Enjoy the sound of chorus favourites, knowing that every note is helping to make sure that no family with a seriously ill child has to cope alone

This not-to-be-missed live event is hosted by actor and loyal supporter, Michael Simkins and includes young stars of the future, Milly Forrest: Song Prize Winner, Kathleen Ferrier Competition 2020, Young Welsh Tenor and Musicians Company Award 2021: Rhydian Jenkins, Patrick Keefe: Baritone, 2021 Richard Lewis-Jean Shanks Award and Stephanie Wake-Edwards: Jette Parker Young Artist, Royal Opera House.

Conducted by Stephen Harris.

There will also be a slice of high energy a capella to enjoy, courtesy of London based group The Buzztones.

Tickets are on sale now

Door and bar opens at 6:15pm, show starts at 7pm
Premium seats (front three rows) £35
Standard seats £28

Purchase your tickets for the evening directly through The Landmark Arts Centre with no booking fee, by popping into their box office or giving them a call on 020 8977 7558.  

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About the artists

Lyric soprano Milly Forrest studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music. In December 2020 Milly was awarded the Ferrier-Loveday song prize in the Kathleen Ferrier singing competition and in June she gave a recital at the Wigmore Hall with her accompanist Hamish Brown as part of their Sunday afternoon recital series.

 

On the Operatic stage, Milly has sung Iris – Semele (Shanghai Symphony Orchestra), cover Barbarina – ENO’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Miranda – The Enchanted Island (British Youth Opera). During June and July of this year she worked for Garsington Opera playing Alice in Le Comte Ory by Rossini.

 

As a keen recitalist, Milly sang a selection of Britten’s folk song arrangements with Roger Vignoles in May at Snape Maltings. She has performed at Ronnie Scott’s, the Cadogan Hall and has recently recorded at Abbey Road studios with London Grammar and Emeli Sande.

 

She is a Samling Young Artist, a Britten Pears Young Artist and an Opera Prelude young Artist.

 

During the pandemic Milly worked at Watford General Hospital as a porter for patient transfers and frequently sang to patients and staff to boost morale; it was one of the most rewarding and eye-opening experiences she has ever had.

 

Rhydian Jenkins is a 24 year old Tenor from Maesteg, South Wales, currently studying on the MA Opera Course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama’s David Seligman Opera School in Cardiff.

 

Rhydian is under the tuition of Adrian Thompson and John Fisher at the college. As part of his studies, Rhydian has recently undertaken a series of operatic scenes, including playing the roles of Tamino in the Magic Flute (Mozart), Tonio in La fille du Regiment and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni (Mozart), to name a few. At the college, Rhydian has been fortunate to have worked with renowned musicians including Rebecca Evans, Donald Maxwell and Simon Lepper. Rhydian’s studies at the David Seligman Opera School are supported by the RWCMD Scholarship, the Sybil Tutton Opera Award, The Countess of Munster Musical Award, Musicians’ Company Award (David Goldman Award) and recent success includes winning The Michael Jones Contemporary Opera Prize and the Dorothy Davies Ingram Award.

 

In December 2020, Rhydian played the roles of Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte) and Basilio (Le Nozze di Figaro) in the 2020 RWCMD Winter Opera Gala, held in the Dora Stoutzker Hall and conducted by John Fisher. In March 2021, Rhydian played the roles of Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Count Almaviva (The Barber of Seville) and Basilio (The Marriage of Figaro) in the college’s socially distanced Spring Opera productions in March 2021, held at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff. These productions were directed by Sarah Crisp and conducted by Alice Farnham, both from the Welsh National Opera.

 

Most recently, Rhydian performed in the 2021 RWCMD Opera Gala conducted by Carlo Rizzi and the Welsh National Opera Orchestra at the Wales Millennium Centre. As well as this, Rhydian also performed the role of Peter Quint from Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw in the 2021 RWCMD Summer Opera, which was directed by Martin Constantine and conducted by David Jones. Rhydian’s latest engagement included performing Don Giovanni, Cosi fan tutte and Acis and Galatea with Dorset Opera Festival as part of their Elite Chorus and playing the role of Basilio/Don Curzio with Saluzzo Opera Academy in Italy.

 

In 2019, having won three first prizes at the Urdd Eisteddfod, Rhydian was chosen by an independent panel as one of six winning competitors to compete for the prestigious Urdd Bryn Terfel Scholarship.  On October 11th at Barry Memorial Arts Centre, Rhydian beat 5 other competitors to win the coveted £4,000 Bryn Terfel Scholarship. As of winning this, he will travel to Japan as part of the Welsh St. David’s Day Festival celebrations, performing in a series of concerts and events in the cities of Tokyo and Kitakyushu. Along with this, Rhydian will also be performing in a concert in the UK Embassy Building in Paris to celebrate St. David’s Day. Due to its postponements in 2020 and 2021, all of the above events are now scheduled for 2022, dependant on the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

 

Rhydian has participated in concerts and competitions all over Wales as well as appearing on a number of the Welsh TV programmes on S4C including Heno, Noson Lawen and Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol.  He has achieved notable success at all Wales’ national musical festivals, including Llangollen International Eisteddfod where he won the Under 18 Solo in 2014, the National Eisteddfod of Wales, the Urdd National Eisteddfod, the Gwyl Cerdd Dant and Eisteddfod del Chubut in Patagonia, where he won ‘Voice of the Eisteddfod’ and the Dewi Mefin Jones Trophy in 2014.

 

Rhydian has also been scheduled to perform in the Urdd Opening Concert in Denbigh in 2022. Next year, Rhydian will also be travelling to Canada to perform in Calgary and Banff along with the North American Welsh Choir as part of their Summer Tour (depending on current restrictions).

 

In 2018, Rhydian won the coveted Blue Ribbon Cerdd Dant Solo for ages 21 and over at the National Eisteddfod in Cardiff. He was ordained into the Gorsedd of Bards at this years Eisteddfod in Llanrwst, under the bardic name Rhydian Cwm Llynfi.  Llanrwst was a notable Eisteddfod for Rhydian as he won the Tenor Solo 19-25 years, the Lieder Solo under 25 and the prestigious Lady Ruth Herbert Lewis Memorial Prize for Folk Singing. Rhydian has also competed successfully at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod winning the Under 18 Solo. In 2015, Rhydian was awarded the £1,000 Geraint Morris Memorial Award by the Welsh Association of Male Choirs.  In May 2018 as part of the award, he performed in the Festival of Massed Male Voice Choirs at London’s Royal Albert Hall in front of a 6,000 capacity crowd.

 

Rhydian thanks Momentum Children’s Charity for this lovely opportunity, to perform in concert to raise funds for the charity.

Stephanie Wake-Edwards is a London-born mezzo-soprano. With her unique and impressive voice, despite her young age she has consistently attracted international attention from the highest levels, including in 2018 when Marc Minkowski awarded Wake-Edwards a special recital in his Concours Bordeaux Medoc Lyrique. She was a semi-finalist in the Cardiff Singer of The World 2021 competition, representing England. She has already secured engagements with several opera companies and orchestras, including Aix-en-Provence Festival, Glyndebourne Festival, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where she has been a Jette Parker Young Artist since September 2019 and where she is invited to stay as anniversary artist for the 2021/22 season.

 

In the 2021/22 season, she not only returns several times to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, but will perform at Glyndebourne, Graffenegg and Garsington Festivals.

 

In September 2019, she made her debut on stage of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Käthchen in Werther, followed by more role debuts such as Flora La Traviata and Anna 1 in Seven Deadly Sins.

 

In 2018, Stephanie made her debut as Third Noble Orphan Der Rosenkavalier at the Glyndebourne Festival and returned In summer 2019, as a Jerwood Young Artist.

 

She graduated from the University of York with a BA in Sociology with Social Psychology, and gained an MA with Distinction in Vocal Studies from the Royal Academy of Music, studying with Alex Ashworth.

 

Stephanie is represented by intermusica.

 

Patrick is an experienced consort and choral singer in addition to his work as a soloist. Whilst at Oxford, in addition to his duties at Merton, he worked as a lay clerk at Pusey House, The Oxford Oratory, and Christ Church Cathedral. As a deputy, he has performed with all almost all the Oxford choirs, consorts such as Vespri Segreti and Fount and Origin, the BBC Singers, and the church choirs of the Brompton Oratory, St. James’s, Spanish Place, St. Luke’s, Chelsea, St. John’s, Hyde Park, and the Carmelite Priory, Kensington.

The Buzztones are London’s premier a cappella fellas; an experienced, well-rehearsed and unique vocal group. They perform high energy contemporary chart hits with a perfect blend of harmonies, and just a touch of humour.

 

As well as notching up more than 4 million views on their YouTube Channel, they’ve made several live TV and radio appearances (BBC, C4, Capital FM); performed at major sporting events (FA Cup Final, Rugby World Cup 2015); and staged two hit shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. They were crowned winners in their category at The Moscow Spring A Cappella Festival in 2018, an event which brings together hundreds of groups from all around the world.

Michael is a well-known face on the west end stage and television, with leading roles including Sam Carmichael in Mamma Mia, Billy Flynn in Chicago, and Sir Humphrey in Yes Prime Minister.  On TV he’s appeared in hundreds of roles, usually playing policemen or unsuspecting husbands: but is best known as Hugh Reid in Foyle’s War and Steve Lowe in Eastenders. Films include V for Vendetta, Topsy-Turvy The Iron Lady and The Crown.

Michael is also a successful author and broadcaster.

As Sir Ian McKellen once said: ‘It’s thrilling Michael is having such success as a writer – anything to keep him off the stage…’