Wales Millennium Centre - Greenfisher

St David’s Day and Wales Millennium Centre / Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru

To celebrate St David’s Day we are showcasing a building that is Unmistakably Welsh and Internationally Outstanding. Wales’ identity is conveyed through the materials used to build the centre, connecting it to the country’s culture, landscape, and history. Included internally are seven different types of wood with slate, steel and glass used externally.

The Wales Millennium Centre was designed by Welsh architect, Jonathan Adams. Inscribed on the front of the dome, above the main entrance, are two poetic lines, written by Welsh poet Gwyneth Lewis in the Welsh and English languages.  In These Stones Horizons Sing and, Creu Gwir Fel Gwydr o Ffwrnais Awen which translates as Creating truth like glass from the furnace of inspiration. The photo was taken from inside.

We drive down the M4 to the centre for concerts from my home in Berkshire as it is easier and quicker to reach Cardiff than theatres in the West End of London. Listening to a Welsh male voice choir as we cross the Severn bridge. Arup Acoustics provided the fantastic acoustic design and it makes for a really great audible experience. Unfortunately, the seats could be better.

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