May at St David’s Hall
MAY offers an even more diverse programme than ever at St David’s Hall including a Welsh national treasure, a legendary comedian and an iconic football manager!
No month would be complete without a healthy helping of captivating classical music, and it’s the European Union Chamber Orchestra (Weds 1 May) that start things off in style with Barber’s Adagio for Strings providing a haunting centre-piece. The International Concert Series continues with the energy, passion and fantasy of The Hallé (Sat 18 May) led by masterful conductor Sir Mark Elder, whilst the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (Thurs 9 May) return with a dark and intense programme of Mozart and Bartók. Plus, there’s the exuberant and flamboyant Sandbox Percussion (Tues 21 May) performing as part of the Vale of Glamorgan Festival.
If you’re up for a laugh, then who better to spend an evening with than Jasper Carrott (Weds 8 May)? The lovable Brummie brings his hilarious show Stand Up & Rock show to the Hall alongside his best pal Bev Bevan – formerly of ELO and The Move. Together they present cracking comedy and the very best tunes of the last 50 years including The Beatles, Tina Turner, Elvis Presley and many more!
There’s also two super shows combining laughter with serious issues based on a couple of powerful podcasts. The Guilty Feminist (Weds 15 May) has amassed a staggering 50 million downloads since launching in 2015, and comedian Deborah Frances-White spearheads a stellar line-up live onstage. Meanwhile, Cardiff-born best-selling author and broadcaster Jon Ronson (Thurs 16 May) presents his Audible podcasts Tales from the Last Days of August and The Butterfly Effect, which offer fascinating insights into the adult film industry that are guaranteed to be sweet, sad, mysterious and funny.
Another local person who has done rather well is the sensational Katherine Jenkins (Tues 7 May), and the Neath-born mezzo-soprano is back in support of stunning new album Guiding Light. There’s only limited tickets remaining though, and the same can be said of the terrific tributes Rumours of Fleetwood Mac (Mon 6 May) and Killer Queen (Fri 17 May); and Strictly sweethearts Aljaž and Janette in Remembering the Movies (Sat 4 May). Michael Ball (Sun 19 May) is already sold out, but as ever please keep a close eye on our website and social media, and check with the Box Office for any late returns.
If you’re footy fan or I’m A Celebrity addict, you’ll love Harry Redknapp (Weds 29 May), who is sure to have a story or two to tell of his experiences in the dug-out and from Down Under. The big names don’t stop there either as synth-pop star Howard Jones (Sun 26 May) celebrates the 35th anniversary of his debut album Human’s Lib with a helping hand from fellow 80s icons China Crisis. Plus, Judge Jules has now been announced as the guest DJ for Ministry of Sound - The Annual Classical (Fri 31 May), so if you want to hear the likes of Chemical Brothers, Faithless and Fatboy Slim performed by a breathtaking 50-piece orchestra; then this is the show for you!
Elsewhere, the Cory Band & Only Men Aloud (Sat 25 May) join forces for Brass & Voices at the Movies, whilst Soul Legends (Thurs 23 May) features BRIT Award-winning Fame Academy star Lemar. Equally good for the soul is the raw gospel spiritual sound of The Kingdom Choir (Thurs 30 May), who captured the hearts of the nation at Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding last year!
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