There is new hope for freelance musicians and singers in Wales whose livelihoods have been decimated by the current pandemic.
Two Welsh music charities have joined forces to raise funds to support performers, composers and music practitioners to work with their local communities through music. With funds raised Ensemble Cymru and Mid Wales Opera hope with the help of local singers and musicians to put music back into the heart of Wales’ communities.
Ensemble Cymru, Resident Ensemble at Bangor University and Venue Cymru (Llandudno), is the leading chamber music performing group in Wales. It has a core membership of 20 instrumentalists and singers. Established as a charity in 2002, its mission is to champion Wales’ heritage and contemporary chamber music culture alongside chamber music from across the world to audiences in Wales and internationally.
During 2019-20, Ensemble Cymru toured Wales
During its 2017-2018 Season, Ensemble Cymru toured with Mid Wales Opera in their production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and with OPRA Cymru on its award-winning production of Wythnos yng Nghymru Fydd by Gareth Glyn and Mererid Hopwood. The Ensemble performed with internationally celebrated French harpist Isabelle Moretti at the International Harp Festival in Caernarfon and undertook two national tours in the culmination of a two-year project of chamber music featuring the harp co-curated by the Ensemble’s principal harpist, Anne Denholm (Royal Harpist) and its Artistic Director, Peryn Clement-Evans.