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Read this in Welsh …Matthias Wurz – Musical Director 

Matthias Wurz is currently a PhD candidate in Musicology at Bangor University and as such recipient of the prestigious Parry Williams Scholarship. Matthias is currently working on interdisciplinary and performative aspects of Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire. He has given an extended workshop performance at the Bangor Music Festival 2017, together with the chamber choir Cantamus. Prior to his arrival in Bangor, he studied Music at University of York (B.A. hons) and completed his Masters in Historical Musicology at the Royal Holloway.

As a conductor, Matthias has been newly appointed as Music Director of Cantorion Rhos in Wrexham. He is also Music Director of the Isle of Anglesey Choral Society and Director of Music at St Mary’s Church in Mold. From 2014 to 2016, he was the Music Director of the renowned male choir, Cor y Traeth, based on the Isle of Anglesey. Under his directorship, the choir appeared in Penelope Keith’s series ‘At Her Majesty’s Service’ (Channel 4, June 2016). In May 2016, Cor y Traeth appeared at the Beaumaris Festival. The choir also came third in the Eisteddfod Môn (May 2015). Having foremost trained as an orchestral conductor and enjoyed engagements throughout Europe, Matthias also works regularly with Bangor University Symphony Orchestra.

Matthias was among the first graduates of the pioneer choral conducting course of the Association of British Choral Directors (1999-2000), where he studied with Peter Broadbent, among others. A former member of the Vienna Boys Choir (1985–1989), he has retained his passion for singing while pursuing a career as conductor and musicologist. Recent performances as a singer include appearances with his choirs, notably with Isle of Anglesey Choral Society and Cor y Traeth. In 2015, he also performed behalf of the Oxbridge Singers at the Stepping Stone Festival (Carlisle).  

 

Robert Guy – Musical Director

Rob GuyBorn in Wrexham North Wales, Robert is Musical Director and Co-founder of NEW Sinfonia, Principal Conductor to the Orchestra of Square Chapel and Musical Director of Can­torion Rhos Choir.

He was selected to study with Maestro Ben­jamin Zander of the Boston Philharmonic at the 2012 London Master Classes, and in 2011 he was awarded the Orion Young Conductor’s Award, supported by the Richard Carne Trust. Robert is a passionate leader and works with musicians of all ages in a wide range of music. Notably, he has worked alongside Llyr Williams, Karl Jenkins, Kirill Karabits and Nicholas Cleobury.

He holds the MMus and FRSM qualifications, having studied at the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music.

Caroline MorrisAssistant Musical Director

carolineCaroline grew up near Wrexham and following success at the Urdd Eisteddfod, National Eisteddfod and the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod went on to study at the Royal College of Music as a saxophonist.

Her career has taken her all over Europe and Asia as a musician, teacher and adjudicator. She returned to the Wrexham area in 2006 and combines family life with a busy teaching practice and performance schedule.

Caroline became accompanist in 2006 and Deputy Musical Director in September 2010.

Bethan GriffithsAssistant Accompanist

BETHAN

Bethan learnt the piano at an early age and has completed all the ABRSM exams. In 2012 she gained Distinctions in Grade 8 both in piano and in harp examsinations.

Following success at the National Eisteddfod in 2008 Bethan went on to gain further awards in piano and harp in festivals and competitions across North Wales and further afield. In 2012 she won the harp solo competition which gained her a place as a finalist in the Blue Riband competition at the National Eisteddfod.

At present Bethan is a sixth form student at Ysgol Castell Alun, Hope. She teaches piano and as a freelance harpist she has played with several orchestras in many prestigious venues.

We wish her luck as she leaves us in September to study the harp at the Royal College of Music in London.

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