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Meilir Jones

Bass-Baritone

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

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


Welsh bass-baritone Meilir Jones is a popular soloist for both oratorio and concerts with Male Voice Choirs across the country.
Possessing a beautiful, rich and effortless bass-baritone voice, Meilir recently completed his postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music, London and will return in September to commence his Professional Diploma in Operatic Studies.  

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. Meilir is currently engaged in postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Meilir recently performed the role of Plunkett in Friedrich von Flotow’s Martha with Burry Port Opera. His other operatic credits include Belcore in a Welsh language touring production of The Elixir of Love and Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin for Opra Cymru, cover Anwar and Semi Chorus in Gair ar Gnawd, a new Welsh opera by contemporary composer, Pwyll ap Siôn for Welsh National Opera, 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 and Speaker in The Magic Flute with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama at Sherman Theatre in Cardiff.

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. He recently won the third prize in The Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition 2018 he was also highly commended in the 2017 Marjorie Thomas Art of Song Prize at the Royal Academy of Music.

Recent highlights include performing as part of a trio to mark the Passchendaele Centenary at Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium, which was broadcast live on BBC 1. Other 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 and 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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Bach Christmas Oratorio
Beethoven Mass in C Major
Beethoven Choral Symphony
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
J.S. Bach Cantata BWV 126
J.S. Bach Cantata BWV 176
J.S. Bach Cantata BWV 192
Joseph Parry Emmanuel
Joseph Parry Blodwen
Mozart Requiem
Mozart Coronation Mass
Mozart Sparrow Mass
Mozart Vesperae Solennes de Confessore
Rossini Petite Messe Solenelle
Rutter Mass of the Children
Saint-Saëns Christmas Oratorio
Tippett A Child of our Times
Bach
Christmas Oratorio
Beethoven
Mass in C Major
Beethoven
Choral Symphony
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
J.S. Bach
Cantata BWV 126
J.S. Bach
Cantata BWV 176
J.S. Bach
Cantata BWV 192
Joseph Parry
Emmanuel
Joseph Parry
Blodwen
Mozart
Requiem
Mozart
Coronation Mass
Mozart
Sparrow Mass
Mozart
Vesperae Solennes de Confessore
Rossini
Petite Messe Solenelle
Rutter
Mass of the Children
Saint-Saëns
Christmas Oratorio
Tippett
A Child of our Times
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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