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Join us for ChamberFest 2015

We’re throwing one of the biggest celebrations of chamber music in Wales, a two-day festival which we call ChamberFest. And the theme for the 2015 event will be the music of J.S. Bach, with performances and activities taking place in locations across Bangor and Llandudno on March 20th and 21st (21st March would have been Bach’s birthday.)

Our ChamberFest event is part of a much bigger, global music festival called ‘Bach in the Subways’ which celebrates Bach’s music every year with free performances all over the world on March 21st. This year, we’re flying the flag for Wales by staging our own events, right here in North Wales. Continue reading Join us for ChamberFest 2015

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Little cellists make a big impression at Ensemble Cymru’s coffee morning

Big Give VC5Ensemble Cymru’s Big Give fundraiser got off to a tuneful start as five young cellist from Ysgol San Siôr performed at the special event at Venue Cymru in December.

The coffee morning was organised by the Bangor based classical music charity, Ensemble Cymru, to raise money for its ChamberFest music event planned for March 2015. The charity was chosen to take part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge, a match funding scheme which doubles donations made at the beginning of December while funds are available.

Photo caption: (from left to right) Esme Williams, Catrin Lindskog, Belle Harvey, Thomas Pearce, Otis Adams-Jammeh with their cello teacher Nicola Pearce Continue reading Little cellists make a big impression at Ensemble Cymru’s coffee morning

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ChamberFest 2015: Bach

We’re throwing one of the biggest celebrations of chamber music in Wales, an annual festival which we call ChamberFest. And the theme for the 2015 event will be the music of J.S. Bach, with the main event taking place on March 20th and 21st (21st March would have been Bach’s birthday.)

Music by J.S Bach will be the theme for ChamberFest 2015
Music by J.S Bach will be the theme for ChamberFest 2015

The good news is, this event isn’t exclusive, in fact – quite the opposite! We’re actively seeking individuals, community groups, music organisations, bands, schools and workplaces in the Llandudno and Bangor area to join forces with Ensemble Cymru to take ChamberFest to the next level.

This is by means a definitive list of ideas, but it may give you some inspiration for events or activities that you’d like to take part in as part of the ChamberFest, take a look…

Continue reading ChamberFest 2015: Bach

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Ensemble Cymru’s BIG fundraiser for Bach music event

big giveThe streets will be alive with the sounds of Bach’s music! That’s the plan at least for North Wales based chamber music group, Ensemble Cymru; if they are able to raise enough funds from their upcoming Big Give Christmas fundraising campaign which launches at Venue Cymru on 4 December.

The classical music organisation plans to throw the biggest celebration of chamber music in Wales next March, and you’re all invited! And the theme of the ChamberFest event for 2015 will be the music of J.S. Bach; with the celebrations reaching a climax on March 21st, which would have been Bach’s Birthday. And the project has already won the backing of two major North Wales based arts venues, Pontio and Venue Cymru.

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The Big Give update – see how much we’ve raised already!

Ensemble Cymru are delighted to have been given generous pledges totalling £3800.

What’s next? The next stage in the challenge is the donation phase which begins Thursday 4th December.

What does this mean? During this phase (from Thursday 4th December, 10am), when a donation is made, 75% of it will be matched from the pledge, the remainder coming from the charity champion fund. This is an exciting time to donate as you can witness your donation make a bigger impact on Ensemble Cymru as it doubles!

So, if you’re an Ensemble Cymru supporter and would like to help us, The Big Give is the perfect opportunity to donate! Click here for more information about what your donation means and search ‘Ensemble Cymru’ to see our campaign. Continue reading The Big Give update – see how much we’ve raised already!

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Get your little ones hooked on good music!

You’re never too young to get hooked on music, and our Tots Music Morning for children aged 0-3 months earlier this month certainly proved that.

With the youngest of the group only three months old, a fun time was had by all at our Dalcroze Eurhythmics session at Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli. And it was a full house too with 15 children and adults coming along to enjoy the music and movement workshop.

Led by Dalcroze specialist, Bethan Habron-James, the little ones explored how different sounds, rhythms and types of music can make us move differently. And there was lots of interaction with the tots joining in with the music by singing, shaking their shakers or banging their wooden beaters! Plus there was live music performed by members of Ensemble Cymru on the piano and clarinet. Take a look at the photos from the event. Continue reading Get your little ones hooked on good music!

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Acceptance to The Big Give!

Ensemble Cymru are excited to have been accepted to be part of this year’s Big Give Christmas Challenge! The Big Give is a national match-funding scheme that runs every December, providing over 9,500 charities with a fundraising platform and a chance to showcase their work.

How to get involved

The Big Give makes your donation go further. You can donate from 10am on Thursday 4th December 2014 and donations will continue to be matched on 5th and 6th December. Continue reading Acceptance to The Big Give!

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Why Dalcroze for Wales? By Bethan Habron-James

Bethan working in Neuadd Dwyfor
Bethan working in Neuadd Dwyfor

I had the privilege of going to Geneva to study Dalcroze Eurhythmics at the end of the 90s, after some years of studying part time in Manchester. At the end of my dissertation for my final Licentiate exams I wrote that my dream one day, would be to share this pioneering education method with my Welsh compatriots. I explained that I had had an excellent music education in my childhood, full of singing and instrumental playing but there had been no connection between my music education and my physical education (apart from folk dancing, where the two crafts co-existed but the movement was not related to musical education).

Dalcroze Eurhythmics is unique in that one learns about music through music, and through the instinctive response of the body. The teacher improvises music, or plays recorded music, and draws the class to respond to the sound by using the body’s natural movement. Every element of music can be taught as a physical experience primarily in the gross muscles, before moving on to train the fine muscles for playing an instrument. This is how the body has learnt since childhood and it makes sense to prepare the whole body before learning to play a musical instrument; to prepare it to listen, to respond with agility and flexibility, to develop coordination, to be aware of others and the surrounding space, to fire the imagination, and so forth. Continue reading Why Dalcroze for Wales? By Bethan Habron-James

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Singing for their cuppa – vocalists join Ensemble Cymru for new Coffee Concerts season

Llio Evans
Llio Evans

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: Continue reading Singing for their cuppa – vocalists join Ensemble Cymru for new Coffee Concerts season