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RWCMD Students Love Cardiff

12 December 2019

Cardiff is famous for its music scene, landmarks like Principality Stadium and Cardiff Castle, and is home to huge sporting events and festivals. There’s always something happening.

But rather than us telling you what’s great about the Welsh capital, we asked our students to share what they love most about Cardiff.

Jasper Dommett, Composer

“My favourite place in Cardiff is Wales Millennium Centre as it’s the home of the two best orchestras in Wales; the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBC NOW) and Welsh National Opera, which the College has long-standing relationships with. I was privileged to work with BBC NOW as a composer for Composition: Wales last year.”

Bethany Lee, Trombonist

“Bute Park is my favourite place in Cardiff because it’s beautiful to walk around and a lovely place to relax after a busy day at College.”

Catrin Soons, Clarinetist

“Whether it’s performing or enjoying concerts from orchestras and ensembles across the world, St. David’s Hall’s performance space has one of the best orchestral acoustics. I feel proud to say I’ve played there.”

Esyllt Thomas, Vocalist

“Madame Fromage in Castle Arcade is a cheese-lover’s heaven!”

Lydia Mee, Vocalist

“Hensol hands-down is my favourite. It’s only a stone’s throw from the city centre yet it feels like you are in the depths of the countryside.”

Paul Helliwell, Jazz Saxophonist

“The Flute and Tankard bar. This is my favourite place in Cardiff because it’s a great venue for Jazz music and has a lot going on.”

Megan Jackson, Percussionist

“Cardiff Bay! There’s so much to do there and I love walking across the barrage to Penarth. There’s good food and excellent galleries, and the Aqua Park is brilliant in the summer too.”

Una Shea, Violinist

“I love Castle Arcade because of its cozy coffee shops and unique architecture. Plus, it looks extra magical during the Christmas season!”

Nick Smith, Tuba Player

“Brodies coffee shop in Gorsedd Gardens, next to Cardiff Museum, is an excellent place to chill out with a coffee on a College break.”

Jose Eduardo, Vocalist

“This is my favourite spot in Cardiff, a bench in Roath Park to catch-up and chill out.”

The highlights of the city don’t end there. Take a look at Minty’s Gig Guide for essential music venues and amusing cult guide I Loves The ‘Diff for much more.

And if you’re still not sure whether Cardiff is the place for you, perhaps His Dark Materials star Lin-Manuel Miranda can convince you with a freestyle rap!

Read our blog to find out more about the student experience at RWCMD.

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