Sinfonia Cymru was founded in 1996 with a clear mission: to support young musicians at the start of their professional careers and to tour exceptional chamber orchestral music across Wales.
For sixteen years, under the artistic direction of Musical Director Gareth Jones, Sinfonia Cymru has been inspiring the next generation of orchestral musicians, providing exceptional orchestral, ensemble, outreach and educational opportunities to the very best young musicians from Wales, the UK and beyond.
Sinfonia Cymru alumni have gone on to play in world-class symphony, chamber, opera and ballet orchestras, including Welsh National Opera, London Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Sinfonia Cymru thrives on a reputation for offering performance opportunities to emerging solo artists. Since 1996 these have included violinists Alina Ibragimova, Chloe Hanslip and Jennifer Pike and cellists Thomas Carroll, Li Wei Qin, Philip Higham and Steffan Morris. Sinfonia Cymru works regularly with Wales’ finest International artists, including singers Bryn Terfel and Rebecca Evans, harpist Catrin Finch and pianist Llŷr Williams. Recent and past tours have engaged world-class musicians and conductors, including Karl Jenkins, David Pyatt and Paul Watkins.
The orchestra’s touring calendar grows busier each year and presently consists of regular orchestral tours across four consecutive dates in Wales, along with recitals, festivals and other commercial activities. Sinfonia Cymru has been touring extensively throughout Wales since 2005 and has inspired audiences at numerous venues across Wales including Criccieth, Caernarfon, Machynlleth, Fishguard, Cardigan, Llandysul, Llandrindod Wells and Swansea. The orchestra has developed flourishing partnerships with key venues in Cardiff (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama), Newport (The Riverfront) and Pontyberem (Memorial Hall) through regular core concert giving.