Ensemble Cymru’s final offering in their Coffee Concert series will see the harp take centre stage in a programme of stunning chamber music performed by a seven-piece ensemble, featuring a string quartet and an awarding winning harpist from Switzerland.
The North Wales based chamber music group’s May tour will draw together music from French and Welsh composers performed by top flight instrumentalists from Wales, and further afield.
Elisa Netzer, a rising star on the harp in her native Switzerland, will join some of the Ensemble’s home grown talent including violist Sara Roberts from Anglesey, and the Ensemble’s Artistic Director, Peryn Clement-Evans who lives in Bangor.
Speaking ahead of her debut in Wales with the Ensemble, Elisa said:
“As I prepare to travel to Wales for this tour, I can’t help but think what a privilege it is to get to perform a programme I love, in a country that loves my instrument so much. I can’t wait to explore again the great power of chamber music: complete strangers coming together and understanding each other perfectly through music.”
The programme presents an evocative mix of music including one of the most stunningly beautiful pieces ever written, Introduction and Allegro by Ravel, which perfectly demonstrates the expressive range of the harp. Music by Debussy and Jean Francaix will also be showcased alongside pieces by Welsh composers such as Port Talbot-born Christopher Painter and John Metcalf, the founder of the Vale of Glamorgan Festival.
The Wales-wide tour will be calling at the venues in Aberystwyth, Cardiff, Mold, Caernarfon, Llandudno, Holyhead and Pwllheli this May. Full listing below and for more information please visit our events page.
Music lovers in Bangor will be in for a special treat as Pontio prepares to host a one-off concert on 3 April featuring musicians from Ensemble Cymru and guest stars from the BBC National Chorus of Wales – including the Anglesey-born soprano, Llio Evans.
As part of Pontio’s Music At Bangor series, Bangor University and Venue Cymru’s resident ensemble, Ensemble Cymru, will be joined by the Mavron Quartet and singers from the BBC National Chorus of Wales for an unforgettable evening of music and song.
The evening’s programme will showcase music from the 18th through to the 20th century including Bach’s Coffee Cantata, Mendelssohn’s Octet and Messe Modale by Jehan Alain.
Ensemble Cymru’s Artistic Director, Peryn Clement-Evans said:
“Involving singers in the Ensemble has been something we’ve wanted to do ever since Ensemble Cymru started in 2001. With the help of members of the wonderful BBC National Chorus of Wales and its chorus master Adrian Partington, we have reached an important first milestone in establishing a vocal consort within the Ensemble. The prospect of bringing an even richer range of music for audiences, communities and schools across Wales is especially thrilling. In doing so, we look forward to creating more work opportunities for top class singers in Wales who want to join us in sharing our passion for chamber music.”
Ensemble Cymru musicians will be joined by a home-grown talent as soprano Llio Evans, originally from Llanfairpwll, returns to North Wales with other members of the BBC NOW chorus to perform in the concert. Llio said, “Coming home to perform is always such a pleasure as the North Wales audiences are the best, of course! Having the opportunity to work closely with the Ensemble Cymru musicians has been a real highlight for me and I’m really excited to see what the audience think of our collaboration.”
Music At Bangor: Ensemble Cymru with members of the Mavron Quartet and members of the BBC National Chorus of Wales
- Thursday 3 April 2014 | 8pm
- Powis Hall, Bangor University
- Duration: 2 hours (one interval)
- Tickets: £12 | £9 concessions |£3 student
£25 family ticket
- Tickets are available to purchase by phone 01248 382828 online via the Wales Millenium Centre or in person at the Pontio shop on Bangor’s High Street.