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Kristine Opolais

Photo Credit: Elena Nezenceva Kristine Opolais is one of the most sought after sopranos on the international scene today, appearing at the Metropolitan Opera New York, Wiener Staatsoper, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala and Royal Opera House Covent Garden. She is working with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Antonio Pappano, Daniel Harding,… Read more »

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The Cory Band

The Cory Band is recognised as one of Wales’s finest and most innovative music ensembles. The band made history in 2016 by becoming the first band to be Quadruple Champions – simultaneously holding the National, Open, European and Brass in Concert titles. However, the band has a long and illustrious history. Formed in 1884, it… Read more »

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Owain Arwel Hughes CBE

Owain Arwel Hughes has conducted and recorded with many of the world’s leading orchestras. Among his titles have been Associate Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra and Principal Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London; Associate Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Principal Conductor of the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Denmark; Principal Guest… Read more »

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Gregory Porter

What would be Gregory Porter’s highlights of the last three years? Maybe Liquid Spirit, the Californian jazz man’s third album, connecting with British audiences (it’s gone platinum) and that success being replicated around the world, with the 2013 release selling a million copies and becoming the most streamed jazz album ever. Or maybe Porter would… Read more »

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Only Boys Aloud: Côr y Gogledd

Only Boys Aloud made their first appearance at the opening of the National Eisteddfod in Ebbw Vale in 2010: we now have more than 200 teenage boys in 14 choirs across Wales who meet weekly at their local venue and come together for full rehearsals and concerts. In the last 12 months the boys have… Read more »

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Fron Male Voice Choir

The Fron Male Voice Choir celebrate their 70th Anniversary this year, and their history goes hand in hand with that of the Llangollen Eisteddfod. In 1946 the young men of Froncysyllte returning from the war wanted to participate in the International Eisteddfod, and in 1947 the Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir was formed to do just… Read more »

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Christopher Tin

Christopher Tin is an American composer, best known for his large-scale song cycles that combine multiple world-music vocal traditions in a symphonic context.  His best known song is the choral mega-hit ‘Baba Yetu’, a Swahili setting of The Lord’s Prayer popularized by the video game ‘Civilization IV’, which won a Grammy in 2011 for Best… Read more »

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Gareth Jones

Gareth Jones began his conducting career in 1990 as a member of the Music Staff at Welsh National Opera. While there he conducted an extensive range of repertoire including Un Ballo in Maschera, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Turandot, Nabucco, La Traviata, Ernani, Die Fledermaus, Eugene Onegin, The Yeomen of the Guard, Faust, La Bohème, Fidelio, Billy… Read more »

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Only Boys Aloud Academi

The Principality Only Boys Aloud Academi was established in 2011 to provide members of Only Boys Aloud showing particular musical promise access to expert and individual tuition more intensively than can be provided within the framework of general OBA rehearsals and performances. Aimed at the older boys in OBA aged between 16 and 19, there… Read more »

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Elin Manahan Thomas

Elin Manahan Thomas was born and bred in Swansea, and first studied Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Clare College, Cambridge, before turning to the world of music, and to performing and presenting. She is known for her interpretation of baroque music and made the world premiere recording of a newly-discovered Bach cantata in 2006 for… Read more »

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