Monday 4 March 2019

Sinfonia Cymru in Wales and Abu Dhabi

Sinfonia Cymru
Sinfonia Cymru
The young professional musicians of Sinfonia Cymru have a busy March coming up, touring Wales with Sheku Kanneh Mason, in Abu Dhabi with Sir Bryn Terfel, and working with young school children in Powys.

On 7 March 2019, the chamber orchestra's latest Welsh tour launches at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama when cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason joins the orchestra for Haydn's Cello Concerto No. 1 along with music by CPE Bach, Beethoven and Charles Ives, conducted by Jonathan Bloxham. The programme tours to Pontyberem (8/3/2019), Newport (9/3/2019) and Mold (10/3/2019) and is being recorded by BBC Radio 3 for broadcast on 12 March 2019. The concerto is the earlier of Haydn's two for the cello and the manuscript only came to light in the 1960s.

At Sir Bryn Terfel's invitation, the orchestra is playing at the Abu Dhabi Festival for a concert performance of Puccini's Tosca on 15 March 2019, with Kristine Opolais, Bryn Terfel and Vittorio Grigolo, conducted by Gareth Jones. The performance is at the Emirates Palace Auditorium, Abu Dhabi. Sinfonia Cymru have performed at previous occasions with Sir Bryn Terfel including at his 50th birthday concert at the Royal Albert Hall, at Grange Park Opera and as part of Festival of the Voice 2016 at Llandaff Cathedral.

As part of an on-going collaboration with the Mid-Wales Trust, Sinfonia Cymru is taking part in One Small Step: A Musical Journey to the Cosmos. An interactive show for primary school children, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, the show will be performed from 18 -20 March at Theatr Brycheiniog Brecon, The Wyeside Arts Centre Builth Wells and The Hafren, Newtown. Song writing workshops will take place at six local primary schools in Powys, with pupils both creating songs and learning the music for the new piece, and the final performances will include sections for the whole audience to join in, plus a moment where one school comes on stage to sing a song they've created with the workshop team.

Full details from the Sinfonia Cymru website.

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