1999 - 2000
8 October, 1999
The percussion quartet BackBeat was formed in 1995 by percussion solo Simone Rebeilo. In March 1997 Backbeat were the first percussion group to win the Royal Overseas League Ensemble Competition. They no broadcast regularly on Classic FM, and perform at prime venues such as t Purcell Room and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Their educational work includes leading Samba groups, and giving classes in composition an improvisation.
5 November, 1999
SIAN WYN GIBSON (mezzo-soprano), JOHN EIFION (tenor), ANNETTE BRYN PARRI (piano)
All three performers are well known at the National Eisteddfod where John Eifion has won the Tenor Solo five times. After studying at the RNC Sian worked with the Doyly Carte and Northern Opera Companies. Both Sian and John are now in great demand for concerts and oratorio; it is a pleasure to welcome back Annette Bryn Parni as their accompanist.
3 December, 1999
ORSINO PIANO TRIO
Each member of the Trio is a successful soloist in his own right, but sin 1996 they have thrived as an ensemble also. In 1998 the Trio took part i the Leeds International Concert Season, as well as playing to Music Societies throughout Britain. Pianist Tim Horton is a former pupil from Chetham's, and currently studies with Alfred Brendel. In 1999 he will performing concenti with the Bournemouth Sinfonietta and the RLPO.
14 January, 2000
ELIZAVETA KOPELMAN (piano)
Born in Moscow in 1974 to a musical family, Elizaveta graduated there 1991 having already performed as a soloist in major cities such as Moscow, Saratov and Lvov. In 1991 she came to the RNCM in Manchester, when she won the Piano Recital Prize. Since then she has given recitals at such venues such as the Purcell Room and the Wigmore Hall, and performed concerti throughout Britain and overseas. She was selected by YCA (Young Concert Artists Trust) in 1995.
18 February, 2000
ARIOSO (Baroque quintet)
There has been demand for some time for a Baroque programme. Here it is! 'Arioso' will be formed especially for this series of concerts fro amongst North Wales specialists in the field, including Gilian Radcliffe and Edward Davies on violins, and Helen Davies on the harpsichord. The evening will feature works by Purcell, Corelli, Scanlatti and others.
3 March, 2000
CORINNA HARRIS (clarinet), MARTIN COUSIN (piano)
Corinna comes to us under the auspices of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. A graduate of the Royal College of Music she is currently studying with Walter Boeykens in Belgium, and performs regularly as a soloist an chamber musician. She has also worked with distinguished conductors such as Ivan Fischer. Pierre Boulez and Claudio Abbado.
17 March, 2000
CRASDANT (traditional folk group)
It seems fitting to celebrate the first St David's Day of the Millennium with a distinctively Welsh programme. The intention is also to shed light on same of the links between classical and traditional music. The group will play instruments such as the fiddle, the crwth, the triple harp and the pibgorn and will be led by Stephen Rees (formerly of 'Ar Log') with Dan Morris.
All concerts took place at 7.3O pm in the hall of Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor