1998 - 1999
9 October, 1998
Otis Brass was formed in 1994 at the Royal Northern College of Music, where all five members of the quintet have had great success as individuals also. Their programme will include a wide variety of classical and popular pieces, and will get the season off to a dynamic start.
6 November, 1998
SIAN MEINIR (mezzo-soprano), ANDREW GRJFFITHS (baritone), ANNETTE BRYN PARIU (piano)
There is no need to introduce Sian Meinir to a Dolgellau audience. Her rich voice, and intense and truthful interpretations, have won her many friends. Andrew Griffiths won the Osborne Roberts Blue Riband at the Aberystwyth National Eisteddfod in 1992, and has just become Llangollen International Young Singer of the Year for 1998. Annette is one of Wales's leading accompanists. All of which promises a feast...
4 December, 1998
ZI LAN LL'O (Chinese harp and dance)
Here's something new - and ancient. (The ku chen', the Chinese harp, is over 2,000 years old.) The performances of Zi Lan Liao have already had widespread appeal in Wales, and you may have heard her on the soundtrack of 'The Last Emperor', or appearing with Nigel Kennedy. So come and try this rather different musical and visual experience. A workshop for students is also planned.
20 January, 1999
JOHN LENEHAN (piano) - 'Baroque to Boogie'
John Leneban is one of our most sought-after and experienced musicians. He has performed throughout the world, appears regularly on Radio 3, and sofarbasmorethan30CDstohisnaine. In l998 he will be giving recitals in Australia and Hong Kong with Julian Lloyd Webber, and in Vienna and Milan with Kennedy. His programme will start with Bach, and end with Fats Wailer and Gershwin. Don't miss out on a chance to hear him!
12 February, 1999
MARY-LOUISE A1TKEN (soprano) KEVIN THRAVES (piano)
Winner of the 1995 Llangollen International Young Singer of the Year Award, Mary-Louise Aitken comes to us under the auspices of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. Having already won acclaim at the RNCM she has sung at Glyndebourne and many other festivals, and will be performing a solo role in WNO's 1998/9Season.
26 February, 1999
BELCEA STRING QUARTET
Since its formation at the RCM in 1994 the Belcea Quartet has been hailed as having 'the potential to be the best British quartet since the Endellion' (The Strand, 1997). In 1997/S they have performed frequently on Radio 3, as well as in London, Paris and Argentina. Their programme will include works by Haydn and Schubert, and a 20th-century quartet. This should be an exceptionally dynamic and exciting concert.
19 March, 1999
This talented trio play nearly 20 instruments between them, including flute, piano and percussion. The core of their programme will be a skilful arrangements of classical favorites, a formula which should bring the season to a lively close as well as appealing to our younger members. An afternoon workshop for schools is also planned.
All concerts took place at 7.3O pm in the hall of Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor