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The Cathedral School became a Yamaha Music Education Partner School in 2015, equipping the Music Faculty with a magnificent fleet of 11 new pianos, offering a performance, teaching and practice environment of the very highest musical calibre – unparalleled by any other school in South Wales.

The delivery of our eleven new, conservatoire-level pianos (9 U1Q uprights, 2 C3X grand pianos & 1 P116 SH ‘Silent’ upright piano) represents an exciting turning point for the music department, further embedding and strengthening the Cathedral School’s outstanding reputation for music.

Organists benefit from learning on ourbeautiful new (2013), Wyvern ‘Pastorale 226’ digital organ, situated in the School Chapel. It offers a superb playing experience for both experienced and novice organists alike. The instrument has been designed to replicate the look and ‘feel’ of a real, tracker-action organ, particularly those found on the Continent. It has a highly realistic sound and is able to deliver the full repertoire convincingly. Opportunities also exist, by special arrangement, to enjoy playing the magnificent, 4-manual Nicholson pipe organ in Llandaff Cathedral.

Finally, we are proud to own a stunningly realistic, digital harpsichord (Roland C-30), which is admirable as both a continuo and solo instrument. The authenticity of the instrument is further enhanced by its ‘mechanical’ touch and range of tuning temperaments.

Keyboard musicians are given manifold opportunities throughout the year to perform, with a wide range of solo recitals and chamber concerts available. Our acclaimed ‘Stuart’ Concert Grand Piano (from the RWCMD) is a favourite for piano concerts and performances.