Lunchtime Concerts to Whet Classical Music Appetite

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Byline: PETER COLLINS

A NEW series of concerts is hoping to bring the joys of classical music to a younger audience.

This summer's Welsh Proms at Cardiff's St David's Hall showed there is still an appetite for classical music among the Welsh public, although the majority of the audiences were middle-aged to elderly.

Now a series of lunchtime concerts at the hall, aimed in particular at younger listeners, will serve as an introduction to some of the best music ever composed and act as the gateway to the more challenging International Concert Series at the hall from the autumn until next spring.

The series is also designed to the reinforce the hall's reputation as one of the top classical music venues in the world and promote the city as a centre of culture.

The lunchtime concerts will include "high tea" - a sandwich, scone, jam and cream, and tea or coffee before the concert.

The concerts, which begin at 1pm, will include the Mavron String Quartet, the hall's ensemble in residence, the Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral Choir and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Chorus and Symphony Orchestra. …