The development of the next generation of orchestral musicians is central to all the orchestra’s activities. This focus helps Sinfonia Cymru create projects that inspire young people and children and are enjoyed by many others whilst also providing essential professional development opportunities for its members.
Sinfonia Cymru actively develops a full programme of education workshops, children’s concerts and community events to complement its main programme of work, thereby building relationships with whole communities and creating a legacy for the orchestra extending beyond each performance. In recent years these have included a free community event series across Wales, workshops for young musicians in Mold and Caernarfon, schools concerts for over 1000 primary school children in Newport and Pontyberem, and a composition project in partnership with Gwent Music Support Service.
The orchestra works with a range of partners to deliver educational experiences for primary and secondary students through side by side projects, workshops, schools concerts and composition projects. Recent projects have been delivered in collaboration with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Gwent Music Support Service, The Riverfront, Flintshire County Borough Council and Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias in Caernarfon.
Each academic year, Sinfonia Cymru offers up to three Professional Pathway Awards to postgraduate students studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Each award is valued at £2,000 and helps enable the most talented young music students to continue their studies at postgraduate level whilst offering them exceptional orchestral, educational, and ensemble experiences.