I was appointed Leader of Sinfonia Cymru in 2018 and had been guest leading the ensemble for a number of years prior to my appointment. It's been wonderful to work alongside my contemporaries and also encourage and nurture the development of upcoming players fresh out of music college. There's a great can-do attitude and generosity of spirit amongst the players in this orchestra so every project is a joy.
"Sinfonia Cymru pride themselves on breaking the stereotypical orchestral experience. They focus on the support and development of young musicians, giving them a platform to kickstart their careers." (Eve Rowlands, Buzz Magazine)
One of the most exciting aspects of leading a chamber orchestra is getting opportunities to direct projects. It's also been exciting influencing the programming of a number of concerts, working together with the Sinfonia Cymru team to choose repertoire that is both brilliant to play and thrilling for audiences to hear.
A recent highlight was directing a programme of music including Vivaldi's Four Seasons and Grieg's Holberg Suite back in October 2018. You can read audience reactions to that project here. Check out the interview I did with Buzz Magazine below where I discuss my work with the orchestra.
It's been a pleasure to work with a number of fantastic conductors and soloists here at Sinfonia Cyrmu. It was brilliant to introduce Manchester Camerata's Music Director Gábor Takács-Nagy to the orchestra after our many collaborations in Manchester. Working with the exciting young conductor Jonathan Bloxham was a joy as his chamber music sensibilities shone through. We've enjoyed some fantastic soloists too - Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Jess Gillam, Timothy Ridout, Ben Baker and James Crabb to name a few.
Project with GABOR TAKACS-NAGY
Dora Stoutzker Hall, RWCMD
CHAMBER MUSIC //
Sinfonia Cymru have a number of chamber music projects that cover a huge variety of music. The Newport Riverfront series sees us explore many of the great masterworks of the standard chamber music repertoire. The Curate series puts Sinfonia Cymru's musicians in the driver's seat; individual musicians are given the opportunity to come up with a concept and devise an unconventional programme with support from the SC team.