Castor Voices

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Lisa Dafydd

Mae’r soprano Lisa Dafydd ar fin cychwyn ei phedwerydd blwyddyn yng Ngholeg Cerdd Brenhinol y Gogledd yn astudio llais ac opera o dan arweiniaeth ei thiwtor, Hilary Summers.

O Rhuthun yn wreiddiol, mae Lisa wedi perfformio fel unawdydd mewn llu o gyngherddi yn lleol a dros y ffin, gan gynnwys Gwyl Gerdd Rhyngwladol Gogledd Cymru yn 2017 a 2018, a Gwyl Winchester yn 2019. Bu Lisa hefyd yn ddigon lwcus i gael bod yn rhan o gorws yr opera The Pilgrim’s Progress gan Vaughan Williams a berfformiwyd yn y coleg yn 2019.

Gwobrwyd Lisa ag Ysgoloriaeth Mary Violet Lewis i’r soprano mwyaf addawol yn yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol yn Llanrwst 2019 ar ôl ennill yr ail wobr yng nghystadleuaeth yr Unawd Soprano rhwng 19 ac o dan 25 oed.

Mae Lisa hefyd yn aelod o ‘Castor Voices’, chwechawd wedi ei ffurfio gan chwe soprano o’r coleg cerdd. Aeth y chwechawd draw i’r Eglwys Gadeiriol yn Llanelwy ym mis Tachwedd 2019 i gymeryd rhan mewn cyngerdd gyda Chôr Meibion Trelawnyd, Côr Meibion Glyndwr ac artistiaid erail. Yn ogystal â hyn mae Lisa yn aelod brwdfrydig o Aelwyd Maceinion, ac mae hi wrth ei bodd yn cael cymdeithas Gymraeg ym Manceinion.

Yn ystod y misoedd nesaf mi fydd Lisa yn gweithio tuag at ddatganiad gerddorol unawdol yn y coleg, ac mae hi hefyd yn aelod o gast yr opera ‘The Cunning Little Vixen’ gan Janáček, a fydd yn cael ei berfformio yn y coleg ym mis Rhagfyr.

Ruby Hendry

Ruby is a twenty-one-year-old Soprano currently in her third year of training at the Royal Northern College of Music with renowned coloratura soprano Sandra Dugdale. Ruby is privileged to have a wealth of performing experience and has taken part in concerts both in a choir and as a soloist, alongside numerous appearances in musical theatre.

Despite her young years, Ruby has performed the soprano solo in Vivaldi’s Gloria for the European Union Chamber Orchestra and as a guest artist for BBC Radio Leeds on their Christmas broadcast. She has also performed in masterclasses for singers such as Sir Thomas Allen and Susan Bullock. During her first year of college, Ruby auditioned successfully for the RNCM Chamber Choir and has since performed in numerous concerts with them.

In October 2018 Ruby was selected by the RNCM to represent them at the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Society Bursary for Young Singers where she competed against singers from colleges all around the country.

In addition to this she made her RNCM opera debut in March 2019 in Vaughan Williams’ The Pilgrims Progress.

In January 2020 Ruby won the Durrant French Song Prize at the David Clover Festival of Singing in Sheffield and most recently was announced as a winner of the 2020 Pendle Young Musicians Bursary, open to musicians in the north of England.

In her spare time, Ruby loves going home to her beloved home county of Yorkshire and taking long walks in the beautiful countryside.

Alice Henery

Alice is a 22 year old soprano currently in her third year of study at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of Sarah Rhodes. Alice has gained extensive experience performing both as a soloist and as a choir/ensemble member.

Her introduction to opera was in the chorus of Tosca, as part of the Celebrate Voice Festival 2016. Following this, Alice made her RNCM opera debut in December 2018 in Suor Angelica.

As a soloist Alice has performed recitals both in and out of RNCM, solo performances in a tour of churches in Tuscany, masterclasses at the RNCM, and has been a regular soloist with choirs.

Alice’s love of singing developed through performing in choirs throughout her childhood but it was as a member of the Godolphin Vocal Ensemble that her passion developed. Alice was fortunate to regularly sing in Salisbury Cathedral and also at prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Barbican. The Vocal Ensemble won the Bernardo’s Choir of the year competition in 2015, and were semi-finalists in the Songs of Praise School Choir of the year in 2016. A particular highlight for Alice was singing the Benedictus solo in the premier of a Missa Brevis composed especially for the choir by Douglas Coombes. Singing with Castor Voices has been a particularly exciting project for Alice and she has particularly loved working with talented sopranos in a small ensemble.

Alice is passionate about taking music into the community. Since 2019 she has worked with the charity LIME Music for Health taking music directly to patients at Manchester Children's Hospital. She has also performed in care homes and participated in music workshops for those with dementia.

Alice is currently working on new repertoire for her third year recital at the RNCM, and learning to embrace virtual performances! When Alice is not singing she enjoys sailing (working towards her Yachtmaster qualification), looking after guide dog puppies, and running – she is participating in the next Manchester Marathon whenever it finally happens!

Tesni Jones

Mae Tesni Jones yn soprano un ar hugain oed yn wreiddiol o Lanelwy. Mae hi ar hyn o bryd yn ei thrydedd flwyddyn yn astudio gradd cerddoriaeth yng Ngholeg Cerdd Frenhinol y Gogledd ym Manceinion. Mae hi'n cael ei dysgu ar hyn o bryd gan soprano, Deborah Rees, a chyn hynny gan mezzo-soprano, Ann Atkinson, yng Nghanolfan Gerdd William Mathias yn Ninbych.

Mae Tesni yn unawdydd profiadol. Mae’i hanes o waith fel unawdydd yn cynnwys cymryd rhan yng Ngŵyl Gerddorol Ryngwladol Gogledd Cymru 2017, perfformio fel aelod o'r 'RNCM Songsters', tîm o un ar bymtheg o gantorion a chyfeilyddion sy'n arbenigo mewn song repertoire wedi'u lleoli ym Manceinion. Mae hi hefyd yn canu yn aml yn Eglwys Gadeiriol Llanelwy er cymorth elusennau lleol, megis Hosbis Sant Kentigern.

Mae'r Eisteddfod Genedlaethol wedi chwarae rhan fawr yn nhaith Tesni fel unawdydd. Dyfarnwyd y lle 1af i Tesni yng nghystadleuaeth unawd i ferched 16-19 oed yn yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol yn y blynyddoedd 2016 a 2017. Yn ystod haf 2018, cafodd Tesni ei ddewis i gystadlu yn y Wobr Goffa Osborne Roberts ar lwyfan Canolfan y Mileniwm yng Nghaerdydd, ac enillodd yr Ysgoloriaeth Goffa Violet Mary Lewis am y perfformiad soprano mwyaf addawol.

Fodd bynnag, mae yn y RNCM cafodd Tesni ei phrofiad cyntaf fel aelod o gast opera. Roedd hi’n aelod o’r corws yn The Pilgrim's Progress gan Vaughn Williams yn 2019. Perfformiad operatig nesaf Tesni yw The Cunning Little Vixen, gan Janáček. Mae hi wedi cael ei ddewis i ganu’r rolau Cricket a Frantík yn theatr operatig yr RNCM.

Mae Tesni wedi bod yn perfformio'n rheolaidd gyda'i grŵp ensemble lleisiol chwe rhan, Castor Voices, drwy gydol ei hamser yn y RNCM. Mae hi yn mwynhau dysgu cerddoriaeth a repertoire newydd gyda grŵp mor dalentog o gerddorion, a ffrindiau. Fel grŵp maent yn mwynhau perfformio mewn cartrefi gofal lleol o amgylch Manceinion, gan eu bod yn credu mai dyma ffordd berffaith o rannu eu diddordebau cerddorol gydag aelodau mor fendigedig o'r gymuned.

Mae Tesni bellach yn gweithio tuag at ei pherfformiad diwedd blwyddyn yn y RNCM a gynhelir y flwyddyn yma ym mis Tachwedd. Ar hyn o bryd mae hi’n canolbwyntio'n gyffredinol ar ehangu ei repertoire cerddorol ac ennill mwy a mwy o brofiad fel cerddor a pherfformiwr.

Charlotte Kennedy

Charlotte Jane Kennedy is a young soprano going into her fourth year at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where she is on the Vocal Studies and Opera Course under the tutelage of Sandra Dugdale.

Charlotte began singing from a young age and joined St James Church Choir at the age of 8, where she still enjoys singing when she is back from Manchester. At school, Charlotte was a member of the Chamber Choir and a small female ensemble who performed regularly at school events. She also took part in musical productions, where her most notable roles included Cosette in Les Misérables, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance and Maria in West Side Story. Charlotte was awarded Riddlesdown Collegiate Singer of the Year in 2013, 2015 and 2016 and Riddlesdown Collegiate Musician of the Year in 2017.

Since beginning her studies, Charlotte has plunged herself into musical life in Manchester. In 2018, Charlotte took on the role of Phyllis in Iolanthe with Manchester Universities Gilbert and Sullivan Society where she received fantastic reviews for her singing and this year prepared the role of Constance in The Sorcerer which was due to be performed in March prior to the Covid-19 crisis. At the RNCM, Charlotte enjoyed being in the chorus of their 2019 production of Vaughan Williams' The Pilgrim's Progress and more recently performed scenes (albeit virtually) from Der Freischütz as Agathe and Le Nozze di Figaro as Susanna. Charlotte has worked as a steward for two consecutive summers at The Dartington International Summer School and has previously enjoyed working daily with Dame Felicity Lott in her Vocal Masterclass. Charlotte continues to place choral music as an important part of her musical development and has cherished being a member of vocal sextet Castor Voices. She is also a member of the renowned Hallé choir in Manchester and performs regularly at The Bridgewater Hall.

Lucy Mullin

Lucy Mullin is a vocal studies student in her third year at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of world-renowned soprano, Eiddwen Harrhy. With Eiddwen, Lucy is working hard on becoming a versatile singer however she particularly enjoys singing the music of Handel and Mozart. Lucy is lucky to have a wealth of performing experience as a soloist and chorister as well as many Musical Theatre roles.

In 2010, Lucy was accepted into the Halle Children’s Choir where her love for singing was nurtured, she is currently one of only two choristers to work their way through the entire Halle Choral Ensembles ending her Halle career in the Halle Choir. Lucy was lucky to perform multiple solos for the Halle Chorus including the soprano solo in Beethoven’s Mass in C accompanied by the Halle Youth Orchestra. Through her 9 years with the Halle Ensembles, Lucy recorded multiple award-winning CDs, performed at the BBC proms and countless world premieres.

When Lucy was accepted into the National Youth Choir of Great Britain she was delighted to work alongside some of the best choristers from around the UK. Notable performances with NYCGB include opening night of the BBC Proms (2018) and the Edinburgh International Festival (2018) as well as performing multiple times at the Snape Maltings Proms. Last summer, Lucy worked alongside DCINY to record Handel’s Messiah, which was released in early 2020. In December 2019, Lucy made her solo debut at the Royal Albert Hall by opening their Christmas concert ‘Carols at the Royal Albert Hall’. Lucy was looking forward to a summer singing with NYCGB at the World Choral Symposium in New Zealand, the Three Choir’s Festival and the BBC Proms however, these were unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19.

Through her time at RNCM, Lucy has made her operatic debut in the chorus of Vaughn William’s The Pilgrim’s Progress. She has also performed with the Manchester Universities Gilbert and Sullivan Society in the Addams Family and was looking forward to performing in The Sorcerer in April. Lucy has found a love for outreach work in her role within RNCM’s Learning and Participation Department in addition to volunteering with Together Dementia Support and performing in their weekly ‘Concert in the Lounge’. She also regularly performs at fundraising dinners for charities in her hometown of Bolton. Through the formation of Castor Voices, Lucy has developed a love for chamber music and performing in a close-harmony ensemble. She enjoys the challenge of finding new repertoire that will suit the group across all genres of music. Her favourite part of singing with Castor Voices, is having the opportunity to perform alongside her best friends! Although enjoying recording remotely, Lucy is looking forwards to next year when hopefully they can get back to performing together in person.