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www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007qn4b

Biennial competition 'known throughout the classical music world as the premier showcase for opera and concert singers at the outset of their careers'. Held Mid June [2017]

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www.clmc.me.uk

Founded 1976: ‘We present the best in music which is both light and live, with monthly concerts featuring top international artists. We also hold monthly workshops where you can learn and hone your skills and show off your talents! ...  We started out as a dedicated keyboard and organ club, and we still feature these instruments a great deal. But we have now expanded ... also having the pleasure of inviting members of local professional and semi professional music societies and groups as well as individual musicians of various genre’.

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stedward.roath.org.uk/CRMS/

'The Society where friends meet to listen to recordings of classical music and talk about music they've heard. Our presenters include musicians, broadcasters and academics, as well as our own members. The programmes are wide-ranging and are presented in a warm friendly environment. Browse our programme, and if you see something you like come along and meet us... you won't be disappointed!'

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www.cardiff.ac.uk/research/explore/research-units/cardiff-interdisciplinary-research-in-opera-and-dr...

'Interdisciplinary network bringing together scholars and practitioners – composers, directors, librettists, dramaturgs, surtitlers – working on a range of topics and methods for the study and creation of opera and drama ... CIRO hosts a variety of events each year, including guest lectures, study days, conferences and seminars with international speakers, workshops and panel discussions.'

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www.rwcmd.ac.uk

'The National Conservatoire of Wales, part of the University of South Wales Group, competes alongside an international peer group of conservatoires and specialist arts colleges for the best students globally, enabling students to enter and influence the world of music, theatre and related professions.'

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Also indexedNational Conservatoire of Wales | University of South Wales
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www.cardiff.ac.uk/music

‘Our students work and study in a research community, learning from academic staff with expertise in composition, performance, musicology, ethnomusicology, and popular music ... Our graduates have found success both within the music profession – as composers, conductors, performers, teachers, arts administrators, and music librarians – but also in diverse fields such law, accountancy, politics, IT, marketing and management consultancy.‘

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www.sewoa.org.uk

'Formed in 1998 to foster interest in the pipe organ and its music. For the practising church organist, SEWOA can provide a strong sense of fellowship and mutual encouragement, perhaps more important now than ever before in an area where musical standards in many branches of the church seem to be under pressure. The membership of SEWOA covers a broad base, and advice is therefore available on any subject of a church organist's activities.'

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sgfym.org.uk

'A music festival held in Cardiff, offering performance and competition opportunities to young musicians from Cardiff and South Wales up to the age of 23. The aim of the Festival is to foster musical excellence by providing a friendly and encouraging environment to gain performance experience. Medals and Trophies are awarded and all entrants receive a written, professional assessment.' Held Late April.

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www.bbc.co.uk/bbcnow

'Both a broadcast orchestra and the national symphony orchestra of Wales ... Orchestra-in-Residence at Cardiff’s St David’s Hall and performs a busy schedule of live concerts throughout Wales and the UK. Nearly all the Orchestra’s performances can be heard on the BBC, and they regularly perform at the BBC Proms and BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. The Orchestra’s Learning team strive to make classical music accessible, they are also the UK’s foremost soundtrack orchestra, working Doctor Who and War and Peace, among others. Formed in 1983, the BBC National Chorus of Wales is one of the leading large mixed choruses in the UK ... BBC NCW enjoys a close performing and recording relationship with the BBC NOW.'

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www.cardiffbachoir.org.uk

Formed 1962: ‘Originally a choir of around 25 singers, in recent times between 50 to 60 choristers regularly take to the performance platform. During the 1980’s the choir expanded to allow performances of the larger works and oratorios and has since given performances of all the major choral works, sometimes jointly with other local choirs ... While we continue to explore new avenues, and develop exciting programmes ... including 20th century composers, we are not forgetting our original aims and the work of Bach and his contemporaries will continue to feature regularly in our programmes’.

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www.cardiffphilharmonic.com

'CPO is recognised as one of Wales's foremost non-professional orchestras, with a reputation for a wide ranging repertoire from film music and light classics to major works.'

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melingriffith.co.uk

‘This Band hosts five bands under the name of City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) Brass Band. M1 competes at Championship Section Nationally & locally. M2 compete in the 2nd section nationally and 3rd section locally, M3 compete at youth level and M4 are our beginner band. Community Brass is for anyone, of any standard, who enjoys playing but does not want to compete. The Band has a long history, The City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) Band can justifiably claim to be the oldest band in Wales. Sure we're also the friendliest.’

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musictheatre.wales

'We want our opera to engage and surprise audiences. We want to stimulate and communicate new ideas, thoughts and feelings, and so we continually re-imagine what opera can do and what it can offer. That way we can keep opera a truly dynamic and contemporary art form. That is what we strive to do.'

Category:Opera Companies
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sinfoniacymru.co.uk

'The orchestra provides early employment opportunities to young musicians, including talented recent graduates as well as the most promising musicians still in full-time study. Sinfonia Cymru alumni have moved on to successful careers in many of the top professional symphony, chamber, opera and ballet orchestras in the UK and worldwide.'

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songbirdschoir.com

'Choir for lesbian, bi and trans women and non-binary people in Wales ... We were set up in 2012 ... but we always welcome new members! ... We pride ourselves on our inclusivity and we aim to be a supportive and friendly group where members can have fun and make a beautiful sound!'

Category:LGBT Choirs
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www.southwalesclarinetchoir.com

'Formed in September 2005 to promote clarinet ensemble playing in Cardiff and South Wales.The ensemble has musicians covering the full range of instruments and includes professional clarinettists, music teachers and accomplished players ... SWCC’s repertoire is varied, ranging from Baroque to the present day, and includes arrangements of popular pieces together with original compositions.'

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www.tongwynlaisband.com

‘The Premier Championship Section Band of Cardiff. Originally based in the village of Tongwynlais on the outskirts of the City, the Band was founded in 1888 ... The band competes in the Championship Section in the National Brass Band League ... We also give a number of concerts throughout the year as a full band (25 and percussion), or as a smaller group to play music to suit the occasion.‘

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www.wno.org.uk

'Transforms lives through the power of opera. We are passionate about opera and want to share this passion with as many people as possible. We do this with award winning performances of fully staged opera and concerts which combine a sense of adventure with the highest possible quality. We keep our performances accessible through affordable ticket prices. Beyond the theatre we connect with people through our community and education work and digital projects.'

Category:Opera Companies
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www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk

'Cardiff's most central concert venue. There is something on nearly every day - from jazz, classical and folk music to comedy, children's shows and everything in between.'

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sites.google.com/site/stjohnscityparishcardiff/

Music events include ‘a continuing series of Free Concerts featuring the magnificent sounds of the organ made in 1894 by “Father” Henry Willis & Sons, restored in 2005 by David Wells of Liverpool and paid for with a large grant from The Heritage Lottery Fund together with many private donations ... The Church is next to the city centre's covered market, and is the oldest remaining mediaeval building in the city after Cardiff Castle, dating from the 12th century’.

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www.wmc.org.uk

‘The nation's home for the performing arts situated at the heart of Cardiff Bay. One of the UK's top cultural attractions, the Centre provides an extensive programme of world class entertainment, showcases Welsh creativity and talents, partners with international artistic companies, and offers creative learning and community engagement opportunities aimed at increasing accessibility to art and culture.’

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