“Yet again, the Welsh Sinfonia delivered an exciting programme with a professionalism and technical ability to match any of Britain’s foremost chamber orchestras.“ The Western Mail
The Welsh Sinfonia is a Cardiff-based professional chamber orchestra of up to 35 musicians, conducted by Mark Eager and led by Robin Stowell.
The orchestra concentrates on the chamber orchestral repertoire, drawing on the wonderful variety of music written for smaller orchestras by composers from the 16th century to the present day. Opportunities to hear professional performances of works for chamber orchestra are rare in Wales and The Welsh Sinfonia is an important champion of this rich and diverse repertoire.
The Welsh Sinfonia is committed to twentieth-century and contemporary music. As well as commissioning new music on a regular basis, in recent seasons the orchestra has performed works by Bartók, Britten, Copland, Ibert, William Mathias, John Metcalf, Piazzolla, Stravinsky, Takemitsu, Grace Williams and Michael Csányi-Wills.
“This was the best concert I have ever heard given by the Welsh Sinfonia, whose playing in this programme amply justified their claim to be the first fully professional chamber orchestra operating in the Principality.” Seen and Heard International
The 2014/15 Crescendo Tour
Seven towns, seven venues, four of which are new to us, and our first guest conductor, the internationally known ‘face of classical music’ Charles Hazlewood, who will conduct at the Dora Stoutzker Hall on January 17th 2015.
All these concerts are linked in some way with our Crescendo Schools, whose orchestral musicians will be part of the audience.
Bangor Cathedral on September 6th 2014,
The Coliseum, Aberdare, on September 19th
The Dora Stoutzker Hall, Cardiff on September 27th
The Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, on October 3rd
The Gwyn Hall, Neath on October 2nd
The Torch Theatre, Milford Haven, on November 15th
Y Neuadd Goffa, Christ College, Brecon on January 16th 2015
The Dora Stoutzker Hall, Cardiff, on January 17th 2015
The West Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon, on February 21st 2015
The Dora Stoutzker Hall, Cardiff, on March 28th 2015.
Programmes will include the following: :
Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture
Beethoven Symphony No 1
Prokofiev Symphony No 1, Classical;
Gareth Glyn Legend of the Lake;
Michael Csanyi-Wills Seagull Nebula
Charles Ives The Unanswered Question
Mozart Sinfonia Concertante, soloists Sara Trickey and Sarah Jane Bradley
Michael Nyman Trysting Fields, soloists Sara Trickey and Sarah Jane Bradley
Please go to the Concert Calendar for programmes, box office information and ticket sales.
On February 21st 2014 a major, five year project to build orchestras in secondary schools got underway.
Fully supported, and funded by the Arts Council of Wales, the G C Gibson and Simon Gibson Trusts and the Garfield Weston Foundation, we are still raising funds for the next phase of work with the first five schools. (St John Baptist in Aberdare, Sandfields Comprehensive in Port Talbot, Christ College in Brecon, Bro Ddyffi in Machynlleth and Bryn Hyfryd in Ruthin).
Mark Eager’s CrescendoRun raised over £7000 in donations and GiftAid to help fund the Crescendo Project through to the end of March 2015. Huge thanks from all at The Welsh Sinfonia to everyone who supported his amazing effort.
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The orchestra is available to accompany choirs and choral societies, to perform at festivals or as part of a concert series and to
provide music for film, radio and television. Please contact Anne Curtis (07977 464375 firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in hiring the Welsh Sinfonia.
The Welsh Sinfonia is supported by The Arts Council of Wales, the GC Gibson, Mary Homfray and Simon Gibson Charitable Trusts, and the Garfield Weston Foundation.