Ensemble on tour to mark 15th birthday
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.