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International Concert Series 2018-19

Gwasgwch yma i ddarllen y wybodaeth yn Gymraeg / Press here to read this info in Welsh.

From Oslo to India…
Sixteen World Class Concerts

Whether your taste is for classical, choral or contemporary, this year’s International Concert Series is sure to have something for you. With visiting orchestras and ensembles from Birmingham, London, Manchester, Mumbai and Oslo, together with some of today’s most distinguished soloists we’re certain you’ll want to join us for some spectacular performances. Why not take a few minutes to look through this brochure?

Please click here for a copy of our International Concert Series 2018-19 season brochure. 

A terrific roster of outstanding soloists including pianists Benjamin Grosvenor, Paul Lewis, Nicolai  Lugansky, Beatrice Rana and Louis Schwizgebel, cellists Narek Hakhnazaryan and Jian Wang, clarinettist Emma Johnson and violinists Pinchas Zukerman, Viktoria Mullova and Marat Bisengaliev.


Benefits of booking a package:

  • You can save up to 25% on your tickets and, if you book now, you can pay over six months (interest free), making your money go even further
  • First choice of seats for all our featured concerts this year
  • A Subscribers Discount Card
  • Buy additional tickets now, or nearer the time, for friends and family at your subscription discount rate
  • Buy your programmes in advance and get a discount – £3.00 in advance, £3.50 on the day.

Benefits of booking all 12 concerts:

  • An invitation to our party on the opening night of the season
  • Two FREE lunchtime concerts of your choice
  • A discount card entitling you to 10% off hot drinks and snacks in the Gin Lounge and bars.
  • A whole year of superb concert going to look forward to!
 No of  concerts 10 11 12
 Discount   5%   5%   10%   10%   15%   15%   20%   20%   25% 

Please book via Box office on 02920 878444.

Groups of 10 or more £1.50 off full price ticket.
Groups of 20 or more £2.50 off full price ticket.
Please contact the Box Office on tel no: 029 2087 8444. St David’s Hall, The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1AH.

St David’s Hall is committed to promoting orchestral and classical music to as wide and diverse an audience as possible. So if you are not sure that a classical music concert is your cup of tea, or you simply may wish to test the orchestral concerts waters for the first time and experience first hand the amazing sound of an orchestral concert, then this introductory price of £10 won’t break the bank! Who knows, you may just love it!

Aged 16-25? You could enjoy these concerts for only £5.00.
 Just join our free music and drama
club exclusively for 16-25 year olds. Each concert has a limited number of seats at this
special “React” price. To join, email us at artsactive@cardiff.gov.uk


Pre-Concert Talks (FREE)
One hour before each of our concerts we have a 30-minute insight into the music and the context to the performance. These popular events are accessible and informative and a great way to get more from your
concert experience.

ICS Concert Coach Return Journey Only £5! 

Do you love classical music, but have difficulty accessing transport services to experience live orchestral concerts at St David’s Hall? 

For just £5, you can now sit back and relax on a return coach journey provided by the venue for the Philharmonia Planets Project on Tuesday 25 June and arrive in time for the pre-concert talk at 6.30pm! 

The ICS Concert Coach is a trial scheme and if successful, we aim to provide a service for several future ICS performances with additional routes added according to demand. For this trial service, the following pick-up / drop-off points are times are available:

   Pick Up Point  Time
 Llanwit Major   Railway Station   4.45pm 
 St Athan  Bus Stop by the cenotaph   4.55pm
 Rhoose  Opposite Spar  5.04pm 
 Barry  Railway Station  5.17pm
 Barry  Police Station  5.22pm
 Dinas Powys  Texaco Garage  5.37pm 
 Penarth  Town Centre (Arcade bus stop)   5.52pm
 Grangtown  Railway Station  6.07pm

To book your seat on the ICS Concert Coach, please call our Box Office on 029 2087 8444 or book online by upgrading your experience

This service is only available to ICS Concert ticket holders, and coach places must be booked by 5pm on Monday 24 June 2019. 

Plus, as a little thank you for being one of the first to catch our ICS Concert Coach, your coach ticket entitles you to a free ice cream during the interval. 

Leave the transport to us, and make friends with other classical music fans before experiencing the thrill of the ICS at St David’s Hall!



Jonathan James draws
on both his conducting
and teaching experience
to give enthusiastic
lectures in venues
around the country. He
works as a presenter for
orchestras, including the
BBC National Orchestra
of Wales, Bournemouth
Symphony Orchestra and
Royal Philharmonic, and
is founder-director of the
Bristol Pre-Conservatoire.


Dr Keith Chapin lectures
in music at Cardiff
University School of
Music. From Alaska
originally, he has also
worked in New York and
New Zealand. He is an
active amateur violist.





Elin Jones
is the Nicholas John Dramaturg for Welsh National Opera. Originally from Anglesey, Elin studied at Cardiff University, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. A keen singer, she has performed with leading Welsh language opera company Opra Cymru and has fond memories of performing in St David’s Hall with massed choirs while growing up. 


Before each concert we’ll be hosting young performers on the Lefel 3 day stage from the region’s music schools. These young people are at the start of their music journey that may take them on to the main concert hall one day.

Jonathan James takes you on a whistle-stop tour of 250 years of classical music, from medieval monks to modern masterpieces. With fun live illustrations on the piano and a pot pourri of audio excerpts, this light-hearted presentation will help you join the dots in classical music history and introduce you to a whole new world of listening. Suitable for both the
complete novice and seasoned concert-goers.

The National Concert Hall of Wales is owned, managed and funded by Cardiff Council.  St David's Hall is supported by the Arts Council of Wales.


Beatrice Rana

Thursday 25 April, 7.30pm

ITALIAN PASSION FROM BEATRICE RANA: The Van Cliburn Award Winner brings her magic to a vivid programme featuring music by Chopin, Ravel and Stravinsky.

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The Hallé

Saturday 18 May, 7.30pm

ENERGY, PASSION AND FANTASY: Sir Mark Elder and The Hallé make a much anticipated return to St David’s in this wonderful musical mélange by Smetana, Sibelius and Berlioz.

More infoBook now
March 2019

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