Once you’ve started to play an instrument, there’s something magical about playing and singing with others.There are many opportunities for children and young people to perform in a wide variety of groups from beginner to advanced levels. Performing in an ensemble brings so many benefits to student development, both musically and in the broader skills such as perseverence, commitment, empathy and emotional intelligence. Playing in an ensemble is the place to make friends and to enjoy the many activities and events organised, from local concerts to performing in major UK venues or touring in other parts of the world.
Within Gwent Music, we organise a wide range of bands and other music groups at our five Music Centres, within each Local Authority and across the whole Greater Gwent area.
Our youth ensembles undertake a wide programme of activities and concert events. Most of our ensembles have enjoyed performances at the major venues in the UK, including the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Symphony Hall, and St David’s Hall. A number of our groups have also toured extensively. In recent years, our students have experienced the excitement of performing in a number of European countries, including France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Czech Republic and Poland and they have also travelled further afield to the USA, Australia and New Zealand. The Greater Gwent Youth Orchestra travelled to Western Bohemia in August 2014 for a concert tour.
Greater Gwent Youth Ensembles
Our Greater Gwent Youth Ensembles form the top of the pyramid of performing experiences for students within our area. The Greater Gwent Ensembles are organised on a monthly or annual basis and students are nominated by their tutor for selection. Our ensembles also have a national and international reputation for superb standards of musicianship, having achieved many awards and accolades at events such as the National Festival of Music for Youth, NCBF Wind Competition, National Youth Brass Band Championships and at other national and international competitions.
To listen to some of our Ensembles then why not take a look at the You Tube links below, or to visit our calendar click on the name to see the current dates for each group.
Greater Gwent Youth Jazz Orchestra (annual course)
Greater Gwent Youth Brass Band ( monthly rehearsals & annual course)
Greater Gwent Youth Orchestra (annual course)
Gwent Youth Wind Orchestra ( Monthly rehearsals & annual course )