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  • Cantorion John S. Davies Singers
    The John S. Davies Singers ensemble was formed in 1978 and made its debut at the Fishguard International Music Festival in that same year, with a programme which set the pattern for the future repertoire – classical compositions and new works, beginning with John McCabe’s Reflections of a Summer Night. A later major commission dedicated to John S. Davies was Alun Hoddinott’s Mass shown on S4C from Llandaff Cathedral.

    There have been many appearances at the Fishguard International Music Festival,the latest in 2014, also throughout Wales at other festivals in Gregynog, Llandeilo, Tenby, St. Davids and Milford Haven. Further afield the Singers have performed in London, Ludlow, Bath and Rome.

    2014 was the Singers’ 30th anniversary and it began with the traditional afternoon New Year’s Day concert,then later other performances at Easter and at three summer music festivals in Wales, two accompanied by the Westward Chamber Orchestra in music by Haydn, Vivaldi and Handel, concluding with a performance of the latter’s Messiah.

    The size of the group is flexible according to the music performed and has several members following solo careers, while others are in colleges and cathedrals or hold professional posts in the music field. Rehearsals take place in Cardiff once a month and are demanding and intensive.

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  • Juliette Bausor
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    Juliette Bausor joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra in July 2016 as Principal Flute, having previously held the same position with Royal Northern Sinfonia for 11 years. She also plays Principal Flute with the London Mozart Players and is a member of the celebrated chamber group Ensemble 360.

    Following early recognition in competitions – including reaching the Final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year and winning the Gold Medal in both the Shell LSO Competition and the Royal Over-Seas League Competition – Juliette has performed as a concerto soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia and London Mozart Players. In 2014 she was selected by the European Concert Hall Organisation as one of its Rising Stars, which has led to solo engagements in some of Europe’s most prestigious concert venues.

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  • Morgan Szymanski
    Morgan Szymanski
    Born in Mexico City in 1979, Morgan Szymanski started playing the guitar at the age of six. Early studies at the National Music School (Mexico) and the Edinburgh Music School led to a scholarship to study under Carlos Bonell and Gary Ryan at the Royal College of Music (RCM) in London, graduating in 2004 with first class honours. During his studies he won all guitar prizes from the RCM as well as scholarships from the Tillett Trust, Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Leverhulme Trust, Wall Trust, FONCA and a scholarship to study at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He immediately went on to become the first solo guitarist to be selected by the Young Classical Artist Trust and was the first guitarist to be awarded a Junior Fellowship at the RCM, where he completed his Masters with distinction.

    A top prize-winner at international competitions, Morgan won first prize at the National Guitar Competition in Mexico. Performances as a soloist and with orchestras have taken him to concert halls and festivals in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, China, Chile, France, Germany, Guatemala, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Macedonia, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Scotland, UK, USA, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

    Photograph © Tania Esquivel
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  • Heath Quartet

    The dynamic and charismatic Heath Quartet are fast earning a reputation as one of the most exciting British chamber ensembles of the moment. In May 2013 they became the first ensemble in 15 years to win the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artists Award. Formed in 2002 at the Royal Northern College of Music they were selected for representation by YCAT, were awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Special Ensemble Scholarship and in 2012 won Ensemble Prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

    The Heath Quartet regularly enjoy working with a host of talented collaborators including Anna Caterina Antonacci, James Baillieu, Ian Bostridge, Adrian Brendel, Michael Collins, Colin Currie, Stephen Hough, Richard Lester, Aleksandar Madzar, Anthony Marwood, Hannes Minnaar, Mark Padmore, Lawrence Power, Carolyn Sampson, plus even venturing into the world of jazz with a ‘Wigmore Late’ concert together with saxophonist Trish Clowes and pianist Gwilym Simcock.

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  • Harriet Burns
    Harriet Burns
    Harriet is studying with Yvonne Kenny at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on the Opera Course programme. In 2018 she graduated from the GSMD Artist Masters Programme, studying with Professor Susan McCulloch and Yvonne Kenny, with a distinction and a concert recital diploma. She is a Samling Artist, Oxford Lieder Young Artist, and a Britten-Pears Young Artist.

    Harriet also enjoys working with young voices and is the vocal coach to the choristers of St Mary Merton. She is grateful for the financial support of Hazel and Chris Abbott, the Sidney Perry Foundation, the Worshipful Company of Merchant Taylors, the Guildhall School Trust, The Altrusa Careers Trust, The Michael James Music Trust and The Winship Foundation.For future performances please see Schedule.

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    Photo credit: Sim Canetty-Clarke
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  • Michael Pandya
    Michael Pandya
    Michael Pandya is a versatile young pianist specialising in song and chamber music. He has appeared in performance alongside Graham Johnson, Jonathan Lemalu, Robin Tritschler, Eamonn Dougan, and his recital schedule has taken him across the UK and into both Europe and the USA. In 2018 he won the Gerald Moore Award, the Help Musicians UK Accompanist Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, and the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform with duo partner Harriet Burns.

    Michael now studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, having graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with a DipRAM in 2017. Teachers have included Graham Johnson, Julius Drake, Michael Dussek, James Baillieu, Ian Brown, Caroline Palmer and Sholto Kynoch. Michael’s studies have been generously supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Help Musicians UK, the Leverhulme Trust, the Clumber Studio Trust and the Winifred Christie Trust.

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  • Trio Apaches
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    Trio Apaches, comprising three of the UK's most respected soloists, was officially formed in the glorious Olympic summer of 2012. Built on a foundation of great friendship, the trio are regularly praised for the infectious joy and virtuosity of their performances, their uniquely engaging chemistry, and their relaxed and informal stage manner.

    Known for the innovative nature of their programmes, Trio Apaches has thus far worked with a diverse range of collaborators, including childrens’ television presenters, mime artists and comedians, renowned film composers and stars of the operatic world. They have commissioned two new trios from Sally Beamish (including her transcription of Debussy’s La mer, which has quickly established itself as a key work in the piano trio repertoire) and were chosen by Carl Davis to premiere and tour his new soundtrack to the 1925 silent film, Lady Windermere’s Fan.

    The group’s first recording, released in 2014, was very much representative of their intention to create projects outside the traditional realm of the piano trio. Alongside Sally Beamish’s transcription of La mer, the disc featured one of Beamish’s original works - a powerful setting of the Anglo Saxon poem The Seafarer, in which the Trio were joined by Sir Willard White in the role of narrator. Hailed by the press as “triumphant” and “virtuosic”, the CD featured for several weeks near the top of the classical charts.

    Emboldened by the success of La mer, Trio Apaches has continued to expand the trio repertoire with their own dazzling arrangements of popular works such as Rossini’s William Tell, Saint-Saens’ Danse Macabre and Beethoven’s Egmont Overture. Their recital programmes regularly feature little-known gems alongside established masterpieces, all of which are accompanied by spoken introductions that mix insight with a dash of light-hearted humour.

    Their innovative programming has featured numerous times on BBC Radio 3, including recitals combining trios by Babajanian and Shostakovich, Copland and Tchaikovsky, and Boulanger and Ravel. They have also directed a series of concerts and mini-festivals at the Royal College of Music, where they spent four years as Trio in Association, and were Trio in Residence at the Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival from 2012-18.

    Away from the platform the trio enjoy big meals, fast cars and penalty shoot-outs. They take great pride in the knowledge that few people pronounce Apaches correctly at the first attempt, and hope fervently that they’ll be able to live up to the word’s French meaning - hooligans - as they approach middle age.
  • Ian Shaw and his Trio
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    Multi-award winner as best jazz vocalist - BBC Jazz Awards 2007 and 2004 and Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2018, alongside nominations from the Jazz FM Awards 2013 and Downbeat Magazine 2017 - Ian Shaw has amassed a number of highly acclaimed internationally released albums and is a popular performer both in the UK and the US. He has been cited, along with Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling, as one of the world’s finest male jazz vocalists.

    Shaw’s career in performance began unusually for a jazz musician on the Alternative Cabaret Circuit, alongside such performers as Julian Clary, Rory Bremner and Jo Brand. Shaw was spotted by Dave Illic, jazz critic for City Limits and was described as “the voice of the decade”.

    The internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist will be partnered by the brilliant Barry Green (Piano) Mick Hutton (Bass) and Dave Ohm (Drums).

    “Praised far and wide as the single greatest male jazz singer the United Kingdom has to offer"(Jazz Times, US).

    Photograph courtesy of Ian Shaw.
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  • Lisa Jones and Emma Gibbins
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    Mezzo-Soprano Lisa Jones was born in West Wales and took an early interest in music. She studied the violin gaining a distinction at grade 8 and also took singing lessons. After a course of study with the Soprano Eiddwen Harry at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Lisa furthered her studies with the late international Mezzo Maureen Guy. More recently she has studied with the Welsh Baritone David Gwesyn Smith.

    Emma Gibbins began her musical careen as an organ scholar at Pembroke College Cambridge, subsequently studying at the Royal College of Music in London. She has worked in churches in London, High Wycombe and Belfast and moved to Newport in 2015 as Director of Music at Newport Cathedral. She also teaches piano for Gwent Music, accompanies the Adams Chorale and is Chair of the South East Wales RSCM committee.
  • The Treske Ensemble
    Treske Ensemble
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  • Huw Tregelles Williams
    Huw Tregelles Williams by Martin GJ Smith
    Huw Tregelles Williams graduated with first class honors followed by an MA from the University of Wales, and became Head of BBC Music in 1986, and Director of the BBC National Opera of Wales in 1992.

    He has been on international tours to major European centers, the USA and Japan, producing several series for BBC1 and BBC2 network. As organ recitalist he has travelled to Australia, the USA and Scandinavia.

    Huw is a former member of the Arts Council of Wales and a fellow of the Welsh College of Music and Drama. He has served as adjudicator at the BBC and Audi Young Musician Finals, at Llangollen and National Eisteddfodau, and was appointed O.B.E. in the 1998 New Year’s Honors.

    Please note that Huw will be performing with the John S. Davies Singers on Saturday 13th July, and then on Friday19th July in his solo Lunchtime Recital in St. Teilo's Church

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  • Luke Jones
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    Luke Jones is an abundantly imaginative virtuoso who puts his phenomenal technical and interpretative apparatus in the service of musical substance - The St.Petersburg Times.

    Since he burst onto the Llandeilo Festival scene some three years ago Luke has been making his mark in major piano competitions¸ notably winning the Kerr Memorial Prize at the Royal Overseas League Annual Music Competition and First Prize at the Bromsgrove International Musicians Competition. Luke will include works by Prokoviev, Debussy and Chopin in his programme.

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  • The Swansea Bach Choir
    The Swansea Bach Choir was formed in 1965 with the aim of presenting the very best choral works from the past five centuries, to as wide a public as possible, and in as professional and authentic a manner as possible. Many of its forty members are trained singers, music students, and teachers of music.

    The choir is renowned for its performances of Baroque music, in particular the major works of Bach. Its performance of the Matthäus-Passion, given with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, was the first time this great masterpiece had been heard in Wales accompanied by a period orchestra. Other such 'firsts' include performances of Bach's Johannes-Passion and Mass in B Minor, Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610, Purcell's King Arthur, Messiah, and several of the late masses of Haydn, all accompanied by London-based period orchestras.

    At the other end of the historical spectrum the choir's performance of the Rachmaninov Vespers, the first by a Welsh choir, was highly acclaimed. It has also performed many twentieth century works, including major compositions by Pizzetti, Frank Martin, Howells, Britten, Duruflé and works by several Welsh composers.

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