Fresh, energising, nurturing, mind-blowing. Our orchestra is here to shake things up and prove that classical music is for everyone.
Our mission is simple, we want to make sure everyone in Wales has the opportunity to enjoy quality musical experiences. We go the extra mile to make our concerts affordable and accessible. We bring our music to the heart of Welsh communities, performing in places our audiences feel at home; from village halls to pubs, from fruit and veg shops to care homes, schools and beyond! We do everything we can to ensure you enjoy your time with us.
We work with some of the best under 30s musicians from Wales and the world. When they’re with us, we help them to grow. We don’t tell them what to do. We support them to take the lead. We encourage them to curate and programme their own concerts and we inspire them to explore new ways of collaborating. This is why our concerts are fresh, exciting and memorable for our audiences.
We don’t stop there. We invite incredible guest artists to work with our musicians; Welsh folk singers and musicians like Casi Wyn, Cerys Hafana, Patrick Rimes, Bryn Terfel, Catrin Finch and Kizzy Crawford, and international stars like Jess Gillam, Lucienne Renaudin Vary and Abel Selaocoe. We’re also passionate about inspiring the next generation of Welsh music stars, this is why we organise free music workshops in schools and colleges as part of our programme.
When it comes to style, we’re not black tie and we’re not boring. It’s mainly classical, but our musicians are empowered to put their own stamp on it. You’ll often see us mixing styles too by throwing in some jazz, world music, blues, folk, rock, pop and a cappella. Expect the unexpected, and always high quality.
We are a small, enthusiastic team passionate about making a big impact on Welsh communities and the development of young talented musicians. We never sit still. In 2023, we ditched our Cardiff office and created a new and innovative ‘Hafan’ partnership with Welsh community venues. Our team is now based at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Holton Primary School in Barry and The Riverfront in Newport. What we did with the office rent? We invested that into additional projects and tours for our Welsh audiences to enjoy.
That’s us. We’ve set the scene. We dare you to come along and experience it.