The Stuttgart Story
In 1955, a visit by youth leaders from Stuttgart marked the start of a series of exchanges which now underpin our successful relationship. Starting as a British Foreign Office initiative, it has now become a living relationship involving people from business, security, education and the creative industries. Cathays Brass is proud to play a positive role in encouraging musical collaboration between our two cities and specifically through working with Musikverein Stuttgart-Hofen.
Victoria Park 2015
Evidence in Cardiff
Cathays Brass & Musikverein Stuttgart-Hofen
A Musical Timeline
Musikverein Stuttgart-Hofen Youth Ensemble approached Cathays Brass with the idea of performing a joint concert as they toured Cardiff to celebrate the twinning association’s 60th year. The result was a concert with Cathays Brass in Victoria Park.
Cathays Brass are the only International Ensemble to take part in "Sommerfest." During the trip we also received a complimentary sightseeing tour of the City and were welcomed as performers to their landmark Schlossplatz bandstand.
A second invite to the Stuttgart sees Cathays Brass formally invited to City Hall for an official Welcome from council representative, Dr Stephan. We were also featured on the opening night of "Sommerfest" and were invited to perform at the evening market in the district of Bad Cannstatt.
Musikverein Stuttgart Hofen "Senior Ensemble" make their first visit to Cardiff and perform successful concerts in Bute Park, The National Eisteddfod (Cardiff Bay), The National Botanic Gardens and Barry Island Promenade.
“As cities continue to evolve it is also important that we reach out to the world to understand how best to react to change. Successful cities are those that embrace the opportunities afforded by working globally – and this isn’t just about business, it is also about culture and opportunities for learning.” Cllr Phil Bale on the Stuttgart – Cardiff relationship. (Leader, City of Cardiff Council during the 60th anniversary celebrations)