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Cardiff University School of Music

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Cardiff University School of Music is the music department of Cardiff University and is located in Cardiff, Wales. It is home to about 240 undergraduate and 40 postgraduate students.[1] It was one of the first departments established when Cardiff University was granted its Royal Charter in 1883.[2] In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the School's was ranked 13th in the UK in the category Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts. Amongst music departments, The School ranked 2nd in the UK for quality of research environment and 8th in the UK for overall research excellence.[3] The department holds close links with organisations such as BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Welsh National Opera.

Undergraduate degrees

Cardiff University School of Music offers the following undergraduate degree programmes:.[4]

  • BMus in Music
  • BA in Music
  • BA (Joint Honours)

Postgraduate degrees

Cardiff University School of Music offers the following postgraduate degree programmes:.[5]

  • MA in Music (with pathways in Musicology, Composition, Performance, Ethnomusicology, and Popular Music)
  • PhD research programmes


The current Head of School is Professor Kenneth Hamilton.[6] Former heads of school include Professor Rachel Cowgill,[7] Professor David Wyn Jones, Professor Robin Stowell and Professor Adrian Thomas.

Notable alumni include several internationally acclaimed composers including Alun Hoddinott, who was head of the school from 1967 to 1989,[8] Grace Williams, Karl Jenkins, Hilary Tann, and Philip Cashian, as well as Tony Woodcock (President of the New England Conservatory), pianist and accompanist Andrew Matthews-Owen and music scholar David Wyn Jones.


The School of Music is home to numerous ensembles, including:
- Cardiff University Symphony Orchestra
- Cardiff University Symphony Chorus
- Cardiff University Chamber Orchestra
- Cardiff University Chamber Choir
- Contemporary Music Group
- Cardiff University Symphonic Winds
- Jazz Ensemble
- Lanyi West African Ensemble
- Nogo Abang Gamelan Ensemble .[9]

Several of these groups have released recordings. In 2020, the Symphony Orchestra released a recording of composer Michael Csànyi-Wills’ Symphony no. 1 on Prima Facie Records.[10] The Contemporary Music Group, under the instruction of Dr Robert Fokkens, released Only Breath in 2019, featuring a selection of new choral music from Wales. [11]

The School's ensembles have a history of international performance tours, with previous trips to Europe, China and Indonesia.


  1. ^ About Us Archived 12 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine Cardiff University School of Music, 2011. Retrieved 20 February 2011
  2. ^ Cardiff University - Our Beginnings Archived 6 December 2011 at the Wayback Machine "Cardiff University - Our Beginnings. Retrieved 29 September 2011"
  3. ^ [1] "Times Higher Education. Retrieved 25 January 2016"
  4. ^ Unknown "Degree Programmes", Cardiff University School of Music, 2021. Retrieved 22 April 2021
  5. ^ Unknown "Degree Programmes", Cardiff University School of Music, 2016. Retrieved 25 January 2016
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Professor Rachel Cowgill". University of Huddersfield. Archived from the original on 23 July 2017. Retrieved 5 July 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Lewis, Geraint (14 March 2008). "Obituary - Alun Hoddinott". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 February 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Unknown, "Choirs, Orchestras and Ensembles", Cardiff University School of Music, 2021. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  10. ^ Symphony No.1, [2], Prima Facie Records, 2021. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  11. ^ Only Breath, [3], Ty Cerdd, 2021. Retrieved 26 April 2021.

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