About

The Orchestra

Orchestral Manager - Abi Blackman

Orchestra Assistant - Paul Walster

Marketing Officer - Ruth Mills

The Cardiff Sinfonietta was formed in 2004, first as a string ensemble comprising of friends from the Cardiff County and Vale of Glamorgan Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, but soon expanded to perform the symphonic repertoire. Now the orchestra includes young professional musicians who have trained at the finest conservatoires in Wales and the rest of the UK.

The orchestra has been broadcast on BBC and S4C television and in 2013 recorded a charity single with Rhys Meirion, Lucie Jones and Elin Fflur for Wales Air Ambulance.

The orchestra is committed to providing young, emerging musicians the opportunity to perform mainstream repertoire with world-class soloists. Past guests have included, Nicola Benedetti, pianists Benjamin Grosvenor and Sunwook Kim and tenor Dennis O’Neill. The orchestra has also collaborated with the Wales International Academy of Voice on several opera galas.

In September, 2017 Cardiff Sinfonietta launched the Cardiff International Academy of Conducting, as part of the orchestra’s commitment to helping emerging musicians. The academy provides the opportunity for advanced conductors to participate in masterclasses with internationally renowned conducting pedagogues from Vienna, The Hague and London. A further two intensive courses are planned for the 2017/18 season. Participating students gain valuable podium time working with the orchestra.

The orchestra’s composer in residence is Welsh composer and violist, Bernard Kane who will collaborate on several projects with the orchestra over the next year.

Music Director - Jonathan Mann

Jonathan Mann is one of Wales' most exciting musicians and from September 2017 is the newly appointed Sir Charles Mackerras Conducting Fellow at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. He has conducted extensively internationally and has broadcast on television and radio.

Prize winner at the Jeunesses Musicales International Conducting Competition 2015 in Bucharest, he received the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra prize and a special jury prize leading to his Polish debut in October 2016.

As founder and Music Director of the Cardiff Sinfonietta he has overseen the orchestra's expansion over a 11-year period. The orchestra recently broadcast for the BBC and S4C and has worked with soloists including Nicola Benedetti, Benjamin Grosvenor, Sunwook Kim and Dennis O’Neill.

Passionate about inspiring young musicians, Jonathan Mann has worked in Europe and most recently throughout Asia at numerous youth orchestra festivals. He has become increasingly involved in mentoring young musicians from the slum community in Bangkok, Thailand. The Music for Life Project set up by Immanuel Music School in Bangkok is similar to that of the renowned Venezuelan music programme El Sistema. Jonathan is honoured to be Artistic Director of the Music for Life Project since 2015 and has helped to promote the project providing some of the young musicians with opportunities to experience European musical life.

Jonathan Mann studied at the Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His conducting mentors are Colin Metters, George Hurst, Jac Van Steen and Bernard Haitink with whom he worked with at the Lucerne Festival.