On the 20th March the choir was privileged to be part of a concert in the superb setting of St Asaph Cathedral. The concert was a charity event was held to raise funds for the Robert Owen House in Broadgreen Heart and Chest Hospital, Liverpool.
Robert Owen House provides accommodation and support for relatives of patients undergoing treatment at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital , Broadgreen. The Robert Owen House was founded by Professor Robert Owen, who following his own surgery at the hospital realised that many patients lived a distance away and there was a need for on site accommodation. He noticed a house a short distance from the hospital and this became the present Robert Owen House. The house has 17 bedrooms ( 15 en suite) and lounges, kitchen and associated facilities. Relatives of patients come from a wide area of the UK, including North Wales, Scotland and also the Isle of Man. March 2015 marks its 20 year anniversary and funds raised will go to help its refurbishment.
Cor Meibion Colwyn have organised the concert as one of our charity commitments.
Also joining us in concert were two very talented soloists, Rhys Meirion and Elin Pritchard. This was a superb concert in the perfect acoustics of St Asaph Cathedral
RHYS MEIRION tenor has enjoyed international success in opera, concert hall, recording and national success in broadcasting. Joining the English National Opera on the Young Singers programme, he became a Company Principal in 2001- 2004, before becoming a freelance performer. His operatic roles include Rodolfo in La Boheme and Alfredo in La Traviata , the Duke in Rigoletto and many other varied principal tenor roles. Concert highlights include a gala concert with Bryn Terfel in the Royal Albert Hall, televised proms and the Karl Jenkins 70th Birthday Concert at the Carnegie Hall New York. Other international engagements include concert performances across the world as far apart as Hungary, Argentina and Australia, in addition to major events for Welsh Societies. Rhys is a regular presenter on Dechrau Canu, Dechrau Canmol and Radio Cymru. He remains very committed to his charity work especially for Ty Gobaith and the Wales Air Ambulance.
ELIN PRITCHARD soprano is a graduate from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama , Cardiff, National Opera Studio London and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she was awarded Master of Opera with distinction. In 2012 she won the W Towyn Roberts Scholarship at the National Eisteddfod. Her opera repertoire includes Violetta in La Traviata ( in 2014 with Scottish Opera), Micaela in Carmen, and international engagements including Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni in Finland, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte in Denmark in February- March 2015, from where she has returned for tonight’s concert. Future performances include two Puccini roles Giorgetta in Il tabarro and Nella in Gianni Schicchi at Opera Holland Park 2015. In the summer of 2015 she sings Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Buxton Festival. Concert performances include a range of oratorios including those by Mozart, Faure, Mendelssohn , Bruckner, Dvorak, amongst a range of other concerts