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TAKE FIVE; Bartosz Woroch, artistic director of Sinfonia Cymru's first international venture, convinces us to go to the Small Nations Big Sounds event.

Byline: Bartosz Woroch

1. You will hear the work of 45 musicians and a symphony orchestra. Small Nations Big Sounds is as much a celebration of musicians as it is the music we will perform. We'll be working with musicians from Camerata Nordica and Swedish Wind Ensemble as well as solo instrumentalists from Estonia and singers from Italy. It's an amazing array of musicians, completed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales with a performance at St David's Hall conducted by Thomas Sondergard.

2. There will be 22 great pieces of music over four days. The diversity of musicians posed a programming challenge, but it became clear that the theme Small Nations Big Sounds reflected the essence of this project perfectly, enabling us to uncover hidden gems of the classical music world alongside more familiar works. Within this overarching theme we will explore Central European influences, Italian flavours and our final concert will celebrate the big sounds of small nations. Highlights include works by Grieg, Hindemith, Rota, Respighi, Watkins and Martinu, as well, of course, Sibelius and Strauss performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

3. Experience three commissions, one world premiere, two UK premieres and two Welsh premieres. There's a lot of new music being unveiled for the first time. Alongside special commissions for this project from Sweden and Italy, we've teamed up with Ty Cerdd to commission Murmurations by Mark D Boden. BBC NoW introduce new composer-inassociation 4. Enjoy the emerging ensembles. The festival is part of a bigger project showcasing emerging orchestras, ensembles and soloists, funded by the EU Culture Programme. Sinfonia Cymru and Camerata Nordica have both come to the fore in recent years, with the latter making its BBC Proms debut last year. Martinu and Boden, both works for double string orchestra, will be a real highlight.

5. You'll receive a warm Welsh welcome. This has been a great opportunity for BBC NoW and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama to work with us to jointly present something that is unique for Wales. And that warm Welsh welcome also provoked the unexpected, with some visiting musicians joining Sinfonia Cymru's team to run the Cardiff Half Marathon!

Small Nations Big Sounds runs in Cardiff from October 3-6. For full programme details, visit sinfoniacymru.co.uk

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