Lunchtime Concerts - New Autumn / Winter 2019 Season
ESCAPE the hustle and bustle of everyday life with a captivating Lunchtime Concert at St David’s Hall – the perfect way to break up your day!
The Autumn & Winter Lunchtime Concerts 2019 Season juxtaposes powerful piano performances with delicate violin and clarinet recitals from some of the most supremely talented soloists and trios around.
Starting the season in style is Cardiff’s own Jeffrey Howard (Tuesday 10 September), who has accompanied hugely prestigious names such as Dame Shirley Bassey, Sir Bryn Terfel, Alfie Boe, Katherine Jenkins and Sir Karl Jenkins. Jeffrey delivers a magical organ programme of Bach, Vaughan Williams and enchanting excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.
The following month begins with the Solarek Piano Trio (Tuesday 1 October) as violin, cello and piano beautifully combine for powerful pieces from Rebecca Clarke and French composers Lili Boulanger and Germaine Tailleferre.
A fortnight later, prodigious left-handed pianist Nicholas McCarthy (Tuesday 15 October) performs a rousing repertoire of Rachmaninov and Richard Strauss as well as Bach and Bellini. Nicholas was born in 1989 without his right hand and only began to play the piano at the late age of 14 after being inspired by a friend playing Beethoven's Waldstein Sonata. Having once been told that he would never succeed as a professional musician, Nicholas went on to study at London’s iconic Royal College of Music where he became the only one-handed pianist to graduate in its 130-year history. Incredibly, he performed in front of a live audience of 86,000 and half a billion worldwide on TV at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games alongside the British Paraorchestra and Coldplay.
Also showcasing an immense young talent is the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Prize Winner’s Concert (Tuesday 5 November). In 2018, clarinettist Laura Deignan won the college’s 2018 Ian Stoutzker Prize for her spellbinding performance of Weber’s Concertino and the Howarth SingleReed Prize. At the National Concert Hall of Wales, Laura plays Edwin York Bowen, Krzysztof Penderecki, Charles Villiers Stanford and Robert Muczynski.
A week later Huw Watkins, David Adams and Matthew Hunt (Tuesday 12 November) join forces for pieces by Michael Zev Gordon, John Luther Adams and Watkins’ own Dream for clarinet, violin and piano. How Watkins and David Adams are revered in classical circles for their associations with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Welsh National Opera Orchestra respectively. Plus, Matthew Hunt is one of Britain’s leading clarinettists renowned for his work with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the Sheffield-based chamber group Ensemble 360. Don’t miss a fascinating pre-concert talk with acclaimed composer John Metcalf about the programme at 12pm in the St Asaph Room.
Then it’s time for the musician described by Jazz Journal magazine as the “piano man’s piano man” and “a national treasure” as Dale Storr (Tuesday 19 November) evokes the stunning sound of New Orleans. Inspired by his parents’ record collection of early rhythm and blues and rock’n’roll, Dale immersed himself into the styles of heroes like Dr John, James Booker, Professor Longhair, Allen Toussaint, Fats Domino and Huey ‘Piano’ Smith. His piano studies took him to Sheffield where he established himself as a highly sought after pianist backing many top blues stars from the UK and America. Since 2008, Dale has received widespread recognition for his Sounds of New Orleans show.
Closing the Autumn & Winter Lunchtime Concerts season is a pair of Christmas concerts guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit. Firstly, Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral Choir (Tuesday 26 November) produce plenty of yuletide cheer with a magical medley of traditional carols accompanied by members of the Concert Orchestra of St John’s College led by Director, Jeffrey Howard.
Plus, the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Festive Band (Friday 6 December) reel off festive favourites for a sing-a-long with the whole family – the ideal escape from the cold weather and Christmas shopping frenzy!
The Autumn & Winter Lunchtime Concerts Season emphasise the continuing commitment of St David’s Hall and Cardiff Council in hosting high quality concerts, which are affordable for all.
All Lunchtime Concerts in the Autumn & Winter 2019 Season at St David’s Hall are £6 in advance and £7 on the day (concessions are £5 in advance and £6 on the day).
Tempo Time Credits can be used for a selection of Lunchtime Concerts – please call Box Office on 029 2087 8444 for more information.
All concert starts at 1pm and last for approximately one hour.
To book your tickets for the above concerts, please visit the
Lunchtime Concerts Autumn / Winter 2019 page
or call the Box Office on 029 2087 8444.