June at St David's Hall
JUNE 2019 can mean only one thing at St David’s Hall - the return of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World (Sat 15 - Sat 22 June)!
The biennial competition is back as 20 of the very best young voices in opera globally vie for the prestigious prize accompanied by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Welsh National Opera Orchestra. Good luck to all the entrants especially magnificent mezzo-soprano Angharad Lyddon, who will be representing Wales!
There’s an abundance of breathtaking classical concerts too starting with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (Thurs 6 June) performing Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No 2 featuring the 2014 BBC Young Musician of the Year, Martin James Bartlett. The 2018/19 International Concert Series comes to an epic finale as the Philharmonia Orchestra (Tues 25 June) take us on a magical voyage of discovery with Holst’s The Planets and a suite from John Williams’ spectacular score to Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Also closing their season in style is Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra (Sat 29 June) with a powerful programme of Beethoven and Shostakovich with a helping hand from prodigious pianist, Giueseppe Guarerra. Plus, the Royal Welsh College Symphony Orchestra (Fri 28 June) presents an all-American evening of Adams, Turnage and Copland.
There’s also an ideal introduction to the thrill of classical music for the whole family in Wallace & Gromit’s Musical Marvels (Sat 1 June). Get ready for an amazing orchestral accompaniment to the Academy Award-winning film The Wrong Trousers, and there’s three Gromit Modelling Workshops where you can create your very own four-legged friend to take home - it’ll be a grand day out!
It’s not all about classical music though as there’s a healthy helping of rock, pop and folk. Names don’t get much bigger in Wales than Kelly Jones (Sat 8 June) of Stereophonics, but tickets for this rare, solo show from Cwmaman’s finest sold out long ago. Keep an eye on our website and social media, and check with the Box Office for any late seat releases!
Elsewhere, the ‘British Queen of Blues’ Elkie Brooks (Weds 5 June) delivers the hits from across her glittering career complete with trademark husky vocals, whilst Woman to Woman (Weds 26 June) brings together a terrific trio of the UK’s most beloved singer-songwriters in Judie Tzuke, Beverley Craven and Julia Fordham. Folk fans are in for a treat with Blair Dunlop (Tues 4 June) as part of Roots Unearthed, and Cardiff is transformed into Graceland for one night only in Taking Care of Elvis (Sun 30 June) featuring the uncanny likeness of Ben Portsmouth.
As ever, if you’re up for a laugh then the Hall is the place to be. It’s nearly time for last orders as there’s only limited tickets left for Al Murray (Mon 3 June) in Landlord of Hope & Glory. Canadian comic Stewart Francis (Fri 7 June) bids an emotional farewell to the stand-up stage with Into the Punset, and The Horne Section (Thurs 27 June) create a hilarious live version of their hugely popular podcast.
Plus, the worst hairdressers around - Bleach for the Stars - returns to Lefel 1 as the BBC Radio Wales sitcom Foiled (Sat 8 June). Tickets are FREE, but just make sure you don’t ask for a trim!
To book your seats, please visit www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk
or call the Box Office on 029 2087 8444