Sinfonia Cymru's Sophie Lewis: classical music is 'sacred and beautiful'

2 August 2014, 23:33

Sinfonia Cymru at the Bristol Proms

Sophie Lewis explains why a diverse programme is a good thing, with Classic FM's Jane Jones.

05:45

Ahead of their Bristol Proms double whammy, which saw the ensemble performing Bach followed by electro-classical dance music, Sophie Lewis explained the need for a range of classical styles.

Sinfonia Cymru, an ensemble made up of young professional musicians, staged a workshop focussed on Bach's Art of Fugue, drawing on their personalities to bring the music to life. Speaking to Classic FM's Jane Jones, Sophie shared her thoughts on using acting to bring out the nuances of this seminal Baroque work. 

Bristol Proms: the highlights in pictures

But it's not all about Bach. Core classical music is essential and important, but these musicians are keen to push the boundaries with new technology. As well as their Art of Fugue-meets-theatre performance, the ensemble performed a 45-minute digital extravaganza, complete with drum beats and live projections.

Sophie explained: "Does it matter that one day you're doing something extremely highbrow musically in a serious concert hall and the next day you might be taking that out into a different format? I just don't think it matters; it's part of the evolution of classical music. It's such a sacred, beautiful thing to us and we're here to preserve it."

Classic FM Apps

Get the Classic FM app for iPhone, iPad and Android - now with HD audio

musician would you rather

This musician edition of Would You Rather is completely excruciating

greatest best man speech

Everyone is saying this pianist gave the greatest best man speech of all time

Four seasons Vivaldi pizza

9 signs you're beginning to like classical music