In a pioneering project, a classical music ensemble has brought an extra dimension to pupils' learning experience at local primary and secondary schools in the Tywyn area.


Thanks to a grant from The Peter Saunders Trust, the professional musicians of Ensemble Cymru, were able to visit the area and introduce pupils to classical music through workshops, master classes and fun concerts.


For some pupils this is their first experience of classical music, and so the musicians are taking time to explain how their instruments make sound and demonstrate how the individual sounds combine to make great music. For other pupils, with a greater musical experience, it has been a rare opportunity to perform with professional musicians.


The Ensemble Cymru musicians are passionate about their music and were enthused at the opportunity to work with pupils in the area. They dressed in a relaxed manner and tried in every way possible to break down the barriers which prevent so many young people from enjoying classical music. The Artistic Director of Ensemble Cymru, Peryn Clement Evans, was very excited about the project:

"Working so closely with schools was something we'd wanted to do for some time. We were delighted at the enthusiasm of Ysgol Uwchradd Tywyn and the primary schools for the project. Our aim was to introduce youngsters of all ages in and around Tywyn to classical music. Our workshops are not only about music but also about using music to help young people to be open-minded and to encourage them to debate. We touched on many topics including history, politics, geography and even science. None of this would have been possible without the support from The Peter Saunders Trust."