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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.

 

13 Feb 2015

A Musical Celebration for St David’s Day

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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.

11 Dec 2014

A Christmas Celebration at Trinity

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This Saturday December 13th, we are singing at Trinity Church, Wrexham. The evening will be full of carols and Christmas readings for you to enjoy. The music will be a mixture of traditional and modern Christmas songs, and the readings, which will be read by choir members, will include favourite poems of choir members. There is something for everyone and it will be a thoroughly enjoyable evening. The concert starts at 7pm and tickets are £8, which can be bought on the door. We look forward to seeing you there and to wish you a very happy Christmas and New Year.

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24 Nov 2014

Big Busk with Mike Peters at Wrexham Maelor Hospital

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On Thursday 20th November, we had a fabulous evening taking part in the Big Busk. The event saw us support Awyr Las/Blue Sky, a North Wales NHS charity, in their launch of the By Your Side campaign. This campaign aims to enhance cancer care across North Wales. Mike Peters, welsh rocker (The Alarm) and cancer patient, launched the event and the choir had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. In addition to singing at the hospital, the choir (together with Nat West Bank) presented a cheque for £600 to the Shooting Star Appeal. This money was raised singing at Nat West Bank, with match funding provided by the Bank themselves. We will be there again on December 20th. Watch this space for more details. Visit our Facebook page to see the photographs from last Thursday. Do not worry if you are not on Facebook yourself, you can still view them. Just click on the link at the side of the page and read the various positive comments from the event.

23 Sep 2014

Anniversary Concert at The Stiwt

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On Saturday 27th September, we will be performing at The Stiwt in Rhos. The concert marks the third year of the “Stiwt Young Singer of the Year” competition, organised by the Friends of the Stiwt. We are really looking forward to the evening. The concert starts at 7pm and tickets are available at The Stiwt Box Office, priced £10 adults and £8 concessions.

30 Aug 2014

New Season is about to start

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We hope you all had a lovely summer. Our first rehearsal of the new season is on Monday 1st September at 7:15 for a 7:30 start at the Stiwt in Rhos. If you are interested in joining our choir, please feel free to come to our rehearsal, speak to one of us at one of our concerts, or contact us via this website.

We have a number of concerts coming up and details will be posted on this website shortly, so please visit again soon. You can also “like” us on Facebook to keep up to date with our events.

25 Jun 2014

St Mary’s Church, Minera – Saturday 5th July with Rachael Marsh

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Our next concert sees us singing in the hills. We will be performing in Minera Church on Saturday 5th July. The concert starts at 7pm and promises to be a wonderful evening of song.

The soloist for the evening is Rachael Marsh. Rachael has been an active member of many choirs in the past. She has been a member of the National Youth Choir of Wales for four consecutive years, as well as being a past member of Four Counties Choir and Manchester Harmony Gospel Choir. Having been a member of a choir since very young, it has provided her with a multitude of opportunities including the chance to perform at the BBC proms as part of a large youth chorus made up from the National Youth Choir of Wales and the BBC Chorus in the performance of Bernstein’s Mass.

Being able to explore different types of music has broadened Rachael’s horizons; however her roots remain in classical music.

The choirs she has been a part of have provided her with many chances for solo performance.

Rachael has battled for years as regards to which class of voice she is, as in one choir she might sing soprano and another an alto. However, her most recent singing teacher has classified her as a Lyrical Soprano.

This concert will be her first chance to break out as a soloist and she hopes that her love and passion for singing will shine through.

Cantorion Rhos are pleased to provide Rachael with this opportunity and wish her well in her future singing engagements. The concert also provides a trip down memory lane for one chorister who grew up in Minera and was a member of the church choir.

Come and join us as we look at the world, lead and keep the music flowing, and I’ve heard there was a secret chord. If you listen carefully, you will also hear a whale and a sparrow.

Doors open at 6:30pm and tickets are priced at £8, which includes an interval drink.

Tickets are available from Church Members, Choir Members and the Choir Ticket Secretary David Pearce on 01978 355043.

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