Initially funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Curate was established in 2013 with the aim of bringing together the young creative minds of the orchestra and providing them with an opportunity to express their artistic ideas and develop their own projects.
Over the last four years Curate has played a huge part in programming the orchestra’s core concerts and recitals. The group has also developed a portfolio of brand new projects with the aim of reaching new audiences. They include the orchestra’s flagship UnButtoned and Unease events in collaboration with BAFTA Cymru-winning musician Tom Raybold and Chapter Arts Centre, as well as the orchestra’s ‘classical pub gig’, Quartet and the Silent Film event at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff.
In 2016 we performed The Freddie Mercury Project, featuring Queen Concertante by Vlad Maistorovici, a newly commissioned work of classical arrangements of some of the most iconic Queen songs. The idea to work with Vlad came from Curate.
Curate embodies Sinfonia Cymru’s commitment to young musicians and recognises the changing demands of the industry for musicians to have the ability to maintain the highest possible performance standards alongside a host of other skills on and off the concert platform. Curate also highlights the diversity of thought and imagination amongst Sinfonia Cymru musicians and their constant enthusiasm and exuberance.
In 2017/18 Curate musicians will partner with Tramshed Tech, a creative/tech shared workspace in a beautiful former industrial building, to present four concerts which combine eclectic live music with digital installations and film. Each concert will be live streamed on Facebook. The live streaming is supported by The Space.