Swansea College of Art at Swansea International Festival


UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art is looking forward to hosting three fascinating concerts as part of the Swansea International Festival this year.

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The concerts are a collaboration between the Swansea International Festival, the University’s Music Technology department, and NAWR, a Swansea-based concert series that showcases experimental music, free improvisation, film, lo-fi, free jazz, sound art, alternative folk, and new music.

The concerts will be held at the historic BBC Hall at UWTSD’s Swansea Studios, a hidden gem among Swansea’s concert halls and one of the finest listening spaces in the UK. They aim to offer an open and reflective space for an audience to experience new music in a welcoming and intimate setting.

Professor Ian Walsh, Dean of UWTSD Swansea College of Art, said: “We are delighted to host this concert series as part of our support for this year’s Swansea International Festival. Live music and performance run deep in Swansea College of Art’s DNA and it’s fitting that these concerts are being held in a building and a department with such a rich musical heritage."

The first concert will be held on Thursday 27th September at 7.30pm. It will feature guitarist and singer Mike Cooper, whose fifty year career has spanned a wide range of genres including electro-acoustic, traditional country blues, folk, pop, and exotica. It will also feature vocalist, violinist, and guitarist Bell Lungs who will be providing her unique blend of psychedelia, free improvisation, folk, dream pop, and spoken word.

The second concert will be held on Wednesday 3rd October at 7.30pm featuring Welsh violinist Angharad Davies, whose album ‘Ffansion/Fancies’ was recently voted in the top 12 albums for Radio 3’s Late Junction, and Carmarthen-based experimental composer/musician Susan Matthews. Also playing will be Lee Patterson, whose works have featured on UKTV, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, and BBC Radio 6 Music, and Swansea-based musician Ian Holloway.

The third and final concert will be held on Monday 8th October at 7.30pm. It will present Welsh/Dutch singer-songwriter Accü whose debut album Echo The Red is due to be released later this year, and North Wales musican and producer R.Seiliog whose work has been played by Huw Stephens, Mary Anne Hobbs, Radcliffe and Maconie, and Lauren Laverne.

Tickets for all concerts are £7 and are available on the door only. Doors open at 7pm. All seating is unreserved.

Further Information

For further information, please email: press@uwtsd.ac.uk