Big Give 2020 and the impact of your donations…

For one week only the Big Give will double your donation!

Your donation to the Big Give Christmas Challenge (1-8 December) , will support the 2020/2021 Project ‘Music at Your Place, a partnership between Ensemble Cymru and Mid Wales Opera to promote a year of optimism and hope across rural Wales through the musical creativity of their composers and musicians. 

With community groups, primary schools and composers and musicians, we are set for the biggest musical journey yet.

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Impact of your donations to date…

2020: Children, Young People and Figaro

With our new friends, at Oriel Myrddin we created online activities for primary school children in lockdown. 

Working with Dyfed Young Composers, we created recordings of 67 pieces by young composers of Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire as well as holding virtual workshops for 20 of these young composers led by composer Lynne Plowman. 

During lockdown, we redesigned our 6-month residency in Ysgol Tudno (Llandudno) to work online.  We held weekly virtual activities for children and staff of Ysgol Tudno.  The residency was inspired by a chamber orchestra’s programme in Bremen, and by the 5 Ways to Well-being.  Through the project the team have supported children’s and staff’s mental well-being and the children’s development as confident and aspirational learners. 

With our friends in Mid Wales Opera, our performance of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro attracted praise from the Sunday Times before lockdown. 

2019: Reaching people through Schubert: 

Highlights of our autumn tour to venues across Wales included: our visit to the Blind Veterans Centre in north Wales ; our performance for sufferers of Dementia and their carers in Holyhead; our pre-concert Schubert sing in Bangor with the Bangor University Chamber Choir; and an open rehearsal in front of primary school children in Llandudno.    more

2018: Meet the Composers:

Through means of pre-concert performances to our tour across Wales, we provided opportunities for Welsh composers living and working in Wales to bring their works before a wider audience and showcase the wealth and depth of talent in Wales. .  more

2017: Children and Young People:

Alongside Community and outreach events, Ensemble Cymru works closely with primary schools to take Chamber Music into the classroom and provide additional support for Music education in Wales. Ensemble Cymru musicians worked with pupils at Ysgol Pendalar (Caernarfon) and Ysgol Hafod Lon (Pwllheli).  During our two main season concert tours, Ensemble Cymru musicians performed for patients and their families at Llandudno Hospital. 

2016: Outreach Programmes:

Two Wales-wide tours, international engagements, work with primary schools and young musicians, performances in hospitals alongside collaborations; all designed to bring people closer to Chamber Music. 

2015: Community Groups:

A celebration of the music of J.S. Bach over a weekend with events taking place in venues across north Wales involving over 100 professional musicians, community groups, local singers, children, and young people in the area. 

2014: Children and Young People:

The first ever Welsh language recording of Prokovfiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’ with narration by Hollywood actor, Rhys Ifans. The production of ‘Peter and the Wolf’ reached more than 15,000 people through its national tour and S4C broadcast.