An international ensemble based in South Wales, Camenae De Cymru presents the most favoured 18th-century music by Antonio Vivaldi, who wrote over 500 concertos and around 50 operas and 90 sonatas.
The concert is centred on Vivaldi’s best-known and famous work, The Four Seasons (Le Quattro Stagioni), a set of four string concertos for violin, cello and harp. A magnificent supplement to the show will be four virtuoso arias from Vivaldi’s hymn Gloria, oratorio Juditha Triumphans and opera Orlando Furioso.
The Camenae were Roman water nymphs or deities of music, poetry and healing. Their name relates to the Latin word ‘carmen’, which means ‘charm, song, poem, magical formula or prayer’. The ensemble was founded in 2020 by Kristina Bitina, a deep dramatic contralto from Latvia, and Nichola Bojczuk, poet and compère, born in Ukraine and brought to Wales at three years of age. Kristina came to Scotland in 2005 and moved to Wales in 2010.
Nicknamed ‘the velvet contralto’, she has performed heavily in Latvia, around Europe, Scotland, England and Wales. Camenae de Cymru has delivered over 20 concerts with professional musicians playing classical music of different epochs and genres. Yuri Savkin is an invited virtuoso violinist from Riga, Latvia. He is the concertmaster of the first violins of the Latvian National Opera and Ballet Orchestra. He has performed in many European countries and, with Camenae de Cymru, in England and Wales.
Our cellist Siôn Dawson is a hugely talented cello, guitar, and bass player from Cardiff. He is the lead cellist of Wales’s Aderyn String Quartet and a multi-dimensional performer, comfortable in a variety of musical settings from classical and baroque to rock, blues, pop and folk.
The harpist Ben Creighton Griffiths is an internationally touring jazz and classical musician based in South Wales. He has won multiple awards in national and international competitions and is the principal harp of the Concert Orchestra de Cymru and Orchestra West.
For more details, see Camenae de Cymru’s website: https://camenaedecymru.com
Book a table for pre-concert dining
Acapela Studio provides pre-concert dining between 6.00pm and 7.30pm from our wood burning pizza oven. To view the current menu visit here.
Please purchase your concert tickets first before booking a table. We will not accept any table bookings that do not have a corresponding ticket purchase.
Then return to the event page to book your table, by selecting the date of your event, number of diners and time you require table. The times shown are the only vacancies left. Please complete your email and phone number as this is required to ensure your table is allocated. You will receive confirmation of your booking by email and text.
If on the date you have chosen no tables are available - no times will be shown and the booking system will revert you back to todays date - PLEASE ENSURE YOU BOOK THE CORRECT DATE!
PLEASE NOTE THE VENUE RELIES ON THE INCOME FROM DINING TO ENSURE WE CAN BOOK ALL THE GREAT ACTS PERFORMING.
Income from the provision of pizzas is very important to the venue and if you have booked a table it is a requirement that all people sat at tables order food - a salad alternative is available to pizzas. Please do ensure that all individuals will be ordering on your table - if this is not the case please cancel your table so others who are looking to dine can do so. Our apologies to raise this but recently we have had many tables (some very large) where less than 50% of those sat at tables have ordered food. Financially this is a real problem to the sustainability of the venue.
- All seating at tables must purchase a pizza - so please do not book a table if everyone is not eating.
- Please ensure that you arrive 10 minutes before the time slot allocated to order your pizzas prior to your booking time.
- Tables not seated within 15 minutes of the allocated time may be lost and allocated to other audience members wishing to order pizzas.
- If you wish to book a table for 6 or more please email email@example.com
Please note that all of our pizzas are made fresh to order and cooked in an authentic wood-fired oven. It may take up to 45 minutes to be served during busy periods.
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO BOOK A TABLE YOU CAN STILL ORDER PIZZAS ON THE NIGHT (USUALLY ON BUSY NIGHTS NO LATER THAN 7.15PM) AND WE WILL SERVE THEM TO YOU WHEREVER YOU ARE SAT IN THE VENUE - IN A PIZZA BOX.