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Nicola Heywood Thomas Nicola Heywood Thomas | 10:33 UK time, Friday, 19 March 2010

I was at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama recently and couldn't get over how much the building work had progressed. It's a massive refurb project at the Cardiff site which will provide a recital hall, a theatre, and four acting and movement studios to complement the existing facilities at Wales' national conservatoire.

Photograph of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama's quintet, Castle Brass, on the site of the new concert hall

It all comes at a cost, of course. £22.5 million to be exact, and RWCMD are putting on a very exclusive event at Buckingham Palace at the end of April to aid the fundraising. At the college they reckon the new block is now likely to go by a floor a fortnight and it's worth having a look at the webcam images on rwcmd.ac.uk  that let you follow the progress in the warmth of your home!

It's all a far cry from the early days of the college when it was based in Cardiff Castle and the sounds of music practice battled with the screeching of the peacocks on the lawn. I'm sure past students have some tales to tell of those days!


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