Our distinguished colleague John S Davies who was due to conduct the National Youth Choir of Wales this year in July at Llandaff Cathedral and in October in Buenos Aires and Chubut Province as part of the Patagonia 150 celebrations has withdrawn for personal reasons.
Tŷ Cerdd is delighted that Nia Llewelyn Jones of Gloucester Cathedral music staff has accepted the invitation to conduct the National Youth Choir of Wales during this important year. Nia is assistant to the Cathedral’s Director of Music, Adrian Partington, and is responsible for conducting the Cathedral Youth Choir. Nia is also the Cathedral’s Singing Development Leader with special responsibilities for young singers.
Gwyn L Williams, Director of Tŷ Cerdd, said:
"Tŷ Cerdd is naturally saddened by the withdrawal of John S Davies as conductor of the National Youth Choir of Wales. However this becomes a real opportunity for our young singers to benefit from the huge energy and charisma of the talented young musician Nia Llewelyn Jones who is already proving her worth in the UK choral scene. Her excellent work as part of Gloucester Cathedral’s music staff has drawn attention to her abilities and Nia regularly works with Simon Halsey with the choruses associated with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. She is a name to watch and Tŷ Cerdd is excited to have her on board for 2015."
Nia Llewelyn Jones grew up in North Wales where singing and choral music played a central part in her musical upbringing. After reading music at Robinson College, Cambridge, she won a full scholarship to study with Simon Halsey on his collaborative course between the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the University of Birmingham. She has subsequently worked extensively with ensembles of all ages, appearing frequently with the symphonic choruses of the CBSO and London Symphony Orchestra. She has also been involved in numerous youth and choral education projects, working with The Sage, Gateshead’s Education division, the CBSO’s choral forces, and Learning and Participation department. She is the first to hold the position of Singing Development Leader at Gloucester Cathedral. In addition to working with all the Cathedral’s resident choirs, her remit is enthusing and inspiring children and young people of the Diocese to sing.