1991 - 1992
1 January, 1991
Formed in 1978 as a Ladies' Choir by their gifted director Jean Stanley-Jones of Wrexhazn, the Sirenian Singers have achieved international success. Extensive tours abroad have included visits to Brittany, Czechoslovakia and Hungary, where they won first prize in the Bartok Festival of 1988. In 1989 they won first prize at the Llangollen International Eisteddtod. In 1990 they became a mixed choir; in 1991 they began by winning the HTV Choral Competition at Corwen, and continued by winning the National Eisteddfod competition for mixed choirs of 41-60 voices. Future engagements include singing with Dennis OT'Ieill on BBC TV, and celebrating the opening of the Conway Tunnel in 1992!
Sponsored by Midland Bank, Dolgellau.
22 November, 1991
ELEFTHERIA KOTZIA (guitar)
Eleftheria Kotzia was born in Alexandroupolis in Greece, and studied at the National Conservatories in Athens and Paris. In 1977 she gained a schol-arship to take part in Juflan Bream's masterclass in Lichtenstein. In 1984 she came to study at the Guildlia]l School of Music in London, where she now lives. Acknowledged as the leading lady of the Greek guitar scene, she has performed and recorded in many countries, but always includes some traditional musical elements from her own country in her programmes. According to the American Record Guide, she is 'a wiz - a strong, sensuous player with bite and sass.' She goes on to the Wirral Festival from Dolgellau.
Sponsored by J. P. Williams-Jones, Bookseller, and Naughty Cat Handmade Cards, Dolgellau.
17 January, 1992
Three members of this internationally popular quartet have appeared previously in Dolgellau as members of the Bochmann Quartet, when they played in November 1987 in a memorable performance of Schubert's C major Quintet. With their new first violin and new name they have continued to be well received for their warmth of tone and presentation. These features were prominent in their appearance at the Barmouth Festival in 1990. In this concert they will be playing works by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Szymanowski, a programme which they will repeat in Binninghain and which should prove an unforgettable experience.
Sponsored by Captain Gwilym Lewis-Jones, C.B.E., RN., High Sheriff of Gwynedd.
21 February, 1992
READ GAINSFORD (piano)
After winning many prizes in his native New Zealand Read Gainsford came to Britain, where he is fast making a name for himself as one of the top young pianists in the country. In 1989 he won the prestigious Dudley National Piano Competition, and in June 1990 made his Wigmore Hall debut. He has since toured abroad and in the UK, and in July 1991 broadcast his first recital for Radio 3. In addition to his concert in Dolgellau, Read will be offering a workshop for young pianists.
Sponsored by Mary's Soft Furnishing, Fabric and Bedding, Dolgellau, and Milliput, Marian Mawr Estate, Dolgellau.
20 March, 1992
IMAGES (flute, harp and violin/viola)
Harpist Stephen Jones is a native of Criccieth and a former head pupil of Ysgol Eiflonydd, Porthmadog. He studied harp at the Royal College of Music with Marisa Robles, and is joined in this unusual trio by two friends and fellow former students. Sally Ann Ewms (flute) and Sarah Ewins (violin/ viola). The group's repertoire includes not only recital pieces but also their own arrangements of many well-known favourites from the fields of popular and classical music, so the season will surely end on a youthful and spirited note.
Sponsored by Erw Goed Landscapes, Arthog~ and Julie Hodgson M.A., Homeopath.
All concerts took place at 7.3O pm in the hall of Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor