"The College is immensely fortunate to count the Mosawi Foundation as one of its supporters. The enthusiasm, faith and generosity with which it has embraced our vision for the arts and young people has been essential to the realisation of many of the College’s most exciting projects in recent years and is something for which we are extremely grateful."
Professor Helena Gaunt, Principal
The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama offers specialist tuition in music and drama to around 800 undergraduate and postgraduate students each year. Its alumni work at the highest professional level in music, opera, theatre, film and television across the world. Beyond its higher education provision, the College works with around 10,000 children and young people annually, as the National Conservatoire of Wales, to create pathways for them to enter training.
A distinctive hallmark of the training the Royal Welsh College offers is its focus on preparing students for the profession and tuition is delivered in an environment that mirrors that of the arts industry. Teaching from leading professional artists is a vital aspect of this industry focus and the support of external funders and philanthropists, such as the Mosawi Foundation, has made it possible to bring some of the world’s most respected artists to Cardiff to work with our students. Two examples are the masterclass weekends led by internationally-renowned violinist Nicola Benedetti, in 2018, and by Superbrass, an ensemble of the world’s most highly regarded brass musicians, in 2019. During each weekend, students at all levels of ability, from postgraduates preparing to launch their career, to junior players at the start of their journeys as musicians, received guidance and insight and inspiration through teaching sessions and performances held across the College. A short film that captures the Superbrass weekend can be viewed below.
Philanthropic support also plays its part in providing students with the platforms they need to showcase their skills to potential employers and to build their professional networks. For example, in Drama in 2019, a number of ambitious projects were staged in Cardiff and London including NEW: a week-long festival of new writing for theatre, Balance: an exhibition of work by final year Design for Performance students, and Acting and Musical Theatre Showcases staged for audiences of senior industry practitioners including agencies and those in casting. In addition, the College offered students opportunities to work internationally including the performance of a full-scale puppetry production at the Prague Quadrennial, the Design for Performance industry’s major global expo, and present an acting showcase at the Lyric Theatre in New York.
The Diamond Fund for Choristers provides grants to cathedrals nationwide to help recruit new choristers; provide voice and instrument training; and support choristers in other areas where there is need, including assistance with education costs and the costs of transport. In so doing the Fund
provides life-changing opportunities to young people, especially the disadvantaged;
sustains and strengthens Britain’s centuries-old choral tradition in the face of financial pressures;
assures a continuing supply of skilled musicians to Britain’s arts scene, and talent more broadly to the professions;
helps secure a national asset for future generations.
This short video gives a flavour of the Fund’s work:
At the National, we make world-class theatre that is entertaining, challenging and inspiring. And we make it for everyone.
We aim to reach the widest possible audience, to be open, inclusive and diverse, and as national as possible. We stage plays in London, on tour across the UK and around the world, working with some of the nation's leading artists on the world stage. We invest in the future of theatre by developing talent, creating bold new work and building audiences, partnering with a range of theatres and theatre companies, and offering an extensive nationwide learning and participation programme for people of all ages.
Public Acts is the National Theatre’s nationwide initiative to create extraordinary acts of theatre and community.
A lot of the principles that make great theatre make great community: being open, being kind, being patient, being brave, listening hard, putting yourself second, and looking for the promise in any given situation and any person.
- Emily Lim, Director of Public Acts
The programme creates ambitious new works of participatory theatre and is built on sustained partnerships with theatres and community organisations across the UK who share our vision of theatre as a force for change. We believe that the process of making and sharing theatre has the power to bring communities together, and to connect and empower individuals.
The first Public Acts production was Pericles in August 2018, at the NT in the Olivier Theatre. The second production was As You Like It in August 2019 at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch. In 2021, the NT will partner with Cast in Doncaster for a third Public Acts production, The Caucasian Chalk Circle.
Has the National Theatre ever felt as open, compassionate and heartfelt as this? Pericles can be one of Shakespeare’s more difficult plays, notoriously uneven and elusive, but this musical adaptation is a joy… a giddy celebration of humanity and our endless capacity for warmth, togetherness and love.
- The Guardian
As part of our company, members take part in a bespoke programme designed in collaboration with each partner organisation, including weekly workshops, theatre trips and opportunities for socialising and creating together. At the end of each year everyone is invited to come together to perform in our flagship production.
We continue to work closely with our brilliant community partners and creative team, and aim to gather our company together in Autumn 2020 to begin work on a Summer 2021 production. We know that this sustained connection is encouraging our participants to carry on creating, imagining, telling stories and dreaming up new possibilities for the future.
The best theatre is done when people come together and create – acknowledging each other's humanity. On a personal level, it's an awesome experience.
- Public Acts participant and member of the Pericles cast
Background on Reading Rep and their vision from Paul Stacey, Artistic Director
Reading Rep was founded with a gift of just £1,000, match funded by Reading Borough Council. Seven years later we have created nearly 20 professional productions with many of the leading theatres and artists in the country. Through our multi award-winning outreach work we reached nearly 15,000 children, young people and vulnerable adults in the last 12 months alone. Thanks to the overwhelming support of audiences and funders we have done all of this operating from a 60-seat studio space in Reading College.
Increasing audience numbers and overwhelming demand has meant that we need a permanent home and greater capacity to produce and present multi-award-winning theatre for Reading.
We will convert a former Salvation Army building, built in 1927, located just a short walk from the town center, into:
A brand-new auditorium seating 178 people
A new community and learning space for our award-winning outreach and education programmes
A new licensed bar, toilets and box office
The transformational project will allow us not only to build a new venue and cultural hub, but to ensure that we have a theatre that is one of the best studio and educational spaces in the South East. The project will allow us to improve and expand our multi-award winning artistic and outreach programs and ensure that everyone in Reading, especially those with least opportunity, can access high quality theatre and culture.
The purpose of The Aloud Charity is to engage each generation of young people across Wales with the power of choral singing. Through this activity we promote self-belief and self-confidence, encouraging aspiration, building skills and developing local communities.
Founded by Tim Rhys-Evans MBE in 2012 to administer a series of new choral projects, The Aloud Charity currently delivers activity through 3 main strands: Only Boys Aloud, Only Kids Aloud and the Only Boys Aloud Academi, as well as a number of additional projects.
Only Boys Aloud was born from a desire to encourage young Welsh men to be ambitious for their future and equipped with the life skills to fulfil their potential. OBA currently comprises 240 boys across 14 choirs, who meet weekly during term time at locations across Wales. Open to any boy between the ages of 11-19, there is no audition and no fee. The only project of its kind in Wales, open access is a key part of the OBA ethos and the choirs operate in some of the most deprived areas of country.
Only Kids Aloud is a pan-Wales choir build from 100 girls and boys between the ages of 8-11. The choir runs on a residential model with auditions taking place annually. While there is a charge for participants, it is heavily subsidised and financial assistance of up to 100% of cost is available. With no national children’s choir in Wales, OKA provides this opportunity for aspiring young singers.
The Academi is a summer residential course for regular OBA members serious about pursuing a career in the performing arts, and who show greatest vocal potential. Auditions are open to members between the ages of 16-19, and each year 32 successful applicants receive general musicianship tuition, individual singing lessons and sight-singing tuition from professional coaches. Our Academi choir performs more challenging repertoire in a range of languages and musical styles.
The Aloud Charity has an ambitious vision, and the investment we receive means we can continue to develop and grow, improving the quality of life for young people across Wales. Boys involved with Academi have a busy calendar year – not only must they maintain full attendance at regular week-long residential course to refine their vocal skills and provide in-depth group rehearsal. In addition to this, Academi boys have an increased number of high-profile public performances throughout the year, and have more responsibility to represent the Aloud brand with positive messaging.
Other projects include Aloud in the Classroom, designed to develop the singing teaching skills and confidence of primary school teachers, and Only ‘Fitzalan’ Aloud, a Creative Collaborations project involving pupils of Fitzalan High School in Cardiff, facilitating song-writing workshops and vocal training with Award-winning writer and Aloud Ambassador Amy Wadge.
A relatively young organisation, The Aloud Charity’s impact is already having a significant impact: 12 OBA members are currently studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, 2 former members are now professional choir leaders and around 50% of this year’s National Youth Choir male members are OBA members. A recent evaluation showed that 53% of OBA members are now planning to go to University; 36% are more disciplined in school work as a result of being in the choir: and 30% of families report an improvement in their social lives thanks to their child’s involvement with Aloud choirs.
The video below was filmed in July 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic and was recorded on the week when the boys would have attended the ALOUD Academi together at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Their beautiful rendition of 'The Prayer' is just amazing and shows the wonders of modern technology, as many recorded the song just with phone earbuds.
Hereford Cathedral School is one of the oldest in the country, founded in 1384 as a school for choristers. It is now one of the top 250 independent schools in the UK, educating pupils from age 3 to 18.
For every child that joins Hereford Cathedral School, it is our aim to help them become their potential. We provide an exciting and dynamic environment in which pupils can feel happy in themselves, secure in their learning, and confident that they are developing the life skills necessary for the challenges ahead.
Traditional values are at the heart of what we do, and with an excellent reputation for academic, artistic, musical, sporting and extra-curricular success, Hereford Cathedral School is a very special place to be.
Thanks to our transformational bursary scheme, children from all walks of life make friends, support each other and excel in their education.To all our pupils, we offer a breadth of opportunities, both academic and extra-curricular, supporting them in forging relationships and inspiring in them the confidence and happiness to succeed.