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Huw Rhys-Evans photograph

Appearances with Wokingham Choral Society:

Huw Rhys-Evans sang with Wokingham Choral Society at Loddon Valley Leisure Centre on Saturday 30th November 1991 performing Mozart's Requiem

He appeared with the Society again at Loddon Valley Leisure Centre on Nov 21st 1992 to perform Mendelssohn's Elijah

He joined us once more at Guildford Cathedral on Saturday 6th December 2003 performing the Grande Messe des Morts by Hector Berlioz.

September 2003

Huw Rhys-Evans       Tenor

Born in Tregaron, Huw Rhys-Evans won the Blue Riband Prize for the Singer of the Year at the Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales and, on three occasions, the Tenor Solo Award. Following studies with Kenneth Bowen at the Royal Academy of Music, he was awarded the Tenor Prize at the 1990 Great Grimsby International Competition for Singers and completed his studies at the National Opera Studio.

His many and varied oratorio engagements have included the Bach Passions at the Netherlands, the B Minor Mass in Besançon, the St Matthew Passion with the Northern Chamber Orchestra, Joshua at St John's, Smith Square, Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall, Saul with the Darmstadt Konzertchor, The Creation with the English Chamber Orchestra, the Nelson Mass at the Fenice Theatre, Venice, Elijah with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Rossini Stabat Mater at Westminster Abbey, Bach St Matthew Passion in Manchester and Southwark Cathedrals, the Lloyd Webber Requiem with the Scottish Opera Orchestra and Carmina Burana at both the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall.

Huw Rhys-Evans' operatic engagements have included Ernesto Don Pasquale and Ismaele Nabucco for WNO, Vivaldo Die Hochzeit des Camacho at the Flanders International Festival, Ferrando Cosi fan tutte with Madrid Comic Opera and Opera d'Automne, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni for Perth Festival Opera, Belmonte Die Entfiihrung aus dem Serail for Opera Project, Nadir The Philosopher's Stone with Collegium Musicum 90 (broadcast on BBC Radio 3), Tamino Die Zauberflöte with the North Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Pang Turandot with Mid-Wales Opera, Brighella Ariadne auf Naxos for the Fondation Royaumont and for English Touring Opera and First Jew Salome at the Bastille Opera.

Huw Rhys-Evans is particularly celebrated as a singer of Rossini, his roles including Carlo/Goffredo Armida, Almaviva II barbiere di Siviglia, Don Ramiro La Cenerentola, ldreno Semiramide and Belflore II viaggio a Reims sung for companies such as the Fondation Royaumont, the Spier Arts Trust, South Africa, Chelsea Opera Group and Opera North. In the summer of 2002 he sang the title role of Rossini's Count Ory at the Rossini in Wildbad Festival in Germany under the eminent young conductor, Brad Cohen and returned this summer to sing the title role of Torvaldo E Dorliska.

Huw Rhys-Evans' Carnegie Hall debut was in October 2001 when he appeared as a guest with the Morriston Male Voice Choir. He has since made his Proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall in 2002 singing in the Kurt Weill opera The Royal Palace conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. He returned again this summer to sing in the Richard Strauss concert performance of Elektra, which was televised nationally. He appeared on Friday Night is Music Night in January 2002 and performed throughout the UK in December 2001/January 2002 with the London Festival Orchestra having debuted with the orchestra singing Messiah in Rhodes.

Huw Rhys-Evans has recorded Tamino and Almaviva for Opera Vox Cartoons and his varied CD credits include the title role in Rossini's Le Comte Ory on the Naxos label, All Through the Night (Welsh Songs for Harp), Judge Le calife de Bagdad, Gouvy Stabat Mater, Vivaldo Mendelssohn Die Hochzeit des Camacho, Ferrando Cosi fan tutte, Pedrillo Die Entfiihrung aus dem Serail, Carmina Burana, Handel Judas Maccabaeus, Messiah and Elgar The Kingdom.