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Aberystwyth Arts Centre: Ensemble Cymru embark on most ambitious chamber music tour to date 3pm, Sunday 6 May     

Aberystwyth Arts Centre: Ensemble Cymru embark on most ambitious chamber music tour to date

3pm, Sunday 6 May To close their Anniversary Season, Wales’s leading chamber music ensemble, Ensemble Cymru, is embarking on its most ambitious concert tour to date featuring nine top flight musicians and music from Handel to Debussy, as well as a brand new commission by Welsh composer, Gareth Glyn.

Ensemble Cymru is celebrating its 15 year anniversary this season, and following on from the first installment 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 brand 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. Debussy’s Dances for Harp and String Quartet, considered as a harp ‘showcase’ will be performed alongside a rarely performed gem, Nonet, by the English composer Arnold Bax. While 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 pre-concert events during the May tour as part of a joint venture with Composers of Wales.

The three selected composers, Gareth Churchill, Rhian Samuel and Guto Pryderi Puw, will each have their music performed by Ensemble Cymru during a ‘Composer’s Spotlight’ event which will take place ahead of the main concert. With the composers present at each of the 30-minute events, audiences across Wales will be treated to an exclusive opportunity to meet the composers and hear their music.

The music of Rhian Samuel, an Aberdyfi-based composer and music professor, will be performed by Ensemble Cymru during a ‘Composers Spotlight’ event at 2pm before the main concert at Aberystwyth Arts Centre at 3pm on Sunday May 6th.

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 performing at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on Sunday 6th May, 3pm, with a free prelude concert at 2pm. Tickets are available from the Arts Centre Box Office on 01970 62 32 32 or online at

May Tour Dates – Ensemble Cymru, Anniversary Finale

4 May, 7pm - Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
6 May, 3pm – Aberystwyth Arts Centre
7 May, 10:30am – Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli
8 May, 7pm – Capel Gad, Cilcain Nr Mold
10 May, 10am – Venue Cymru, Llandudno
11 May, 10am – Venue Cymru, Llandudno
12 May, 10am – Venue Cymru, Llandudno
12 May, 7:30pm – Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead
13 May, 3pm – Pontio, Bangor

Composers Spotlight Events (prelude concerts)

4 May, 6pm – Chapter Arts Centre. The music of Gareth Churchill
6 May, 2pm – Aberystwyth Arts Centre. The music of Rhian Samuel
13 May, 2pm – Pontio, Bangor. The music of Guto Pryderi Puw

About Ensemble Cymru

Ensemble Cymru, Resident Ensemble at Bangor University and Venue Cymru, Llandudno, is the leading chamber music performing group in Wales with core membership of 16 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 the current 2017-2018 Season, Ensemble Cymru has collaborated with OPRA Cymru on a brand new Welsh language opera by Gareth Glyn and Mererid Hopwood, and also Mid Wales Opera in their production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. The Ensemble also performed with the world renowned harpist Isabelle Moretti at the International Harp Festival in Caernarfon in April 2018. Ensemble Cymru have embarked on two national tours this season, in November 2017 and May 2018, which will be the culmination of a two year project featuring chamber music for harp co-curated by its principal harpist, Anne Denholm (Royal Harpist) and its Artistic Director, Peryn Clement-Evans.

Ensemble Cymru’s International Cultural Exchange Programme was established in 2015. Its activities have included performances in Switzerland at the British Embassy in Berne, Davos, Chur and Valais. The organisation is developing links with China and recently performed in Shanghai and Hong Kong as part of Welsh Government Culture and Trade Mission in February 2017.

In 2014, Ensemble Cymru’s production of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf reached more than 15,000 people through its national tour and S4C broadcast. The production and CD recording featured Welsh language narration by Hollywood actor, Rhys Ifans.

Each year Ensemble Cymru reaches communities across Wales through its national touring network of nine partner venues. Its touring work is complemented by a programme of performances outside the concert hall reaching schools, schools for young people with special educational needs, hospitals, hospices and people in public places.

Aberystwyth Arts Centre is a department of Aberystwyth University, and a member of the Institute of Literature, Language and the Creative Arts. It is a revenue funded organisation of Arts Council Wales.
Please contact Alice Wymer | 01970 622885 for more information

Mae Canolfan y Celfyddydau Aberystwyth yn adran o Brifysgol Aberystwyth, ac yn aelod o Athrofa Llenyddiaeth, Ieithoedd a Chelfyddydau Creadigol y Brifysgol. Mae’n fudiad a gefnogir yn ariannol gan Gyngor Celfyddydau Cymru.
Cysylltwch â Alice Wymer | 01970 622885 am ragor o wybodaeth.
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