Lunchtime Concerts - New Spring 2020 Season - NOW ON SALE
St David’s Hall
New Spring 2020 Season
Now On Sale
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 Spring Lunchtime Concerts 2020 Season juxtaposes powerful piano pieces with soothing string recitals from some of the finest classical talent around.
Starting the season in style is the supremely talented pianist Lauren Zhang (Tues 14 Jan), who won the 2018 BBC Young Musician of the Year with a performance The Arts Desk described as “a superhuman display of keyboard virtuosity”. Currently studying at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Lauren has already made her debut at the BBC Proms and delivers a rousing repertoire of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Rachmaninov.
The following week sees The Society of Women Organists (Tues 21 Jan) deliver a Lunchtime Concert with a difference. Award-winning London-based organist Ghislaine Reece-Trapp joins forces with acclaimed teacher and founder of the St Giles International Organ School, Anne Marsden Thomas MBE for a programme including Bach and Buxtehude. Ghislaine will be playing at the console, whilst Anne will be onstage providing brief informed commentaries and musical illustrations highlighting the varied and intriguing aspects of Ghislaine’s programme with the aid of a grand piano and large screen. This concert taster will be followed with a more in-depth half-hour presentation for all ages exploring what goes into making music ‘happen’ when seated at a console as magnificent as the Hall’s concert organ.
Then it’s that fun time of year again when the Royal Welsh College Symphony Orchestra present Orchestradventure! (Tues 4 Feb). Charismatic animateur and bassoonist, Ruth Rosales hosts Beethoven: Musical Superhero, which brings the iconic German composer back to life by linking his legendary music into modern masterpieces from our favourite films. Marvel at the masterpieces, and get to know the deaf musician who could hear the future. This interactive concert is aimed at a schools audience, but everyone is more than welcome to attend.
Virtuoso pianist Jean-Sélim Abdelmoulam (Tues 11 Feb) performs three Nocturnes by Fauré with poetic panache. After attending the Lusanne Conservatorie and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, he was invited by Sir Andrâs Schiff to give solo recitals as part of the Building Bridges concert series supporting new talent. Jean-Sélim is now completing his studies on the Sir Andrâs Schiff Performance Programme for Young Pianists at the Kronberg Academy.
A fortnight later, the dynamic duo of Simon Desbruslais and Jakob Fichert (Tues 25 Feb) are also playing Fauré along with Fellows, Medtne and Gershwin. Simon is a revered trumpet soloist equally active in baroque and contemporary music. He has recorded extensively for Signum Classics including Psalm: Contemporary British Trumpet Concertos and The Art of Dancing. Likewise, Jakob has an international profile having toured extensively across the UK and Europe. He has recorded for Toccata Classics, Resonus Classics, Divine Arts and Naxos to great critical acclaim both as a soloist and collaborating artist.
Serbian-American pianist Ivan Ilić (Tues 17 March) returns to the Hall with a repertoire encapsulating Reicha, Haydn and Beethoven. His commitment to understanding composers in all their complexity and then communicating that insight intelligibly to a wide audience has made him a unique presence on the musical landscape.
Sinfonia Cymru (Tues 31 March) then celebrate 250 years since the birth of Beethoven as part of a Cardiff-wide anniversary festival. Three young professional string players led by Caroline Pether come together to perform what is widely considered to be Beethoven’s best composition, String Trio in C minor. This captivating concert also features Ernö Dohnányi's Serenade in C major, which premiered in Vienna in 1904.
A fitting finale to the Spring season is provided with another exhilarating performance from St David's Hall's ensemble in residence, the Mavron Quartet (Tues 14 April). Fresh from recent performances in St Petersburg, the Mavrons continue the Russian theme with Prokofiev’s String Quartet No 1 alongside the Austrian grandeur of Mozart's String Quartet No 15 in D minor.
The Spring Lunchtime Concerts 2020 Season emphasises 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 Spring 2020 Season at St David’s Hall are £6 in advance and £7 on the day (concessions £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 last for approximately one hour.
To book your tickets for the above concerts, please visit the
Lunchtime Concerts Spring 2020 page
or call the Box Office on 029 2087 8444.