Dame Shirley Bassey’s life in music will be celebrated during a major gala in her home city
Musical theatre students, together with The Big Band of the RWCMD, will perform her hits in front of Dame Shirley herself in a special gala event in her home city of Cardiff on Saturday, November 19.
Dame Shirley will join ticket holders for a concert performance in the intimate environment of the Dora Stoutzker Hall, which will be followed by a post-show party in the stunning foyer overlooking Bute Park.
This gala event will raise funds for the Dame Shirley Bassey Scholarship which supports outstanding young singers, training at the College.
Dame Shirley said: “I am delighted to be returning to Cardiff and to visit, for the first time, the new facilities at the Royal Welsh College, which gives so many talented young singers the kind of training and support that was not available to me when I started.”I have had the pleasure of hearing and meeting RWCMD students on other occasions but I am truly excited to hear them interpret the songs that mean so much to me personally. I hope you will join me on November 19.”
In 2003, Dame Shirley, who is an Honorary Fellow of the College, auctioned a collection of her stage gowns, collected over 50 years as one of the world’s most celebrated performers, and donated half of the proceeds to the College to establish the Dame Shirley Bassey Scholarship fund.
Since then, some of the most outstanding young singers training at Wales’ National Conservatoire have been recipients of this prestigious award.
Hilary Boulding, Principal of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming Dame Shirley Bassey to the College and to be giving our students the chance to pay tribute to someone who has inspired so many performers over the years.
“She is greatly loved and admired by everyone and we feel truly fortunate to have been able to establish the scholarship in her name and to have her continuing support and interest.”
Tickets will be on sale from 10am on September 26, 2016. They are available only from RWCMD box office on 029 2039 1391 or at.