Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama set to begin residency at Penarth Pier

The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) will begin a residency at Penarth Pier Pavilion in a new partnership with the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

A one-year pilot arrangement has been agreed that will see the college run parent and toddler music sessions, base a small ensemble at the pavilion and put on Dance Band evenings for the local community.

The parent and toddler music sessions will be run by Julia Plaut, a composer who served for many years as Director of Junior Music at Llandaff Cathedral School, and take two forms – Tiny Tunes and Little Concerts.

Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, Equalities and Regulatory Services, Cllr Ruba Sivagnanam, said: “I’m delighted that we will be working so closely with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama to bring high-quality musical experiences to our residents.

“The college is widely regarded as producing top-notch creative professionals, which makes this connection so exciting.

“It not only offers a platform for the musicians of tomorrow, but also an opportunity for the public to see some incredible emerging talent.”

Running on a weekday morning in the pavilion gallery, Tiny Tunes will be sessions focused on music and movement that help children with interaction and socialisation.

Little Concerts will be weekend afternoon music events for families, specifically designed for the under-5s, that feature new works from RWCMD composers.

The ensemble based at the pavilion will divide its time between private rehearsal, mentoring young musicians, engaging with schools and public performance.

It is proposed that there will be four 45 to 60-minute performances a year at the pavilion involving up to 10 players and spread across autumn, spring, and summer seasons.

The Big Band Dance Night will be a 90-minute event trialled in the spring featuring classic pieces by the likes of Glen Miller, Stan Kenton and Harry James.

Comprised of students from the classical and jazz courses, the band will feature five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones, piano, bass, guitar and drums.

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