With the generous support of the Gaynor Cemlyn-Jones Trust, Ensemble Cymru is supporting Bangor 100 Employability Programme. We’ve been so impressed by Tia and Harry – two music students from Bangor University who have joined us, as part of the Employability Programme for 6 weeks. They’ve been helping with promotion, performances and event management. Our… Continue reading Supporting the next generation of musicians
We asked our esteemed friend and colleague Wyn Thomas, who is a senior lecturer at the School of Music, Bangor University, for his insights into the history and development of classical music in Wales. Here follows Wyn’s fascinating potted history …
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.
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).
Coming to know Schubert’s Octet
Wales’s leading chamber music group, Ensemble Cymru, make a welcome return to the Welsh capital this November when they bring a special concert to St David’s Hall which includes the rarely performed masterpiece, the Schubert Octet, alongside a brand-new commission from the pen of Welsh composer, John Metcalf.
Meet the composers who are being featured in the ‘Composers Spotlight’ prelude concerts during Ensemble Cymru’s May tour. Scroll down for video interviews with composers Gareth Churchill, Rhian Samuel and Guto Pryderi Puw.
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… Continue reading Gareth Glyn talks new music ahead of Ensemble Cymru tour
To close their Anniversary Season, Wales’s leading chamber music ensemble, Ensemble Cymru, is embarking on its most ambitious concert tour to date featuring nine top flight musicians and music from Handel to Debussy, as well as a brand new commission by Welsh composer, Gareth Glyn.