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Sally studied the piano and ‘cello at the Royal College of Music then took a post-graduate répétiteur’s course at The London Opera Centre. She worked in London for many years as an accompanist and coach and played for several opera groups and large choirs as well as regularly accompanying singing master classes. She also played harpsichord continuo for many different choral societies.
She was a founder member of the Helios Orchestra in London and appeared with them in many concerts including the Purcell Room at the South Bank. She has also performed piano concertos with the Dinas Powys Orchestra including Beethoven’s Triple Concerto.
Emma was born in Barry where she received tuition in piano, violin and voice. In 1999 she moved to London to study for a four year music degree at Trinity College of Music. During her studies she gave recitals both as a soloist and as part of ensembles in various locations in and around London, these included a College production of Stephen Sondheim’s ‘A Little Night Music’ and ‘The Philip Lawrence Awards’, a Home Office event staged in London’s West End and presented by Sir Trevor McDonald. Upon completion of her degree Emma moved back to Barry to pursue a busy career in music. She is the accompanist for Barry Male Voice Choir and is Musical Director for BillBoard Ensemble Theatre Company and also for Barry Community Choir (formerly Barry Choral Society). She runs her own private teaching practice and also works as a peripatetic teacher in Cardiff and Vale schools for the music education service CAVMS. She is also a busy working mother, having welcomed her first child in 2014!
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Sally now lives in Llantwit Major and works as an accompanist and teacher as well as performing with her violinist husband and professional colleagues. They have played in Brecon, North Wales and Norfolk and often give concerts in the Cardiff area. They have recently been joined in concerts by their young son who is a talented ‘cellist.
Sally was accompanist for the Cowbridge Amateur Operatic Society for nine years and was musical director for their performance of “Yeoman of the Guard”.
She is the accompanist for the 90 strong Cardiff Bach Choir and plays continuo in their concerts. She is also one of the official accompanists for ‘Music in the Vale’. She gives piano lessons at the Cathedral School, Llandaff and has an extensive private teaching practice.
Siân studied at Leeds University where she won the accompanist prize. She subsequently studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, specialising in piano accompaniment and won the Friends of RWCMD [Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama] prize.
In 1993 Sian became the accompanist for the South Wales Male Choir, Côr Meibion De Cymru, and has performed with them at the Sydney Opera House and on tours in Canada, USA, Germany, France, Scandinavia, Hungary, Poland and Spain. She also toured Russia and the Ukraine with the Richard Williams Singers. She has been the guest accompanist for the Association of Welsh Male Voice Choirs at the Royal Albert Hall and at the Wales Festival of Remembrance at St David's Hall, Cardiff.
Siân has accompanied leading Welsh artists such as Gwyn Hughes Jones, Rebecca Evans, Shân Cothi, Charlotte Church and Rhys Meirion in concert. She has also accompanied Rebecca Evans and Stuart Burrows in recital and accompanied masterclasses given by Stephen isserlis, Julian Lloyd Webber, Jac von Steen and Emmanuel Siffert.
Siân has arranged several pieces for brass band and male voice choirs. She is presently a member of staff at the Wales International Academy of Voice, accompanying the Saturday academy directed by Patricia O'Neill.
Rhiannon Pritchard: graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2009. She has already had many solo, accompanying, repetiteuring and chamber group opportunities, taking part in many recitals, concerts and masterclasses. She was awarded the Seligman Award for her work as a repetiteur and vocal coach with Welsh National Youth Opera in 2008, adding to the RWCMD Mansel Thomas prize and Accompanist Prize. More recently, she won Gwobr Goffa Eleri Evans, the accompanist prize at the National Eisteddfod 2010 in Ebbw Vale, and she and Richard Vaughan also won the Instrumental Duet competition at the same Eisteddfod
Rhiannon was accepted for the late Yehudi Menuhin’s musician scheme, Live Music Now, in 2009, and performs all over the country. Other accompanying roles include the Urdd Eisteddfod Opening Concert, the Bryn Terfel Scholarship in 2011, 2012 and 2013, Cyfle Cothi and Llais i Gymru for S4C and Radio Cymru. Her choral accompanying roles include CF1, Cardiff Blues Choir, City Voices Cardiff and Morriston RFC Male Voice Choir and she has travelled to South Africa, America, Canada, Spain and Italy