Lisa Dafydd Soprano
Dafydd Jones Tenor
Tesni Jones Soprano
Steffan Dafydd Baritone
Accompanist - Elain Rhys
Programme – Young singers from Côr Cytgan Clwyd
Non Disperar - Handel (Lisa Dafydd)
An die Musik - Franz Schubert (Steffan Dafydd)
Che soave zeffiretto – Mozart (Tesni Jones a Lisa Dafydd)
Sopra L’acqua Indormenzada – Hahn (Dafydd Jones)
Air du Nina – Massenet (Tesni Jones)
Hywel a Blodwen – Joseph Parry (Dafydd Jones a Lisa Dafydd)
Salm 23 – Euros Rhys Evans (Tesni, Lisa, Steffan, Dafydd)
The soprano Lisa Dafydd is about to embark on her fourth year at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester studying voice and opera under the guidance of her tutor, Hilary Summers.
Originally from Ruthin in North Wales, Lisa has performed as a soloist locally and over the border at prestigious events such as the North Wales International Music Festival in 2017 and 2018, and the Winchester Festival in 2019. Lisa was also a member of the chorus for the 2019 Spring term opera at the RNCM, ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’ by Vaughan Williams.
Lisa is also a member of ‘Castor Voices’, a sextet formed of six sopranos from the RNCM, and she enjoys being able to explore a wide range of ensemble music with the group. She is also an enthusiastic member of Aelwyd Manceinion, and thoroughly enjoys having a Welsh society in Manchester.
During the next few months, Lisa will be preparing for a solo recital to be performed at the college. She was also chosen as a cast member for the RNCM’s Autumn term opera, ‘The Cunning Little Vixen’ by Janáček, which will be performed this December.
Welsh tenor, Dafydd Jones, is entering his 4th year as a scholar supported by the college at the Royal College of Music, London, under the tuition of Mark Tucker. In 2019, Dafydd was successful in winning the Osborne Roberts Memorial Prize – The Blue Ribbon at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, giving him the opportunity to perform at the North America Festival of Wales held in Ottowa, USA, next year. Other successes at the National Eisteddfod include 1st Prize ‘Hen Ganiadau’ (Welsh Song) competition (2019), 2nd on the Tenor Solo under 25 (2019) and 1st in the Lieder solo under 25 (2018). Dafydd has had the honour of being the tenor soloist in the World Premiere of Bob Chilcott’s remembrance work ‘Move him into the sun’ conducted by the composer himself. At the Royal College of Music, Dafydd has been fortunate to work in masterclasses with renowned Sopranos Louise Alder and Rosa Manion and was a finalist in the Brooks Van der Pump English Song Competition in February 2020. In the summer of 2019, Dafydd made his operatic debut as Don Ottavio in Opra Cymru’s touring production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and was casted for his international role debut as Clotarco in Haydn’s Armida at the Bregenz Festival in Austria this summer, but has unfortunately been cancelled due to Covid-19.
The baritone Steffan Dafydd has recently graduated with First Class Honours in Music and Welsh from Bangor University. Whilst studying he received singing lessons under the leadership of Marian Bryfdir. During his time in Bangor Steffan conducted Aelwyd JMJ Choir for two years. He led the choir to success in the Choir of Wales competition and in the Urdd Eisteddfod in Cardiff. Steffan won the award for the best conductor in the Inter-Collage Eisteddfod in Swansea last year and the baton for the conductor of the victorious choir in the Urdd Eisteddfod. Last November he was chosen to take part in a master class led by Kiefer Jones which concentrated on a duet from the comic opera ‘La Serva Padrona’ by Pergolesi. As a part of his degree recital Steffan performed a programme based on the development of Lieder, with Schumann’s Dichterliebe as the highlight of the project.
Tesni Jones is a twenty-one-year-old Soprano from St. Asaph, currently studying a Bachelor of Music with Honours degree. She is in her third year of study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. She is currently being taught by Soprano, Deborah Rees, and was previously under the tuition of Mezzo-soprano, Ann Atkinson at the Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias in Denbigh.
Tesni is an established soloist performer, her history of solo work includes taking part in the North Wales International Music festival of 2017, performing as a member of the RNCM Songsters, a team of sixteen singers and accompanists specialising in song repertoire based in Manchester, while also often singing as a soloist in St. Asaph Cathedral for concerts held in aid of local charities, such as St. Kentigern Hospice.
The Eisteddfod Genedlaethol has also played a large role in Tesni’s journey as a soloist. Tesni was awarded 1st place in the National Eisteddfod’s Girls’ Solo aged 16 - 19 competition in both 2016 and 2017. During the summer of 2018, Tesni was chosen to compete in the Gwobr Goffa Osborne Roberts on the Millennium Centre stage in Cardiff, and was awarded the Ysgoloriaeth Goffa Violet Mary Lewis for the most promising soprano performance.
It is at the RNCM however, that Tesni made her opera debut as a chorus member in Vaughn Williams’ The Pilgrim’s Progress. The RNCM’s upcoming production of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen is Tesni’s next opera engagement, in which she has been cast to cover the roles of Cricket and Frantík.
Tesni has been performing regularly with her six-part vocal ensemble group, Castor Voices, throughout her time at the RNCM and thoroughly enjoys continuing to learn new music and repertoire with such a talented group of musicians, and friends. As a group they particularly enjoy performing at local care homes around Manchester, as they believe it’s the perfect way to share their love for singing with such a wonderful part of the community.
Tesni is now working towards her annual end-of-year recital at the RNCM, which will be held in November, while focusing in general on expanding her repertoire and gaining more and more experience as a musician and performer.
Origionally from Bodedern, Anglesey, Elain graduated in Music with First Class Honours from Bangor University this summer. She studies the harp as her main instrument under the leadership of Elinor Bennett and the piano with Iwan Llewelyn-Jones. Elain has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales as a harpist and has recently started accompaning ‘cerdd dant’ in the Cerdd Dant Festival and the National Eisteddfod. Elain was the accompanist for Opra Cymru’s production of Don Giovanni which toured Wales in 2019 and she enjoys accompaning to soloists and choirs such as Hogia Llanbobman and Aelwyd JMJ. The next step for Elain will be studying for a Masters Degree in Music at Bangor University where she will concentrate on Grace Williams’ vocal works.