Ensemble performance: Ar Noson fel Heno – Robat Arwyn
Ruby Hendry: Ave Maria – Schubert
Charlotte Kennedy: In the Bleak Midwinter
Tesni Jones: Wiegenlied – Brahms
Charlotte Kennedy & Lucy Mullin: Hansel and Gretel Evening Prayer – Humperdinck
Lisa Dafydd: Ceidwad Byd
Alice Henery: Maria Wiegenlied – Reger
Lucy Mullin: Silent Night
Ensemble performance: Hwiangerdd Mair
Castor Voices Biographies
Castor Voices were formed in 2018 at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Formed of six Sopranos, the girls are all first study singers under various world-renowned tutors and individually regularly perform with organisations such as The Halle Chorus, RNCM Songsters and The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain.
The girls noticed the range of music available and written for male voice groups and the abundance of such ensembles in the industry. They also noticed a lack of female representation and SSA choral music and therefore decided to create an all-female ensemble, highlighting the importance of women in choral music. Since their formation the group has mastered a wide range of repertoire, from Renaissance Polyphony to The Andrews Sisters. They pride themselves on their high-quality performances which really aim to prove the beauty of the female voice.
Castor Voices made their concert debut at St Joseph's Home in Manchester and have since performed at a wide range of events, including the North Wales international Music Festival fundraising concert in November 2019 at St Asaph Cathedral. The girls were booked for their first RNCM 2020 spotlight concert entitled ‘There’s no place like home’, bringing together music from their home counties all across the UK and combining it with music they had learnt together as a group during their time spent together at university. However due to COVID-19, this engagement was sadly cancelled as well as all other upcoming live performance opportunities for the group.
Castor Voices is delighted, however, to have been invited by the North Wales International Music Festival to participate in their online Christmas concert 2020. It’s been a complete joy for the group to be able to work on new music together again, especially during a period which has been such a challenging time for the arts. They thoroughly hope you enjoy listening to their programme of festive tunes as much as they enjoyed learning and recording them.
From all of us in Castor Voices; Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!