Between Wednesday 5th December and Friday 7th December, Ensemble Cymru’s Wind Octet travelled around North Wales performing some fantastic works including Beethoven’s Octet, Mozart’s Serenade in C minor, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and Krommer’s Octet. Throughout the three days, these fantastic musicians performed to people of all ages, at many venues including places in Pwllheli,… Continue reading A week on the road with Ensemble Cymru
Ensemble Cymru – Bangor University’s and Venue Cymru’s resident ensemble – needs your help to complete The Big Music Challenge, which aims to raise money to help Ensemble Cymru share its passion for chamber music with communities across North Wales in exciting and innovative ways. Taking place between 6th and 19th December 2012, The Big… Continue reading The Big Music Challenge: Ensemble Cymru’s Big Give 2012 Campaign
Being unfamiliar with the piano works of Janáček and being a pianist myself, I was eager to experience this piece. I listened to piano sonata 1.X.905, (known as From the Street for ease more than much else) for the first time this morning, and was instantly convinced that I shouldn’t have started the day with… Continue reading Composer’s Corner – Piano Sonata 1.X.1905 – Janáček, Leoš
Here’s a very short update…. Yesterday was a busy one…I travelled to Cardiff to play in a lunchtime concert with Peryn (clarinet) and Harvey(piano) at Beulah URC Church Rhiwbina. It was great to see so many people in the audience – and I really hope to see some of them at the weekend.
I’ve been chosen as composer on many occasions over the years by Ensemble Cymru, an organisation that does more than any other, I believe, to raise the profile of chamber music in Wales, so I was delighted to be invited to compose a piece for their first National Tour.
Seventeen different instruments are used in the programme for Ensemble Cymru’s national tour [March 2012]; this work, commissioned specially for the event, uses 16 of them together.
It’s been a busy few months, and my work with Ensemble Cymru is well under way. So far there have been a great deal of concerts, educational work and of course, lots of new music!