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Record number of sell outs in 2018

Steve Harley in concert Cardiff Pentyrch WalesAcapela Studio has seen an amazing number of events taking place over the last 12 months.

With over 100 events being held in the venue ranging from concerts, private parties, drama groups, wedding receptions / blessings and more 2018 has been a very successful year.

The year has seen the venue experience more sell outs than ever and even saw it win “Best Independent Music Venue” at the Cardiff Music Awards.

This December’s 12 Nights of Christmas Promotion will see huge crowds for all the major events including Abba Arrival, Supersonic 70’s, Classical Cafe, Los Pacominos, Made in Liverpool, Electric Swing Circus and Christmas by Candlelight.

And looking forward the line up for 2019 looks even better…..including Steve Harley, Moya Brennan, Iolo Williams, Glenn Tilbrook and so many more.

 

Acapela Studio to host prestigious event for the Vale of Glamorgan Festival 50th anniversary celebrations

Vale of Glamorgan festival Graham FitkinVale of Glamorgan FestivalWe are delighted to announce that Acapela Studio will in 2019 be part of Vale of Glamorgan Festival’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

The venue will host a concert by Graham Fitkin, renowned pianist, conductor, and one of the UK’s leading composers.

He is particularly known for his works for solo and multiple pianos, as well as for music accompanying dance. He has been commissioned by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Halle, BBC Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Orchestra of Wales, New York City Ballet, BBC Symphony Orchestra and many more. His Cello Concerto was premiered at the BBC Proms by cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 2011. Fitkin’s Recorder Concerto, which was premiered at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival in 2016, has recently been shortlisted for a British Composer Award.

There will be a pre-concert talk by journalist Steph Power (Wales Arts Review, The Stage, The Independent) at 7:15pm.

Full details and tickets are available – click here .

 

Gypsyfingers : REVIEW Live at Acapela Studios

Tonight was another glorious evening of music at Acapela Studio as Gypsyfingers brought the full band to the best chapel in Wales.
Gypsyfingers aka Luke Oldfield (Vocals, EleGypsyfingers live Acapela Studio Cardiffctric & Acoustic Guitars) and his wife Victoria (Vocals, Piano, Acoustic Guitar & French Horn) are augmented tonight by Pat Kenneally (Drums & Keyboard), Simon Hedges (Bass) and Tali Trow (Acoustic Guitar), 6 String Bass, Upright Bass & Piano) for their first ever Welsh gig. And there can be no better venue than the acoustically brilliant Acapela Studio.
The Duo have just released their new album, Stranger Things, the follow up to 2014’s Circus Life, which came like a Pandora’s Box of delights are they experimented with a multitude of styles and sound to produce an eclectic , heady mix. Featuring Victoria’s classical influences, Luke’s folk and rock background, add in a dash of hip hop and electronica and you still won’t come close to the delights that album holds.
As is regular at Acapela, tonight the band had two 45 minute sets to delve into their two albums and pluck out the jewels.
The band take to the stage and Luke & Victoria put on their horse and rabbit masks as featured on the cover artwork of Stranger Things. First two songs up are from the new album, opening with the instrumental Sophie’s Dream and Half World.
For the full review by Nick Baker visit http://macwoodfleet.blogspot.com/

Logicaltramp concert review

Logicaltramp concert review Cardiff Acapela StudioThere is a lot of snobbery surrounding ‘Tribute’ Bands. I’ll set my stall out straight away and state that I have no problem whatsoever with Tribute Bands. In many cases, these bands provide the only outlet of hearing great songs live once again in a ‘Live’ context.

I’ve seen several tribute bands over the years. Some good, some bad. But when they do it well, a Tribute Band can give a great night of entertainment.
I’ve never seen a tribute band for Supertramp before so I have no benchmark for comparison. However, I doubt I’m going to see a better Supertramp Tribute Band than Logicaltramp.

They needed some serious instrumentation to bring those classic songs to life and they did so with plenty of elan and style.
Consisting of

Gary Hopkins – Lead Vocals (Rick Davies Songs) – Keyboards & 12 String Guitar
Tamas Csemez – Lead Vocals (Roger Hodgson Songs)
Anthony Clayton – Guitar
Serge Sainte-Rose – Piano/Keyboards
Laurent Hunziker – Saxophones/Harmonica/Backing Vocals
Alex Kundig – Bass/Backing Vocals
Grant Wildy – Drums

the band delivered an evening of top quality performances which did justice to the original recordings.

Concentrating on the classic albums Crime Of The Century & Breakfast In America, the band gave us two hours of classic Supertramp – with additional tracks from most of the Supertramp catalogue of albums.

Beatrix Players – Concert review

Concert review Cardiff Acapela StudioIn 2017 – Beatrix Players took the Prog Magazine Limelight Award – the award for the best up and coming band or artist in the Prog sphere. Tonight, they showed the Acapela audience exactly why they were worthy recipients of that esteemed Award.

Beatrix Players are – Amy Birks on Lead Vocals, Amanda Alvarez on Cello and Jess Kennedy on Piano & Backing Vocals. Accompanying them on Violin tonight was Maria Kroon.

At present, Beatrix Players have released one album, called Magnified and released several singles from said album. The majority of the album was played live tonight. And there were a couple of new songs put in the set. Even a cover song.

Showing very little sign of nerves but an engaging vulnerability, Amy Birks leads the ladies through a set of two halves. Anyone who has Magnified and enjoyed it would have appreciated that the majority of the album got an airing tonight. And it sounds even lovelier live than on record.
Obviously, with a limitation of instrumentation, the live sound is a perfect fit in Acapela where acoustic instruments sound particularly impressive. And Maria’s violin added another colour to the sepia beauty of the arrangements.
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