Training in orchestral performance at RWCMD incorporates a
vibrant and varied range of opportunities and experiences.
Carlo Rizzi, Hodge International Chair in Conduction in
rehearsal with RWCMD's Symphony Orchestra
The Symphony Orchestra performs large-scale works at St David’s
Hall – the National Concert Hall of Wales.
The Chamber Orchestra presents concert programmes in
the College’s Dora Stoutzker Hall, as well as accompanying
opera productions and opera gala performances.
Carlo Rizzi and Soloist: British War Requiem with
RWCMD Chorus and Symphony Orchestra
The Concert Orchestra focusses on popular, lighter repertoire
and a repertoire orchestra offers opportunities for students to
encounter a range of standard works.
RWCMD has well established relationships with two of the UK’s
most prolific professional orchestras – the orchestra of Welsh
National Opera (WNO) and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBC
NOW) – both of which offer a range of opportunities for the
College’s student musicians to gain practical insights into the
demands of playing in a professional orchestra.
David Adams, leader of the orchestra of Welsh
National Opera with placement student, Jess Townsend.
Undergraduate students of brass, percussion, string and woodwind
instruments can audition for a placement through a process that
replicates a real-life audition for a trial or post. Successful
students will have the opportunity to sit alongside the
professional musicians in rehearsals for major performances.
The orchestra of Welsh National Opera also holds regular
residencies at the College, which include opportunities for a
larger number of student players to perform in special ‘side by