13 Feb 2015

A Musical Celebration for St David’s Day

Posted by Sally

Our next concert is on 28th February at Christ Church, Rossett. Tickets are 10 pounds and include an interval drink.

In between rehearsing Rutter’s Requiem for a concert in March, Cantorion Rhos have been busy preparing the pieces for this concert. Favourites old and new will feature in this concert. With the concert on the eve of St David’s Day, there are a number of welsh pieces which the choir really enjoy performing.

We will be performing with Chester Ladies Choir who are celebrating their 60th year. Back in 1955, the choir was known as the Upton Ladies’s Choir and had twenty five members under the direction of its founder Ronald Hugh Smith. Membership is now around sixty who regularly perform in and around Chester. In recent years, led by Rodney T Jones, the choir have been expanding its repertoire to include all genres of music. Current repertoire extends to opera, sacred music, spirituals, pop songs and songs from the musicals – definitely something to suit every taste.

They have had notable successes in many competitive festivals, including winning the Choral Rose Bowl at the Biddulph Music Festival in 2006.

We are fortunate enough to have two soloists at this concert, Shelby Williams and Bethan Griffiths. Shelby has been singing since the age of 4 and has sung with many choirs including Chester Music Society Youth Choir, Dee & Alyn Gilbert and Sullivan Society and the Chester Ladies’ Choir. Shelby has also done solo work for Chester Male Voice Choir and Malpas Ladies’ Choir. She is an avid musical theatre fan and has been involved in many productions including playing Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls and Blousey Brown in Bugsy Malone.

Bethan Griffiths is not a stranger to Cantorion Rhos. She is one of the previous deputy pianists who is currently studying in University. She will be playing the harp at Rossett, as well as accompanying Cantorion Rhos on the piano.

Bethan began playing piano and harp aged 8 and 10 respectively. Since then, she has performed in various venues across North Wales, the North West and London both as a soloist and as part of ensembles. As a keen orchestral harpist, she has performed with Crosby, Wrexham and Blackburn Symphony Orchestras, NEW Sinfonia and Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, London. Bethan has also been principal harpist in North Wales Youth Orchestra since 2010.

Bethan achieved her ABRSM performance diplomas in both harp and piano in July 2013 and later that year went on to study harp and piano at the Royal College of Music, London. During her time at RCM Philharmonic Orchestra as well as in the New Perspectives Ensemble.

Bethan’s programme for Saturday’s concert will include Welsh Melodies and Dussek’s Grande Sonata for Harp.

Tickets are available from choir members, or contact us via this website.

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