Education and community is at the heart of what we do. Alongside an annual programme of performances in hospitals and care homes, we regularly work with local schools, augmenting music provision and sharing the joy of music-making with children. In 2013 Ensemble Cymru released the very first Welsh language recording of Pedr a’r Blaidd (Peter and the Wolf) by Sergei Prokofiev, narrated by Hollywood star Rhys Ifans.
“Thank you so much for wonderful performances on Aberconwy and Beuno Wards in Llandudno Hospital on Saturday last.
The sheer delight on the faces of the patients spoke far more than words could ever do. I know you saw that some patients were moved to tears, with the music bringing back memories to the patients, all of whom enjoyed the small concerts on their wards immensely.
I should also add that so many of the staff commented that it was the first time they’d had the opportunity to listen to live classical music being performed, a great experience for them too”
Angela Hopkins: Executive Director of Nursing, Midwifery, Therapies & Health Sciences, Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board. Honorary Professor, Bangor University.
Adding to the cultural landscape of Wales
Ensemble Cymru regularly work with young musicians, through workshops, masterclasses and side-by-side-performances, giving them an opportunity to learn alongside the very best professional classical musicians.
As an arts organisation we also share our time and expertise with young people who are looking to carve a career in the Arts by offering work experience and internship opportunities.
All of this, we believe, not only strengthens the next generation of musicians and classical music enthusiasts but also the future of the Arts in Wales as a whole.