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. This season Meilir commenced his postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Meilir started competing in eisteddfodau at an early age and in 2010 received the scholarship for the most promising young singer at the Urdd National Eisteddfod. Other awards include the 2014 Association of English Singers & Speakers’ Courtney Kenny Award, the International Medal for the under 21 vocal solo at the 2011 Llangollen International Eisteddfod and the Blue Riband Osborne Roberts Memorial Prize for singers under twenty five years of age at the 2011 National Eisteddfod of Wales. Meilir was also one of the first recipients of a Study Award from the Bryn Terfel Foundation in 2012. He has also received generous financial support from the Arts Council of Wales and the Sickle Foundation – support he is extremely grateful for.
Concert highlights include bass soloist for the first performance of Handel’s Messiah at the Wales Millennium Centre, a concert at the Royal Festival Hall as part of Bryn Terfel’s Brynfest at the Southbank Centre, soloist in the 25th London Welsh Festival of Male Choirs concert at eth Royal Albert Hall in London and soloist in the BBC Radio Cymru Christmas Concert with soprano Rebecca Evans and tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones.
Meilir’s operatic engagements include Belcore in a Welsh language adaptation of Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love and Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin for Opra Cymru, the role of Dewi in the premiere of The Hidden Valley by Richard Barnard in association with WNO for Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival in London, Speaker in The Magic Flute at the Sherman Cymru Theatre in Cardiff for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and most understudy Anwar and Semi Chorus in Gair ar Gnawd by Pwyll ap Siôn for Welsh National Opera.
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