Press Releases 2017

Wales International Academy of Voice to perform with Pembrokeshire group Bella Voce in Swansea on 17 February

07.02.2017

Wales International Academy of Voice (WIAV) is looking forward to performing with Pembrokeshire based vocal group Bella Voce in a concert to be held in the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea on Friday 17th February. 

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The concert will feature students from WIAV singing a wide operatic repertoire, and is in aid of their forthcoming trip to the United States of America where some of their students will be performing in Los Angeles.

WIAV is also pleased to be welcoming Bella Voce choir who will be making a guest appearance in the concert. Bella Voce is a 16-piece female vocal group based in Pembrokeshire, West Wales.  Formed in 2014 they have quickly developed a reputation for the variety and quality of their repertoire.  Inspired and led by their director, Sarah Benbow, and accompanied by the multi-talented Seimon Morris, the choir is almost entirely comprised of teachers, counting six secondary, five primary and four peripatetic teachers amongst their ranks.   

2016 saw them perform with the Three Welsh Tenors - Rhys Meirion, Aled Hall and Alun Rhys Jenkins, with Goodwick Brass Band at St Davids Cathedral and with Katherine Jenkins and Aled Jones in the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea.  In 2018 they will be performing solo at the Royal Albert Hall, London with the Festival of Massed Male Voices.  Television appearances include Katherine Jenkins’ ‘Home for Christmas’ on BBC1 and S4C’s Noson Lawen. 

WIAV is based in Cardiff and is part of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD). Recognising his earlier success in the field, the newly formed UWTSD, invited Dennis O’Neill to establish an International Academy of Voice, a centre of vocal excellence and to locate it in Wales, an ideal environment justly famous as ‘the land of song’ the starting point for so many internationally successful singers. 

WIAV provides a highly specialised and unique environment for a small number of exceptional singers at the early-professional stage, selected and recruited globally, to develop and polish their talent to the highest professional standards. 

The best coaches, language experts and vocal technicians are complemented by visiting eminent and internationally acclaimed singers from the Operatic world. WIAV’s President is Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

Euros Rhys Evans, WIAV’s Academic Director commented: “It is a great honour for WIAV to perform at this prestigious venue in Swansea, and we are thoroughly looking forward to sharing the platform with such a highly acclaimed choir, Bella Voce. It will, I’m sure be a very memorable concert.”

Opened in 1825, the  Dylan Thomas Centre  in Swansea’s Maritime Quarter is one of the city’s most iconic buildings. In 2011, the University of Wales took over the lease of the building and has significantly invested in renovations at the Centre. Now a multi-purpose and multi-occupancy venue open to host a range of events and functions, the new facilities at the Centre include incubation space for businesses that are interested in establishing presence in Swansea, a warm and welcoming Coffee Shop, and 1825 Conferences & Events.

Tickets for the concert are available from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/333867 or directly from WIAV. For more details please ring 02920 493 139. 

Further Information

  1. For further information, please contact: Cate Hopkins, Press and Media Officer on: Catherine.Hopkins@uwtsd.ac.uk / 07872 423 788