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Report by Derfel Thomas, Ysgol Tudno to Ensemble Cymru

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As education providers, we recognize the importance of the creative arts and their place in pupil
development and working alongside other stakeholders, we aim to enhance the opportunities we
provide as a school. Through varied, rewarding experiences, we hope to develop the citizens of the
future. Through creative opportunities children learn to express themselves and understand their
place in the world. These activities also provide ample opportunity to develop curricular areas in an
interesting and creative way. The arts are also valued as a vehicle to ensure that each child reaches
his or her individual potential as it breaks down the barriers created by additional learning needs
and is central to increasing engagement and improving wellbeing.

The opportunities that the pupils have received through this project are invaluable!
The pupils were inspired by fun but challenging engagement with music, building their confidence in
listening and performing and exploring their innovative possibilities. Listening to the various
performances enabled children to experience a multitude of media, develop independent thinking
skills and expressive language skills. Stimulating people’s lives through the arts has given pupils and
the wider school community the opportunity to see and listen to artwork and share new
perspectives. This has engendered enthusiasm in pupils which has often led to further class work.
Pupils’ desire is evident as they convey messages about their experiences back to parents and carers
at home.

The latest part of the project, radio Ensemble Cymru, has been a great asset to the project as a
whole. The children have really enjoyed the opportunity to create and record material for it and
although it was a bit difficult to organize in the middle of the lockdown it meant that not only did
they have the opportunity to develop creative skills but also digital skills. Parents have also had the
opportunity to be involved by listening to the daily broadcasts, with some listening several times a
day. Mrs. Iona Hughes, Head teacher at Ysgol Tudno said “The collaboration and previous work has
had a positive impact on pupils’ confidence and has shown their willingness to participate and make
use of their technological skills. The project has given those pupils with different interests a chance
to shine as we’re ‘learning to shine together’. ‘”

The project as a whole has been an integral part of our development of the ‘Curriculum for Wales’
and has developed our learners into ambitious, capable, lifelong learners, enterprising, creative
contributors willing to play their full part in their life and work, principled, informed citizens and
healthy, confident individuals who are ready to live life fulfilling their aspirations as valued members
of society.

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Radio Ensemble Cymru

What’s on – Radio Ensemble Cymru

 Listen Now! With link https://radio.ensemble.cymru   

EVERY MONDAY

Children of Ysgol Tudno work with an Ensemble Cymru musician to promote well-being through music. Today: The Clarinet with Peryn Clement-Evans

10:00– Ysgol Tudno Takeover [Welsh language]

11:00 – Ysgol Tudno Takeover [English language]

16:00 – Ysgol Tudno Takeover [Welsh language]

17:00 – Ysgol Tudno Takeover [English]

19:30 – Ysgol Tudno Takeover [Welsh language]

20:30 – Ysgol Tudno Takeover [English]

First broadcast 10:00 22/03/2021

EVERY TUESDAY

Children of Ysgol Tudno work with an Ensemble Cymru musician to promote well-being through music. Today: the Oboe with Huw Clement-Evans

10:00– Ysgol Tudno Takeover [Welsh language]

11:00 – Ysgol Tudno Takeover [English language]

16:00 – Ysgol Tudno Takeover [Welsh language]

17:00 – Ysgol Tudno Takeover [English]

19:30 – Ysgol Tudno Takeover [Welsh language]

20:30 – Ysgol Tudno Takeover [English]

First broadcast 10:00 23/03/2021

EVERY WEDNESDAY

Children of Ysgol Tudno work with an Ensemble Cymru musician to promote well-being through music. Today: the cello with Nicki Pearce

10:00– Ysgol Tudno Takeover [Welsh language]

11:00 – Ysgol Tudno Takeover [English language]

16:00 – Ysgol Tudno Takeover [Welsh language]

17:00 – Ysgol Tudno Takeover [English]

19:30 – Ysgol Tudno Takeover [Welsh language]

20:30 – Ysgol Tudno Takeover [English]

First broadcast 10:00 24/03/2021

EVERY THURSDAY

Children of Ysgol Tudno work with an Ensemble Cymru musician to promote well-being through music. Today: the Harp with Mared Emlyn

10:00– Ysgol Tudno Takeover [Welsh language]

11:00 – Ysgol Tudno Takeover [English language]

16:00 – Ysgol Tudno Takeover [Welsh language]

17:00 – Ysgol Tudno Takeover [English]

19:30 – Ysgol Tudno Takeover [Welsh language]

20:30 – Ysgol Tudno Takeover [English]

First broadcast 10:00 25/03/2021

EVERY FRIDAY

Children of Ysgol Tudno work with an Ensemble Cymru musician to promote well-being through music. Today: Double Bass with Martin Lüdenbach

10:00– Ysgol Tudno Takeover [Welsh language]

11:00 – Ysgol Tudno Takeover [English language]

16:00 – Ysgol Tudno Takeover [Welsh language]

17:00 – Ysgol Tudno Takeover [English]

19:30 – Ysgol Tudno Takeover [Welsh language]

20:30 – Ysgol Tudno Takeover [English]

First broadcast 10:00 26/03/2021

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Music Charities Band Together to support Performers in Pandemic

Decimated livelihoods

There is new hope for freelance musicians and singers in Wales whose livelihoods have been decimated by the current pandemic.

Two Welsh music charities have joined forces to raise funds to support performers, composers and music practitioners to work with their local communities through music.  With funds raised Ensemble Cymru and Mid Wales Opera hope with the help of local singers and musicians to put music back into the heart of Wales’ communities.

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A Blue-print for Innovative and High-quality School and Cultural Partnerships

An Independent Report by Nia Richards (Tybed)

Ysgol Tudno and Ensemble Cymru are developing innovative practice within the Expressive Arts through a collaborative professional-enquiry approach, they are increasing engagement by being responsive to pupils’ needs and interests and they are building relationships between the school and the wider community.

Nia Richards (Tybed)

Effective community schools make thoughtful use of school assets to improve the lives of children and families in the local community. They work in partnership with local groups and organisations in enterprising and creative ways. They seek to address gaps in local sport, cultural or care provision. 

Estyn, 20201
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Ensemble Cymru

Ensemble Cymru, Resident Ensemble at Bangor University and Venue Cymru (Llandudno), is the leading chamber music performing group in Wales.  It has a core membership of 20 instrumentalists and singers.  Established as a charity in 2002, its mission is to champion Wales’ heritage and contemporary chamber music culture alongside chamber music from across the world to audiences in Wales and internationally.

During 2019-20, Ensemble Cymru toured Wales

During its 2017-2018 Season, Ensemble Cymru toured with Mid Wales Opera in their production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and with OPRA Cymru on its award-winning production of Wythnos yng Nghymru Fydd by Gareth Glyn and Mererid Hopwood.  The Ensemble performed with internationally celebrated French harpist Isabelle Moretti at the International Harp Festival in Caernarfon and undertook two national tours in the culmination of a two-year project of chamber music featuring the harp co-curated by the Ensemble’s principal harpist, Anne Denholm (Royal Harpist) and its Artistic Director, Peryn Clement-Evans.

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Music at Your Place

Are you a musician, singer or composer of opera, vocal or chamber-scale music?

Would you like to do something positive during Covid-19 to connect and make music with your local community in Wales?

Can you think of a new project you could set up and deliver with a
community group in your local area?

If you have answered yes to all 3 questions, please read on!

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Acceptance to The Big Give!

Ensemble Cymru are excited to have been accepted again 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.

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Ensemble Cymru creates opportunities for young and early career composers

Cello: Nicola Pearce

In September 2019, a trio of Peryn Clement-Evans (clarinet), Nicola Pearce (cello) and Richard Ormond (piano) started an initial week-long residency with students from across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.  Alongside Lynne Plowman they led three composition workshops for 400 GCSE and A level students.

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