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Lunchtime Recital - Watkeys, Bowen, Thomas, and Rose (soprano, tenor, and piano)

Add a little music to your lunchtime with our weekly recital series, showcasing classical music from around the world.

 

Angharad Watkeys is a singer from Bristol and now based in London. She graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2014 with a masters degree in Operatic performance. Angharad currently studies with Beatrice Unsworth and Michael Pollock.

Angharad began singing at the age of 7 where she joined the local church choir. A few years later She Joined the Bristol Cathedral Girls Choir, where she was a chorister for 9 years and held the position of Deputy Head Girl. Whilst at the Cathedral Angharad studied with Robert Latham, under whom she gained a guildhall recital diploma.

In 2008 Angharad graduated from the Liverpool Institute of performing arts, with a degree in Theatre and Performance Design. During her time there Angharad had the opportunity to work with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton on a Liverpool Capitol of Culture project. She designed the costumes for a reworking of their musical The Beautiful Game. Her operatic roles include the Madrigal Singer in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut and Vixen in Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen both for Bristol Opera Company. Papagena in The Magic Flute and Susanna in the Marriage of Figaro, both for Tessitoura Opera. Angharad recently played Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutti with Tessitoura's 2015 tour. Her Oratorio work includes Monte Verdi’s Vespers, Bach’s St John Passion, Pergoleis’s Stabat Mater, Handel’s Messiah, Handel’s Dixit Dominus, Mozart’s Requiem, Faure’s Requiem and Tippit’s The Child of Our Time.
Whilst studying at the RWCMD she has played the role of the Governess in a devised piece “Britten’s Women” for Bath Music Festival. Despina in Cosi Fan Tutti, Pappagena in The Magic Flute and she has also covered the role Tina in Jonathan Dove's opera Flight. Opera scenes include, Marzelline in Beethovens Fidelio and Ilia in Mozart’s Idomeneo. 

Lee David Bowen graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama after studying acting at Gorseinon College. He has taken part in masterclasses with Carlo Rizzi, Dennis O’Neill, Ryland Davis, Hal Prince, National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company and specific role coaching with Graham Clark. He is now moving towards the Heldentenor repertoire with roles such as Siegmund and Lohengrin, and is being coached by Jeff Stewart and Michael Pollock. He has appeared with companies including English National Opera, Opera North, Welsh National Opera, Cameron Mackintosh, Opera Holland Park, English Touring Opera, Mid-Wales Opera, Iford Opera and British Youth Opera. A versatile singer and actor his roles include: Cpt James Nolan in the British premiere of John Adams’ Dr Atomic, Malcolm Macbeth, Ismaele in Nabucco, Trin La Faniciulla Del West, Remendado and Dancairo Carmen, L’Abate in Andrea Chenier, Beppe Pagliacci, Sellem The Rakes Progress, Guillot Manon and The Man The Dolphin Opera. Lee has performed in several musical and theatre productions including singing the role of Piangi in the West End production of The Phantom of the Opera (for which he recorded the soundtrack of the award winning Warner Bros film). He is the featured solo vocalist on the score/film Canaries, released in 2017. Solo concert appearances include Dvorak Mass In D at St John’s Smith Square, London as well as numerous solo performances at St David’s Hall, Cardiff

Richard Lee Thomas was born and raised in Resolven, Neath, South Wales, and still lives in the village with his wife, Helyna and two young children, Gwen and Harri.

Lee's first appearance on stage was at the age of 8 with Resolven Amateur Operatic Society - following in the footsteps of his parents and grandparents. He first started having singing lessons with the much missed and greatly gifted local soprano, Eleanor Harries at the age of 11.

At the age of 18, he attended the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, having already built up a solid base of theatrical experience. Since then, he has very successfully taken many leading musical and operatic roles with local amateur and professional societies. He also performs concerts, oratorio, and weddings throughout the UK.

Interestingly, Lee began his singing career as a baritone and has since re-trained as a tenor. Which has been rather challenging to say the least!

As well as a performer, Lee is also a private singing teacher, teaching singers of all ages and ability from his home.

Nicola Rose's musical career began when she was one of the founding girl choristers at Salisbury Cathedral. She then went on to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She continued working at the college as a Junior Fellow before completing her studies at the National Opera Studio in London.

Nicola has a passion for education, outreach and community work and has worked as a pianist for the Welsh National Opera, The Royal Opera House, Garsington Opera and Holland Park youth and community departments. She also works as a pianist and conductor for the Forget me Not chorus which is a group of choirs for people with dementia and their carers. 

In 2018, Nicola will be musical director for one of the main house productions at Welsh National Opera - Rhondda rips it up! which is a newly commissioned piece for the ladies chorus based on Lady Rhondda, Wales' most prominent suffragette. The cabaret style opera will tour throughout the UK from April 2018. 

She'll also be returning to the Indemini Music Festival in Switzerland in summer 2018 to work with a group of singers over ten days, coaching and putting on concerts.

Now based in Cardiff, Nicola works as a vocal coach at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and enjoys a freelance career as an accompanist and repetiteur throughout the UK and Europe. 

 

Admission is free and all are welcome. A retiring collection will be taken, with all proceeds helping to fund music at the Cathedral.

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