Past Events

  • The Mavron Quartet perform:

    Haydn String Quartet Op. 76 No. 2 ‘The Fifths’

    Shostakovich String Quartet No. 8

    Borodin String Quartet No.2

    One of a series of concerts by the Mavron Quartet celebrating Russian music.

    Date: 27/01/2017
    Venue: Art shop and Gallery, Abergavenny
    Time: 19:30
  • Moiri Buffini’s fast, funny but faithful adaptation of Russian classic, The Suicide, throws a careless match into a box of fireworks.

    Date: 07/02/2017 to 14/02/2017
    Venue: Theatr Bute Theatre, Coleg Brenhinol Cerdd a Drama Cymru / Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
    Time: 14:30 & 19:30
  • Emeritus Professor of Russian History Geoffrey Hosking gives the public lecture The triumph of distrust: the 1917 revolutions and Soviet society in February.  

    Date: 13/02/2017
    Venue: Prifysgol Caerdydd / Cardiff University
    Time: 18:30
  • A series of miniature gems, Tchaikovsky's The Seasons was composed in 1875-6, each piece named after a month of the year and each appearing in its respective monthly issue of a St Petersburg music magazine. This delightful set for piano reveals Tchaikovsky's supreme gift for melody, and individual excerpts are often heard as recital encores or in arrangements for other instruments. Today, a whole year floats by as twelve Royal Welsh College pianists play Tchaikovsky's evocative and charming masterpiece.

    Date: 15/02/2017
    Venue: Neuadd Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama / Coleg Brenhinol Canolfan Cerdd a Drama Cymru
    Time: 13:15
  • As the sun set on the Romanov dynasty and a 300-year old empire hurtled towards war and revolution, Russian music caught fire. A century after that world ended forever, Royal Welsh College artists in residence The Gould Piano Trio are joined by the Endellion Quartet to explore the extraordinary musical flowering of pre-revolutionary Russia. There will be chamber music by Borodin, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, bejewelled rarities by Arensky, Glinka and Glazunov, and some magical rediscoveries. This is the music of St Petersburg drawing rooms and long summers on country estates; of folk songs, fairy tales and glittering Imperial splendour. 

    Date: 16/02/2017 to 19/02/2017
    Venue: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama / Coleg Cerdd a Drama Brenhinol Cymru
  • The Mavron Quartet perform:

    Gliere String Quartet No. 1

    Haydn String Quartet Op. 76 No. 2 ‘The Fifths’

    Borodin String Quartet No.2

    One of a series of concerts by the Mavron Quartet celebrating Russian music.

    Date: 19/02/2017
    Venue: Trinity St David, Llanbed / Lampeter
    Time: 14:30
  • An avant-garde catwalk show, a stunning costume performance with dance, light and sound.

    Date: 02/03/2017
    Venue: Bute Theatre, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama / Theatr Bute, Coleg Brenhinol Canolfan Cerdd a Drama Cymru
    Time: 16:00 & 19:45
  • This hugely entertaining collection of classic one-act farces by Anton Chekhov, includes The Evils of Tobacco, The Dimwit, The Bear, Swan Song and The Proposal. This is Chekhov as you’ve never seen him before – funny! Originally performed in Russian vaudeville theatres, these bittersweet plays are Chekhov at his comic best - before The Seagull got stuffed, Uncle Vanya fired blanks, The Three Sisters started moaning and The Cherry Orchard was ‘car-parked’. Presented by European Arts Company.

    Date: 02/03/2017
    Venue: Richard Burton Company, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama / Coleg Brenhinol Canolfan Cerdd a Drama Cymru
    Time: 19:30
  • An avant-garde catwalk show, a stunning costume performance with dance, light and sound.

    Date: 03/03/2017
    Venue: Bute Theatre, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama / Theatr Bute, Coleg Brenhinol Canolfan Cerdd a Drama Cymru
    Time: 13:00, 16:00, 19:45
  • Yugoslav-born pianist Tamara Stefanovich, dubbed the “dexterous wizard” of the keyboard.

    Date: 05/03/2017
    Venue: Neuadd Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama / Coleg Brenhinol Canolfan Cerdd a Drama Cymru
    Time: 14:00
  • Royal Welsh College Chamber Orchestra: Classical Revolution

    Symphony No.94 in G major Surprise

    WA Mozart Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra, K191

    Stravinsky Pulcinella Suite 

    Shostakovich Chamber Symphony in D major, Op 83a

    David Jones conductor

    Stanley Kaye-Smith bassoon

    Date: 09/03/2017
    Venue: Neuadd Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama / Coleg Brenhinol Canolfan Cerdd a Drama Cymru
    Time: 19:30
  • Joined by celebrated conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy and captivating young soloist Jess Gillam, leading chamber orchestra Sinfonia Cymru presents music by Mozart, Prokofiev and Nyman.

    Date: 16/03/2017
    Venue: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama / Coleg Cerdd a Drama Brenhinol Cymru
    Time: 19:30
  • Royal Welsh Chamber Choir

    Date: 16/03/2017
    Venue: Cadeirlan Llandaff Cathedral
    Time: 19:30
  • An opera written in Italy by an English composer to a Russian text doesn't sound like a recipe for success, but fifty years on William Walton's The Bear remains an entertaining and popular reminder of the composer's skill and appeal.

    Date: 29/03/2017
    Venue: Neuadd Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama / Coleg Brenhinol Canolfan Cerdd a Drama Cymru
    Time: 13:15
  • The Mavron Quartet perform:

    Borodin String Quartet No.2

    Shostakovich String Quartet No. 8

    One of a series of concerts by the Mavron Quartet celebrating Russian music.

    Date: 25/04/2017
    Venue: Neuadd Dewi Sant / St David's Hall
    Time: 13:00
  • Taking place 1 – 31 May 2017, Diffusion: Cardiff International Festival of Photography is a city-wide celebration of photography and contemporary art through a month-long programme of exhibitions, and events. Diffusion 2017 examines ‘revolution’ in its widest sense, investigating social change, freedom of expression, utopianism and respect for human rights.

    Date: 01/05/2017 to 31/05/2017
  • Exhibition: Giant ‘Fabergé’ Egg 

    This giant Fabergé’ egg is inspired by one of Carl Fabergé's eggs, specifically the Catherine the Great Egg and the 100 year centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution. 

    It took 22 students from the design for performance course at the Royal Welsh College over 13 days to make it as part of their introduction to prop making.  

    Pop in to the College’s Linbury Gallery this May to take a closer look at the egg.

    Linbury Gallery, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

    Date: 02/05/2017 to 26/05/2017
    Venue: Oriel Linbury, Coleg Brenhinol Cerdd a Drama Cymru / Linbury Gallery, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
  • Playing Scarlatti sonatas is an integral part of a Russian pianist’s training and Yevgeny Sudbin’s latest CD has garnered rave reviews for its intense mixture of purity and colour. Hailed in the Daily Telegraph as “potentially one of the greatest pianists of the 21st century”, Sudbin’s recital also includes the passion of Medtner’s Sonata Tragica and three quintessentially Russian works by Tchaikovsky.

    Date: 07/05/2017
    Venue: Neuadd Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama / Coleg Brenhinol Canolfan Cerdd a Drama Cymru
    Time: 14:00
  • Conductor Yuri Simonov           

    Soloist Natalia Lomeiko, Violin  

    Rimsky-Korsakov Sadko 11' 

    Shostakovich Violin Concerto No 1 35' 

    Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet (excerpts) 40' 

    Date: 14/05/2017
    Venue: Neuadd Dewi Sant / St David's Hall
    Time: 15:30
  • The Mavron Quartet perform:

    Gliere String Quartet No. 1

    Borodin String Quartet No.2

    One of a series of concerts by the Mavron Quartet celebrating Russian music.

    Date: 19/05/2017
    Venue: Eglwys St John, Caerdydd / St John's Church, Cardiff
    Time: 19:30
  • Russia. A beautiful country estate in the middle of nowhere. Nothing ever happens. But then, the arrival of a new tutor sets hearts aflutter, and over three days the household is turned upside down as young and old learn lessons in love. A passionate and moving comedy about romantic obsession, Patrick Marber's electric retelling of Turgenev's classic A Month in the Country premiered at the National Theatre, London, in 2015. 

    Date: 26/05/2017 to 02/06/2017
    Venue: Chapter Arts Centre / Canolfan Gelfyddydau Chapter
    Time: 19:30 (+1 Matinee)
  • MWO ‘Small-Stages’ delivers a whole new concept in opera, presenting its first ever micro-chamber performances with a brand new version of this twentieth century one-act comedy classic. 

    Composed in 1967 and based on Anton Chekhov’s play of the same name, The Bear tells the tale of the widow, Mme Popova, unendingly mourning the death of her husband until the arrival of the rough-hewn yet charismatic land agent, Smirnov (the “bear” of the title) demanding payment of debts. Passions run high and their sparring culminates in a duel during which the two appear to have fallen unexpectedly in love.

    Date: 01/06/2017
    Venue: Congress Theatre, Cwmbran
    Time: 19:30
  • Rite of Spring - BBC National Orchestra of Wales 

    Sergei Prokofiev  Scythian Suite

    Maurice Ravel   Piano Concerto in G major

    Igor Stravinsky  The Rite of Spring

    Conductor  Thomas Søndergård

    Piano   Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

    Stravinsky takes musical conventions of the time and turns them on their head in this musical depiction of a controversial Pagan ritual: Set in prehistoric Russia the elders force a sacrificial virgin to dance herself to death. Causing riots and walk-outs at its premiere in Paris the Rite of Spring is an exciting, revolutionary and unsettling work that shows Stravinsky’s rebellious nature to its fullest.

    Date: 08/06/2017
    Venue: Neuadd Dewi Sant / St David's Hall, Caerdydd / Cardiff
    Time: 19:30
  • Rite of Spring - BBC National Orchestra of Wales

    Sergei Prokofiev  Scythian Suite

    Maurice Ravel   Piano Concerto in G major

    Igor Stravinsky  The Rite of Spring

    Conductor  Thomas Søndergård

    Piano   Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

    Stravinsky takes musical conventions of the time and turns them on their head in this musical depiction of a controversial Pagan ritual: Set in prehistoric Russia the elders force a sacrificial virgin to dance herself to death. Causing riots and walk-outs at its premiere in Paris the Rite of Spring is an exciting, revolutionary and unsettling work that shows Stravinsky’s rebellious nature to its fullest.

    Date: 09/06/2017
    Venue: Neuadd Brangwyn, Abertawe / Brangwyn Hall, Swansea
    Time: 19:30