Project information

Cerdd Siambr Cymru | Chamber Music Wales

We're dedicated to an ever brighter future for classical chamber music in Wales and for the people it reaches. Through these activities we'll increase the number of audiences, and supporters for Wales' musical composers and performers of international quality who continue to enrich lives in Wales

12 months

Charity information: Ensemble Cymru

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  • Need

    Need

    Wales’ classical chamber music traditions & contemporary culture face an uncertain future. Chamber music in Wales has a passionate & loyal following. But numbers of audiences & supporters are few; professional opportunities for performers & composers in Wales are scarce; less 7% children go to classical concerts. We need more audiences & supporters for this art form,and opportunities for musicians & performers now so Wales can continue to be a flourishing musical nation for future generations.

    Solution

    We’ll reach new audiences by promoting Pay-What-You-Can events and a special day for chamber music. These will offer a great (re)introduction to music loved by audiences across the world.
    We’ll reach new supporters from within the communities we serve by showcasing our performances for people in hospitals and residential homes and our work to enrich children’s musical education.
    The opportunities for composers & performers in this project will help secure a bright future for music in Wales.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Raise the profile of chamber music in Wales


    Activities

    » Promote a Chamber Music Day as part of the North Wales International Music Festival in St Asaph.

    What success will look like

    Editorial articles regional and local press about a national chamber music day.
    6 promoters and performing groups working with us on the day.
    500 people attending the free event


    Aim 2

    Increase audiences for chamber music.


    Activities

    » Promote Pay-What-You-Can-Concerts at venues in north and mid Wales

    What success will look like

    Extra 200 people on Ensemble Cymru's mailing list Increased audiences for our National Tour in autumn 2019.
    Sustaining a coffee concert series at Venue Cymru


    Aim 3

    Enhance the well-being and learning of children and people in Wales through music


    Activities

    » Uplifting Notes: Promote a series of performances for people and staff in care settings including residential homes and hospitals
    » 3-month Ensemble Residency at a north Wales primary school in a deprived area working alongside teachers, children and music education specialist.

    What success will look like

    Increased general educational attainment and levels of musical literacy among the primary school children demonstrated through end of project survey of teachers, and children


    Aim 4

    Support the professional development of emerging composers and performers in Wales


    Activities

    » Provide an opportunity for one emerging Welsh performer and one composer to work with the Ensemble for a period of 12 months.

    What success will look like

    Follow up review with composer and performer to investigate which new skills and experience they've acquired and how this has enhanced their profile.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Increased interest from promoters and music groups in Chamber Music day demonstrated by increased sign ups for Chamber Music Day in 2020.
    Composer with acquired skills in writing chamber music for young people demonstrated by commissioning the composer in 2019-2020.
    Securing chamber music future through increase of 20% to Ensemble Cymru's income from regular donations and 20% increase to our audiences Increased attainment in Primary School demonstrated by survey of teachers and children.

    Risk

    The identified venues / promoters not being able to be part of the project: Over 15 years we have developed relationships with a wide network of partners and arts venues and would have other options available if necessary.
    Performers not being available: We have an extensive network of performers who we could quickly reach out to if necessary.
    We don't reach or exceed our fundraising target: The project is designed to be scaleable and we could quickly adapt to level of resources available.

    Reporting

    We will provide at least quarterly reports to donors by email with video clips, comments from participants and results of any surveys undertaken. We will invite donors to public events to see us at work.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £22,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,000 Performances Rehearsal, preparation and performances for Chamber Music Day and Pay-AsMuchAsYou Can Performances
      £5,000 Marketing Promotion of events including marketing materials
      £3,500 Administration Logistics, Booking performers and venues and general administration
      £3,000 Music Creation Towards costs of composition and working with children by composer
      £2,000 Music Education Specialist Towards workshops and Dalcroze Eurhythmic Classes by Practitioners and specialists
      £500 Venue Hire Hire of venues for rehearsal
      £500 Music Hire / Purchase HIre purchase of music
      £1,500 Contingency Unexpected costs and reserve
  • Background

    Location

    The location of this project will be Llandudno and other venues in north Wales. North and mid- Wales feature some of the most beautiful but also some of the most economically deprived areas in the Uk. The region has a low population density, reflecting its rural and mountainous nature. According to an Arts Council of Wales report less than 7% of children in Wales have ever attended a classical music concert.

    Beneficiaries

    It will benefit the wider community by enriching the cultural offer in the area.
    The project will benefit in particular:
    - children in a school in a deprived area in the county of Conwy
    - Adults in the Llandudno and Bangor areas
    - 1 emerging composer and 1 performer in Wales
    - People and children in care settings in north Wales
    - benefit future generations of audiences, performers and music creators for chamber music.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Ensemble Cymru is resident ensemble in Venue Cymru and Bangor University. It is the leading chamber music ensemble in Wales. It was invited to work with 2 opera companies; to promote Wales' musical culture at the Swiss Parliament by the British Embassy and to perform at the International Harp Festival in Caernarfon during 2018-2019.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Peryn Clement-Evans

    Artistic Director, clarinettist and project manager.