ANNUAL CONCERT

 

TRELAWNYD MALE VOICE CHOIR

WITH

ELIN MANAHAN THOMAS

 

SATURDAY 11th JUNE 2022 at 7.30 pm

(Doors open at 6.45 pm)

CHELMSFORD CATHEDRAL

Tickets: £17.50

The Trelawnyd Male Voice Choir

The choir was formed in 1933 and is regarded as amongst the most accomplished and largest in North Wales. The choir has appeared with many notable soloists such as Bryn Terfel, Dennis O'Neill, Rhys Meirion and Gwyn Hughes Jones.

The choir participated in the '1,000 Voices' concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and has appeared regularly on television. They have performed in many parts of Europe and North America, providing a wide range of musical styles from traditional Welsh songs to modern day classics - many arranged by their accomplished conductor Ann Atkinson.

Recently, their activities were recorded on a S4C documentary, which was later made into a film 'Men Who Sing'. The movie, released in November, 2021, was directed by Dylan Williams, whose father, Ednyfed (aged 90) still sings with the choir.

Ann Atkinson is the Musical Director of the Trelawnyd Male Voice Choir.

After gaining her B.Ed from the University of Wales, Ann initially pursued a teaching career. However, in 1990, she gained a scholarship to study singing with Kenneth Bowen at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Since this time, she has performed as a freelance singer throughout the UK and abroad, in a variety of venues and with many of Britain’s leading Opera Companies including Scottish Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera.. During the summer of 2005 she toured New Zealand and Australia as the soloist with the Lions Choir.

In addition to her singing career and her role as Musical Director of Trelawnyd Male Voice Choir, Ann is the Artistic Director of the North Wales International Music Festival, Musical Director of the Bro Glynd┼Ár Male Voice Choir and a vocal tutor for the William Mathias Music Centre.

In 2009 she was made a bard at the Royal National Eisteddfod held in Bala, she was made Honorary Fellow of Wrexham Glyndwr University in 2010 and received The Welsh Livery Guild’s Merit Award in 2011. In 2019 Ann was presented with the prestigious Sir Geraint Evans Award by the Welsh Music Guild and this year her alma mater conferred Associate Honours of the Royal Academy of Music for her significant contribution to the music profession.

 

Elin Manahan Thomas

Elin is one of the most exceptional sopranos of her generation. Since releasing her debut album 'Eternal Light' in 2007, with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, she has performed at many of the world's most prestigious venues and festivals and with leading orchestras and conductors.

Elin has performed across Europe at major venues and festivals, including the Edinburgh, Canterbury,Three Choirs, Llangollen, Mostly Mozart and Lufthansa festivals, St. Johm Smith Square, Wigmore Hall and the Royal Albert Hall.

In 2008 Elin gave the World Premiere of Sir John Tavener's Requiem in Liverpool Cathedral. She is perhaps most famously known for her performance of baroque masterpieces at the London 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony. In October 2016, Elin sang in the premiere of Karl Jenkin's 'Cantata Memoria', written to commemorate the Aberfan disaster 50 years earlier.

In May, 2018, she was honoured to perform at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

She has released five solo albums and appeared as featured soloist on innumerable discs.

Alongside concert performances, Elin is also known for her presenting work. She has been twice nominated for a BAFTA Cymru (Best Newcomer, Best Presenter) and has presented for BBC 4 (The Proms) and BBC 2 Wales (Proms in the Park). Elin regularly presents for Radio Cymru and is a presenter on Radio Three's Early Music Late, on Sunday evening.

 

 

Tickets are now available for our annual concert at Chelmsford Cathedral on Saturday 11th June, 2022.

They are available from Arthur Williams on 01621 778711,

Jim Armishaw on 01245 281162 or

Gwenno Pope on 07724144432 or email gwenno.gllwyd@gmail.com