Ensem­ble on tour to mark 15th birth­day

Bangor Mail - - YOUR GUIDE - Ensem­ble Cymru will cel­e­brate its 15th an­niver­sary with a tour which in­cludes works by liv­ing com­posers

ENSEM­BLE Cymru cel­e­brates its 15 year an­niver­sary this sea­son, and fol­low­ing on from the first in­stal­ment of this se­ries last Novem­ber, the fi­nale, planned for May, will bring a taste of cham­ber mu­sic that is truly di­verse in both time and place.

From Wales, the Ensem­ble will per­form works by two liv­ing com­posers; mu­sic from Aberdyfi-based com­poser Rhian Sa­muel will fea­ture and also a world premiere of a new piece, I’r Ped­war Gwynt/ To the Four Winds, writ­ten espe­cially for the tour by An­gle­sey com­poser Gareth Glyn.

In keep­ing with Ensem­ble Cymru’s ethos of show­cas­ing the finest cham­ber mu­sic from Wales and across the world, mu­sic by some of the world’s best loved clas­si­cal mu­sic com­posers will be pre­sented as part of the con­cert tour. They will per­form De­bussy’s Dances for Harp and String Quar­tet, con­sid­ered as a harp ‘show­case’ along­side a rarely per­formed gem, Nonet, by English com­poser Arnold Bax. The con­cert reaches its fi­nale with Han­del’s Harp Con­certo which calls on nearly all the in­stru­men­tal force of the nine-strong ensem­ble.

In ad­di­tion to the main tour, three com­posers have been cho­sen to have their mu­sic show­cased in spe­cial pre­con­cert events dur­ing the May tour as part of a joint ven­ture with Com­posers of Wales. The three, Gareth Churchill, Rhian Sa­muel and Guto Pry­deri Puw, will each have their mu­sic per­formed by Ensem­ble Cymru dur­ing a ‘Com­posers Spot­light’ event to take place ahead of the main con­cert at se­lected venues.

With the com­posers present at each of the 30-minute events, au­di­ences will be able to meet the com­posers and hear their mu­sic.

On Sun­day May 13, the mu­sic of Guto Pry­deri Puw will be show­cased in a ‘Com­posers Spot­light’ event at 2pm, be­fore the main Ensem­ble Cymru con­cert at 3pm.

Speak­ing ahead of the tour, Ensem­ble Cymru’s artis­tic di­rec­tor, Peryn Clement-Evans said: “We’re thrilled to be clos­ing this sea­son reaf­firm­ing our mis­sion to pro­mote Wales’ vi­brant mu­sic from its past and present. Our nine prin­ci­pal play­ers will be giv­ing first per­for­mances of mu­sic by Gareth Glyn, re­dis­cov­er­ing the mu­sic of 20th cen­tury English com­poser Arnold Bax along­side that of Han­del, De­bussy and Rhian Sa­muel. Along­side our pre-con­cert ‘Com­posers Spot­light’ events at se­lect venues I don’t think I could have imag­ined a more ex­cit­ing and joy­ous way of draw­ing this spe­cial an­niver­sary year for the Ensem­ble to a close.”

Ensem­ble Cymru will be at var­i­ous venues on the fol­low­ing dates; Neuadd Dwyfor (May 7, 10.30am); Capel Gad, Cil­cain (May 8, 7pm); Venue Cymru (May 10- 11, 10am); Uchel­dre Cen­tre (May 12, 7.30pm); Pon­tio, Ban­gor (May 13, 3pm).

For a full list of tour dates see ensem­ble.cymru or fol­low Ensem­ble Cymru’s Face­book page /En­sCymru, with in­ter­views with com­posers, plus clips from the Ensem­ble’s per­form­ers.

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