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Music Theatre Wales

Music Theatre Wales began life in Cardiff in 1988 and the first MTW production was typically inventive, setting Peter Maxwell Davies’s The Martyrdom of St Magnus in the graveyard of the Saxon church in the grounds of St Donats Castle. The company continues to break new ground in opera, presenting newly commissioned works, bringing new artists to the form and finding a new place for pieces already written which are either neglected or unseen in the UK. Today, Music Theatre Wales is acknowledged as one of the UK’s leading contemporary opera companies, dedicated to performing masterpieces of the recent past and to commissioning new works from the very best composers and writers -operas which we hope will enter the future repertoire of opera companies around the world. Since 1988 we have created almost 30 productions and presented 14 world premieres. We have an established programme to help nurture new opera composers and we have created productions with a wide range of partners including Opera National du Rhin in Strasbourg, the Berlin Festival, Opera Vest in Norway, Banff Centre in Canada, Theatr Brycheiniog in Brecon, Haarlem Theatre in The Netherlands, Treffpunkt in Stuttgart, Scottish Opera and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In 2002, Music Theatre Wales became the first Associate Company of the Royal Opera House. This partnership has given us a fabulous London home and opportunities to undertake projects we could not otherwise afford, through co-productions and co-commissions. In turn, we have brought contemporary opera of quality and artistic rigour into the very heart of the home of grand opera. At the 2011 TMA Theatre Awards our production of Greek by Mark-Anthony Turnage won Outstanding Achievement in Opera against stiff competition from Opera North and Glyndebourne. The company has twice been short-listed for the Prudential Awards for “creativity, excellence, innovation and accessibility.” Lynne Plowman’s opera Gwyneth and the Green Knight which we commissioned won the British Composers Award and her second opera The House of the Gods, again commissioned by us, was also shortlisted for this award in 2007. The company has been recorded on CD, broadcast on BBC radio and our work has been screened on BBC2. In 2009 the company worked for the first time in Welsh, commissioning a new performing version of The Soldier’s Tale –Stori’r Milwr. Plans for 2012 include an autumn tour of two new operas by Huw Watkins and Stuart MacRae which will receive their world premieres at the Edinburgh International Festival. In 2013, the company will give the UK premiere of Luci mie traditrici by Salvatore Sciarrino, while Philip Glass and Christopher Hampton are writing a new opera for us, based on Kafka’s The Trial, to be premiered at Covent Garden in 2014 in a co-commission and co-production with the Royal Opera House.

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Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Award winning Aberystwyth Arts Centre is Wales’ largest arts centre and recognised as a 'national flagship for the arts'. It has a wide-ranging artistic programme, both producing and presenting, across all art forms including drama, dance, music, visual arts, applied arts, film, new media, and community arts and is recognised as a national centre for arts development. We welcome over 750,000 visitors a year, including over 100,000 attendances for performing arts and events featuring local, national and international work, 236,000 for exhibitions and over 100,000 for our unique community arts and education programme. In 2000 the Arts Centre completed a major £4.3 million redevelopment. In 2009 it undertook an additional £1.75 million development which added an artists and creative industries studios complex, and acts as the base for a major artists in residence programme. This gives Aberystwyth Arts Centre a range of facilities unrivalled throughout much of the UK. The Arts Centre is a department of Aberystwyth University, and sits at the heart of the university's campus, with stunning views over the town of Aberystwyth and along the coastline of Cardigan Bay.

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Mid Wales Opera

Mid Wales Opera’s mission is to create and perform accessible opera on an intimate scale, enabling our audiences to experience opera differently. The scale at which we work enables us to fulfil our ambitions to: Stage thought-provoking, moving and high quality productions in smaller venues across Wales and England where professional live opera is rarely shown, thus reaching audiences who would not otherwise be able to experience it Play a part in sustaining a vibrant culture of live opera performance by offering invaluable career development opportunities to young artists specialising in opera, from those still studying to those taking the first steps on the professional ladder, which in turn will enable them to progress to careers on a national and international level

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Taliesin Arts Centre

Taliesin Arts Centre is at the heart of Swansea University's Singleton Campus. Open throughout the year, we host a broad programme of events including cinema screenings, an average of ten visiting exhibitions per year, and a great variety of live performances, from dance and drama to jazz and world music.

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Deborah Ann Withey

I am a Welsh-American artist whose early career was in visual communications: in journalism, print, digital design, and illustration, working as an illustrator, designer, art director and finally as design director for a group of 36 publications. I continue to freelance internationally as a designer and illustrator. In 2009, I decided (not due to redundancy) that I wanted to move away from work in publishing to find new successes in teaching, making and most honestly, to live a more varied creative life, for this I emigrated to Wales. In Pembrokeshire, I teach creative awareness and OCN art courses for adult learners, NEET, children of all ages and lead workshops county-wide. From my own studio, cheese and pickles, I lead intensive workshops which help to prepare individuals in their own careers in design an illustration. For my own creative expression, I work as a painter, printmaker and collage relief artist, drawing inspiration from my surroundings, medieval and Celtic art, Welsh language, history, and beliefs. I have been a lead artist for Cauldrons and Furnaces 2012, held an artist-in-residency, and show in public and private galleries. My work is held in private collections around the world.

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Opra Cymru

The only Welsh language opera company in the world. Yr unig gwmni opera Cymraeg yn y byd.

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Welsh National Opera

Welsh National Opera transforms lives through the power of opera. We are passionate about opera and want to share this passion with as many people as possible. We do this with award winning performances of fully staged opera and concerts which combine a sense of adventure with the highest possible quality. We keep our performances accessible through affordable ticket prices. Beyond the theatre we connect with people through our community and education work and digital projects.

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Made in Roath

madeinroath is for anyone and everyone who’s interested in art, culture, community or just having fun, and we have people from all across the UK (and beyond) who travel to Roath to take part. Our annual festival takes place in October, when we host a week-long extravaganza of events and activities across all creative disciplines, showing the very best of local talent alongside some excellent national and international artists. We believe art and culture can enrich the lives of everyone, and so that’s why a lot of what we do takes art out of the traditional museum or gallery spaces and into the community.

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University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Regional Arts and Education Network The University of Wales Trinity Saint David, in partnership with ERW and the six local authorities, has been awarded an Arts Council for Wales grant to provide a single, consistent and integrated Education and Art Consortia Network serving the south west and mid Wales region. Aligned with the All-Wales Arts & Education Offer the network focuses on increasing and improving opportunities for teachers and learners in schools to work with artists and arts/cultural/heritage organisations; increasing opportunities for young people to experience the work of Wales’s artists and arts/cultural organisations and creating more opportunities for communication and partnerships between schools, artists, arts/cultural/heritage organisations and local communities.

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Swansea City Opera

Swansea City Opera are one of the leading producers of touring opera in the UK, with over 11 years history of touring opera to small / medium sized theatres. For many of these venues the annual visit by Swansea City Opera marks the only opera performance in the calendar; and as such plays a vital role in ensuring that audiences have access to a broad portfolio of art forms. In line with the artistic vision of the Company we seek to make opera as accessible as possible, and to remove many of the stigmas that potential audience members may have with regards to engaging with opera as an art-form.

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Youth Arts Network Cymru

YANC is an organisation that brings together professionals delivering across the youth sector in Wales to share best practice and resources. YANC is an embryonic network which started life in response to the youth arts sector lacking any sort of cohesive thinking and sharing of practice across Wales. Initially the network was formed on the basis of various companies who were initially involved in a project. However this quickly grew as there was a genuine appetite amongst practitioners and organisations alike to develop practice and networks pan Wales. YANC has now become a genuinely pan Wales network which involves both Welsh and English speaking companies and individuals. It regularly hosts skills and practice sharing workshops across Wales as well as its biennial CASGLIAD conference.

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Asking4It Productions

Asking4It Productions make innovative theatre and opera. We were founded in Wales in 2011, write our own material and commission musical scores. We are based in RCT and Cardiff. Asking4It Productions are currently working towards the production of "Natasha - A triptych - studies in experimental opera" which is an examination of modern slavery, the sex trade and human trafficking. The triptych comprises of Shelter; The Filmmaker and the Organ Trader; and Peacekeeping. Shelter (Natasha) is an exceptional piece of work, complete in itself and also promising a much greater exploration of important, uncomfortable material with social and political value and purpose. Ian Grant, actor and producer - Creative Structure, London Butcher produced in 2011 is an exploration of cancer fundraising, pharmaceuticals, treatment pathways including the surgical removal of healthy breasts and the almost invisible role of health promotion and disease prevention in the UK. "Butcher" offers the opportunity for a social critique that portrays what it describes: the multi-national political and economic forces that embed themselves in women’s bodies through the hands of Medicine, and the varying ways women themselves recognise (or not) these forces. Alexandra Vinson, medical social scientist, USA

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Jukebox Collective

Jukebox Collective is a creative company based in Cardiff that specialises in street dance and hip hop culture. Our work is rooted in our community and we lead participative activities for young people and children across South Wales. We also create theatre, and have a Creative Agency that represents and promotes professional hip hop and street dance performers.

Registered Charity Number 1034245