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Music News

  • Music success!

    9 September 2018

    Many congratulations to Menglin L (R16) upon achieving her Diploma with Distinction for piano in July. This is a truly outstanding achievement, following on from her Diploma in violin (also with Distinction) last December. In addition, she was also presented with the Cardiff County & Vale of Glamorgan Youth Orchestra Leader’s Award in July (pictured).…

  • Summer Concert – 11th July 2018

    29 June 2018

    The 2018 St John’s College, Cardiff ‘Summer Concert’ will take place on 11th July in the School Hall starting at 7pm. The pupils will be performing selected highlights from this year’s concerts alongside material prepared during the Trinity term. The Cathedral Choir and Concert Orchestra will perform alongside instrumental and vocal soloists from St John’s College in a variety of pieces including: Danzon No.2 by Arturo Marquez, Dvorak’s exciting Slovonic Dance, a medley of Hollywood hits, Music Theatre songs including extracts from Beauty and the Beast and choral classics such as I Was Glad by Hubert Parry, completing a programme for a wonderful summer’s night of music.…

  • Choristers perform at St David’s Hall, Cardiff

    19 June 2018

    On Sunday 17th June, 25 choristers from the Cathedral Choir sang at the performance of Mahler’s Third Symphony at St David’s Hall.  We were invited to sing by Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra and were joined by the ladies of Welsh National Community Chorus and soloist, Kate Woolveridge. The symphony itself is the best part of 1hr 40 minutes long and there was nothing else in the programme, not even an interval. …

  • St David’s Hall Concert

    19 November 2017

    Our annual Christmas Concert at St David’s Hall is just over a week away. Details of rehearsal times and a medical consent form for your child(ren) are available via the links below. Many thanks for your continued support of music at St John’s College and the Cathedral. The Music Department. Letter and Consent Form Medical Form

  • Orchestral & Choral Music Collaboration Day

    22 October 2015

    On Thursday 22 October, our Music Department welcomed pupils from across Cardiff to join our pupils in an orchestral and choral music collaboration day.  The afternoon’s performances featured the Concert Orchestra, Cathedral Choir, Training Orchestra and Junior Girls’ Choir.  The Concert Orchestra performed Walton’s Crown Imperial and Elgar’s Chanson de Matin and members of the orchestra gave lively demonstrations of instruments to introduce the pupils to the orchestra.  …

  • R14 & R15 Music Trip to BBC ‘Ten Pieces’

    1 October 2015

    Thirty-three Music GCSE pupils from R14 and R15 were chosen by the BBC to attend the Welsh Premiere screening of their ‘Ten Pieces’ programme of classical music for secondary schools. There were dramatic extracts from Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, R. Vaughan Williams’ exquisite Lark Ascending with Nicola Benedetti and Haydn’s vital Trumpet Concerto with Alison Balsam; we also heard Bizet’s eternal melodies from Carmen and Bach’s brilliant Toccata and Fugue in D minor played by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra based in Salford, Manchester.…

  • R15 Music Trip to BBC Cardiff Singer of the World

    19 June 2015

    On Thursday 18 June, the R15 Music class had the privilege of attending the coveted final round of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World at St David’s Hall.  The boys and girls were captivated by the variety of repertoire and amazing talent on display and will look forward to watching coverage of last night’s competition on BBC4 this evening before the highly anticipated grand final on Sunday.…

  • R12 Gamelan Music Trip – St David’s Hall

    19 May 2015

    All three classes in R12 visited St David’s Hall this week to take part in a Gamelan workshop. The session introduced pupils to the music of Java and they were able to play a variety of elaborate instruments made of bronze with traditional hand finished woodcarvings. Pupils were actively involved throughout the workshop and enjoyed group music-making.…

  • Service of Confirmation at St David’s Metropolitan Cathedral

    17 May 2015

    Nine St John’s College students of R13 celebrated the sacrament of Confirmation which was conferred by His Grace, Archbishop George Stack at the Metropolitan Cathedral on Sunday 17 May.  The students have been receiving instruction at school for the past twelve weeks which culminated in a day retreat at the parish of St David Lewis, Usk.  …

  • Success at South Glamorgan Festival for Young Musicians

    6 May 2015

    We are very pleased to announce that Menglin Li (R12) has been appointed Leader of the National Children’s Orchestra, and we would like to extend our congratulations to all our pupils who took part in the South Glamorgan Festival for Young Musicians at St John’s College during the May Bank Holiday Weekend.…

  • Spring Concert

    30 April 2015

    Congratulations to all the many pupils involved in the annual Spring Concert on Tuesday 28 April which welcomed its largest audience to date.  The evening was a feast of musical delights, featuring the Concert Orchestra, Cathedral Choir, Training Orchestra, Girls’ Choir, Brass Ensemble, Flute Choir, ensembles and outstanding soloists, including music by Byrd, Vivaldi, Schubert, Schumann, Fauré and Gershwin and movements from Grieg Piano Concerto in A Minor, Stavinsky Pulcinella, Weber Clarinet Concerto, Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.…

  • Menglin Leads National Children’s Orchestra

    29 April 2015

    Many congratulations to R12 violinist, Menglin, who is orchestral leader of the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain (U12), and recently led the orchestra in Port Regis, Dorset, conducted by Roger Clarkson. This is a very prestigious accolade and one of which Menglin can be very proud.…

  • Cathedral Choir Easter Concert, St David’s Hall

    17 March 2015

    On Tuesday 17 March, the girl and boy choristers and gentlemen of the Cathedral Choir performed their annual Easter Concert at St David’s Hall – Faire is the Heaven: Music of the Cathedral Choral Tradition – including music ranging from the Renaissance through to the present day.…

  • Cathedral Choristers Win Choir Schools Association Football Tournament

    4 March 2015

    On Wednesday 4 March, our boy and girl choristers attended the annual Choir Schools Association Sports and Evensong Day, this year generously hosted by Hereford Cathedral.   In the Netball Tournament, our girl choristers battled valiantly to come third, while in the hotly contested Football Tournament, our boy choristers were crowned overall winners, seeing off competition from the Cathedrals of Bristol, Exeter, Gloucester, Hereford, Llandaff, Truro, Wells, Winchester and Tewkesbury Abbey.…

  • Junior Girls’ Choir Concert at Nazareth House

    26 February 2015

    On Thursday 26th February the Junior Girls’ Choir and R15 musicians throughly enjoyed performing for the residents of Nazareth House. We would like to thank the staff and residents for always making us feel so welcome and also the parents who kindly supported us at the concert. We look forward to arranging our next visit in the near future.…

  • Music Collaboration Project

    13 February 2015

    On Friday 13 February, pupils from three local primary schools joined St John’s College pupils for a musical collaboration project. Boys and girls from Christ the King, Rhydypenau and Glasllwch primary schools joined our Concert Orchestra and Cathedral Choir for an afternoon of music workshops, culminating in a joint performance of Haydn ‘Gloria’ from the Nelson Mass, Rutter’s The Lord bless you and keep you, the Finale from Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite and the first movement of Mendelssohn’s ‘Italian’ Symphony (No.…

  • Cathedral Choir Concert at St Paul’s Cathedral

    10 February 2015

    On Tuesday 10 February the boys, girls and gentlemen of the Cathedral Choir travelled to London to perform a lunchtime concert in the magnificent setting of St Paul’s Cathedral.  The concert was very well-received and featured a programme of music from the British choral tradition, including some of Britain’s finest repertoire from the Tudor period through to the present day: Tallis Te lucis ante terminum Byrd Haec Dies Purcell Hear my Prayer Wood Hail Gladdening Light Harris Faire is the Heaven Britten Hymn to the Virgin Tavener As one who has slept David Neville I give you a new commandment It was wonderful to see so many parents, past students and friends of the choir attend the concert.  …

  • Christmas Assembly

    17 December 2014

    On Wednesday 17 December, the whole school gathered for its annual Christmas Assembly.   The Concert Orchestra and Sixth Form Ensemble performed a selection of Christmas music and led the congregational carols. At the heart of the assembly was the Nursery & Infant Department Christmas Tableau which, as always, was very well-received and poignantly reminded us of the true message of Christmas.…

  • Training Orchestra Christmas Trip to Peter & the Wolf

    13 December 2014

    On Thursday 11th December 29 junior and senior pupils from the Training Orchestra enjoyed a performance of Peter and the Wolf at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. It was a wonderful experience to see and hear the instruments at close quarters and was further enhanced by the enchanting use of both full-sized puppets and shadow puppetry.  …

  • Awards Ceremony & Christmas Concert

    12 December 2014

    On Friday 12 December, the school hosted its annual Awards Ceremony & Christmas Concert.  It was a wonderful opportunity for staff, pupils and parents to celebrate the achievements of R16, L6th and U6th students, as well as former sixth formers who have begun their university studies this year. Congratulations to the Cathedral Choir, Junior Girls’ Choir, Concert Orchestra, Training Orchestra, Brass Ensemble and Flute Choir and soloists for some beautiful musical offerings that evening.  …

  • Choral Scholars in Concert at The National Museum of Wales

    10 December 2014

    On Wednesday 10 December, our Senior and Sixth Form Choral Scholars gave their annual performance of Advent Motets and Christmas Carols in the Grand Hall of The National Museum of Wales.…

  • Cathedral Choir Christmas Concert at St David’s Hall

    25 November 2014

    The Cathedral Choir performed a sublime selection of music for Advent and Christmas today to a very large audience at St David’s Hall.  The boy and girl choristers and gentlemen of the choir can be very proud of their exquisite performances of carols such as Silent Night and Away in Manger, as well as music by composers such as Poulenc, Grieg and Howells.  …

  • Cathedral Choir Tour to Madrid

    30 October 2014

    The Senior and Sixth Form Choral Scholars have just returned from a most enjoyable tour to Madrid and El Escorial. Particular highlights were a superb concert at Iglesia de San Manuel y San Benito (with two standing ovations), visits to Prado Art Gallery, Parque Retiro, and Real Madrid’s Bernabéu Stadium, and performances at Madrid Cathedral and the world-famous El Escorial. …

  • HMC service at the Metropolitan Cathedral

    30 September 2014

    On Tuesday 30 September, our Cathedral Choir had the privilege of providing the music for the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference service of evening prayer at the Metropolitan Cathedral. Our Archbishop of Cardiff presided with Canon Collins (Dean of the Cathedral), and the Anglican Bishop of Worcester gave the sermon.  The lesson was read by the Head of Eton College, and we were joined by the Chamber Choir of Uppingham School in magnificent performances of works by Orlando Gibbons, Charles Wood and Dr David Neville.…

  • Archdiocesan Music Outreach Workshop & Benediction

    19 September 2014

    Dominic Neville (Choirmaster): ‘It was a great pleasure to work with over 100 pupils from across the archdiocese at the Cornerstone and the Cathedral on Friday 19 September.   I knew that the boys and girls would be enthusiastic to sing, but the results we achieved in September’s outreach project exceeded all expectations.…

  • Gala Concert, Dora Stoutzker Concert Hall, RWCMD

    10 September 2014

    Following on from the success of their Oxford concert on Monday, our Concert Orchestra and Cathedral Choir performed a stunning Gala Concert to a packed audience at the Dora Stoutzker Concert Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama on Wednesday 10 September, 7.30pm.  The superb evening featured performances of the highest calibre and received a standing ovation from the audience.  …

  • Concert at Christ Church Cathedral Oxford

    8 September 2014

    On Monday 8 September, the school’s Concert Orchestra and Choral Scholars performed in the magnificent setting of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.  The lunch time concert featured works such as the first movement of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Rheinberger’s Bleib bei uns.   The boys and girls greatly enjoyed their time in Oxford, which included a picnic in the beautiful setting of Christ Church Meadow.…

  • Cathedral Choir Tour to Ghent and Bruges

    20 July 2014

    The boy and girl Cathedral Choristers have just returned from a most enjoyable tour of Belgium (Fri 18 – Sun 20 July).  As well as enjoying the splendid scenery on the canals of Bruges, the choristers performed two magnificent concerts with Llandaff Cathedral Choral Society in Ghent Cathedral and Bruges Cathedral, the latter of which culminated in a standing ovation.…

  • Cathedral Choir in Concert with Philadelphia Boys’ Choir & Llandaff Cathedral Choral Society

    15 July 2014

    Our boy and girl choristers (and Llandaff Cathedral Choral Society) were delighted to join the renowned Philadelphia Boys’ Choir in the final concert of their UK tour at Hoddinott Hall, Wales Millennium Centre at 7.30pm.  The concert was very well received and culminated in a thrilling joint performance of Parry’s I was glad.…

  • Gilbert & Sullivan HMS Pinafore

    10 July 2014

    The College production of HMS Pinafore has received a superlative review in The Catholic People: HMS Pinafore Catholic People Review

  • Cathedral Choir Royal Charter Service

    6 June 2014

    On 6 June, the Cathedral Choir had the honour of singing for the service at which the Worshipful Livery Company of Wales received its Royal Charter, at St John’s Church in the city centre. A leading member of the National Livery Guild wrote: ”May I congratulate the Metropolitan Cathedral Choir for a superb choral event.” The choristers are also looking forward to performing with the Philadelphia Boys Choir at Hoddinott Hall, on Tuesday 15 July at 7.30pm.…

  • South Glamorgan Festival for Young Musicians

    4 May 2014

    Congratulations to our pupils who entered the South Glamorgan Festival of Young Musicians, hosted this year at St John’s College on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 May: Robert in R14, Luca A in R11 and Pablo L in R8 were all prize winners, and new pupils Menglin L and Jacky T-H came joint first in the senior piano prize.…

  • Music Department Spring Concert

    21 March 2014

    Tonight’s performance was a resounding success, with an incredibly high standard of music making.  Many congratulations to all the performers involved in tonight’s concert which ended in a standing ovation! Spring_Concert_2014

  • Cathedral Choir Easter Concert, St David’s Hall

    11 March 2014

    On Tuesday 11 March, the girl and boy choristers and gentlemen of the Cathedral Choir performed their annual Easter Concert at St David’s Hall, including highlights from Monteverdi Vespers with orchestra.…

  • Cathedral Choir Live Broadcast on BBC Radio 4

    2 March 2014

    On Sunday 2 March, the Cathedral Choir performed a broadcast of Sunday Worship live on BBC Radio 4 to an estimated audience of 1.8 million.  Many congratulations to the Choir on a fine performance.…

  • Concert Orchestra performs on S4C

    16 December 2013

    Earlier this term, the Concert Orchestra had the honour of performing works by Handel and Tchaikovsky for the S4C programme, Dona Dereidi, which was broadcast during the week commencing Monday 16 December.…

  • Cathedral Choir Christmas Concert

    26 November 2013

    The Cathedral Choristers can be very proud of their concert performance today to a large and appreciative audience at St David’s Hall.  The annual lunchtime concert featured a wide range of Christmas carols and music for Advent, as well as works by Schubert and Fauré performed by U6th pianist, Ethan Harris, and the Sixth Form Instrumental Ensemble respectively. …