Rhys Meirion: travelling tenor

Friday 28 May 2010, 15:21

Nicola Heywood Thomas Nicola Heywood Thomas

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Tenor Rhys Meirion told me on this week's Radio Wales Arts Show about the tight schedule he's got for himself on the last weekend in June.

Rhys is the artistic director of Gwyl Gobaith - a three-day festival of music at Deeside College in Northop from 25-27 June. He's singing in the final concert along with Shan Cothi and David Kempster but needs to be there for the opening night's assembled choirs concert too.

However, Rhys is also scheduled to be at Wales Millennium Centre on Saturday 26 June for a performance of Wagner's Die Meistersinger with Welsh National Opera. So he's going to be a turbocharged tenor travelling from North to South and back again to sing at both ends of Wales two nights running!

Rhys said he was just as excited about both commitments - the Wagner opera is a marathon which he's enjoying rehearsals for at the moment and Gwyl Gobaith will raise funds for Hope House children's hospices in North Wales.

There are full details of the three concerts on the festival website and, if you go to any of them, spare a thought for poor Rhys on the road in between!

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