As part of the International Concert Series at St Davids Hall we run a range of “extras” alongside to add to your experience as a whole

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Pre-Concert Talks
One hour before each of our concerts we have a 30-minute insight into the music and the context to the performance. These popular events are accessible and informative and a great way to get more from your concert experience.

Talk Hosts:

Dr Jonathan James draws on both his conducting and teaching experience to give enthusiastic lectures in venues around the country. He works as a presenter for orchestras, including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic, and is founder-director of the Bristol Pre-Conservatoire.

Dr Keith Chapin lectures in music at Cardiff University School of Music. Keith is from Alaska originally and has also worked in New York and New Zealand and is also an active amateur violist.

Elin Jones is the Dramaturg for Welsh National Opera. Originally from Anglesey, Elin studied at Cardiff University, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. A keen singer, she has performed with leading Welsh language opera company Opera Cymru and has fond memories of performing in St David’s Hall with massed choirs while growing up.

Classical Roadmap Talks
‘Roadmap’ talks are designed to help you navigate your way through the different periods and developments of classical music. They pack both essential information and fascinating tidbits into under an hour, and are delivered with a light touch by Dr Jonathan James from the piano. Whether new and curious to the scene or a concert veteran, there will be plenty there for you to enjoy.

Young Artists Showcase
Before each International Concert Series performance, we will be hosting young performers on the Level 3 day stage of St David’s Hall from the region’s music schools. These performances last for a maximum of 25 minutes and aim to offer young artists the opportunity to showcase their skills and expand their profile as a musician. This is a fantastic opportunity for these young people who are at the start of their musical journey and it offers them the chance to experience the work of some of the world’s most prestigious performers and conductors

Young Composers Scheme
This offers aspiring young musicians aged 14-18 with a passion for classical music to develop their skills in composition, instrumentation and arranging. This invaluable opportunity is offered for young people to learn from and work alongside professional composers and highly experienced instrumentalists from Wales to develop their portfolio of work.

Schools Programme

During the year we work with both primary and secondary schools to offer composition and performance projects. These projects vary throughout the year so please do get in touch to find out what exciting opportunities we are offering at the moment.

Arts & Health

Our International Concert Series programme also sees us work in retirement homes and care environments and delivering the Open Orchestras Scheme in special schools. More information coming soon.

Podcasts & Videos
We will be starting a podcast series to run alongside our 2020 – 2021 International Concert Series which will be hosted by the wonderful Dr Jonathan James. Jonathan will be joined by various members of the public, celebrities and more to chat about life, music and look and listen to some of the wonderful pieces coming up in the 2020 – 2021 programme. We also create short videos to accompany the upcoming concerts.

International Concert Series Online Resources

Primary Schools Composition – Digital Course

As part of our International Concert Series Extras each year we run composition workshops and concerts for both secondary and primary school children. Our primary school composition project should have seen composer Helen Woods [...]

International Concert Series 18/5/2020: INTERACT

We know you won't be able to attend today's performance with the Aurora Orchestra so we have created a music quiz, composer profiles, info sheets, a spotify playlist, and education pack, a talk from [...]

Young Composers Digital Course Summer 2020

Unfortunately our Young Composer Summer course had to be cancelled due to the COVID19 outbreak. We didn't want you to miss out so we have created a digital course for you to take part [...]

International Concert Series 26/4/2020: INTERACT

We know you won't be able to attend today's performance with the WNO Orchestra so we have created a music quiz, composer profiles,  fact sheets and a spotify playlist to keep you entertained at [...]

International Concert Series 3/4/2020: INTERACT

We know you won't be able to attend today's performance with the Philharmonia Orchestra so we have created a music quiz, composer profiles and a spotify playlist to keep you entertained at home! Enjoy! [...]

International Concert Series Composer Quiz

Are you a composer or do you enjoy classical music? We have put together a fun quiz all about composers that we would love for you to do. You may know your composer names, [...]