When looking for live music, one of the often overlooked sources is the UK’s music conservatoires. Throughout the year, they put on recitals and shows to give a platform for their students, providing them with invaluable experience. Here in the South West we are lucky to have the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, which trains students across numerous disciplines in the performing arts.
On Tuesday 7 July, students from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in partnership with Music Theatre Wales, will perform a series of five operatic arias inspired by the story of St Fagans Castle during the First World War, entitled ‘Make An Aria’. St Fagans Castle estate had a major role to play in the First World War effort, like many other country estates across the UK.
Stately homes were utilised to house wounded soldiers in makeshift hospitals, and during the Second World War they provided relative safety for evacuated children. St Fagans Castle and the Windsor-Clive family who lived their during the First World War, were very much affected by the conflict; the stories that emerged are the subject of ‘Make An Aria’, which will be a promenade performance around the Castle and gardens lasting about an hour.
Audience members are advised to meet by the Castle doors dressed for an open-air performance. There will be little or no seating for parts of the event due to the promenade nature of the performance.
Tuesday 7 July 2pm & 3.30pm
Venue: St Fagans National History Museum
Tickets: Admission Free – advance booking is essential due to limited numbers, please call St Fagans on 029 2057 3424