TEA WITH… SONGS FROM THE SHOWS
Wednesday 11th March 2020 - 3:30 pm
This increasingly popular Clonter event will consist of an afternoon tea, followed by an hour of songs from musicals.
John Ieuan Jones (Baritone)
John Ieuan Jones is in his final year of masters at the Royal Northern College of Music, taught by Matthew Best.
Operatic roles at the RNCM include; Betto (Gianni Schicchi), Watchful (The Pilgrim’s Progress), Pandolfe (Cendrillon), Lord Ellington (La Vie Parisienne) and Harry Easter (Street Scene). Earlier this year, Ieuan performed as a Flemish Deputy in Don Carlo with Grange Park Opera and sang the title role in Brundibar with WNO.
As an in demand concert singer, Ieuan has performed throughout the UK, in Europe and the USA and has been a guest soloist in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, the Bridgewater Hall and the Millennium Centre Cardiff.
Catrin Woodruff (Soprano)
Sussex-based Welsh soprano Catrin Woodruff has recently completed her studies at The Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she studied with Wilma MacDougall and was a grateful recipient of funding from the RCS Trust, The Countess of Munster Trust and the Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarship Trust. She previously studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and the University of York. Operatic roles include Belinda Dido and Aeneas, Thérèse Les Mamelles de Tirésias (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), Eltruda The Masque of Alfred, Beatrice Much Ado About Nothing (Northern Opera Group), CarolinaIl Matrimonio Segreto, Elvira L’Italiana in Algeri (Pop-up Opera), Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera dei Lumi), Dido Dido & Aeneas (Brighton Early Music Festival), and Kate Pinkerton Madama Butterfly (Bergen National Opera). Catrin was recently the winner of the Norma Grieg French Song Prize at the RCS, and was runner-up at Llangollen Musical Eisteddfod International Voice of the Future 2017. Also at home on the concert platform, recent oratorio engagements include Britten’s War Requiem at York Minster, Haydn’s Nelson Mass with RCS Voices, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony with Eastbourne Choral Society and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor at Paisley Abbey. Forthcoming engagements include a series of performances of Peter Grimes with Bergen National Opera, including a new recording for Chandos, a concert of Baroque repertoire with Woodbridge Choral Society, a Samling Artists masterclass and concert at the Sage Gateshead and Brahms’ German Requiem at Paisley Abbey. Catrin is delighted to be returning to Clonter after participating in the 2019 Spring Opera Showcase and the 2017 Musical Theatre Day Workshops.
Robin Humphreys (Accompanist)
Robin Humphreys is a graduate of the University of Birmingham and a holder of the prestigious Diploma in Professional Performance from the Royal Northern College of Music, where he studied piano accompaniment with David Lloyd. Appearing in concert both as a soloist and an accompanist for over 35 years, he now pursues a successful career as an accompanist and répétiteur, the breadth of his repertoire being reflected in television and radio broadcasts ranging from BBC Radio 3 to Emmerdale! At the RNCM, Robin is a senior music coach within the School of Vocal Studies, for whom he was also chief répétiteur on the majority of college productions from the late 1990s until 2013. He has appeared with the Manchester Camerata in the world premiere of “A Feast of Fables” by Paul Reade, has been Musical Director for Feelgood Theatre Productions and, from 1990-2000, Opera & Concert Productions (Worldwide) Ltd with whom he toured throughout the Gulf, the Indian sub-continent and the Far East. Robin has a particularly close association with Clonter Opera Theatre in Cheshire, where he regularly works as Assistant Musical Director and Accompanist. He is also an accompanist member of the British & International Federation of Festivals.
Wed 11th March
Tea Served 3.30pm
Performance 4 – 5pm
Tues 10th March
This is a ‘relaxed’ performance, which was introduced to offer people in care homes, or for those being cared for at home, and their carers, something to go to together during the day. This opportunity has also been extended to those with other disabilities.
A ‘relaxed performance’ is intended specifically to be sensitive to, and accepting of, audience members who may benefit from a more relaxed environment, including (but not limited to) those with autistic spectrum conditions, anyone with sensory and communication disorders or learning disabled people.
Tickets £19.50 (Carers come free – one per person)
Tea Served 3.30pm
Performance 4 – 5pm
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