trac is very happy to announce that the Colwinston Charitable Trust have generously agreed to support Wales’ new national Youth Folk Ensemble for the coming year.

The Ensemble aims to train young musicians aged 16-25 in the performance skills which will help them into a career as professional folk musicians, as well as representing Wales’ folk music on major stages. Their task is to perform at the highest standard, reinterpreting traditional Welsh music for new modern audiences. The Ensemble is led by Patrick Rimes who explains the need for it in the video below, made at Gwerin Gwallgo this year.

The funding from the Colwinston Charitable Trust will help to bring 15 young musicians together for three rehearsal weekends, followed by performances at festivals across Wales. The Trust is best known for supporting opera, classical music, and the visual arts, and derives its main income from royalties from the London production of The Mousetrap, the murder mystery written by Agatha Christie.

The Ensemble was piloted by trac last year with support from the Arts Council of Wales and the National Lottery, running two successful rehearsal weekends.