Sinfonia Cymru planning an intimate evening of classical music in Pontyberem
Sinfonia Cymru bring an evening of Tchaikovsky, Bach, Haydn and Strauss to the village on October 16.
The concert takes place at the Pontyberem Memorial Hall, starting at 7.30pm.
It will feature -
- Strauss Sextet from Capriccio.
- Bach Three-part inventions arranged for string trio (excerpts).
- Haydn String Quartet in D Major, Op. 33 No. 6.
- Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence.
In this deeply intimate concert, Sinfonia Cymru presents a kaleidoscopic programme of chamber music for strings.
From tenacious verve to heartfelt tragedy, Sinfonia Cymru will explore the full emotional range with one of the most popular works in the chamber repertoire; Tchaikovsky’s intensely expressive Souvenir de Florence.
YCAT (Young Classical Artists Trust) violinist and Guest Leader Bartosz Woroch directs Strauss’ elegant string Sextet from the composer’s final opera Capriccio alongside the Sixth in Haydn’s lyrical set of ‘Russian’ quartets and excerpts from Bach’s intricately written Three-part inventions, arranged for string trio.
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About Sinfonia Cymru
Sinfonia Cymru is a young and innovative chamber orchestra from Wales. The orchestra is made up of musicians in the early stages of their careers and is the first and only orchestra of its kind to be revenue-funded by the Arts Council of Wales.
Sinfonia Cymru works in partnership with The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) through the Professional Pathway Bursary scheme and regular performances at The Dora Stoutzker Hall. Sinfonia Cymru is also resident orchestra at The Riverfront, Newport and performs in venues across Wales.
The orchestra works with Young Classical Artists Trust to create opportunities for the next generation of solo artists including the orchestra’s current Leader/Director Bartosz Woroch. Sinfonia Cymru has worked with a number of celebrated guest artists including Bryn Terfel, Llŷr Williams, Paul Watkins, Carlo Rizzi, and Alina Ibragimova.
The orchestra enjoys a long-standing relationship with Deutsche-Gramophon harpist Catrin Finch. Past projects with Catrin include Classic BRIT nominated album ‘Blessing’ with John Rutter, which reached number one in BBC Radio 3’s classical chart, and a performance at Universal Live ‘Yellow Lounge’.
In 2013 Sinfonia Cymru embarked on a major project to develop and launch a new way of working for chamber orchestras. With funding from Paul Hamlyn Foundation, the orchestra established Curate; a collective of orchestral musicians, administrators and other young creatives who come together to express their artistic ideas and develop their own projects. Over the last three years, Curate has developed the flagship UnButtoned and Unease events in collaboration with BAFTA-Cymru winning musician Tom Raybould, the orchestra’s classical pub gig ‘Quartet’ with Fizzi Events, and a live Silent Film event at Chapter Arts Centre.
2014 was Sinfonia Cymru’s busiest year, performing 44 concerts to over 13,000 people and working with actor Richard Harrington (star of S4C Y Gwyll / Hinterland), harpist Catrin Finch alongside young conductor Ben Gernon, world-renowned baritone Bryn Terfel, and on an experimental collaboration with theatre director Tom Morris at The Bristol Proms. The orchestra also played a major role in the ‘Emerging Classical Talent in the EU’ project; an International collaboration that brought together a number of European partners and culminated in Sinfonia Cymru’s Small Nations Big Sounds Festival, which it delivered in partnership with RWCMD.
In 2015, Sinfonia Cymru performed with BBC Young Musician winner Laura Van der Heijden in March and with period violinist Rachel Podger on the orchestra’s first all-baroque concert in May. After recently relaunching its Education & Community Programme, the orchestra will also work in partnership with Mid Wales Music Trust and Arts Connection to deliver an education project for school children in Powys based on Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals throughout the year.
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About Bartosz Woroch
Born in Poznan, Poland, Bartosz Woroch studied with Marcin Baranowski at the Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznan, Monika Urbaniak-Lisik at the Hochschule der Kunste Berne and with Louise Hopkins at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he is now a Professor.
He was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2011.
At the opening of the 2012/13 season Bartosz performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Bristol Ensemble, Wieniawski 2nd Concerto with Sinfonia Juventus and the Elgar Concerto in the Donatella Flick conducting competition. He undertook collaborative projects as soloist, leader and director with Sinfonia Cymru, performed Beethoven’s Concerto at Cadogan Hall, and gave recitals at Wigmore Hall, Poland’s Lublin Philharmonie, the Brighton, Lichfield and Gower Festivals.
Engagements this season include performances of the Mendelssohn Concerto with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Prokofiev’s Concerto No.2 with Sinfonia Cymru and at St John’s Smith Square in London, and Berg’s Chamber Concerto at the Poznan Spring Festival with Mei Yi Foo and the Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra. He gives recitals at Wigmore Hall, The Sage Gateshead, Colston Hall Bristol, Kettles Yard Cambridge and the Royal Northern College of Music, and on 27 April 2014 makes his USA debut at The Phillips Collection in Washington.
As a concerto soloist Bartosz has appeared with the Czestochowa, Poznan, Silesian and Auckland Philharmonic Orchestras, the Bern Symphony and Polish Radio Orchestras. He has recorded for BBC Radio 3, Radio France and Polish Radio, collaborated with Pekka Kuusisto, Alasdair Beatson, Nicholas Daniel and the award winning Cappa Ensemble, performed Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale with Martyn Brabbins and the Berg Chamber Concerto with Michael Tilson Thomas. During 2011/12 he undertook a residency in Banff working with Henk Guittart and in took part in masterclasses with Menahem Pressler and Mitsuko Uchida at the Britten–Pears School in Aldeburgh.
At the age of 22, Bartosz was appointed Concertmaster to the Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra. He left this position in 2008 to pursue his interest in solo and chamber music. Since then he has given recitals at major venues throughout Europe including Wigmore Hall, Barbican, The Palais des Beaux-Arts (Brussels), Radio France Festival (Monpelier), the Edinburgh Fringe, Verbier and West Cork Festivals. Further afield he has toured New Zealand, Malaysia, Australia and Singapore.
During his studies Bartosz was a laureate in the 2005 Michael Hill (New Zealand), 2003 Pablo Sarasate (Spain) and 2001 Takasaki (Japan) International Competitions. He participated in masterclasses with Mitsuko Uchida, Menahem Pressler, Ruggiero Ricci, Benjamin Schmid, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Gil Shaham and Alfred Brendel.
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About Sinfonia Cymru principal conductor Gareth Jones
Gareth Jones began his conducting career in 1990 as a member of the Music Staff at Welsh National Opera. While there he conducted an extensive range of repertoire including Un Ballo in Maschera, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Traviata, Ernani, Die Fledermaus, Faust, La Bohéme, Fidelio, Billy Budd, The Carmelites, Carmen, Kátya Kabanová, Le nozze di Figaro, Der Fliegende Hollander, Madama Butterfly, La Cenerentola, Die Zauberflöte and Hänsel Und Gretel. In 2009 and 2010, Gareth conducted Aida at the Bregenz Festival.
Concert work in the United Kingdom has included appearances with the Halle Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra and the Manchester Camerata.
Recent engagements include concerts with close-friend Bryn Terfel and the Orchestre National de Belgique in Paris and Brussels, with Cape Town Opera for performances of Showboat in South Africa and the UK, and a concert performance of Sweeney Todd with Bryn Terfel at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.