Red Violin

'A fascinating festival...eclecticism rules'
The Times

'I am happy to support this exciting and innovative violin festival and wish it all success'
Honorary President Ida Haendel

Artistic Director

Schedule of Events for Red Violin


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St David's Hall tel. box office: 02920 878444

Norwegian Church Arts Centre Cardiff Bay 02920 454899

Chapter Arts (Theatre, Cinema, Cafe, Bar), Market Road, Canton CF5 1CE 02920 454899

Cardiff University Concert Hall 31 Corbett Road, CF10 3EB 02920 875939

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Castle Grounds, Cathays CF10 3ER 02920 391391

Wales Millennium Centre Cardiff Bay tel. 08700 402000

Y Tabernacl The Hayes, Cardiff, CF10 1AJ UK 02920 344391 but for tickets tel. 01656 880220

Monday 1 October | Llun 1 Hydref

5.30pm Opening Event, Unveiling of Big Ffidil by Lord Elis-Thomas WMC Foyer
6-7.30pm Festival Reception & violin music Welsh Assembly Senedd

Tuesday 2 October | Mawrth 2 Hydref

1-2pm The Philharmonia 4 Violins & Bass - arrangements of opera and jazz WMC Foyer
6-7pm Indian Carnatic violin - Jyotsna Srikanth & percussion WMC Foyer
6.30-7pm Pre-concert talk - composers Anne Dudley, Stuart Jones with Anthony Powers Cardiff University Concert Hall
7.30pm Madeleine Mitchell violin & Ensemble Bash percussion - FiddleSticks Cardiff University
8pm Billy Thompson, jazz violinist St David’s Hall Jazz on Level 3

Wednesday 3 October | Mercher 3 Hydref

1-2pm RWCMD - Students: Violin sonatas by Franck and Walton WMC Foyer
6-6.45pm Madeleine Mitchell violin, Jeremy Huw Williams baritone, Andrew Ball piano WMC Foyer
6pm & 8.30pm Red Violin film (130’) Chapter Arts Cinema

Thursday 4 October | Iau 4 Hydref

1-2pm Live Music Now Virtuoso Violin! duo - Corigliano Red Violin Caprices etc WMC Foyer
7.30pm Arcata Ensemble - Bach, Elgar, Nyman, Welsh music Y Tabernacl

Friday 5 October | Gwener 5 Hydref

1.05pm Rachel Podger - Solo Bach & Telemann RWCMD
1-2pm RSAMD violinists - classical & celtic fiddle WMC Foyer
2.30-5.30pm Rachel Podger Master Class RWCMD
6-6.45pm RCM Violin Quartet - Telemann, Bartok, Leclair, Wieniawksi, Lutoslawski WMC Foyer
6.45-7.05pm Pre-concert talk by Stephen Walsh - Stravinsky and Dushkin St David’s Hall auditorium
7.30pm BBCNOW Prokofiev Romeo & Juliet, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Strauss Till Eulenspiegel St David’s Hall

Saturday 6 October | Sadwrn 6 Hydref

6-6.45pm MacMillan and More: Madeleine Mitchell violin & Richard Shaw piano WMC Foyer
8pm Chris Stout Shetland folk fiddle & Catriona McKay clarsach Norwegian Church

Sunday 7 October | Sul 7 Hydref

1pm Davies Sisters’ Exhibition - RWCMD students play C20 British music National Museum of Wales
8-10pm The Devil’s Violin Chapter Arts Theatre

Monday 8 October | Llun 8 Hydref

11.30am Research Seminar Dr Simon Jones - Nicola Matteis, C17 virtuoso RWCMD
1-2pm Menuhin School Violinists WMC Foyer
4pm ‘Fit as a Fiddle’ Symposium RWCMD
6-6.45pm Beethoven & Stravinsky: Lesley Hatfield, Ian Brown, David Campbell WMC Foyer
7-8pm RSA Lecture-Recital chaired by Dame Janet Ritterman WMC Seligman Room

Tuesday 9 October | Mawrth 9 Hydref

12.30-12.50pm Pre-concert talk by Prof Robin Stowell - Elgar, Bridge and the Violin St David’s Hall
1-2pm Madeleine Mitchell violin & Nigel Clayton piano - Elgar, Bridge, Massenet St David’s Hall
8pm Eliza Carthy - vocalist/folk fiddle + trio St David’s Hall Level 3


WMC foyer - exhibition of children's art: new Red Violin paintings/drawings by Cardiff school children and Big Ffidil

SDH foyers - level 3: exhibitions of violins (from perspex to pocket) & violin-making Level 1: archive photos of violinists from the Royal College of Music.

EDUCATION - supported by ACW

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The Violin Sings /Canu'r Ffidil - A project with Cardiff schools prior to the festival with Madeleine Mitchell violin, Jeremy Huw Williams baritone and Rosie Edwards, Visual Artist

Big Ffidil - a large specially built model violin programmed to sound by Stuart Jones (of RPS award-winning Virtual Orchestra for South Bank). This will be on display for the duration of the festival in the main foyer of WMC. Children can climb in and play.

Associated Events

1 October 11.30 RWCMD Corus Recital Room Research Seminar with Margaret Faultless (Leader OAE) and Adrian Partington (piano) on performance practice in Beethoven Kreutzer & Spring Sonatas. Free

3 October Riverfront: Live Music Now violin duo

7 October 10.30 WMC Foyer Concert - Music for Children and their parents by RWCMD String Department

Contact the Red Violin

Please contact the Red Violin office:

Administrator - Rosie Edwards tel 02920 303314

PR General - Jo Carpenter tel 020-7737 5994 / 07771 538868

PR Cardiff - tel 07917 367879