Cardiff Music Festival
Cardiff Music Festival ended its second season with a sell-out ‘Night at the Musicals’ at the Wales Millennium Centre, including artists such as Connie Fisher, Kerry Ellis, John Owen Jones, Sophie Evans and Luce Jones. The 2012 festival also included performances from Elin Manahan Thomas and Shan Cothi at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, as well as the continuation of the Young Welsh Artists Recital Series and the search for new singer-songwriting talent in ‘The Stage’.
Several members of Classical Brit Award winning choir Only Men Aloud established the music festival in 2011 to promote young artists and give them a platform alongside some of the biggest names in the musical world, raising considerable amounts of money for charity. David Mahoney, Artistic Director of the festival, continues to lead a team of volunteers from Britain’s favourite choir, this year joining forces with Orchard Media and Events Group in organising the Cardiff Music Festival, which is one of the most exciting events in Cardiff’s music calendar.
‘My hope is that one day, this festival will be able to compete with some of the major European music festivals as a celebration of high quality music making by the enormous wealth of talent that this city has to offer, and the 2012 festival was a huge step in the right direction with a fantastic line-up of performers and venues’ – David Mahoney.
The Cardiff Music Festival is committed to achieving three fundamental objectives: to bring musical excellence and performances of the highest quality to Wales’ capital city; to promote young artists and composers at the beginning of their careers; and to raise money for charitable causes through musical performance. This year, the festival is honoured to be supporting the Noah’s Ark Appeal, Head to Heart and Amser Justin Time. The festival also aims to bring music to new audiences, making classical music and musical theatre accessible to those who may not have been exposed to it before.