Records of Musical and Artistic Events: 2015



7/1/15. Cardiff Recorded Music Society. “To decorate or not to decorate?”. Nothing to do with DIY! Chris Ball surveys changing performance styles in the operatic music of Mozart, Bellini, Donizetti and Rossini as documented in recordings from 1890 to the present day.

14/1/15. Cardiff Recorded Music Society. “Instruments in the making”. Lynne Plummer introduces us to a new angle on music-making, featuring recorded interviews with instrument makers and music illustrations to match.

17/1/15.  Coffee Concert: Alison Dite (pianist, and conductor of St Edward’s Orchestra).  Tchaikovsky’s “The Seasons”.

21/1/15. Cardiff Recorded Music Society. “From Jazz Club to Concert Hall”. Colin Heath illustrates through a range of recordings how classical music has been influenced by jazz. Composers featured include Ravel, Gershwin, Bernstein and Shostakovich.

23/1/15. Gustavus Choir, the touring choir of Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peters, Minnesota, USA. Part of their 2015 international tour of France and Britain, under conductor Gregory Aune, singing a mix of folk, classical and sacred (about 60 singers).

28/1/15. Cardiff Recorded Music Society. “Musical Mysteries”. A light-hearted exploration by Ian Cheverton of some of music’s enduring mysteries, questions and puzzles with some solutions and the odd wild guess!

4/2/15. Cardiff Recorded Music Society. “American Migration”. Several European composers left their homeland to take up residence in the United States for many different reasons. Geoff Trinick considers how the lives and music of Rachmaninov, Bartok and Martinu, for example, were affected by emigration to the New World.

11/2/15. Cardiff Recorded Music Society. “What’s new from Chandos”. Paul Westcott returns to dip into some of the latest additions to this acclaimed label.

18/2/15. Cardiff Recorded Music Society. “Music Magazine, Vol 66 No 2”. Another miscellany of recorded music and comment on items of topical or special interest presented by editor Brian Gardiner.

21/2/15.  Coffee Concert: Fiata Trio. Nutcracker Suite (Tchaikovsky) selection: Overture Miniature, Chinese Dance, Dance of the Merlitons; Le Petit Rien (Cramer); Largo and Spring from Four Seasons (Vivaldi); K439b Divertimento No.1 (Mozart); Calon Lan (arr. Amy Campbell); Flower Duet from Lakme (Delibes); Eine Kleine Nachtmusik mvmts 2 & 3 (Mozart, arr. Wanda Sobieska); Sheep May Safely Graze (Bach); The Sycamore Rag (Scott Joplin).

23/2/15. St Edward’s Orchestra. Adagio in C for Flute and Orchestra (Mozart: solo Nicola Loten); Romance in G (Beethoven: solo Nori Hirano); Double Concerto for Clarinet & Violo (Bruch: Philip Heyman & Peter Fielding); Symphony in E minor “The Hen” (Haydn).

25/2/15. Cardiff Recorded Music Society. “A Night at the Movies”. Many composers have shown an interest in and a considerable flair for writing film scores. Korngold, Herrmann and Morricone are among composers featured in Neil Pritchard’s survey of this significant area of composition.

1/3/15. Opera Mint: Ravel’s “L’enfant et les Sortileges” (The Child and the Spells).

4/3/15. Cardiff Recorded Music Society. “Members’ Choice”. An opportunity for you to let Rod Delamere have your personal favourite pieces of music.

10/3/15. Peter Fielding (clarinet), Diana Painter (violin) and Alison Dite (piano). Including two works by Darius Milhaud: the Duo Concertante and the Suite for Violin, Clarinet and Piano.

11/3/15. Cardiff Recorded Music Society. “Conductors: the New Generation”. Cardiff Philharmonic conductor Michael Bell highlights the work of some exciting young conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, Edward Gardner and Andris Nelsons.

18/3/15. Cardiff Recorded Music Society. “Italian Rarities”. Prompted by an interesting discovery on the radio, John Thomas turns his attention to some of the byways of Italian orchestral and operatic repertoire.

21/3/15.  Coffee Concert: World War I Commemorations Concert, including Poems of Edward Thomas (Music by Geoff Nichols for Voice, Trumpet and Piano) and Poems of A.E.Houseman (Music by Butterworth) plus Popular Songs of the time. Gareth Blake (Bass), Susie Smart (Soprano), Eric Hadley (Baritone), Geoff Nichols (Trumpet) and Jayne Thomas (Piano).

25/3/15. Cardiff Recorded Music Society. “The Violin Virtuoso”. BBC NOW Associate Leader Nick Whiting explores the important tradition of the violin virtuoso from the time of Joachim to the present day.

1/4/15. Cardiff Recorded Music Society. “Chairman’s Evening”. Our new chairman, Geoff Trinick, presents a programme of music which has special significance for him.

3/4/15. Good Friday: Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater (St Edward’s Choir and String Quartet with Archlute)

5/4/15. Service of Readings and Music for Easter.

18/4/15.  Coffee Concert: Harpist Bethan Semmens.

16/5/15.  Coffee Concert: Claire Gardner (Mezzo Soprano) and Gary Mullins (piano). Music by Rachmaninov, Debussy, Chopin and Gluck.

10/6/15. St Edward’s Orchestra Soloists Concert.

20/6/15.  Jazz Month: Julian Martin (piano) and James Chadwick (guitar) – an intimate and conversational exploration of the American songbook, featuring tunes by Jerome Kern, Cole Porter and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

27/6/15.  Jazz Month: AKA Reflections – Alexa Dene (vocals and flute), Kate Williams (guitar), Alison Walker (alto Saxophone) & Sarah Thomas (double bass) playing swing, latin and ballads.

27/6/15. Pupils of Esther Walker.

3/7/15. Nidum Ensemble (musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Now). Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Barber’s Adagio for Strings and Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.

4/7/15.  Jazz Month: Glen Manby and Julian Martin. Songs from the Great American Songbook.

11/7/15.  Jazz Month: Kathy Davies (song stylist combining an eclectic repertoire with a distinct jazz flavour) with Julian Martin (piano).   18/7/15.  Coffee Concert: Ensemble Opera Glas: Susie Smart (Soprano), Anne Braley (Mezzo Soprano), Gareth Blake (Bass) and Jayne Thomas (piano).  Favourite opera arias, duets and ensembles by Mozart, Rossini and Wagner.

11/7/15. Pupils of Jayne Thomas.

11/7/15. Chamber Bravura, singers from Thurgood Marshall Middle School and various High Schools in the San Diego Area in California. Concert in aid of the Nepal Earthquake Appeal. A mixture of religious and secular pieces.

15/7/15. St Edward’s Orchestra. Schubert’s Symphony No.8; Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto (Alison Dite piano, Max Davies conducting); Dittersdorf’s Double Bass Concerto (Callum Duggan soloist).

18/7/15. Venus and Adonis (by John Blow). Pavane accompanying Opera Mint on viols, virginals, lute, theorbo, recorders and curtal.

9/9/15. Cardiff Recorded Music Society. “Tribute to our late President” Ted Greenfield, who passed away on 1st July.

16/9/15. Cardiff Recorded Music Society. “Recording with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales”. BBC NOW Principal Horn Ian Fisher recalls some of his experiences making recordings with the orchestra.

19/9/15.  Coffee Concert: Scott Baker (Lute, Renaissance Guitar & Cittern) – Instrumental Pieces and Songs from the Renaissance by Dowland, Rossiter, Cutting and Johnson.

23/9/15. Cardiff Recorded Music Society. “The Long Road to Recognition”. How many women composers can you name? Neil Pritchard reveals some notable music composed by women over the past 200 years.

30/9/15. Cardiff Recorded Music Society. “Mozart and the Concerto”. Mozart’s accomplishments in the form helped to elevate the concerto to the level of the symphony in the eighteenth century. Terence Gilmore-James illustrates the composer’s genius in this genre.

4/10/15. Service of Harvest Music & Readings

25th St Edward's Music & Arts Festival

Festival Exhibition: “Marie’s View” – Still Life and Welsh Landscape – a selection of work by Marie Schauerman.

6/10/15. Women in Harmony, Voice Male and South Wales Clarinet Choir.

7/10/15. Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan Symphonic Brass.

9/10/15. Talk: “Richard III: the King under the Car Park” by Dr Yolanda Courtney, former Head of Museums for Leicestershire.

11-18/10/15. Ceramics exhibition in the Schoolroom in conjunction with “Made in Roath”.

12/10/15. St Edward’s Choir & Orchestra: Gloria (Vivaldi) & Concerto Grosso (Handel Op.3 No.1).

14/10/15. Cardiff Recorded Music Society. “Music Magazine, Vol 67/1”. A miscellany of recorded music and comment on items of topical or special interest, presented by editor Brian Gardiner.

17/10/15.  Coffee Concert: Steven Biggs (Classical Guitar).

21/10/15. Cardiff Recorded Music Society. “Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky”. Tchaikovsky was the first Russian composer to achieve international acclaim, David Perkins includes in his survey examples of orchestral, vocal and instrumental music.

28/10/15. Cardiff Recorded Music Society. “Members’ Choice”.  Rod Delamere is again our resident DJ.

4/11/15. Cardiff Recorded Music Society. “Six of the Best”. Who is to say what is good or bad in music? Ian Cheverton selects a number of pieces which hopefully will get us thinking, whether we agree or not with his verdict.

11/11/15. Cardiff Recorded Music Society. “The Berlin Philharmonic”. From somewhat dubious beginnings, The Berlin Philharmonic grew into one of the world’s greatest orchestras. Geoff Trinick focuses on some of the conductors who have presided over this formidable band.

18/11/15. Cardiff Recorded Music Society. “Bach’s Latin Church Music”. Much of Bach’s church music was written to German texts. But, as Keith Griffin reveals, the B minor Mass was not his only work to use Latin texts.

25/11/15. Cardiff Recorded Music Society. An evening with Suzanne Murphy: We are privileged this evening to have a visit from this former WNO principal soprano who will be interviewed by Chris Ball.

28/11/15.  Coffee Concert: Gary Mullins (piano).

29/11/15. Service of Readings and Music for Advent.

1/12/15. St Edward’s Orchestra Soloists Concert.

12/12/15. Pupils of Esther Walker.

16-23/12/15. The "O" Antiphons (Evening Prayer). St Edward's Choir.

19/12/15.  Coffee Concert: Christmas Concert by St Donats Atlantic Chorale (

20/12/15. Christmas Carol Service. St Edward's Choir & Orchestra.