If you like classical music but think this week's Freddie Mercury Project by Sinfonia Cymru may not be for you, here's 3 reasons why we think you should give it a go.
1. Vlad Maistorovici, who has written the arrangements and will conduct and perform as soloist, is an Internationally renowned soloist and chamber musician having performed at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and as a soloist with the European Union Chamber Orchestra and Bucharest Radio Orchestra. As a composer he has been commissioned by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra.
"....makes sparks fly"
The Telegraph on Vlad Maistorovici
2. Sinfonia Cymru is the only revenue funded chamber orchestra in Wales, serving as a mark of excellence. The orchestra has recorded two discs for Deutsche Grammophon in the past three years and the rostra of artists it works with includes Bryn Terfel, Rebecca Evans, Rachel Podger, Benjamin Grosvenor, Alina Ibragimova and BBC Young Musician winner (2014) Laura Van De Heijden to name only a few.
"In Sinfonia Cymru's 20th Birthday year, I continue to be amongst the strongest advocates for the fabulous musical quality of this Welsh chamber orchestra".
3. Freddie Mercury was a serious musician. The fact that many classical musicians including Alison Balsom admire his songwriting so much is, we believe, a testament to the artistic integrity of this project.
"An unbelievable musician"# - Alison Balsom on Freddie Mercury