Press Releases 2017

Wales International Academy of Voice End of Term concert to be held in Carmarthen

17.03.2017

Students from the Wales International Academy of Voice (WIAV) are looking forward to giving an end of term concert on Thursday 30th March.

The concert will be held in the beautiful University Chapel on the Carmarthen campus. The students will sing a variety of popular arias and ensembles from composers such as Mozart, Puccini and Verdi. The performance marks the end of a busy term for the students who have given a variety of concerts and recitals as well as attending Masterclasses with industry professionals such as Australian conductor and pianist Richard Bonynge as part of their programme of studies. In January, they travelled to London to give a concert in St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden which is known as ‘the Artist’s Church.’ They also gave a series of lunchtime recitals in Capel Ebeneser in Cardiff as well as an evening concert in Swansea’s Dylan Thomas Centre with Pembrokeshire vocal group Bella Voce.

Earlier in March, WIAV Director Dennis O’Neill CBE received a Special Achievement Award at the Wales Theatre Awards in Swansea’s Taliesin Arts Centre. The tenor from Pontarddulais was recognised for his contribution to opera and to arts education. 

In his speech, Dennis made reference to his current role as Director of WIAV by thanking those looking to the future by training the next generation of young creative talent as well as thanking everyone who has helped his career. 

"While his international career has spanned the continents, Dennis has always kept Wales as his home," said the organisers of their decision to award Dennis O'Neill with the highest accolade.

"When the newly formed University of Wales Trinity Saint David invited him to establish a Wales International Academy of Voice to provide a highly specialised and unique environment for a small number of exceptional singers at the early-professional stage, he selected and recruited globally, to develop and polish their talent to the highest professional standards."

The concert starts at 6.30pm (doors open at 6pm). Tickets are £10 (£5 concessions). Follow this link to buy online or call 029 493139. 

Further Information

  1. For further information, please contact: Cate Hopkins, Press and Media Officer on: catherine.hopkins@uwtsd.ac.uk / 07872 423 788