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Djembalaya Success

Thanks to funding from Learning & Work, CMW could offer a full day of open (and free) drumming workshops as part of Adult Learners’ Week, focusing on rhythms from West Africa and South America.

On the day of June the 19th tutor Ron McCauley ran two hand drumming workshops, teaching participants about the history of the drums they were playing, and leading them through different exercises focusing on tone and rhythm.

CMW were fortunate to meet and work with many talented and enthusiastic participants throughout the day. They were very quick and eager to learn, and brought a fantastic energy to the sessions. After just an hour they were producing a fantastic sound, jamming away like they’d been playing for years.

Thanks again to Learning & Work, as we wouldn’t have been able to run the sessions without them and it was a great opportunity to be a part of such a worthwhile initiative.

CMW Launches Multicultural Choral and Music Project in Merthyr

Wales-wide charity Community Music Wales (CMW) are introducing its newest project “Unideg” in Merthyr Tydfil, funded by the Arts Council of Wales, Lottery scheme.

The project will kick off in September and will focus on bringing together the rich and diverse communities of Merthyr to create new exciting music as part of a choir and other musical groups.

Hannah Jenkins, Director of CMW, explained that the heart of the project is integration and participation,

We know that music can forge strong community bonds, break down barriers and increase confidence and self-esteem.

We developed this project to promote a positive relationship between the Merthyr community and those who have chosen to make Merthyr their home through celebrating each other's cultures through music.

Like Wales, many of those newly arrived communities including Poland, Italy and Ghana bring a rich musical heritage which the charity want to explore, working together with the different nationalities to find a way to celebrate those commonalities.

Hannah said,

We would like to integrate the traditional and modern and develop a choir and music group that’s for everyone to enjoy.

We really want the project to focus on sharing and learning about one another's cultures, celebrating both the diversity and similarities of shared music.

The project will see sessions run by an experienced musical director to create a choir and musical group to perform at the Red House.

In addition to the singing, the charity will also introduce the opportunity for musicians to bring their own instruments to contribute to the sound and diversifying the musical influences.

CMW are looking for anyone interested in participating in this project with a story to tell or music to share. For more information, please contact the charity on 02920 838060 or [email protected]

Free Drum Workshops

As part of Adult Learners’ Week, Community Music Wales are happy to present a full day of African and Samba drumming workshops.

These workshops are fun, interactive and most importantly; educational. Come and join in with our expert tutor as throughout the day we explore the rhythms of South America and West Africa, playing on a variety of different percussion instruments and in many different styles.

You don’t need any experience and you won’t need to bring anything, just come along and try something new with a group of your peers in a relaxed and friendly environment and potentially discover a hobby for life.

Contact [email protected] or 02920 838060 for more information.

Community Music Wales are looking to recruit a Project Assistant and Administrator based in our Cardiff Office but with some travel throughout Wales.

Community Music Wales is Wales’s leading music charity. We are a community arts organisation with 25 years experience of delivering high quality arts activity, touching the lives of over 50,000 people since its inception.

Our fundamental aim is to contribute to the empowerment of disadvantaged groups and individuals through enabling them to participate in creativity and learning, initially and primarily through music making.  We develop participatory music workshops, mentoring schemes and community music training across Wales.  We work strategically to identify need, delivering projects to give people the opportunity to write, play, record or perform their own music, using trained and experienced community arts practitioners.

We believe strongly in working in partnership.  As a charity we fundraise for individual projects, and depend on grants and donations.  We can also be commissioned to manage and deliver specialised activity.

CMW’s fundamental aim is to contribute to the empowerment of disadvantaged groups and individuals through enabling them to participate in creativity and learning, initially and primarily through participation in music making.

We do this through:

  • Participatory music activities which give people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities the opportunity to make music
  • Providing accredited training and professional development for Community Music Tutors
  • Helping other organisations through advice and support to ensure Wales has a network of high quality community music delivery
  • Working internationally as an advocate of community music and to share best practice.

Job Role:

Key activities of the role will be:

  • To support the effective management of all projects, including record keeping, and information systems
  • Liaise with tutors and project hosts to set up timetables and venues
  • Working with the Deputy Director, to provide an efficient administrative environment for the organisation
  • To act as the first point of contact for all visitors, deliveries, telephone, email and web enquiries
  • To be responsible for the enrolment and accreditation of learners engaged on any of the organisation’s accredited programmes
  • To be the Internal Verifier of all the organisation’s accredited programmes

The successful candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • Positive, proactive approach
  • Ability to speak, read & write in Welsh
  • Ability to build good working relationships, working in a team environment and using own initiative.
  • Good planning and organisational skills, with ability to prioritise tasks within an agreed timeframe.
  • Working knowledge/​experience of Microsoft Office
  • Experience of Internal Verification systems (desirable)

To Apply:

For an application pack please contact:  [email protected]

Closing Date for completed applications:  31 May 2018

Biophony – Uplands

‘Biophony’ was launched by Community Music Wales in the days leading up to Wales Nature Week

This exciting participatory project brings together ecology issues, biodiversity awareness and music composition.

‘Biophony’ will create new pieces of music by working with residents local in distinct topographical areas across Wales including: rivers, sea & coast, woodlands & uplands.

The next stage of ‘Biophony’ will take place in the Brecon Beacons and will consist of a talk and exploration walk by Brecon Beacons National Park. This will be followed by music composition workshops in National Park Visitors Centre in Libanus.

You will work towards writing new music based on data collection and inspiration from the local environment. The final day will culminate in a performance and/or recording.

 

Funded by Arts Council Wales, ‘Biophony’, follow’s on from last year’s research & development.

Pimp My Uke Artist Profile – Siôn Tomos Owen

Community Music Wales have challenged leading Welsh artists to design and paint a ukulele in their own unique style. A number of exciting and diverse artists have accepted the challenge, and progress on the ukuleles has already begun.

The next artist we would like to introduce you to is Siôn Tomos Owen. 

Who are you and where are you from?

Siôn Tomos Owen, Treorchy in the Rhondda Valley.

How would you describe your art style?

Although my comics are black and white cartoons, my painting style is semi-abstract & very colourful, with a lot of clean mixing on the brush strokes.

Who are your main artistic influences?

I’m heavily influenced by Hodgkins, Hundertwasser & Kandinski.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever painted?

When painting a series of murals for the documentary series Pobol y Rhondda on S4C, I drew a 3ft x 5ft mural on the theme of Nature with a huge trout in the middle, on top of the Bwlch mountain in the middle of a storm. One of the stupidest ideas I’ve ever had because I almost froze, but it did look good on telly!

How does it compare to painting a ukulele?

Comparitively, it’s a lot easier and warmer to paint a little ukelele in midsummer compared to a mural up a mountain in winter.

What was your first idea when we asked you to paint a ukulele?

Originally, I was intrigued then I got very excited at doing something I’ve never done before.

Join Community Music Wales for an evening of fun, quirky and eclectic participatory music.

A 25th Birthday party like no other!

Book a Workshop Today – CMW’s New Programme of Bespoke Workshops & Services for Autumn 2017

We are happy to announce a new programme of workshops and services for autumn 2017.
All our services can be completely tailored to suit your needs as an individual or organisation and come highly recommended by previous users,

 

 

 

 

Community Music Wales

Workshops and Training 2017

Community Music Wales has complimented our service by enabling young people to express their ideas and vision through music with a bespoke, citizen centred approach, with award winning results!

Liz Davidson

Learning Disability Wales

We hope you will take the time to browse through the extensive range of services we can provide, there's something to suit everyone.

If you wish to book a workshop today, or require any more information please don't hesitate to contact us on:

[email protected]

02920 838060

Pimp My Uke Artist Profile – Rhys Padarn Jones

Community Music Wales have challenged leading Welsh artists to design and paint a ukulele in their own unique style. A number of exciting and diverse artists have accepted the challenge, and progress on the ukuleles has already begun.

The next artist we would like to introduce you to is Rhys Padarn Jones. 

Who are you and where are you from? 

My name is Rhys Padarn Jones. I live in Pontarddulais near Swansea, but I'm originally from Llanddarog, Carmarthenshire. I am a Welsh medium primary school teacher who enjoys creating acrylic paintings during any spare time that I have. Some of my art can be seen at www.orielodl.com and @rhyspadarn.

How would you describe your art style?

I hope that others would describe my art as being quite unique. I believe in plenty of colour and bold shapes. My artwork wouldn't work without words. Every canvas contains a picture made up of words. I use song lyrics, poetry, nursery rhymes, quotes etc. The words I use are almost always in the Welsh language. We have such a wealth of Welsh language poets and bands in Wales, I believe my art is just another way of promoting and drawing attention to them.

Who are your main artistic influences?

To be honest, I don't know. Like many people, when it comes to art, I know what I like and I know what I don't like. I haven't consciously tried to copy the style of anyone or anything I've seen before. I suppose my biggest influences are the poets and lyricists whose words I have the pleasure of using. If I like a particular song or if a poem means something to me, I will no doubt try to gain permission to use the words in my artwork.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever painted?

We have a feature wall in the downstairs cloakroom toilet with a montage of my artwork (in wall paper form). 

How does it compare to painting a ukulele?

I believe the ukulele is much more of a challenge. Painting a one dimensional, flat surface such as a canvas is much easier.

 

What was your first idea when we asked you to paint a ukulele?

I was certain that the ukulele would need to be colourful and include some Welsh words. Being a musical instrument, I wanted to include the lyrics of a song. To appeal to a broad range of people (Welsh speaking and non-Welsh speaking) I thought that Calon Lân would be a popular choice. Plenty of hearts on the design would not only provide an interesting pattern, but could also represent the ukulele's future owner's love of music.


How does the finished artwork compare to your initial thoughts and are you pleased with the results? (if you have started)

It's so far so good. Watch this space!

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A 25th Birthday party like no other!

Pimp My Uke Artist Profile – Gemma Green-Hope

Community Music Wales have challenged leading Welsh artists to design and paint a ukulele in their own unique style. A number of exciting and diverse artists have accepted the challenge, and progress on the ukuleles has already begun.

The next artist we would like to introduce you to is Gemma Green-Hope.

Who are you and where are you from?

My name is Gemma Green-Hope, I’m an animator and illustrator from Pembrokeshire, West Wales. I live and work in the small town of Newport, surrounded on all sides by hills, woods and sea which often feature in my work.

How would you describe your art style?

I work mostly using traditional techniques, stop motion and hand drawn animation. I make and paint my props and backgrounds using clay, cut paper and gouache. In both my illustration and animation I am drawn to the interaction between human and nature, and love telling bizarre stories.

Who are your main artistic influences?

Because most of my work is animated, film has always been a big influence on me. I love the blend between animation and live action, and my favourite director is Czech surrealist animator Jan Švankmajer. He makes objects come to life and act out stories which are often quite dark and surreal. Similarly, I have always been drawn to folklore and fairytales, and the blend between fantasy and reality. Plants and animals that have the potential to transform and talk. One of my favourite books is Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber, short stories that take influence from classic fairytales; full of symbolism, fantastical and cruel. Because narrative is such a part of my work, I enjoy graphic novels, and paintings and illustrations that tell a story.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever painted?

I really enjoy painting 3d objects, and make and paint a lot of the props for my animations, so I do sometimes find myself painting bizarre collections of items, like a series of disembodied legs or eyes! But the most unusual thing I’ve ever painted on is probably a ukulele!

How does it compare to painting a ukulele?

The great thing about animation is that you can take everyday objects and give them a character and a story through movement. Painting the ukulele is another way to give it character.

What was your first idea when we asked you to paint a ukulele?

To cover it with a decorative pattern that tells a story, so that you have to look closely and examine the details to see what’s happening.

Join Community Music Wales for an evening of fun, quirky and eclectic participatory music.

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