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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!
Our 2018 Officials are:-
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
As an orchestral pianist, Sharon has performed regularly with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and from 1999 to 2001, was the accompanist of the BBC National Chorus of Wales.
Sharon is currently a Vocal Coach at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and is Head of Keyboard at the United World College of the Atlantic.
She is also a member of the examining panel for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
Peter Esswood’s musical career has been of a varied and distinguished; singer, conductor, cellist, a member of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and frequent guest of the Philharmonia. As a member of the Ariosi String Quartet he appeared on BBC Television in Top of the Pops, Everyman and Horizon. In a solo capacity he has recorded incidental music for BBC Television and Radio programmes including Timewatch, The Artist’s Eye, Doctors To Be and The Sea.
His work with orchestras has received wide acclaim and includes: Conductor in Residence for the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Symphony Orchestra, Singapore in 2006 and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Junior Department Symphony Orchestra 2007-08. A Professor of Orchestral Training at the Royal College of Music Junior Department until 1997 and Head of Strings at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama from 1972-2012.
Peter has adjudicated at many prestigious festivals including the Audi Junior Musician, BBC Young Musician, Music for Youth, Pro Corda National Chamber Music Festival for Schools and the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, the world’s largest competitive music and drama festival. He is also a diploma examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and was Joint Artistic Director of the Lower Machen Festival, a post held for 7 years until 2017.
His work as a performer and teacher has been recognized internationally giving masterclasses and coaching in the UK and abroad including Shanghai, Helsinki, Tampere, Weimar, Switzerland and Singapore.
Peter has been chair of the European String Teachers Association (ESTA) UK Branch and member of the International Board of Directors. He continues to pursue an active career giving concerts as Conductor of the Welsh Chamber Players formed in 2012.
Born in Glamorgan, Sharon graduated from the University of Wales and continued her studies at the University of Keele, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio.
She began her career as a repetiteur with Welsh National Opera Studio and went on to work for Glyndebourne Festval Opera, Opera North, English Touring Opera and Icelandic Opera, working with many eminent conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Charles Mackerras and Carlo Rizzi.
Simon Phillippo studied at the Royal Academy of Music, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and the National Opera Studio. He is currently Head of Keyboard Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, a post he has held since 2015. He was a member of the music staff at Welsh National Opera for fourteen years, where his conducting engagements included Rigoletto, Madam Butterfly, La bohème, Tosca, Ariadne auf Naxos, Il trovatore, Moses in Egypt, The Cunning Little Vixen, La traviata, Nabucco and The Magic Flute. Also at WNO Simon was Chorus Master for the first UK staging of Handel’s Jephtha and the world premiere of James MacMillan’s The Sacrifice. Other opera engagements have included Madam Butterfly and Tosca with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall; and Don Giovanni, Carmen, The Barber of Seville, Tosca and La Cenerentola as Music Director of Opera Brava. He has also worked with Opera Europa, Opera Holland Park and European Chamber Opera. In concert he has led the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the orchestras of WNO and Opera North, Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra, Mozart Festival Orchestra, and the Helios Orchestra, of which he was Artistic Director and Principal Conductor. He has presented talks for BBC Radio 3, and at Liverpool Hope University and Rose Bruford College, and has been an Associate Lecturer at Cardiff University. Simon is a leading authority on British composer Robert Simpson, and is currently working on a new performance edition of Simpson’s piano and chamber music, published by Ricordi.
Born in Edinburgh, Angela trained at Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where she studied piano, harpsicord and voice. She began her professional life working extensively as a pianist and repetiteur, broadcasting frequently on BBC radio as accompanist for many singers and instrumentalists. As an orchestral pianist and choral trainer, she has worked extensively with BBC SSO and Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and was for seven years, assistant chorus master to the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, working with many orchestras and leading conductors, including: Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Simon Rattle and Jiri Behloavalek, amongst others. She has a strong interest in contemporary opera and works regularly with the award winning company Music Theatre Wales as repetiteur and vocal coach.
Prior to her appointment as Head of Opera Vocal Performance, Angela was for 15 years vocal coach within the Music Department at RWCMD. She established the College’s Opera Performance course, developing close and continuous collaboration with the Welsh National Opera. Within her current role, she continues to coach many singers and pianists for operatic and concert work.
She is a long standing and experienced examiner to the ABRSM and a frequent adjudicator. Angela is also a panellist for the live audition round of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and is She is a Senior Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.