The sound of summer at Royal Welsh College

This summer season brings a programme filled with exceptional music from the College’s talented artists and a host of special guests.

The Amser Jazz Festival is a four-day celebration of jazz in May, and this year the focus is on female performers, with performances from Dame Evelyn Glennie, Yazz Ahmed, and Nérija.

There’s also the chance to enjoy a host of free performances by Royal Welsh College students and graduates with sets throughout the festival, including the Amser Jazz Time foyer sessions that week on week present the very best emerging jazz artists.

Dylan Thomas is a constant source of inspiration: Huw Warren brings his gorgeous jazz suite Do Not Go Gentle featuring narrated excerpts of the poet’s work.

In June the College hands over its venues to students for their annual take-over: REPCO festival is an exciting week of student-led productions as they gain experience running their own arts projects.

As part of the Vale of Glamorgan festival, the College welcomes one of the world’s most adventurous pianists Ivan Ilić as part of a very special Steinway International Piano Series recital. Paul Lewis returns to perform in June, as well as the College’s String Quartet in Residence, The Albion Quartet.

The College’s summer opera is The Magic Flute, directed by Martin Constantine, Hodge International Chair in Directing. One of the most popular operas ever written, it takes its audience to the heart of the human quest for love and wisdom.

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