Working with schools, hospitals, care homes and in communities is a major part of the orchestra’s activities. Our musicians bring high quality music to as many people as possible across Wales through inspiring projects.
Sinfonia Cymru works with a range of partners to run school and community projects, workshops and concerts. The orchestra has worked with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Gwent Music Support Service, The Riverfront, Flintshire County Borough Council, Theatr Harlech, Theatr Hafren, Carmarthenshire Theatres, Mid Wales Music Trust and Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias in Caernarfon.
In 2015 the orchestra delivered a project for schools across Powys based on Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals. Children worked alongside our musicians, filmmakers Gritty Realism and animateur Sam Glazer to compose their own songs and create beautiful animated films.
“My best tune was The Swan…it was really relaxing. I loved every second up on stage” Lucy, Year 4
“Thank you for coming in and making a song with us. I really enjoyed it and had the best day of my life” Freddie
“I thought writing a song would be boring but it was brilliant. You all gave us confidence when we performed on stage” Elen
Films made by children from Maesyrhandir School with support from animators Gerald Conn and Chris Elliott.
In The Gift of Music project, which also took place in 2015, we asked people to nominate friends and family members who would love to hear our musicians play. We obliged with some very special concerts for some very deserving people across the southwest of England.
We worked with over 3700 school children in 2015.
In 2016 Sinfonia Cymru worked with Mid Wales Music Trust on a project based on Williams Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Workshops took place in schools throughout Powys, culminating in schools concerts in Theatr Brycheiniog, Wyeside Arts Centre and Theatr Hafren. In 2016 our musicians headed across Wales for residencies in Llanelli, Mold and Newport. They visited schools, care homes and hospitals, delivering interactive school workshops and performing a free public concert in Ammanford Miners’ Institute.