Our next Concert will be a “Carols by Candlelight Concert” in All Saints Church Wrington BS40 5LF at 7:00pm (Doors open 6:15pm) on Saturday 30th November. Our main work will be “A Ceremony of Carols” by Benjamin Britten sung together with the newly formed Wrington Youth Choir and accompanied on harp by Alis Huws Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales and Michael Taylor on the Wrington Church organ. Our two soprano soloists will be local mother and daughter “Zoë Maitland-Round and Louise Maitland-Round”. Then follows a selection of carols sung by both choirs from the “Carols for Choirs” book arranged by David Willcocks and John Rutter including a couple of audience participation carols.
The whole concert has been organised by and will be conducted by our accompanist, musician and conductor Allison Blundell who has trained both choirs. We are very grateful to Alison who agreed to take on this task in the interim when our previous Musical Director left after our May 2019 concert.
Wine and mince pies will be on sale during the interval. Tickets priced £10 (under 18s half price) may be obtained in advance from 01934-843727 or Amors (Wrington Post Office); or may be purchased on the door subject to availability.
Newly appointed Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales, Alis Huws is a freelance soloist and chamber musician. She has played for the Royal Family on several occasions, and given performances across Europe and the Far East.
Alis performs regularly at high profile events for the Welsh Assembly Government, including the opening of their new offices at the British Embassy in Berlin last year, their St David’s Day celebrations at Lancaster House, and the official Royal opening of the Senedd in 2016. Earlier this year, she was invited to perform at Buckingham Palace to mark 50 years since the investiture of HRH The Prince of Wales.
In 2017, she participated at the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong, and joined Katherine Jenkins and Only Men Aloud in a performance celebrating the UEFA Champions League Final in Cardiff. She also represented Wales at the Hankyu International Fair in Osaka in 2016.
Alis has recently obtained her Master’s Degree from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, under the tuition of Caryl Thomas. As part of her studies, she spent time in Amsterdam on the Erasmus scheme, studying with renowned harpist Erika Waardenburg. At RWCMD, she was awarded the Midori Matsui Prize for music, the Royal Welch Fusiliers Harp Prize and the McGrennery Chamber Music Prize, and is generously supported by the Tillett Trust, The Biddy Baxter and John Hosier trust, the Arts Council of Wales and the EMI Sound Foundation.
Alis is the Youth Co-ordinator for the World Harp Congress Cardiff 2020 and will join the Britten-Shostakovich Festival Orchestra on their inaugural tour to Russia this coming autumn.