“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
On February 21st 2014 a major, five year project to build orchestras in secondary schools got underway.
Fully supported and partially funded by the Arts Council of Wales and the G C Gibson Trust, we are still short of the funds we need to complete the first year’s 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).
So Mark Eager, our conductor, is undertaking a massive personal challenge to run SIX marathons in SIX days, between St David’s Hall in Cardiff and the Royal Albert Hall in London, between April 21st and 26th. Please sponsor him -every little helps!
Just click here to add your support through his justgiving page.
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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, Geldards LLP and the Thomas Carroll Group.