Our team is lead by our Musical Director - SIMON CURTIS.
Simon was born in Hertfordshire and developed a love of all aspects of live theatre after he left school, primarily at the Kenneth More Theatre in Ilford. He performed in over 50 straight plays, music theatre and opera productions there over a 10 year period, as well as stage managing and being music director for many others.
Until 2012 he was a full time professional singer performing with many of the leading opera companies throughout the UK including Glyndebourne, English Touring Opera, D’Oyly Carte and The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. From 2001 until 2012 he was a member of Welsh National Opera (WNO), with whom he performed and understudied a large number of roles, many of which were broadcast on S4C and the BBC.
His solo concert work is extensive, having appeared at the Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, St Johns Smith Square, Symphony Hall Birmingham, The Bridgewater Hall Manchester, The Royal Centre Nottingham and many other venues in the UK and Europe.
Simon has been a conductor, vocal coach and arranger for Sing Live UK, course tutor for the National Youth Choir of Wales, Director of the RWCMD’s Community Choirs, worked with the WNO Community Choir on an operatic FlashMob and was music director of City Voices Bristol from 2011 to 2014. Simon is very proud to have founded and been music director of City Voices Cardiff since 2008.
Simon now works for Equity, the trade union for professional performers and creative practitioners, as its National Organiser for Wales and Regional Organiser for the South West. He still flexes his vocal chords when time allows!
Simon lives in Cardiff with his wife Chloe and their two children Millie and Noah who continue to offer their patience, love and support when he goes to ‘choir’!
Assistant Musical Director / Principal Accompanist - RHIANNON PRITCHARD
Rhiannon graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2009.
She has been awarded many prizes for her work as an accompanist and repetiteur including the Welsh National Youth Opera Seligman Award, the RWCMD Mansel Thomas prize and Accompanist Prize, and Gwobr Goffa Eleri Evans, the accompanist prize at the National Eisteddfod.
Rhiannon is in demand as an accompanist all over Wales, and is an official accompanist for three of Wales’ main musical festivals: The National Eisteddfod, Llangollen International Eisteddfod and the Urdd Eisteddfod. She works as a répétiteur with Welsh National Opera’s Youth and Community department, and performs in workshops and recitals with many different soloists and companies, including Live Music Now, Mahogany Opera, ABC of Opera and Music in Hospitals.
She also works extensively as a piano tutor, and is a vocal coach and accompanist for RWCMD’s vocal department.
More recently Rhiannon was involved as a rehearsal pianist and vocal coach for the Wales Millennium Centre 2017 production of the new musical, Tiger Bay.
Rhiannon is accompanist and deputy conductor of the 2014 BBC Choir of the Year, Côr CF1, as well as accompanist of Côr y Gleision, City Voices Cardiff and the Morriston RFC Male Voice Choir. Her choral roles have seen her travel to South Africa, America, Canada, India and Europe.
CITY VOICES CONCERT ORCHESTRA
We regularly add instrumental backing to our concerts and this is through the City Voices Concert Orchestra. It is made up predominantly of players from the orchestra of Welsh National Opera, as well as players from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and top freelancers from across the UK. The flexible nature of this ensemble (anything from three players to an orchestra of 48, so far) means that we can always match the exact requirements of the concert with set up of the band.
Last Updated 14th December 2019
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