Press Releases 2014-2015

An Evening of Music to Celebrate Wales’ Patron Saint

21.02.2014

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is to celebrate Wales’ Patron Saint with an evening of Welsh music, next month.

The St. David’s Day Concert, which is open to the public, will take place on Sunday 2nd March at the University Chapel on UWTSD’s Carmarthen campus. The event starts at 7:30pm and tickets are £15, or £10 for concessions, and £5 for children under sixteen years of age. They can be purchased by calling 01267 676806 or by visiting www.ticketsource.co.uk/tsd

The concert will include soloist Gwawr Edwards, cellist Steffan Morris and percussionist Dave Danford, with accompaniment from the Welsh Session Orchestra.

Gwawr Edwards was born in the heart of Cardiganshire, between Aberaeron and Tregaron. From a very early age, she has been competing in the Eisteddfodau and performing on the concert and operatic stage. Her first tour of America was when she was just eleven years of age, singing, playing the harp and the piano. Gwawr has since returned to America on numerous occasions and toured countries from Patagonia to China.

Gwawr had a busy 2013, which included playing the role Rossina in the Barber of Seville for Opera Cymru and Paquette in Candid for Opera de Lorraine in France.

Dave Danford is a professional musician working throughout the UK and abroad. His work as a percussionist has included recording sessions with Dru Masters (composer for The Apprentice, BBC), former BBC Radio 1 DJ Judge Jules and international music producer Darren Tate. He has performed live with Bryn Terfel, Evelyn Glennie and Karl Jenkins and has performed solo recitals at a number of the UK's music conservatoires, universities and concert halls.

Dave's work as a composer, arranger and music producer covers many different genres. He writes accessible contemporary classical music (including Gweddi performed at the Welsh Proms in 2012), modernised traditional music (including arranging and directing the music for the opening ceremony of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in 2012) and works as a record producer for an array of bands and artists.

Firmly established as one of the UK's major orchestral contractors, Dave is responsible for managing the British Sinfonietta and the Welsh Session Orchestra through his company Alto Productions Ltd., a provider of professional music services.

Neath-born Steffan Morris began playing the cello at the age of eight. Winning the Texaco Young Musician of Wales in 2009, Steffan went on to study the cello in Vienna under the prestigious tutor Professor Heinrich Schiff in 2010. Steffan has since performed extensively in Wales, England, Scotland, Holland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Corfu, Russia and Japan.

Note to Editor

  1. For more information please contact Steven Stokes, Senior PR and Communications Officer, on 07872 423788 or email steven.stokes@sm.uwtsd.ac.uk
  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University.
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014.