Project information

Ensemble Cymru - Celebrating 15 years!

Time to celebrate all that’s good about Ensemble Cymru. Through live events, work with schools & children, concerts in care, internships, recordings, films, and broadcasts we’re going to excite people about our work & grow our family of supporters for the next 15 years for people in Wales.

January 2017 - December 2017

Charity information: Ensemble Cymru

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  • Need


    - Ensemble Cymru's work for the educational welfare of children & quality of life for people in care settings, supporting the employability of young people and advancing people's understanding of Wales' classical music heritage and contemporary culture is invisible to many people who would otherwise support us.
    - An annual major grant to Ensemble Cymru will be coming to an end in 2018 due to the planned winding up a supporting Trust.
    - Chamber music as an art form is not well understood by many.


    What we do through music for people in Wales is as important as the music itself and how well we perform it.
    Through pictures, videos, broadcasts, recordings and case studies of 12 months of activities, Ensemble Cymru will:
    - demonstrate how we will continue to use music to make a positive impact for the welfare of people in Wales;
    - Further the understanding of chamber music and Wales’ heritage and contemporary culture in classical music;
    - Galvanise support for the charity’s next 15 years.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Perform for people in care, their family and friends


    » 2 Performances in residential homes including for sufferers of dementia their family and friends
    » 2 Performances in hospitals in north Wales for patients, staff and visitors.

    What success will look like

    As appropriate pub on website pictures, interviews and case studies from 4 performances at N Wales residential homes and Hospitals.

    Aim 2

    Support children's educational welfare


    » Provide 3 days of a primary school in a disadvantaged area in north Wales

    What success will look like

    Place on website interviews, and films of performances and children's responses to the performances.

    Aim 3

    Advance the performance and awareness of chamber music by major 20th century composers of Wales


    » Record 2 chamber music works and make publically available by major Welsh composer from 20th century. e.g. Grace Williams (40 years since death 2017)

    What success will look like

    Promote a professional recording and make publically available of previously unrecorded music by major 20th century composer eg. Grace Williams.

    Aim 4

    Support professional development, employability and opportunities for young people in Wales.


    » 2 x days of master classes and mentoring performances with professional chamber musicians as part of EC's Chamber Music Academy
    » Provide a platform for young chamber musicians of Ensemble Cymru's Chamber Music Academy
    » Provide internship of up to 3 months for aspiring arts executive.

    What success will look like

    Mentored 7 young performers, provided 1 internship up to 3 months and promoted 1 performance

    Aim 5

    Support Wales' creatives and composers


    » Provide opportunity for composer in Wales to work with Ensemble Cymru in a short residency.

    What success will look like

    Film of performance and recording of a new work from the selected composer along with interview and commentary.

  • Impact


    We will have:
    - made a positive impact on employability, education of young people - we'll evaluate our work with them and their teachers.
    - furthered understanding of chamber music - measured by increase in audience numbers
    - significantly increased the number of people excited by the breadth of our work and vision for the next 15 years; measured by increase in E-mailing list membership, hits on website, twitter followers facebook likes and increase in regular givers and level of support


    We are aware of safeguarding risks of working with vulnerable individuals young and old and will follow our policies e.g. DBS checks on individuals to mitigate these risks.
    Our public events require insurance and we will check our public liability insurance.
    Financial risks are governed by our internal financial controls policies including requiring volunteer trustees to authorise any payments.
    THe Charity has a reserve policy to mitigate any impact on the project from unexpected loss of income.


    We will report via the Ensemble Cymru website and via emails at one or 2 month intervals directing them to the latest development on the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,280

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Internships Composer and Executive Internships Contribution to Salaries for 2 x 3-month residencies
      £3,000 Performances 6 performances at hospitals, residential homes and schools
      £5,600 Recording Sound Engineer, Producer and performers for recording
      £1,440 Tuition Ensemble for 2 workshops and tutors for 8 coaching sessions
      £1,240 VenueHIre Hire of venue for recording, workshops for young musicians and rehearsals
      £3,000 Management 20 days of marketing, administration
      £3,000 Filming Post production costs for series of short films

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Arts Council of Wales £3,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    THe location of the project will be in north Wales region which has a low population density with between 600 and 700 thousand people. Much of the region counts among the most deprived in Europe e.g. North West Wales There is little major industry and business most are micro enterprises or SME. The demographics also point to a higher number of older people. The area has 2 official languages Welsh and English. Ensemble Cymru is the only year round classical music ensemble company working here


    Children in deprived primary schools in rural areas, people in care e.g. dementia sufferers and their families and carers. Young musicians, composers and aspiring arts / charity managers. AUdiences attending the platform for young people and hearing the music of young composers.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Ensemble Cymru is the only year round classical music ensemble working outside of Cardiff in Wales. Though small we have a marketing officer, administrator and executive officer/artistic director. We have been a charity for 15 years and our most recent big success was the first commercially available Welsh language recording of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf with actor Rhys Ifans.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Peryn Clement-Evans

    Peryn Clement-Evans is responsible to the trustees for the quality of the performances, and delivery of the project. Welsh speaker

    Kate Boucher

    Kate is the marketing officer for the Ensemble and is responsible for ensuring that everyone knows about the activities of the project. Welsh speaker.

    Sue Hughes

    Sue is Administrator and is responsible for the logistics and the organisation of the activities. Welsh speaker