A shared stage

Over the years Bridgend Male Choir has had the privilege of sharing the concert platform with both local and international choirs, musicians, singers and presenters including a few world famous artists:

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(2006) Katherine Jenkins

OBE (born 29 June 1980) is a Welsh lyric mezzo-soprano, singer and songwriter. She is a popular classical-crossover singer who performs across a spectrum of operatic arias, popular songs, musical theatre and hymns. After winning singing competitions in her youth, Jenkins studied at the Royal Academy of Music, modelled and taught voice. She came to wide public attention in 2003 when she sang at Westminster Cathedral in honour of Pope John Paul II's silver jubilee. Since 2004, she has released numerous albums that have performed well on British and foreign charts. In both 2005 and 2006, her albums received Classic Brit Awards as Album of the Year. She has also been seen widely in concert, including concerts for British troops in Iraq and Afghanistan; she has also sung at sporting events, on television shows and in support of many charities

2

(2007) Gwawr Edwards

(born 1984) is a Welsh concert soprano. Edwards is best known for her television and radio appearances, and has recorded with Bryn Terfel. Gwawr Edwards was born in Aberystwyth, into a farming family, and studied music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, graduating in 2006. She is a former winner of the Solo Competition at Llangollen International Eisteddfod. She has toured with Glyndebourne Opera and Only Men Aloud! She has performed as a soloist at events at the Royal Albert Hall, the Wales Millennium Centre and at Highgrove (for the Prince of Wales’ Trust Appeal).

3

(2008, 2009 & 2010) Helen-Jane Howells

Cornish-Welsh soprano Helen-Jane Howells began her musical life as a jazz singer and flautist. She spent five years as a secondary school music teacher and then embarked on a professional singing career with her debut as a soloist (Eve) at the Glyndebourne Festival in Jonathan Kent’s acclaimed production of The Fairy Queen. The performance went on to the Royal Albert Hall and then toured with Les Arts Florissants (William Christie) in Paris (Opéra Comique) and New York (BAM). She hasn't looked back since!

4

(2008 & 2009) Laura Parfitt

Born in Risca, South Wales Laura Parfitt began her studies at Welsh College of Music and Drama and then at the Royal Academy of Music, completing her studies at Dennis O’Neill’s Cardiff International Academy of Voice. She has won numerous prizes and sings regularly as a concert soloist and has performed at prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, St David’s Hall, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, and the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.

5

(2009) Shân Cothi

a Choir Patron, is a Welsh classical singer, presenter and actress. She was born and raised the daughter of a blacksmith in the village of Ffarmers in Carmarthenshire. She graduated in music and drama from the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and began her career as a music teacher at Caereinion High School, Powys, before moving to Ysgol Ystalyfera in Neath Port Talbot. In 1995 she won the Blue Riband prize at the Abergele National Eisteddfod which prompted her to turn professional. Her career as a singer has spanned a range of music styles, from opera to oratorio, music theatre to traditional Welsh songs and a host of contemporary projects working with musicians form different musical genres. Shân has performed throughout the world in a variety of venues from the Wales Millennium Centre to Her Majesty's Theatre, West End, to the Royal Albert Hall and the Kowloon Shanghai Hotel, Hong Kong.

6

(2004, 2005 & 2006) The Regimental Band of the Royal Welsh

is one of the very few all-brass bands within British Army Music, rawing players from the South Wales region’s rich brass band heritage and culture to its ranks. All musicians are members of the Army Reserve and commit to the Band around their civilian occupations. The Band has a versatility of style and repertoire both on the concert platform and on parade as a marching band. It has a continued presence at the Millennium Stadium performing to rugby fans Worldwide.

7

(2006, 2007 2010) Jennifer Walker

, Born in Birmingham, Jennifer displayed an exceptional talent for music at an early age. She graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with the highest possible honours in July 2006, winning almost all of the college’s prizes for both performance and academia followed by numerous prestigious prizes, including the Russel Sheppard Memorial Scholarship, Geraint Evans Scholarship and the Prize of the Province of Noord Brabant in the International Vocal Concours in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (Holland).

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(2006, 2007 &2008) Craig Yates

is originally from Birmingham, but has lived in Cardiff for around 15 years. He joined Only Men Aloud 13 years ago and has been with them ever since. He studied Singing at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and spent a year, training in St Petersburg, Russia. He has worked for Welsh National Opera, both as a singer and in their education and outreach department. Since 2008, he has been working for full time for Only Men Aloud and helps run Only Boys Aloud. He takes two OBA groups a week and is a leader of the Only Kids Aloud project.

9

(2007) The Band of the Royal Corps of Signals

is located at RAF Cosford, in The West Midlands, and is able to supply musical support around the world. Under recent changes within the Corps of Army Music the band now operates as a Brass Band and remains the primary public face of the Corps, performing to troops and entertaining both civilian and serving personnel on countless occasions worldwide. The variety of engagements has remained virtually unchanged since 1884, and the format for functions is as traditional as it ever has been. The band performs at many high profile public events at home and abroad, and can also be booked to perform at corporate events. In the past the band has performed at ceremonial events, such as public duties at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Stirling Castle.

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(2008) Richard Allen

a native of Loughor in South West Wales, Richard Allen is an Honours Graduate in Pure Mathematics from the University of Wales, Swansea. He currently teaches Mathematics at Ysgol Glan-Y-Môr School in Burry Port. Richard began singing as a chorister but has since developed as a solo artiste under the tuition of Jeanette Massocchi. He has been highly successful on the competitive stage with an impressive record in the Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales, the International Eisteddfod at Llangollen and the International Mozart Competition. His concert performances have been equally successful and appeared with the Welsh National Opera Chorus, the Opera School Wales and with many well known choirs, operatic and choral societies. Richard is in demand throughout Wales and beyond for his opera, oratorio and concert work.

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