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5 Apr 2016

Spring Concert to include Faure’s Requiem

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We are looking forward to our next concert, which will take place on Saturday 16 April at Wrexham Methodist Church, at 7.30 pm. The first half of the concert will be a performance of The Requiem by Gabriel Fauré. In this, we shall be joined by two soloists: baritone Sam Snowden and boy soprano Arthur Hind. Sam currently studies singing with Brian Hughes and will begin a degree course in Voice at the Royal Northern College of Music in September this year. 11 year old Arthur is a senior chorister at St Asaph Cathedral and a pupil at Rydal Penrhos school.
In the second half we shall perform a variety of choral pieces, sacred and secular, from our current repertoire. We are also delighted that Lucy Bassett, one of our student assistant accompanists this year, will also play a piano solo, Notturno by Edvard Grieg.
Robert Guy, our Musical Director, will conduct and our Deputy Director Caroline Morris will accompany us on organ and piano. We look forward to seeing you. Tickets, priced £10 (£8 concessions) will be available at the door.
Tickets are available on the door or from David Pearce (01978 355043) and Glenda Kelly (01978 720084).

22 Feb 2016

A concert for St David’s Day

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On 5th March 2016, we will partaking in a fantastic concert at Llangollen Pavillion. We will be sharing the stage with NEW Sinfonia, Fron Male Voice Choir and Lleisiau Clywedog. You can guarantee that there will be plenty of hwyl at this Gala Concert. The concert starts at 19:30. Ticket prices are £10 for adults and £8 concessions.

2 Dec 2015

A Concert for Christmas

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On Sunday 6 December 2015, we will be performing at St Collen’s Church, Llangollen. This concert promises to get you in the Christmas spirit with music from Cantorion Rhos, Llangollen Silver Band and a number of readings.

Llangollen Silver Band was formed in 1904 and their motto is “music at the heart of the community”. They are heavily involved in teaching music to the next generation and take part in a wide variety of local charity and commercial events.

Cantorion Rhos will be singing some of their favourite Christmas pieces as they begin a busy festive period. Our student members will be playing their part in the concert as they combine studying with rehearsing piano accompaniments and solo performances.

The concert starts at 7:30pm.

27 Sep 2015

Bellis Bros Garden Centre Concert

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Our first concert of the new season takes place on Saturday 3rd October at Bellis’ Garden Centre. The concert will include pieces performed by our very own Tamara and Dhugal. We also welcome back Bethan on the harp.

Our pieces for the evening contain some of our old favourites as well as some of our new pieces that we have been working hard at to learn “off copy”.

Tickets are £8 and the concert starts at 7:30pm.

25 Jul 2015

Summer is here

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Well, we have had our last rehearsal before the summer break. We have really enjoyed the recent concerts and social events that have been organised. We are now having a well earned rest before the new season starts in September. You can still contact us though if you are looking to book a choir for an event, or want to organise a concert local to you.

See you soon

4 Jul 2015

A return to St Mary’s, Minera

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    On Saturday 4th July, the choir returns to St Mary’s Church, Minera.

    The choir have been learning a few new pieces since our last visit and will be singing a number of these at this concert.

    There will also be solos from Dhugal (Recorder) and Caroline (Saxophone) and a duet from Tamara and Dhugal.

    Tickets are £8 payable on the door. Concert starts at 7pm.

9 Jun 2015

Cantorion Rhos on tour

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Congratulations to Cantorion Rhos on their successful tour in Portugal. Conductor Rob Guy and Bethan Griffiths (our accompanist on the tour), were delighted with the enthusiastic and appreciative audiences at the concert venues. The choir’s repertoire contained new items and included Sanctus and The Lord’s My Shepherd from Rutter’s Requiem, which was performed at St Giles Church, Wrexham earlier this year.
Bethan Griffiths, a 2nd year student of piano and harp at the Royal College of Music, London enthralled the audiences with her piano solos by Brahms, Debussy and Rachmaninov and together with the choir received a standing ovation for her performance.
The first concert was at St Paul’s Anglican English Church at Estoril on the Lisbon coast where the choir was based for the duration of the tour. Many in the audience had travelled some distance to hear the choir and were very appreciative of both the choir’s and Bethan’s performance.
The Museo Jose Malhoa in Caldas da Rainha proved to be a magnificent venue for choral singing and was a new experience for the choir. Here, there was a superb buffet meal of local dishes and a guided tour of the museum prior to the concert which was fascinating and gave an insight to the culture of the area.
Free time was spent by some in the hotel pool, others chose to walk to the nearby village of Cascais or take the train to Lisbon.
There was an organised trip to the small but quaint town of Obidos on the final day, where one could taste local food and wine and amble through the streets at leisure, or walk around the town’s ancient walls.
The hotel accommodation, food and wine, superb weather and general ambience of the Lisbon coastal area were all contributory factors to the success of the trip.
Many thanks are due to Martin Coggon, this year’s choir Chairman, for his careful planning in organising the tour.

Cantorion Rhos ar daith

Llongyfarchiadau i Gantorion Rhos ar ei llwyddiant ar daith ym Mhortiwgal!
Pleser mawr i Rob Guy, arweinydd, a Bethan Griffiths cyfeilyddes y cor ar yr achlysur yma, oedd brwdfrydedd a gwerthfawfogiad y cynulleidfaoedd a ddaeth i’w clywed.
Cuflwynwyd eitemau newydd yn cynnwys dau ddarn o Requiem John Rutter a berfformiwyd gan y cor yn Eglwys San Silin ym mis Marwrth. Profiad newydd i’r cor ac uchafbwynt y daith oedd canu ym mhrif neuadd Amgueddfa Jose Malhoa yn nhref Caldas da Rainha.
Cafodd gyfraniadau unigol Bethan ar y piano, darnau gan Brahms, Debussy a Rachmaninov gydnabyddiaeth arbennig pan gododd y gynulleidfa i’w traed.
Mwyniant oedd cael tywydd hyfryd, gwesty ardderchog a bwyd a gwin da gydol y trip.
Mae’r cor yn ddyledus i’r cadeirydd eleni, Martin Coggon, am ei drefniadau gofalus a thrwyadl-llawer o ddiolch iddo.

27 May 2015

Cantorion Rhos and Friends – 6th June – Black Park Chapel

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Our next concert is on Saturday 6th June at 19:30. We will be singing at Black Park Chapel, Chirk and it promises to be a very entertaining concert.

Our friends for the evening are Tamara Hall and Dhugal Fulton.

Tamara has worked as a drama and music specialist for many years. Originally an English and Drama teacher for Ysgol Dinas Bran, she then trained at East15 Acting School to become a professional actor. She has worked in a number of theatres in England and Wales and been in touring productions of Cinderella, playing the Fairy Godmother, and Aladdin, playing the Princess. Most recently she has toured a performance of The Railway Children and set up a community choir in Chirk.

Tamara loves working with community groups and has taught many performing arts groups, both locally and in London. Her greatest achievement to date was directing a group of school-refusers who created an internet safety performance which they then toured to primary schools.

Dhugal is a classically trained violinist and recorder player as well as a professional actor. In his mid teens, he spent several happy years playing with the Ceilidh band 5 Speed Box. In his early 20s, Dhugal found himself taking to the stage with a local Amateur dramatic society and so began a journey into Musical Theatre.

Dhugal has studied at London College of Music and was awarded a Fellowship diploma. He also attended East15 Acting School and was awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Acting for TV, Film and Radio.

We are very excited to be performing at this venue. The Chapel was built in 1875 and paid for solely by miners wages at Black Park Colliery and is the last tangible link with the industrial heritage of the area. The Black Park Chapel Trust is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. It has been working along with the adjacent Black Park Community Centre Committee to dramatically improve the area and has been ensuring that the refurbishment of the Chapel has been carried out in a sympathetic way. Techniques were used to preserve the rich acoustics that the Chapel enjoyed, making music even more exquisite.

One of the Trust’s aims is to further education and the social and cultural welfare locally and the protection and promotion of good health through the therapeutic use of music.

The Trust serves the local community of Black Park, the wider community of Chirk and extends its reach over the borders of Shropshire and Denbighshire.

Tickets are available for £8 (concessions £7) by contacting 01978 355043 or 01691 778800 or you can pay at the door.

16 Apr 2015

An Eastertide Concert

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Did you attend our last concert? If you missed it, this Saturday 18th April, we are singing Rutter’s Requiem again. This time, we are at St Collen’s Church in Llangollen.

Our guests for the evening include organist John Hosking, soloist Rachael Marsh and Tenor Sam Moreton.

John Hosking has been Assistant Organist of St. Asaph Cathedral since September 2004, in which role he acts as Principal Accompanist to the Cathedral Choir. He is also Organist of St. Winefride’s Roman Catholic Church in St. Asaph and Accompanist to the St. Asaph Choral Society.

8 Mar 2015

A Concert for Easter with Cantorion Rhos

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This is the concert that we have been working really hard for and that we are really looking forward to. On Saturday 21st March at 7:30pm we are singing at St Giles Church, Wrexham. Our concert will include John Rutter’s Requiem and we will be performing with the NEW Sinfonia Ensemble and Lleisiau Clywedog.

The Requiem is one of John Rutter’s best loved and most widely performed choral works. The seven pieces use texts from the Book of Common Prayer and the Psalms and is one of the most popular compositions of the last thirty years.

We are very pleased that Mervyn Cousins will be our organist for the evening. Mervyn (our joint president) was our Musical Director before Robert Guy took over at the helm, so it is nice to welcome him back for the evening.

New Sinfonia was established in 2011 and is an orchestra based in North Wales that provides performance opportunities for outstanding professional young musicians. They have performed at the North Wales International Music Festival, collaborating with Karl Jenkins and Nicholas Cleobury in 2012, and Prof. Paul Mealor in 2013. In 2014, they were awarded their first Arts Council of Wales Grant Award.

We are pleased to welcome back Rachael Marsh who will be our soloist for Rutter’s Requiem. Rachael has been an active member of many choirs from a young age. She has explored different types of music, but her roots remain in classical music. Rachael has previously performed at the BBC proms as part of a large youth chorus made up from the National Youth Choir or Wales and the BBC Chorus in the performance of Bernstein’s Mass.

Another performer on the evening is Robert Owens. Robert is our deputy accompanist and  is really getting involved with the choir. He regularly gives choristers singing exercises at the beginning of rehearsals to warm up those voices. He is currently studying A Level Music at Coleg Cambria alongside going to the Junior Royal Northern College of Music. He is looking forward to studying at the Royal Northern College of Music with his current singing teacher Jeffery Lawton, having accepted an unconditional offer.

Tickets are only £10 and are available from St Giles Church on 01978 355808 and Cantorion Rhos on 01978 355043. Tickets will also be available on the door.

 

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