Beulah United Reformed Church
Rhiwbina

URC

 

Concerts at the Crossroads

Beulah has a long musical tradition and has hosted many concerts over the years.

However, since 2008 we have put together a regular programme of classical lunchtime recitals which take place on the last Wednesday of the month starting at 1.05 pm. The concerts last approximately fifty minutes and the programme is based on the principle of Classic FM meets Radio 3.

We frequently have RWCMD students to perform for us, and with some of them we have been able to follow their progress over their period of study. Other artists include Welsh musicians or those musicians who have made their home in Wales.

During the year we also arrange the occasional evening concert, followed by a buffet.


Ten years on

I think it is appropriate at this ten - year anniversary point in the lunchtime concert series, to thank the Beulah team behind the concerts and to remind ourselves of its history.
Cathryn Hales set the ball rolling when she decided to act on an idea that Creighton had discussed with her about the desirability of having regular classical music concerts in the church. Her music loving aunt knew of this and gave a generous cheque to Cathryn, which she in turn donated to the church. This enabled the series to be run on a professional basis right from the word go with our artists being paid basic rate fees and it is good to note that we have remained self - funding.
Peter C.J. was enthusiastic and approached me to see if I was interested in being involved. Coincidentally, I had been thinking for some time that I wanted my work in London to wind down and because of my home situation wanted to have more Cardiff - based work. I knew of a similar church run series in London and Peter’s suggestion felt just right and ten years on I still feel very enthusiastic about the series.
Marg and Alun, who had previous experience with concerts in Beulah, gave strong backing and Marg became the maker and organizer behind the posters.
Heather and Colin are keen concert goers and Heather is highly efficient at running the “front of house” aka the porch area on concert days. Colin has made fine artistic contributions over the years.
Richard Carter is computer literate and oversees and manages the programme production.
Cathryn has kept her involvement looking after the inner man/ woman of our performers and she has an amazing memory for who is vegan, who is gluten free who doesn’t like mayo etc. etc!
We are a great team with everyone knowing their role so a huge ongoing thank you to everyone involved!

Trix Pryce


2018


Wednesday 28th March at 1.05pm

Charlie Lovell-Jones – violin
David Palmer – piano

Cardiff born Charlie has just completed his first term at Oxford University. He has a prodigious talent and is regarded as one of the most talented young violinists in the UK. His programme includes Bach, Paganini and Walton.


Wednesday 25th April at 1.05pm

Tomos Xerri – harp

Regular Beulah lunchtime recitals started back in April 2008 with a harp recital so it is fitting that we celebrate the tenth anniversary with another harp recital given by outstanding Cardiff born harpist Tomos Xerri! Now based in London, Tomos is a major prize winner and in great demand as a harpist. He is currently on the Philarmonia Instrumental Fellowship scheme.


Wednesday 30th May at 1.05 pm

Blackweir Brass

Alexander Morgan, William Mead – trumpet
Lynn Henderson – horn
Nicolas MacDonald – trombone
Benjamin Pepler – tuba

All fine players in their own right, this group of undergraduates from the RWCMD came together in 2016 to form Blackweir Brass. The esteemed Brass studies department at the RWCMD has highly recommended this group to us.


Wednesday 27th June at 1.05pm

Vesta Trio

Megan Morris – harp
Alex Griffiths – flute
Lowri Thomas – viola

These three instruments provide exciting possibilities of sound and have been much praised wherever they have performed. The Vesta trio was formed at the RWCMD in 2013. Their programme will include Ravel and Debussy.


Tickets for all lunchtime recitals - £5 on the door

 
 

This page last updated: 26 March 2018

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