Orchestra De Cymru
Orchestra De Cymru specialises in themed concerts, accompaniments and the finest
popular classics in the orchestral,
operatic & choral repertoire.
Performance to audiences in Wales is a priority, particularly to those who have little or no other access to live orchestral music, planning to play prominent role in the community through workshops & coaching classes.
The orchestra's membership is drawn from the finest of professional musicians based in Cardiff & further afield.
Having played frequently together over the years, whether as chamber or orchestral musicians, members of the Orchestra de Cymru have vast experience and knowledge of repertoire under their belts.
Thus equipped, they can tackle any style from baroque to pop, adapting to the requirements of event. They play together as one, able to accompany soloists, choirs, and opera with or without a conductor.
A Viennese Evening or Opera Gala, a Christmas or Easter Celebration, a Valentine’s Night or Summer Serenade, you’ll delight in the musicians’ love of playing.
"It's a great pleasure for me to work with this highly professional orchestra"
Emmanuel Siffert - Principal Guest Conductor
Family & Education
Soprano Patricia O’Neill directs courses for all standards in “Can you Sing”, also the International Conducting Course tutored by Emmanuel Siffert.
Watch the 2012 Conductors Course promotional video (on YouTube)
These concerts sometimes involve childrens’ participation and performance with the orchestra.
Family concerts bring the thrill of live music to the ears of all ages including old favourites such as the ‘Snowman’, 'Carnival of the Animals’, or Peter & the Wolf' as well as fresh newly composed works.
Our workshops give all ages the opportunity to sing opera, conduct or even try an instrument, culminating in performing with the Orchestra De Cymru.
Percussion, brass and string ensembles exist within the orchestra, offering workshops & performances in schools and the community.
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Can you Sing Opera
The ensemble from Orchestra De Cymru brings the thrill of opera to smaller venues.
"Many , many congratulations for Sunday...what a sound - mellow and not once overpowering the singers"
Patricia O'Neill - "Can You Sing Opera", September 2012
The mainstay of the orchestra's work is accompanying choral works. Accompanying is our forte, whether it be for an opera gala, choral society or concerto. You’ll find us flexible to your needs, as our musicians play together as one with or without a conductor.
"I just want to express on behalf of the Chorale our huge thanks for providing us with an excellent ensemble.
I thought the orchestral sound was glorious.....The audience reaction spoke much!
Apart from your playing, I must say it was good to chat briefly to many of you, and what lovely people you are, friends after all these years."
Martin Hodson - Coleg Gwent Chorale, May 2013
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Manager : Rose-marie de Lloyd
From Newport, Rosie de Lloyd graduated in Music & Maths at University of Wales, Cardiff. She moved on to the BBC Training Orchestra in Bristol and gained experience as principal cellist and performing as soloist in the Haydn Sinfonia Concertante. Her quartet took part in many master classes with the Amadeus Quartet.
Before moving to Cardiff, she was a member of English National Opera, during which time she also played for the BBC Concert Orchestra and various other ensembles. When she returned to Wales, she free-lanced with various orchestras including the BBC NOW and WNO. She has taken part in several television and film productions for S4C.
In 1989 she founded the Wingfield Ensemble and The Welsh Sinfonia. Having completed her mission to establish the name of the Welsh Sinfonia, she faced a new challenge in 2011, establishing the Concert Orchestra De Cymru, now Orchestra De Cymru. The new orchestra focuses on Operatic and Choral repertoire. Her mission is to make music accessible to all tastes and all ages. An accomplished arranger, she specialises in trio, quartet and chamber orchestra reductions.