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A month of music, full of promise; PREVIEW: July at St David's Hall, Cardiff.

IT'S JULY already and that can mean only one thing at St David's Hall - the return of the Welsh Proms.

The annual extravaganza is one of the highlights of the calendar at the National Concert Hall of Wales, and following the 30th anniversary celebrations, this year's line-up promises to be equally impressive.

The Gwent Music Summer Showcase (Monday, July 4) kicks things off with the best young local talent sharing the stage, while City Voices Cardiff, (Saturday, July 9) are back with the very best of the West End and Broadway in Sing the Musicals: Encore. Then the 2016 Welsh Proms starts in style with Verdi Requiem (Saturday, July 16) performed by the Welsh National Opera Orchestra and sensational soprano Rebecca Evans.

The following day sees the ever-popular family favourite A Day at the Movies (Sunday, July 17) from Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra return to the Hall. Panto star and comedian Mike Doyle is the host for this roller coaster ride along the red carpet featuring themes from Star Wars, Frozen, Indiana Jones, Mary Poppins and many more.

Likewise, there's no better introduction to get the little ones interested in music than the Tiddly Prom (July 16 to July 23, excluding July 17). Tiny tots are all invited for fun and games at Daphne's birthday party in this brand new interactive show called Bert's Magical Musical Kitchen.

Furthermore, Richard Hills brings his virtuoso skills to the Organ Prom (Monday, July 18), while the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme with an epic world premiere of Paul Mealor's The Shadows of War (Tuesday 19 July). Also celebrating its 100th anniversary is Holst's The Planets, which will be performed too.

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra returns for the Classical Extravaganza (Wednesday, July 20) with some of the most breathtaking music ever composed including Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. Voices (Friday, July 22) sees The Cory Band serve up a rousing evening of Welsh hymns.

To book your seats, visit www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk or call the Box Office on 029 2087 8444

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Date:Jun 25, 2016
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