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A message from Peter Bellingham, Chief Executive

Published Wednesday 12 January 2022

We would usually expect a new year’s message to be upbeat and hopeful but I’m afraid that Sinfonia Cymru is starting 2022 with disappointing news.

In the light of the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid, and the new restrictions put in place by Welsh Government to mitigate against that, we have decided to postpone our performances in February. These are:

Wednesday 2 February    Lunchtime concert, Newport
Thursday 3 February         Lucienne Renaudin Vary, Newport
Friday 4 February              Lucienne Renaudin Vary, Cardiff
Saturday 5 February         Lucienne Renaudin Vary, Pontyberem
Sunday 6 February            Lucienne Renaudin Vary, Mold

Although we could have gone ahead with the performances under the Welsh Government guidelines, our assessment of the risks led us to the view that postponement was the better option. Had we gone ahead with these projects now and then faced with late cancellation – for example, if there was a spread of Covid among the musicians – we would have incurred a level of costs that would have made it impossible to reschedule the performances later.

The good news is that we are working on new dates for the Trumpet Sensation tour with Lucienne Renaudin Vary; we also hope to rearrange the lunchtime concert in Newport. We will let you know about these as soon as they are confirmed.

Other good news is that later this month, we will be providing you with an opportunity to enjoy our music online, with new and unseen footage. These videos include some of the wonderful extracts from the string orchestra programme created by Simmy and Rakhi Singh last September; there’s something for everyone so take the opportunity to take five minutes out of your day to relax and enjoy. These videos will be released on our social media channels and our website from the 17th of January. Let us know your thoughts and please share them to allow others to enjoy the music.

Finally, I want to acknowledge the difficult position many young musicians will find themselves in with this new spate of cancelled work. Sinfonia Cymru will be bringing back our on-line professional development sessions, which were greatly valued by the players this time last year. By paying our musicians to attend these, we can make a small contribution to their financial needs, as well as keeping them engaged and motivated at this difficult time. If you are able to make a small donation (or an additional donation) towards this, it would be much appreciated. You can do so here.

I do hope that it won’t be too long before we are back with our live performances again.

Pob hwyl, best wishes for the year ahead,

Peter Bellingham

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