November marks a significant milestone for the Bangor-based chamber music organisation, Ensemble Cymru. For the very first time, singers will perform as part of the ensemble for its brand new season of Coffee Concerts – the Classic Voice series.
The Anglesey-born soprano, Llio Evans, will join Ensemble Cymru for its North Wales-wide tour during the first week of November. The 27-year-old singer, and former International Eisteddfod winner, will perform as part of a trio alongside pianist Anya Fadina and the Ensemble’s principal clarinettist, Peryn Clement-Evans. Talking about the programme, Llio said:
“We will be performing stunning music from all over the globe as well as music by Welsh composers. It’s a chance to hear some rarely performed gems as well as some classics, including Strauss’ Wiegenlied, Meirion Williams’ Mai and Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock.”
And if you’re not familiar with chamber music, Ensemble Cymru concerts offer the ideal opportunity to explore the genre as the young soprano explains,
“Since they’re Coffee Concerts, they’re short and sweet (about an hour), so if you’re new to classical music and fancy a taster, this concert is perfect for you.”
Ensemble Cymru’s Artistic Director, Peryn Clement-Evans discusses the new developments within the Ensemble ahead of the new season.
“Involving singers in the Ensemble has been something we’ve wanted to do ever since Ensemble Cymru started in 2001. The prospect of bringing an even richer range of music for audiences is especially thrilling. In doing so, we look forward to creating more work opportunities for top class singers in Wales who want to join us in sharing our passion for chamber music.”
Looking forward to the other concerts in the season, baritone Owen Webb, a regular performer with Welsh National Opera, will feature in the February concerts while soprano Mary-Jean O’Doherty will be the vocalist for the May concerts.
To ensure your seat at all three concerts in the Classic Voice series, a season ticket package is available for the very first time. Buy a ticket for all three concerts at your chosen venue and you’ll receive a discount on regular ticket prices (excluding Thursday concerts at Venue Cymru) as well as a free concert programme, and free gift. Find out more about the season ticket.
Ensemble Cymru will be performing at Capel Gad, Cilcain on Tuesday 4 November (8pm); Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli 5 November (1pm); Venue Cymru, Llandudno 6 November (10:30am); Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 6 November (3pm); Teras Lounge, Bangor University 7 November (8pm); Venue Cymru, Llandudno 8 November (10:30am) – for full details please visit our events page.