Angharad Gruffydd Jones -
The Welsh soprano, Angharad Gruffydd Jones, studied French and Italian languages at Clare College, Cambridge, before winning a scholarship to the Royal College of Music to study with Margaret Kingsley, graduating in 2001. She came second in the 1999 Young Welsh Singer of the Year. She won the 2000 Miriam Licette Scholarship, which funded several short periods studying French song in France. Her studies at the RCM were supported by by generous awards from the Arts Council of Wales and the Musicians Benevolent Fund Music Education Awards. Angharad Gruffydd Jones has a wide concert experience both as a consort singer and soloist, and she has performed extensively in Britain and Europe working, with conductors including Ivor Bolton, Richard Hickox, Robert King, Sir Roger Norrington, Roy Goodman and Peter Schreier, in repertoire from Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel to Samuel Barber. In 2000 Angharad Gruffydd Jones appeared as a soloist as part of Sir John Eliot Gardiner's Bach Cantata Pilgrimage with the Monteverdi Choir. She was a member of Glyndebourne Touring Opera chorus in 2002, and in 2003 was a member of the chorus for Berlioz Les Troyens at the Théâtre du Chatelet, Paris. Performances in 2003 included Berlioz L'Enfance du Christ for the Cambridge Festival, a series of recitals at the Beaumaris Festival, G.F. Handel's Apollo and Daphne with the Brook St Band, and for the Buxton Festival, Iris in G.F. Handel's Semele, in which she was also covering the title role. Performances in 2004 included a European tour of J.S. Bach B Minor Mass (BWV 232) with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir, Heinrich Schütz and Monteverdi with Harry Christophers and The Sixteen at the Aldeburgh Easter Festival, and a return visit to the Petworth Festival with the Brook Street Band for G.F. Handel's Dixit Dominus. As a recitalist, Angharad Gruffydd Jones has appeared at festivals throughout the UK, and has taken part in a master-class on Schumann Lieder with Roger Vignoles at the Purcell Room. She has worked on French mélodies in France with Robin Bowman and Michel Piquemal, both former students of the late Pierre Bernac, as a result of winning the Miriam Licette Scholarship. She has recorded for BBC Television and Radio 3, and appears on a number of CD recordings for ASV and Arte Nova. Alongside her standard song repertoire, she has a particular interest in French melodie and is a keen performer of composers such as Francis Poulenc, Debussy and Gabriel Fauré, as well as lesser known songs by Hahn, Ravel, Chabrier and Chausson. Image: Handel Singing Competition