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3 Dec 2018

Christmas Tree Festival – Friday 7th December

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We are looking forward to singing as part of the Christmas Tree Festival at Holy Trinity Church, Gwersyllt.  Under their Mission, Care and Evangelism schemes, the church undertakes a vast number of different activities reaching out into the community and beyond. The Festival will help support outreach work such as the Holiday Hunger Scheme and Community Brunch. The singing starts at 7pm. Tickets £10.

6 Oct 2018

Lest we Forget – A Concert to Remember – Friday 9th November 2018

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Location: All Saints Church, Gresford

Date / Time: November 9th, 7pm

Prices: £10 (includes refreshment in the interval)

Cantorion Rhos are commemorating the centenary of the 1918 Armistice with special concert, featuring Fauré, Requiem as well as readings of poetry by Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, among others. We are joined by baritone Sam Snowden and organist Mervyn Cousins, the choir’s former Music Director. We are also pleased to announce that Rhys Duffty, a treble at Chester Cathedral, will be joining us and sing the enigmatic “Pie Jesu” in the Fauré, Requiem. The concert is in association with The Royal British Legion.

Rhys Duffty:

Rhys started singing in primary school and then in 2013 sang in the choir at St Mary’s Church in Mold. In July 2015 he auditioned at Chester Cathedral and was accepted as a probationer and five months later he was made a full chorister. He has had the opportunity to sing many solos and in July 2018 he was awarded the cathedral prize for Boys Solo singing and from September 2018 sings as one of the Lead Choristers. With the choir he has had the opportunity to sing in many places, St Paul’s Cathedral, Liverpool Cathedral and as part of a Cathedral Choir tour in 2017 to Northumberland, in Durham and Carlisle Cathedrals among others. He has been involved in several Radio 3 broadcasts and in the recording of a CD which will be available in the autumn term. In July 2018 he entered the BBC Radio 2 Chorister of the Year. Since then, Rhys has been selected as reserve candidate alongside the three finalists.

Rhys is in Year 8 at Abbey Gate College in Chester, where he was awarded a Choral scholarship, and is a member of the School Chapel Choir. In July 2018 the Chapel Choir were on tour in Cambridgeshire where they sang evensong at Ely cathedral and had the opportunity to sing in Kings College, Cambridge.  Rhys is a keen musician playing the piano and trumpet and is interested in playing the organ. Recently he took his grade 4 singing gaining 98 marks out of 100.

In his spare time, Rhys enjoys swimming and playing tennis and has represented his school in discus and javelin. He enjoys cooking and baking and is of particularly proud of his Welsh cakes! He has a 5-year-old black Labrador named Jet and his ambition is to become a vet.

Samuel Snowden:

Samuel is a Welsh Bass-Baritone studying at the Royal Northern College of Music, under the tuition of Quentin Hayes, previously taught by world renowned composer Brian Hughes. Samuel participates in many college activities, as a member of the RNCM Chamber Choir, and taking to the stage as a chorus member in several productions by RNCM Opera, including Handel’s Theodora, Massenet’s Cendrillion and Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel.

Samuel is a well sought-after soloist, performing in venues across Wales. Recently he has performed Faure’s requiem, Stainer’s Crucifixion and joined Wrexham Symphony Orchestra for their performance of Nielsen’s Third Symphony, Sinfonia Espasiva. Samuel is a regular soloist with Welsh male voice choir, Johns’ Boys, conducted by award winning conductor Aled Philips, taking to the stage across the United Kingdom, including Rhosllanerchrugog, Manchester and Llandudno’s Venue Cymru, for the Daily Post Christmas Special.

Samuel regularly appears on television, including five performances at the BBC Proms (BBC2 and BBC4). For the past two years he has appeared on ITV’s Carols at Christmas, broadcast on Christmas Eve. Samuel has competed, with Johns’ Boys, in several competitions broadcast on national television, Cor Cymru on S4C, Llangollen Eisteddfod’s Choir of the World, S4C, and Choir of the Year on BBC4.

Samuel has had the pleasure of performing premier works by some of the world’s greatest composers. As a member of the National Youth Choir of Wales, Samuel premiered Edward Greggson’s Three John Donne settings, Paul Mealor’s Sound and Sweet Airs, composed for the National Youth Choir’s tour of Patagonia, and Mealor’s Wrth Ddŵr a Thân, premiered at the Royal Opening of the National Assembly of Wales in the presence of her majesty the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles. Samuel has also had the pleasure of premiering a major work by Karl Jenkins, the most performed living classical composer, Adiemus Colores at the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen, conducted by Jenkins himself.

Outside of singing, Samuel has also developed a passion for conducting, becoming assistant musical director of St Joseph’s Catholic and Anglican Wind Ensemble, before forming a children’s choir in his local village, Gresford. At the Royal Northern College of Music, Samuel has formed a chamber choir, Aurora Vocalis, made up of singers from the RNCM.

Samuel is delighted to be performing with Cantorion Rhos once again, as it always as pleasure to perform in his home town.

Mervyn Cousins:

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After posts as Director of Music at St Edmundsbury and Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedrals, Mervyn Cousins moved to Wales to join the staff of the world-renowned Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in September 2003.  Initially taking up the role of Music Director, he was appointed as its Executive Director in 2008.  Having moved from the Llangollen festival after the 2011 Eisteddfod, Mervyn combined regular concert and other musical engagements, and outreach work for Mid Wales Opera, with increasing amounts of music examining at home and abroad for ABRSM. He was subsequently appointed as its Deputy Chief Examiner in November 2015 and now spends much of his time working from its headquarters in the city of London.  His work as an examiner, choral director and organist has taken him to many countries, and his recordings and broadcasts with the two cathedral choirs were met with critical acclaim.  Mervyn was the Director of Cantorion Rhos from 2004 to 2009, leading the mixed choir to success in several competitive festivals and on its first overseas concert tour to Poland, and he is delighted to maintain regular contact with the choir.  He is an Honorary Fellow of Glyndŵr University.

 

Tickets are priced at £10, which includes an interval refreshment. These are available from choir members or by contacting David Pearce on 07944 143199 or be emailing cantorionrhostickets@outlook.com

21 Sep 2018

Wrexham Singing Streets – 29th September

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We are pleased to announce that we will be taking part in this year’s Singing Streets Festival. Please listen to us on Queens Square at 1pm just before the Big Sing. We thoroughly enjoyed this event last year and all have our fingers crossed for dry weather.

Visit http://singingstreets.org/ for more information.

21 Sep 2018

Autumn Soiree – Oct 13th – CANCELLED

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Now the weather is cooling, why not join us for a Hot Pot and some singing. We will be singing at St Margarets Church Hall on Saturday October 13th starting at 6pm. Tickets cost £15 which include the Hot Pot supper.

20 Sep 2018

Choral Scholarship

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Following our very successful fundraising campaign, we are now able to advertise for the choral scholarships. Full details and application form are below.

 

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3 Sep 2018

New Season

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We start back to rehearsals tonight which is the beginning of a very busy season. We are involved in the Singing Streets Festival in Wrexham on 29th September, an Autumn Soirée on 13th October, a Concert to Remember on 9th November and Christmas concerts on 5th, 7th, 8th and 15th December.  More details on each event will be published in the near future.

3 Jul 2018

Choir visit to HMP Berwyn

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Cantorion Rhos were guests of honour at HMP Berwyn at the beginning of May. The Governor Russ Trent invited us to sing to an audience of residents and staff. The reception from the audience was almost electric, with a standing ovation and request for an encore. We were delighted to share the stage with the residents’ Music Group who played a number of well known songs. This invitation is hopefully the start of a new relationship with both residents and staff, bringing more music into their working days. This was an amazing experience for all involved including the guided tour of this brand spanking new prison and all its positive elements. A huge thanks to all at HMP Berwyn for such a warm welcome.

2 Jul 2018

Choral scholarship

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We are very proud of the work and support that we provide to young musicians in Wrexham. Our latest project is our Choral Scholarship, which we are very excited about. Here is a message from our Director.

 

I am Matthias, the Music Director of Cantorion Rhos. I would like to give young people in the Wrexham area the opportunity to experience high quality choral singing and also provide them with vocal coaching. I am establishing four choral scholarships, one per section.

We have already raised funds for two choral scholarships from within the choir and we now need help in raising at least £500 for two more, to kick-start our educational project in September.

Each recipient of a choral scholarship will receive £250 during a one year tenure, payable in three instalments. They will receive regular vocal tuition and coaching in ensemble singing. There will be opportunities to perform as soloists in our concerts.

This is an exciting opportunity for us to support the musical and personal development of aspiring young singers and you can show your support through our crowd-funding campaign. Visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/choral-scholarships-for-young-singers

28 Apr 2018

POSTPONED – Fundraising Concert on 12th May

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, this concert has been postponed .  If you have purchased tickets, please present them to the person you bought them from for a full refund. Sorry for any inconvenience caused. We will be working with the church and the charity to arrange a new date which will be announced shortly.

 

Cantorion Rhos are honoured to have been invited to hold their Spring Concert on Saturday May 12th at Wrexham Methodist Church, 37 Regent Street, Wrexham, LL11 1RY, in aid of the Mental Health Charity – “Advance Brighter Futures”. This is a locally based organisation which helps people in the Wrexham area build happier and more fulfilling lives through improving their mental wellbeing. Their hands on approach include a range of training opportunities, mindfulness and therapeutic courses. It has been “A Helping Hand for People with Mental Health” providing outreach services since 1992.

The concert starts at 7pm, tickets are priced at £8/£7 concession and can be purchased from Wrexham Methodist Church or David Pearce, Cantorion Rhos Secretary on 01978 355043 or mobile 07944 143119.

Come and support the choir, in aid of this charity which is close to many people’s hearts.

14 Dec 2017

Christmas Concert at Trinity on 15th December

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We are very excited about this year’s Christmas concert, with special guests Bethan Griffiths, Harp; Morgana Warren-Jones, Soprano and Ysgol Deiniol Junior Choir directed by Jane Guy.

Bethan is no stranger to Cantorion Rhos having been our Deputy Pianist a few years ago. She is a very talented harpist and we have enjoyed listening to her performances on a number of occasions. We are confident that this concert will by no exception. Bethan was awarded a First Class Honours Degree from the Royal College of Music in 2017. She is currently studying for her Master of Performance Degree at the Royal College of Music. Her studies are generously supported by the Ashley Foundation Award.

Bethan began playing harp aged 10 and since then has performed across the UK and Europe both as a soloist and as part of ensembles.  She has performed in many prestigious venues such as Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and Bridgewater Hall Manchester.
Bethan has achieved her ABRSM performance diplomas in both harp and piano. She has won many prizes including 1st prize in the National Eisteddfod Harp Solo, 2nd prize in the Urdd Eisteddfod Instrumental Solo and the 2016 Royal College of Music Harp Prize. In 2016 Bethan was also awarded the Nansi Richards Scholarship for harpists.
Bethan regularly performs in orchestras across North Wales, The North West and London including NEW Sinfonia and Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra. This has given Bethan the opportunity to work with world renowned conductors such as Bernard Haitink and Diego Masson.

Welsh Soprano Morgana Warren-Jones recently graduated from the University of Leeds with a first-class BMus Performance degree. She spent her third year at the Académie Supérieure de Musique de Strasbourg, where she had voice lessons with Marie Kobayashi, following tuition from Sarah Estill, Hilary Thomas, Jane Anthony and Martin Pickard. During her time at university, she was an active member of the Leeds University Chamber Choir, the Clothworkers Consort of Leeds, the National Youth Choir of Wales, and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, and regularly performed as a soloist with the William Mathias Chamber Choir and Leeds Baroque.

She made her opera debut in 2011 as Mrs Jaffett in Noye’s Fludde – Britten at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod, and has since performed in the chorus of Eugene Onegin and Macbeth (Dorset Opera), Venus in Venus & Adonis – Blow, Philidel/Cupid in King Arthur – Purcell (Leeds Baroque), Micaëla in Carmen, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Geraldine in A Hand of Bridge – Barber (Leeds University Opera Society), the title role in Cendrillon – Viardot (Northern Opera Group), and 1st Owl in the upcoming opera film Hedd Wyn by Stephen McNeff (Welsh National Opera). She recently won 3rd prize in the 19-25 Solo at the National Eisteddfod and has participated in masterclasses with Fiona Kimm, Jennifer Johnston, Ruby Hughes, François Le Roux, Karl-Peter Kammerlander and Robin Bowman.

 

Tickets are £10 and £8 concessions. Concert starts at 7pm.

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