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'Dafydd y Garreg Wen', Ceiriog Hughes arr.Jeff Howard

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Meilir Jones

Baritone

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Artist Manager: Sioned Jones sioned.jones@harlequin-agency.co.uk

Assistant: Carys Davies carys.davies@harlequin-agency.co.uk


Meilir Jones’ beautiful, rich and effortless baritone voice has been awarded major vocal prizes in Wales, namely the Blue Riband Osborne Roberts Memorial Prize at the National Eisteddfod of Wales and the International Medal for the under 21 vocal solo at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod. In 2014, Meilir won the Association of English Singers & Speakers’ Courtney Kenny Award. He is  also one of the first recipients of a Study Award from the Bryn Terfel Foundation. 

He has already performed in concert with Sir Bryn Terfel and is a popular soloist for both oratorio and concerts with male voice choirs across the country. He graduated with a First Class Hons B.Mus Vocal Studies degree from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff and recently commenced his postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In October 2016, Meilir was a soloist at the Festival of Male Choirs at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

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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DateDetails
25/10/2017

Martha
Burry Port Opera
Role: Plunkett
Conductor: Ryan Lee
Burry Port Memorial Hall, Parc-Y-Minos, Burry Port, Wales. 19:00

27/10/2017

Martha
Burry Port Opera
Role: Plunkett
Conductor: Ryan Lee
Burry Port Memorial Hall, Parc-Y-Minos, Burry Port, Wales. 19:00

28/10/2017

Martha
Burry Port Opera
Role: Plunkett
Conductor: Ryan Lee
Burry Port Memorial Hall, Parc-Y-Minos, Burry Port, Wales. 19:00

Bach Christmas Oratorio
Beethoven Mass in C Major
Bernstein Chichester Psalms
Britten Rejoice in the Lamb
Edward Rhys Harry Santes Dwynwen
Fauré Requiem
Finzi Lo, the Full Final Sacrifice
Handel Messiah
Haydn Creation
Joseph Parry Emmanuel
Joseph Parry Blodwen
Mozart Requiem
Mozart Coronation Mass
Mozart Sparrow Mass
Mozart Vesperae Solennes de Confessore
Rutter Mass of the Children
Saint-Saëns Christmas Oratorio
Bach
Christmas Oratorio
Beethoven
Mass in C Major
Bernstein
Chichester Psalms
Britten
Rejoice in the Lamb
Edward Rhys Harry
Santes Dwynwen
Fauré
Requiem
Finzi
Lo, the Full Final Sacrifice
Handel
Messiah
Haydn
Creation
Joseph Parry
Emmanuel
Joseph Parry
Blodwen
Mozart
Requiem
Mozart
Coronation Mass
Mozart
Sparrow Mass
Mozart
Vesperae Solennes de Confessore
Rutter
Mass of the Children
Saint-Saëns
Christmas Oratorio
Donizetti L'Elisir d'AmoreBelcore
Mozart Die Zauberflöte The Speaker
Pwyll ap Siôn Gair ar GnawdAnwar
Richard Barnard The Hidden ValleyDewi
Tchaikovsky Eugene OneginZaretsky
Donizetti
L'Elisir d'Amore
Belcore
Mozart
Die Zauberflöte
The Speaker
Pwyll ap Siôn
Gair ar Gnawd
Anwar
Richard Barnard
The Hidden Valley
Dewi
Tchaikovsky
Eugene Onegin
Zaretsky

Opera

The Magic Flute

Speaker in The Magic Flute for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Sherman Theatre Cardiff, March 2014
Opera Magazine
.... a further sinister overtone, which was countered only by the dignity of Meilir Jones’s Speaker.

The Hidden Valley

Dewi in The Hidden Valley for Tête á Tête – The Opera Festival, August 2013
Onestoparts
Meilir Jones also gave a compelling performance: his Dewi was tender, bewildered and heartfelt, exactly what was needed, played with well-judged understatement and sung with lyrical beauty even at this early stage in his career.

Concerts / Recitals

Soloist in concert with the Blaenavon Male Voice Choir, December 2012
South Wales Argus
They were well supported by soloists from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Bass baritone Meilir Jones brought a hush to the audience in his a cappella folksong ‘Dafydd y garreg wen’

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