Music building
Music building

Cardiff University School of Music is the music department of Cardiff University and is located in Cardiff, Wales. It is home to about 240 undergraduate and 40 postgraduate students.[1] It was one of the first departments established when Cardiff University was granted its Royal Charter in 1883.[2] In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the School's was ranked 13th in the UK in the category Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts. Amongst music departments, The School ranked 2nd in the UK for quality of research environment and 8th in the UK for overall research excellence.[3] The department holds close links with organisations such as BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Welsh National Opera.

Barbara Hepworth's 1968 monumental bronze sculpture Three Obliques (Walk In) is situated outside the school of music.[4]

Undergraduate degrees

Cardiff University School of Music offers the following undergraduate degree programmes:.[5]

Postgraduate degrees

Cardiff University School of Music offers the following postgraduate degree programmes:[6]


The current Head of School is Professor Kenneth Hamilton.[7] Former heads of school include Professor Rachel Cowgill,[8] Professor David Wyn Jones, Professor Robin Stowell and Professor Adrian Thomas.

Notable alumni include several internationally acclaimed composers including Alun Hoddinott, who was head of the school from 1967 to 1989,[9] Grace Williams, Karl Jenkins, Hilary Tann, and Philip Cashian, as well as Tony Woodcock (President of the New England Conservatory), pianist and accompanist Andrew Matthews-Owen and music scholar David Wyn Jones.


The School of Music is home to numerous ensembles, including:[10]

Several of these groups have released recordings. In 2020, the Symphony Orchestra released a recording of Michael Csànyi-Wills' Symphony no. 1.[11] The Contemporary Music Group, under Robert Fokkens, released Only Breath in 2019, featuring new choral music from Wales. [12]

The school's ensembles have a history of international performance tours, including to Europe, China and Indonesia.


  1. ^ About Us Archived 12 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine Cardiff University School of Music, 2011. Retrieved 20 February 2011
  2. ^ Cardiff University - Our Beginnings Archived 6 December 2011 at the Wayback Machine "Cardiff University - Our Beginnings. Retrieved 29 September 2011"
  3. ^ [1] "Times Higher Education. Retrieved 25 January 2016"
  4. ^ "Dame Barbara Hepworth THREE OBLIQUES (WALK-IN)". Sotheby's. Retrieved 25 May 2021.
  5. ^ Unknown "Degree Programmes", Cardiff University School of Music, 2021. Retrieved 22 April 2021
  6. ^ Unknown "Degree Programmes", Cardiff University School of Music, 2016. Retrieved 25 January 2016
  7. ^ "Professor Kenneth Hamilton". Cardiff University. Retrieved 6 June 2021.
  8. ^ "Professor Rachel Cowgill". University of Huddersfield. Archived from the original on 23 July 2017. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  9. ^ Lewis, Geraint (14 March 2008). "Obituary - Alun Hoddinott". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  10. ^ Unknown, "Choirs, Orchestras and Ensembles", Cardiff University School of Music, 2021. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  11. ^ Symphony No.1, [2], Prima Facie Records, 2021. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  12. ^ Only Breath, [3], Ty Cerdd, 2021. Retrieved 26 April 2021.

Coordinates: 51°29′22″N 3°11′00″W / 51.4894°N 3.1834°W / 51.4894; -3.1834