Cardiff Music Festival 2011
a showcase of musical excellence in Wales’ capital city
15th – 18th September
Several members of Classical Brit Award winning choir Only Men Aloud have established a new music festival to promote young artists and give them a platform alongside some of the biggest names in the musical world, raising considerable amounts of money for charity. David Mahoney, Artistic Director of the festival, has led a team of volunteers from Britain’s favourite choir and other members of the Cardiff musical community to establish the Cardiff Music Festival, which promises to be one of the most exciting events in Cardiff’s music calendar.
David Mahoney, Artistic Director of the festival says ‘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’.
The Cardiff Music Festival is a not for profit organisation, committed to achieving three fundamental objectives: to bring musical excellence and performances of the highest quality to Wales’ capital city; to promote young artists and composers at the beginning of their careers; and to raise money for charitable causes through musical performance. This year, the festival is honoured to be supporting the Noah’s Ark Appeal, The Elizabeth Evans Trust and Amser Justin Time. The festival also aims to bring music to new audiences, making classical music and musical theatre accessible to those who may not have been exposed to it before.
After a substantial planning period, 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. We then welcome the Manchester Chamber Orchestra to the festival, 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, Cardiff Printing Company, Cheeoy Lee and Cardiff Design Company, amongst others.
The inaugural 2011 Cardiff Music Festival will see the involvement of over 100 performers, the majority of whom are young musicians hoping to build a career in the music industry. This is a unique opportunity for an emerging generation of Welsh performers, supported by the enormous generosity of the South Wales community.