Our President, Patrons & Supporters

Beverley Humphreys -Operatic and jazz singer, radio and classical music presenter, writer, inspirational speakerBeverly Humphries and chair of several mental health and homeless charities.

Beverley Humphreys’ career has not been confined to the operatic stage, although, after graduating from university, that is where it began – as Rosina in ‘The Barber of Seville’ for Welsh National Opera. Other roles include Carmen, Santuzza and Amneris.

In the UK, with her concert repertoire, she has performed at all the major concert halls and at the Albert Hall has sung before Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Across the Atlantic she has appeared in concert from Vancouver to New York. Versatility is Beverley’s hallmark. No stranger to Radio 2, 3 or 4 or to the television screen as singer and presenter, she is just as much at home with Anthony Worrel Thompson in Sing for your Supper as she is with the music of Stephen Sondheim or Kurt Weill and slips comfortably into the classic jazz standards of the 30’s and 40’s.

Beverley has played Gertrude Lawrence in ‘Noel and Gertie’ and created the role of Vesta Tilley in Caroline Gawn’s play ‘You can all love me’. In 1992, Beverley Humphreys was given the singular honour of being the first singer in the history of Welsh rugby, to step out onto the ‘Hallowed Turf’ in the National Stadium, to lead the 10’s of 1000’s of spectators in the field, and millions all over the world, in the singing of the Welsh National Anthem.Beverley has written, and tours with, her one- woman shows ‘Seven Women under one Hat’; ‘A Tribute to Ivor Novello’; ‘With Melody in Mind’and ‘Legendary Ladies Judy Garland, Gertrude Lawrence and Marlene Dietrich’and ‘A Tribute to Paul Robeson’with Willard White.

Beverley was Programme Associate for the Millennium Songs of Praise and coordinates various major events throughout the country. She is the Welsh representative for the ecumenical Christian charity ‘Feed the Minds’ and the coordinator of the ‘Let Paul Robeson Sing!’ Exhibition Tour.
She is chairperson of ‘Bite for the Night – Project for the Homeless’ and a member of the team set up by the ‘United Reform Church’ to plan the initiative – ‘Re-Imagining the Future – Being Chruch Differently’.

Beverley researches and presents her own weekly BBC Wales Radio programme ‘Beverley’s World of Music’ and hosts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales’ programmes for Radio Wales.

Stacey BlytheStacey Blythe  – Composer, performer, and multi instrumentalist, Stacey Blythe has performed all over the UK and America. She is a regular composer for the Welsh National Opera’s max department (new opera ‘9 stories high’ coming soon). She performs with Ffynnon (www.ffynnon.com) and Elfen (a new welsh folk duo – find them on facebook at elfen-duo). She has toured and recorded as a composer and performer with many different artists (Maria Hayes), poets (including Patrick Jones), musicians (Dylan Fowler, Julie Murphy, Meredith Monk) and storytellers including Nick Hennessey – (currently touring with Adverse Camber, ‘Hunting the giants daughter’ with Michael Harvey and Lynne Denman).

She plays with some exciting new singer songwriters; Rachel Taylor-Beales and Pamela Wyn-Shannon. She has performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, on the Orient Express, played for Stephen Sondheim, shared the stage with Billy Bragg (who sang a song she wrote!) and Michelle Shocked.

She has performed (with her students from the Royal Welsh College) for Elizabeth Taylor, Shirley Bassy and the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace. She lectures as a musical director and repertoire coach at the Royal Welsh Conservetoire of Music and Drama.

As a former accompanist of the choir, we are delighted & honoured that Stacey is keen to support us in our future endeavours!

 

 

Our President

Mark Llewelyn-Evans is one of the UK’s most exciting classical cross-over performers appearing regularly on opera stages, concert platforms across the UK, Europe, the Far East and the USA.Mark Llewelyn Evans

 His rich, warm, Italianate baritone, acclaimed performances and charismatic blend of charm & Celtic humour mean he is very much in demand, whether performing for a 2000 strong opera audience, singing to 75,000 fans before international rugby at the Wales Millennium Stadium with Katherine Jenkins, delivering an oratorio in an intimate venue or broadcasting on the BBC.

 Wherever Mark is and whatever the audience, Mark is always at home!

Mark offers continued support to Cantorion Pontyclun Ladies Choir and despite a very busy schedule has performed at our annual concerts.

He is also a keen supporter of SCIPS and the Touch Trust – our former “Charities of the Year”.