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Vale of Clwyd Singers

Directed by Robert Sells

  • A varied selection of a cappella choral music.

The choir performed a selection from several centuries of western music at the recent North Wales International Music Festival.

Robert Sells has carved out a second career in his “retirement”. His time as a transplant surgeon is well documented although he had originally wanted to study music.

I believe the pancreas was one of his specialties but now I suppose you could say that through music he “operates” on the human heart.

Alison Rose – soprano and Matthew Fletcher – piano

Wednesday 4 November 2015

  • Songs by B Britten, C Debussy, O Messiaen,
  • R Schumann, R Strauss, K Weill
  • Sponsored by the Oxford Lieder Festival

Alison is a Young Artist prizewinner at the Oxford Festival; this Festival won a special award in 2015 and has become a major musical event featuring some of the world’s finest singers. Alison has been an understudy as Frasquita in Carmen at Glyndebourne this past summer so her career is progressing well.

Matthew is primarily known as an accompanist and has won many awards in this context. His interests extend to opera and he also has a conducting background. He is currently the Director of Music at Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead. He was the accompanist for Alison at Oxford and therefore a joint winner of the duo prize.

Michaela Parry

Artist Details

  • Michaela Parry, mezzo soprano

Michaela, from North Wales, was on a post-grad course at the RNCM and had already appeared in a number of operatic roles.

She sang with baritone Benjamin Lewis, accompanied by Harvey Davies.

Their programme included:

  • Mozart – Voi che sapete,
  • Bridge – Love went a’riding,
  • Quilter – When soft voices die,
  • Strauss – Aller Seelen,
  • Zueignung and Lob des Leidens,
  • Britten – A charm of lullabies.
  • Schumann – Liederkreis, Op 24,
  • Ibert – Chanson a Dulcinee and Chanson de la Mort de Don Quichotte,
  • Mussorgsky – Song of the flea,
  • Vaughan Williams – Linden lea,
  • Ireland – Sea fever

Benjamin Lewis

Artist Details

Benjamin attended Oxford University and was also at the RNCM where he won the prestigious 2014 Cox Award and had performed at this year’s Buxton Festival Opera.

Benjamin sang with Michaela Parry, accompanied by Harvey Davies

Their programme included:

  • Mozart – Voi che sapete,
  • Bridge – Love went a’riding,
  • Quilter – When soft voices die,
  • Strauss – Aller Seelen,
  • Zueignung and Lob des Leidens,
  • Britten – A charm of lullabies.
  • Schumann – Liederkreis, Op 24,
  • Ibert – Chanson a Dulcinee and Chanson de la Mort de Don Quichotte,
  • Mussorgsky – Song of the flea,
  • Vaughan Williams – Linden lea,
  • Ireland – Sea fever

Lucy Hall, soprano, Gavin Roberts piano

Artist Details

  • Lucy Hall, soprano
  • Gavin Roberts, piano

This concert is sponsored by the Oxford Lieder Festival.

I visited this Festival and met Sholto Kynoch, its director, to talk about a future vocal booking. We were offered a special sponsorship for which many thanks to the Festival.

Lucy Hall with Gavin Roberts were winners at the Oxford Festival and are forging ahead with careers in Lieder repertoire and more.

Lucy has recently recorded a Nielsen Symphony with the LSO under Colin Davis while Gavin has been Artistic Director of the Song in the City events in the City of London.

The Sirenian Singers – Cantorion Sirenian

Artist Details

We welcome back for our Christmas concert this talented Wrexham-based choir.

Their most recent competition success was at Bangor (N.I.) where they swept the board at the 2011 International Choral Festival, and their latest big concert appearance was at the 2012 Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod in a performance of Karl Jenkins’ The Peacemakers.

Their programme will follow our usual tradition of having both Christmas and non-seasonal music.