Thursday 30 September, 11.00

NEW Sinfonia

Bethan Allmand - Violin
Lowri Preston - Cello
Leanne Cody - Piano

Opus 50 Chamber Music Concert

Programme

Faure: Pavane

Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor (mvt 1)

Beethoven - Romance in F major (violin & piano)

Schubert - Die Schatten (cello & piano)

Concert held at St Asaph Cathedral. Covid rules apply. Face coverings must be worn unless you are exempt for medical reasons or are under 11 years old.
Unreserved tickets are limited to 150 for each concert to allow for 1m distance between each row.

Bethan Allmand - Violin

Originally from Wrexham in North Wales, Bethan studied with Steven Wilkie at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music before moving to London to complete her undergraduate and postgraduate courses with Yossi Zivoni at the Royal College of Music. Since graduating from the Royal College of Music, Bethan has enjoyed a varied freelance career including orchestral work with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Welsh National Opera Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru, NEW Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. She is currently on trial for Tutti 2nd Violin with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

It is always special to perform in North Wales with Rob Guy and the NEW Sinfonia, as it feels like returning home. I spent many formative years on youth orchestras in North Wales with Rob, Jon and many of the other members of NEW Sinfonia, where I was inspired to pursue music as my career. I am very grateful that NEW Sinfonia has provided us with the platform to all come back together and give Welsh audiences high-quality, engaging and exciting performances. I really feel that NEW Sinfonia has developed a unique relationship with its audiences, which takes every concert to the next level.

Lowri Preston - Cello

Lowri is an accomplished cellist who has toured with Hans Zimmer, Alfie Boe and Michael Ball as well as performing with the Welsh National Opera, Scottish Ballet, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, since studying at the Royal Northern College of Music and in Germany.

Leanne Cody - Piano

Pianist Leanne Cody was an RNCM Gold Medal winner in 2014 and has given regular solo recitals in Manchester and London, including Wigmore Hall, Purcell Rooms, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Bridgewater Hall. She was selected as a Park Lane Young Artist 2013/2014.

As a keen ensemble and orchestral player Leanne has had the opportunity to perform with the Hallé as an orchestral pianist, conducted by Sir Mark Elder, for a Radio 3 recording. She has been selected for the Britten-Pears Orchestral Academy in 2014 performing in Aldeburgh Festival and Edinburgh Festival. For the past three years she has performed for BBC Radio Three as part of the Proms Portrait project and has twice played at the Wigmore Hall with New Music North-West Festival.

NEW Sinfonia - ‘NEW Experiences, NEW Audiences, NEW Wales’

NEW Sinfonia are passionate about music and are redefining what it means to be an orchestra. We are an orchestra made up of exciting creative professional musicians who come from across North Wales and beyond. Our mission is to make innovative musical experiences of the highest quality available to everyone, create musical experiences for all young people and develop sustainable projects which matter to all our communities.

NEW Sinfonia are thrilled to once again be the Orchestra in Residence for the ‘North Wales International Music Festival’ Virtual 2020. NEW Sinfonia are extremely proud of their partnership with the Festival and as a result the opportunity to work in partnership with Welsh National Opera. NEW Sinfonia have performed with esteemed artists who include Raphael Wallfisch, Federico Colli, Ye-Eun Choi, Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Julian Close, Rebecca Afonwy-Jones, Llŷr Williams, David Kempster and Rhys Meirion. NEW Sinfonia are proud to have given highly acclaimed world premieres by Rebecca Dale, Professor Paul Mealor, Brian Hughes and Jonathan Guy.

NEW Sinfonia delivers a vibrant programme across the whole musical spectrum. For us, success means contributing to the heart and soul of people across the country, empowering people to pursue and achieve success on their own terms. Using music as a powerful tool for supporting health and wellbeing, NEW Sinfonia has taken music making to communities in schools and hospitals. Their residency at Wrexham Maelor Hospital supported by Tesni Homes, was a finalist in the ‘Arts & Small Business’ category with Arts & Business Cymru. Their annual education workshop run in partnership with the NWIMF has grown year on year, giving young people from across North Wales an opportunity to meet, make friends, make music and perform.

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