welsh Artists Recital Series, which this year promotes Steffan Morris (former Texaco Young Musician of Wales winner), Anne Denholm (BBC Young Musician Finalist), Steffan Jones and two young composers whose works will be premiered at the festival.

There will also be a series of singing workshops and informal performances at the Wales Millennium Centre.

Patrons of the festival are the internationally acclaimed opera singers Dennis O’Neill CBE and Rebecca Evans, while support has come from the Wales Millennium Centre, Media Wales, Cardiff Printing Company, Cheeoy Lee and Cardiff Design Company, amongst others.

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2011 Cardiff Music Festival highlights

15th September, 7.30pm - Cardiff Sinfonietta with Sophie Cashell, The Gate Arts Centre.

16th September, 7.30pm – ‘A Night at the Musicals’ with Katy Treharne, Jessica Robinson and members of Only Men Aloud, The Gate Arts Centre.

17th September, 7.30pm – Manchester Chamber Orchestra perform string favourites by Elgar, Grieg, Bartok, Barber, Jenkins and Vaughan Williams, Y Tabernacl Church, The Hayes.

18th September, 8pm – Opera Gala with Dennis O’Neill, Wynne Evans, Tim Rhys-Evans and guests, Hoddinott Hall, Wales Millennium Centre.

16th, 17th 18th September, 1.15pm – Young Welsh Artists Recital Series, Steffan Morris (cello), Anne Denholm (harp) and Steffan Jones (baritone), Y Tabernacl Church, The Hayes.

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Mike Smith
Tuesday, August 30, 2011back



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