Originally from Llangefni on the Isle of Anglesey, Meilir Jones graduated with a First Class Hons B.Mus. Vocal Studies degree from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, where his studies were kindly supported by Quilter Wealth Manager FTA Advisers. He is one of the first recipients of a Study Award from the Bryn Terfel Foundation and has also received generous financial support from the Arts Council of Wales and the Sickle Foundation – support he is extremely grateful for. Last season Meilir commenced his postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
On the operatic stage, Meilir’s engagements include Dewi in the world premiere of The Hidden Valley by Richard Barnard in association with Welsh National Opera for Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival in London, Speaker in The Magic Flute with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama at Sherman Theatre in Cardiff, Belcore in a Welsh language touring production of The Elixir of Love and Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin for Opra Cymru and most recently understudy Anwar and Semi Chorus in Gair ar Gnawd, a new Welsh opera by contemporary composer, Pwyll ap Siôn for Welsh National Opera. Next season he will perform the role of Plunkett in Friedrich von Flotow’s Martha with Burry Port Opera.
Meilir has won numerous awards, including the 2014 Association of English Singers & Speakers’ Courtney Kenny Award and a scholarship for the most promising young singer at the Urdd National Eisteddfod; the International Medal for the under 21 vocal solo at the 2011 Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod and the Blue Riband Osborne Roberts Memorial Prize for singers under twenty five years of age at the 2011 National Eisteddfod of Wales and was recently highly commended in the 2017 Marjorie Thomas Art of Song Prize at the Royal Academy of Music.
Concert highlights include bass soloist for the first performance of Handel’s Messiah at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff; a concert at the Royal Festival Hall as part of Sir Bryn Terfel’s ‘Brynfest’ at the Southbank Centre; soloist in the BBC Radio Cymru Christmas Concert with soprano Rebecca Evans and tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones and soloist at the Festival of Male Choirs at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
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