Press Releases 2014-2015

Students from the Welsh medium BA Perfformio (Performance) course to sing at the Millennium Stadium before Wales’ first game in the 2015 Rugby World Cup

17.09.2015

First year students from one of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s newest courses will have the opportunity to sing the national anthems before Wales’ rugby match against Uruguay – a day before their course officially starts.

This Sunday, prior to Wales’ first match in the 2015 Rugby World Cup, students from the BA Perfformio course will join Cardiff-based choir, CF1, to sing at the Millennium Stadium in front of an audience of spectators from across the globe.

The Welsh medium BA Perfformio course has been established by UWTSD and is offered over two years rather than the traditional three years – predominantly based in the Gate Arts Centre in Cardiff with intense periods of study at the University’s campus in Carmarthen.

Eilir Owen Griffiths, co-ordinator of the BA Perfformio course said: “Students will receive training of the highest calibre at the University’s Cardiff-based Wales Centre for Performance, but in order to reinforce what they’ve learnt, it’s also important that they get to perform on a range of different platforms – and what better stage to start with than the international stage that is the Millennium Stadium.”

With the main focus of the course on preparing students for life as professional performers, the programme places great emphasis on practical elements, with the voice, body, mind and career of the performer key to the programme's content. 

 “The basic ethos of the BA Perfformio (Performance) course is to provide Students with a solid technique as well as a wider understanding of the Creative Industries in Wales and further afield,” continues Eilir.

“With the opportunity of studying for a degree over two years rather than three, this will be the first accelerated degree of its kind in Wales.  The degree will be also be practical course with regular opportunities for Students to perform and to showcase their progress,” adds Eilir.

Although the majority of the course will be taught at The Gate Arts Centre in Cardiff, Students will also have the opportunity to spend time studying at the University’s Carmarthen campus as well as the chance to study in the USA.

 “The aim is to give the best possible opportunities for Students to develop a range of skills as well a greater understanding of the industry – skills that are necessary for Students to nurture to enable them to work at the highest possible level,” says Eilir.

Many high profile individuals from the Creative Industries have fed into the development of the course and the content of the degree programme reflects the industry’s current demands.

Input was given by industry professionals such as Terry Dyddgen-Jones (Television Director); Stifyn Parry (Producer, Director and Presenter); Buddug Verona James (Voice expert); Geraint Cynan (Musical Director and Composer), Catrin Darnell (Musical Theatre Actress), Elen Bowman (Director), Aled Pedrick (Actor and Director ) and Lauren Phillips (Actress and Dance expert) in order to ensure the degree course contains those elements necessary to prepare Students for a successful career in theatre, television or on stage.

TV director, Terry Dyddgen-Jones, who was instrumental in helping to establish the course says: “Here’s a course that has a direct link with the industry.  We, as people who work in the industry, are extremely keen to work with young, talented people and we’re really eager to feed into the course content.”

“We all visit Cardiff often with our work, and as a result, we’ll be able to spend time with the Students, hold masterclasses with them, mentor them and give them plenty of advice,” adds the successful director who’s worked on drama series’ such as Coronation Street, Hollyoaks and Pobol y Cwm.

“We’re a Group of professional people who represent a cross-section of the industry and who see the need for this type of course in Wales.  This is a course with a framework that’s been shaped by people who currently work in the industry.  That, along with the fact that you can gain your degree ofver two years rather than three – makes the BA Perfformio course offered by UWTSD so different.”

The actress, Lauren Phillips, adds: “A healthy, flexible, Professional and unique artist is an artist who appeals.”

“These are the artists who’ll succeed having graduated from this course.  It’s very exciting.”

With excellent opportunities, input from experts and with the course content ensuring that Students are thoroughly prepared for careers as professional performers, this degree is undoubtedly an exciting addition to the Welsh-language provision within the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

An Open Day will be held at The Gate on Saturday, November 7th for those interested in studying this exciting course.

For further information regarding the BA Perfformio course or if you wish to book a space on the Open Day, please contact Eilir Owen Griffiths on e.griffiths@pcydds.ac.uk

You can also follow the course’s accounts on Social Media by searching for Perfformio PCDDS on Facebook and by following @Perfformio_PCDDS on Twitter.

Note to Editor

  1. The Gate Arts Centre’s address is: The Gate Arts Centre, Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff, CF24 3JW
  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.

Further Information

  1. For more information please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Senior PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676908 / sian-elin.davies@tsd.uwtsd.ac.uk / 07449 998476