With so much going on here at any one time, it can be hard to keep track of all the top-quality performances that our actors, musicians, designers and stage managers are getting involved with.
As a hub of creative activity, our students are masters at collaboration. We’ve condensed this summer’s performances down to 12 must-see events from students of all disciplines.
From puppetry shows at the National Trust’s Dyffryn Gardens, a re-imagined Sweeney Todd, to a 5-day jazz festival- we’ve got something for everyone.
Wed 10 May, all-day event
Composers from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama come together for this all-day festival of contemporary music. Immersive soundscape installations with explorations of sound, light, live and electronic performance – this mixture of free and ticketed performances from current and past students is not to be missed.
Previously covered on the #RWCMD blog, distance learner Gawain Hewitt will be performing an all-day, interactive set, which he has performed at Tate Modern.
Musical Theatre Showcase
Mon 15 – Tues 16 May, Richard Burton Theatre
Musical Theatre students have 2 minutes each to wow the audience in this annual showcase. Public audiences are joined by casting agents and industry insiders for performances in Cardiff and London.
3Richard Burton Company Season
Thurs 25 May – Fri 2 June
Three plays from our very own Richard Burton Company – a rep company made up of final year students in acting, design and stage management.
Fri 9 – Tues 13 June
If you’ve ever enjoyed AmserJazzTime in the foyer on a Friday night, make sure you don’t miss this annual 5-day festival! Acclaimed jazz professionals join RWCMD young artists for one very cool week of music.
5BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Lunchtime Lights
Wed 14 – Fri 16 June, Dora ŷStoutzker Hall
Three lunchtime recitals accompany BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017, from acclaimed international pianist Llŷr Williams to prize-winning vocalists from the College. Hear our singers and musicians perform Britten’s Canticles, a miniature opera, and the “love song waltz’s” of Brahms’ Liebeslieder in these bite-size lunchtime performances.
Thurs 15 -Wed 21 June Linbury Gallery, RWCMD
Fri 20 June – Sun 2 July, Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London
A showcase of the work of final year Design for Performance students, Balance exhibition opens in the College’s Linbury Gallery and Bute Theatre before transferring to the Bargehouse on London’s South Bank.
7Stoutzker Prize Final
Wed 21 June 6:30pm, Dora Stoutzker Hall
Some of the most talented musicians and vocalists at RWCMD go head-to-head to compete for the Stoutzker Prize, a £10,000 prize for excellence, donated by Ian Stoutzker.
This year’s finalists are Grant Jameson (Euphonium), Charlotte MacClure (Violin), George Fradley (Piano), Blaise Malaba (Bass) and Rhodri Jones (Tenor).
8Gala Concert with the Royal Welsh College Symphony Orchestra
Wed 28 June 7:30pm, St. David’s Hall
It’s that time of the year again, when RWCMD musicians take over the wonderful St. David’s Hall for a full symphonic performance. Our musicians come together for an epic concert – this time to celebrate Principal Hilary Boulding’s ten transformative years at the College, before she assumes the position of President of Trinity College, Oxford later this year.
9Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Wed 28 June – Wed 5 July, Richard Burton Theatre
Musical Theatre performers return for their last public performance at RWCMD – this fully staged reimagining of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd.
10The Desert Daydreamer
Fri 30 June – Wed 5 July, Dyffryn Gardens
Our annual puppetry show takes this collaborative production to the lush setting of Dyffryn Gardens in this year’s show, The Desert Daydreamer.
See actors, musicians and stage managers collaborate with design students, who bring to life their hand-crafted creations in a promenade performance.
Mon 3 – Wed 5 July, Sherman Theatre
Director Martin Constantine returns to the College for Kurt Weill’s Street Scene after directing Semele last term, which garnered reviews from the Independent, The Guardian and The Times, among others.
12Venue 13 – Edinburgh Fringe Previews
Tues 25 – Weds 26 July, Bute Theatre