1994 - 1995
4 October, 1994
GAYATHRIE PEIRIS (mezzo-soprano), ALED HALL (tenor) and ANDREW SMITH (piano)
These three talented young musicians, all at present based on the Royal Academy of Music in London, have already achieved notable successes. In 1993 Aled and Gayathrie were 2nd and 3rd in the Llangollen International Young Singer of the Year Competition, and AIed won the Blue Riband at the Lampeter Eisteddfod. In 1994 AIed was a finalist in the Wales Singer of the Year Competition, and Gayathrie herself became Llangollen Young Singer of the Year. Andrew has won many accompaniment prizes at the Academy. This promises to be a vocal concert of outstanding quality.
Sponsored by Carreg Dressage, and Hen gwrt Garden Cottage Kennels and Cattery.
7 October, 1994
Although based in Porthmadog just down the road', this will be the first appearance in Dolgellau of this very successful mixed choir. They have competed in every National Eisteddfod since their formation in 1986, winning 1st prize in Llanrwst in 1989. In 1992 they became 'Choir of Choirs' in the Gwyl Fawr Aberteifi. They have performed on TV and radio, and a new cassette is on the way (following their first for Sam in 1991). Soloists from amongst the choir will also contribute to the evening's programme.
Sponsored by Evan Owen, Independent Financial Adviser.
2 December, 1994
THE BRYN CONSORT
We have been hoping to have an 'early music group' for some time, and the Bryn Consort - a group of 5 musicians from the Colway Bay area - should fulfill this need admirably. They specialize in music of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods, and the first half of their programme will be in costume, allowing us to hear a wide range of early recorders, percussion and reed instruments. The programme as a whole will reflect the arrival of the festive season.
Sponsored by Partridge Opticians and Felin Crewi Water Mill.
27 January, 1995
ANDREW WILDE (piano)
Andrew Wilde lives in Manchester and studied at Chethams and the RNCM. Since his London debut in 1986 with the London Philharmonic, he has appeared as soloist with most of the important London and regional orchestras. His all-Haydn CD release in 1992 for Collins Classics achieved considerable critical acclaim, as did his recent Wigmore Hall recital broadcast live on Radio 3. In Dolgellau he will be playing Haydn's Variations in F minor, Schubert's Sonata in G Op.78, and the great Chopin Sonata No. 3 in B minor.
Sponsored by Lion Milk Bar, Dolgellau.
10 February, 1995
NOSSEK STRING QUARTET
After a gap of some years we are now able to hear two string quartets in a row! The first comes with the support of the Countess of Munster Trust. The Nossek Quartet was formed at the RNCM in Manchester in 1988, and won the intercollegiate Beethoven Prize in 1991. Since then the Quartet has performed extensively round Britain, and has toured France, Italy and Spain. They recently gave their first broadcast on Radio 3.
26 February, 1995
HAMMIG STRING QUARTET with MICHAEL GREENWOOD (clarinet)
The Hammig Quartet consists of four young professionals who came together in 1989 both to give concerts and to perform in more informal settings. They have already been well-received on several occasions in North Wales. Their programme in Dolgellau will include a classical quartet, a 20th-century work, and the Brahms Clarinet Quintet.
Sponsored by Walter Lloyd Jones, Dolgellau.
24 March, 1995
RUSKIN ENSEMBLE (Jane Gomm, violin; Stephen Stirling, horn; Frank Mulder, piano)
Formed in London in 1984, the Ruskin Ensemble has given several successful tours in Wales, including concerts in Welsh Castles and Country Houses in 1988. Their rich combination of instruments gives many varying possibilities for duo and trio items. In Dolgellau their programme will include sonatas for violin and horn, and will end with the Brahms Horn Trio.
Sponsored by Yr Hen Efail and Borthwnog Hall Hotel.
All concerts took place at 7.3O pm in the hall of Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor