One of the highlights of our tour in the autumn was our visit to the Blind Veterans Centre in north Wales. The centre in Llandudno is where blind veterans or veterans with sight impairment are given respite, training and rehabilitation and where they can be asessed and given support. The building on the outskirts of Llandudno was built back at the beginning of the last century by the Forresters’ family as a convalescence home for shale miners, but is now Blind Veterans UK’s newest centre.Continue reading Touch Tour for the Blind Veterans of Llandudno
Back in the summer, one of the distinctive experiences we had whilst preparing for our “Octet” tour was a visit to the home of Ann Thomas, Cefn Ydfa; the subject of the Welsh folk song, Bugeilio’r Gwenith Gwyn (Shepherding the White Wheat).Continue reading Cefn Ydfa and Bugeilio’r Gwenith Gwyn
We received outstanding reviews from everyone who came to hear us perform the octet by Schubert and a new octet by John Metcalf across Wales. If you had a chance to come to hear us, we hope you too enjoyed it!Continue reading Schubert and Metcalf Octet Reviews
Ensemble Cymru will join Mid Wales Opera in the spring in a new production of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro. Using Amanda Holden’s English translation which tells the story of the Figaro and his prospective wife Susanna’s troubles in striving to deceive their masters, the audience are sure to be in stitches! The production has been tailored especially for the Welsh audience and joining international performers on stage will be young talented singers from the Wales International Academy of Voice.Continue reading Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro… just round the corner
With the Austrian National Day taking place last Saturday, (October 26), Ensemble Cymru is delighted to announce that a Welsh tribute to Austrian composer Franz Schubert will be heard at some of Wales’ main concert halls during November.
Wales’s finest chamber music group, Ensemble Cymru will be performing works by one of the world’s greatest composers, Octet in F Major by Schubert and Octet by Welsh composer John Metcalf, in nine different concerts across the length and breadth of Wales next month. Both Octets will be performed by violin, viola, cello, double bass, clarinet, bass and French Horn in locations ranging from Holyhead, Bangor, Pwllheli, Llandudno, Colwyn Bay, Cilcain, Newport (Pembs.), to Brecon and Aberystwyth between November 2 and 17. Continue reading Celebration of Melodies
We wish to thank everybody who came to the Thank You concert at Gloddaeth Church, Llandudno. It was lovely to see so many people there, and it became obvious during chats over a cup of tea/coffee and bara brith, that a great number of you were keen for Ensemble Cymru to return! So watch this space!
S4C’s flagship magazine programme, Heno, filmed the event – here’s a link to the programme (see the concert feature at 10 minutes in):
And here is a selection of photos taken at the concert by photographer Iolo Penri.