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Sue Taylor - Vice Chairman
Andrew Somers - Treasurer
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
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
studied music from an early stage, first on the piano and then the
violin. She gained a place at Royal College of Music London, where she
stayed for 3 years and then did a post graduate course at the Royal
Academy of Music, London. It was during this time that she changed to
the viola as she much preferred the sound and register of this mellow
In 1978 she was appointed to the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra (as it
was called then) and quickly progressed to the position of sub
principal viola. She left in 2000 to pursue other opportunities and to
increase her teaching hours which includes teaching privately and at
the Junior Conservatoire on Saturdays.
She also freelances and is an examiner for Trinity College, London.
More recently her commitments have involved coaching on the NCO
Owain Arwel Hughes CBE
has also established a major operatic career in America where she has
sung Susanna and Zerlina for the Metropolitan Opera, New York; Susanna
for the Santa Fe Opera; Pamina and Ad�le (Die Fledermaus) for the
Opera of Chicago; and Zerlina, Anne Trulove (The Rake s Progress) and
Adina (L Elisir d Amore) for San Francisco Opera.
Her forthcoming engagements include Liu (Turandot) at the Welsh
National Opera and Countess Almaviva at the Royal Opera House, Covent
In concert she has appeared at the Salzburg, Edinburgh, Tanglewood and
Ravinia Festivals and she is a regular guest at the BBC Proms. Her
engagements include the San Francisco Symphony with Tilson Thomas, the
Boston Symphony Orchestra with Tate, the Orchestra of the Age of
Enlightenment and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with Mackerras, the
London Symphony Orchestra and the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra with
Gardiner, the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra with Otaka and the Accademia
Santa Cecilia with Pappano.
In recital, she has sung at the Wigmore Hall, London; and the
Barcelona, Ravinia, Buxton, Belfast and Beaulieu-sur-Mer Festivals.
A Grammy Award winning artist, she has recorded prolifically including
Marzelline, Pamina and Gretel with Sir Charles Mackerras, Ilia with
David Parry and Laila with Brad Cohen (Chandos); Nanetta with Sir John
Eliot Gardiner (Philips); a series of Gilbert and Sullivan recordings
with Sir Charles Mackerras and a solo recording of Italian songs
(EMI). On television she has appeared on the BBC in Maestro
, as Belinda (Dido and Aeneas) and as host of her own series A
Touch of Classics .
Evans - Patron:
was born in South Wales and studied at the Guildhall School of Music
At the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, she has sung Mimi (La
Pamina (Die Zauberfl�te), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Despina (Cos� fan
tutte) and Johanna (Sweeney Todd) and at the Bayerische Staatsoper,
Munich, her roles have included Ginevra (Ariodante), Ilia (Idomeneo),
Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) and Zdenka
(Arabella). Elsewhere she has sung Despina at the Deutsche
Staatsoper, Berlin; Ilia for the Netherlands Opera and for the Opera de
Lausanne; the title role of The Cunning Little Vixen for
Scottish Opera and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Romilda (Xerxes),
Ginevra and Governess (The Turn of the Screw) for the English National
Opera. A favourite at the Welsh National Opera, her roles there have
included Mimi, Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Pamina, Ilia,
Marzelline (Fidelio), Norina (Don Pasquale) and Gretel (H�nsel und
to the highest level of music education for young people Owain Arwel
Hughes accepted the position of Music Director of the National Youth
Orchestra of Wales in 2003, the oldest such youth orchestra in the
He has held the titles of Associate Conductor of the Philharmonia
Orchestra, London, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Principal
Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. As Principal
Conductor of the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Denmark, he raised the
orchestra's profile with major recordings of Danish music. Acclaimed
for his direction of large scale choral works Owain Arwel Hughes had a
highly successful period as Conductor of the world famous Huddersfield
Choral Society between 1980 and 1986.
Owain Arwel Hughes enjoys a long-standing relationship with the
recording label BIS for whom he has recorded the entire orchestral,
concerto and choral output of Vagn Holmboe and all Rachmaninov's
symphonies and concertos. Recently released recordings include Holst's
Planets with the Royal Philharmonic, the complete Brahms symphonies and
overtures with the Stuttgart Philharmonic and the complete Tchaikovsky
piano/orchestral works with the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra. Releases
with BIS in 08/09 include the world premiere recordings of Schnittke’s
Concerto Grosso and Symphony No.9 with Cape Philharmonic Orchestra.
Future releases in 10/11 include Walton Symphony 1 and 2 with the
Orchestre National de Lille and a CD of the music of Arwel Hughes with
the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Arwel Hughes’ conducting commitments include the Royal Philharmonic
Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Newfoundland
Symphony Orchestra, Aalborg Symfoniorkester, BBC National Orchestra of
Wales, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Cape Philharmonic Orchestra,
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National de Lille.
Owain Arwel Hughes’ contribution to music has been marked with honorary
doctorates and fellowships at nine universities and conservatoires. In
2004 in recognition of his services to music and charity he was awarded
an OBE and in January 2009 he was the recipient of a CBE.
Owain Arwel Hughes CBE: Patron
Guest Conductor: Cape Philharmonic Orchestra
Music Director: Camerata Wales
Music Director: National Youth Orchestra of Wales
a career spanning 40 years, Owain Arwel Hughes has conducted and
recorded many of the world's leading orchestras. In November 2007, he
was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Cape Philharmonic
Orchestra with whom he has recently conducted and recorded the world
premiere of Schnittke's monumental choral work, Nagasaki. As Founder
and Artistic Director, Owain Arwel Hughes is the driving force behind
the success of the Cardiff Welsh Proms. Inaugurated in 1986, it has
become one of the major UK music festivals attracting orchestras and
leading artists from around the world.
Patricia has been a long term supporter of Music in the Vale
since its beginnings at Barry Leisure Centre! She has a love of
music and especially likes to hear young voices singing in welsh!
In 2010 she was asked to join the committee and has seen big changes in
the move of venue from Barry to Cowbridge. She is looking forward to
the challenges of the 2012 competition.
Taylor - Publicity:
studied at Cardiff College of Music & Drama and then taught in
London. After moving to Jamaica, she taught Music in a private school
there for 6 years. Upon her return to the UK, she moved to Landaff and
now lives in Llancarfan. Sheelagh taught in Rhydypenau Primary School
for 15 years. She is now enjoying her retirement and her
involvement with Music in the Vale maintains her lifelong interest in
Music and Young people.
Tarlton - Ex Officio Advisor:
Sally studied the piano and ‘cello at the Royal College of Music then
took a post-graduate r�p�titeur’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.