Education

Academy perform with Bella Voce

WALES INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF VOICE (WIAV) are to perform with Pembrokeshire group Bella Voce in Swansea on Friday (Feb 17).

WIAV are looking forward to performing with Pembrokeshire-based vocal group Bella Voce in a concert to be held in the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea this Friday.

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.”

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