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Gareth Glyn talks new music ahead of Ensemble Cymru tour

Anglesey composer, Gareth Glyn, has written a new piece chamber music especially for Ensemble Cymru. The new composition, ‘To the Four Winds’ will be performed for the first time during Ensemble Cymru’s May tour, see full list of our dates here.

Here’s Gareth Glyn talking to Ensemble Cymru’s Artistic Director, Peryn Clement-Evans, about the new music. Continue reading Gareth Glyn talks new music ahead of Ensemble Cymru tour

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Shining a light on living composers in Wales

Ensemble Cymru and Composers of Wales have joined forces to shine a spotlight on the work of three Welsh composers this spring.  Three composers have been chosen to have their music showcased in special pre-concert events during Ensemble Cymru’s national tour this May. Continue reading Shining a light on living composers in Wales

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BBC Radio Cymru’s Tudur Owen to face Ensemble Cymru’s ‘Chamber Music Challenge’

As part of a special programme for Radio Cymru, comedian and presenter, Tudur Owen, will face one of the biggest challenges of his career when he joins six professional Ensemble Cymru musicians for a one-off live performance at Pontio Bangor, on 12 November.

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Ensemble Cymru marks 15 year anniversary with 11 date national tour

Wales’ leading chamber music ensemble, Ensemble Cymru, will mark its 15 year anniversary with an 11 date national tour across Wales this November with specially extended concerts which celebrate hidden gems from the chamber music repertoire. Continue reading Ensemble Cymru marks 15 year anniversary with 11 date national tour

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Save with our Early Bird ticket offer – on sale NOW!

Our Early Bird tickets are flying out, swoop up yours before it’s too late!

It’s so simple to take advantage of this value for money offer. Simply contact the box office at your chosen venue listed below, before October 13th 2017, and purchase your ticket for an Ensemble Cymru concert this November at the discounted Early Bird price. Continue reading Save with our Early Bird ticket offer – on sale NOW!

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Donations are key to unlocking money and music for Ensemble Cymru

Chamber music charity, Ensemble Cymru, are celebrating 15 years of bringing high quality chamber music performances to communities across north Wales and to mark this special occasion, they’re asking you to play your part in their Big Give Christmas Challenge.

The Bangor based classical music group has been chosen from thousands of other charities to take part in the UK’s largest online match funding campaign, the Big Give, which doubles donations which are made during a 72 hour window next week.

A pledge pot of £5,000 has already been raised by Ensemble Cymru but this money can only be unlocked through online donations made via the Big Give website from 12pm on Tuesday 29th November through until 12pm on Friday 2nd December. So for every pound that is donated, another £1 is unlocked from the pledge pot – doubling the original donation.

big-give-postcard-2016But money isn’t the only thing that will be unlocked through online donations; Ensemble Cymru’s star musicians, including Royal Harpist Anne Denholm, have recorded special personal messages and performances which will be released on the charity’s Facebook and Twitter pages as donations targets are reached.

In addition to the online music, Ensemble Cymru will also be holding a drop-in session at:

  • Venue Cymru in Llandudno on Tuesday 29th November 11:30am – 1pm
  • Wednesday 30th November, 10:30am -12pm at Pontio in Bangor

There will be ‘donations stations’ set-up where supporters can give online, plus music from Ensemble Cymru musicians.

Speaking about Ensemble Cymru’s plans for the future, its Artistic Director, Peryn Clement-Evans, said:

“Throughout the past 15 years, we’ve always been spurred on by the generosity of the public. With it, tens of thousands of people of all ages in Wales have been able to experience live performances of really inspiring music. For the next 15 years we want to raise the bar with an aim to unlock this music for hundreds of thousands more people of all ages in all parts of Wales, whoever and wherever they are be they in a community, a shopping centre, a chapel, a school hall or a concert hall. On behalf of all of us I’d just like to thank everybody so much for whatever they’re able to give to help us as we begin the task of realising that dream.”

If you are able to support Ensemble Cymru’s Big Give campaign, please visit our Big Give webpage for more information, or contact Angharad Hywel, Ensemble Cymru’s Development Officer on 01248 719 503 or email

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Ensemble Cymru travels to Vienna for ClassicalNEXT

Ensemble Cymru will be flying the flag for Wales at the ClassicalNEXT event in Vienna, Austria this May. More than 1,000 music companies, individuals and exhibitors from over 40 different countries attended last year’s event with even higher numbers expected to turn out for the 2014 show.

We’ve put together three distinct packages to illustrate the different services Ensemble Cymru can offer. An overview of each package is outline below and if you’d like to register your interest and find out more about the possibility of working with Ensemble Cymru, please complete this form. Continue reading Ensemble Cymru travels to Vienna for ClassicalNEXT

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A week on the road with Ensemble Cymru

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, Cricieth, Caernarfon, Bangor, Llandudno, Colwyn Bay, Cilcain and Holyhead, bringing the beautiful music of the Wind Octet to many areas of North Wales.

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Living Waters by Gareth Glyn (About the Piece)

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.

In searching for a theme, it became evident that the three venues were connected with different bodies of water – the Usk river in Newport, the Irish Sea by Rhosygilwen and Tudno’s Spring in Llandudno.  Adding a lake gives the four main kinds of living water in Wales. As water is so central to Welsh mythology, I decided to base the movements of this work on legends connected to the three venues, adding Llangorse Lake near Brecon as the fourth.

Gerald of Wales noted that the birds of that lake would sing only if commanded to do so by the true leader of the land, and no-one else.

Tudno’s Spring is one of many on the Great Orme above Llandudno; Saint Tudno, who gives his name to the town, is connected with a whetstone which would sharpen the blades only of brave men.

©Gareth Glyn 2012

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