Saturday 20th October 2018: Anne Wilkins (Soprano) accompanied by Sian Davies (Piano)
A recital for an Autumn Morning
Songs by Thomas Arne, Bellini, Copland and Barber
Soprano Anne Wilkins originally comes from Glynneath, South Wales and was educated at the School for the Blind, Bridgend and Royal National College for the Blind when it was based at Rowton Castle, Shrewsbury. Anne then worked firstly as a Typist and then as an Administrative Assistant for South Wales Police and was awarded the British Empire Medal (B.E.M.), in the 1991 New Year’s Honours List for her years of service to South Wales Police. In 2011, Anne took early retirement from her job to devote more time to the musical career which she had always wanted to follow. Anne studied firstly as a part-time student at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama while she was still working, and continues to study with Jeanette Massocchi during which time she has gained ARCM and FTCL diplomas in singing performance. Anne performs frequently as a recitalist throughout South Wales and at venues in London. Anne has sung solo soprano in oratorios which include the Bach B Minor Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart Solemn Vespers, Haydn’s Creation, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, the Zelenka Magnificat and Brahms German Requiem and frequently appears alongside professional soloists in concert and oratorio performances. Anne has had considerable success in Eisteddfodau and was the Winner of the David Ellis Memorial Blue Ribband at the 2012 Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales held in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Anne is a member of an RNIB Task Group which works to improve the accessibility of Braille Music and as well as having a busy performance schedule, Anne also teaches Singing and Piano from her home in Bridgend.
Away from the concert platform, Anne is Secretary of St Woolos Sinfonia Orchestra, who are based in Newport, Monmouthshire. She also enjoys knitting, reading and cooking and is always glad to practice her cooking skills when entertaining friends.
Forthcoming performances by Anne will include a song recital at St Mary’s Church, Chepstow on Wednesday, 29th August, 2018.
Sián Davies, Accompanist
Siân studied at Leeds University where she won the accompanist prize. She subsequently studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, specialising in piano accompaniment and won the Friends of RWCMD [Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama] prize.
In 1993 Sian became the accompanist for the South Wales Male Choir, Côr Meibion De Cymru, and has performed with them at the Sydney Opera House and on tours in Canada, USA, Germany, France, Scandinavia, Hungary, Poland and Spain. She also toured Russia and the Ukraine with the Richard Williams Singers. She has been the guest accompanist for the Association of Welsh Male Voice Choirs at the Royal Albert Hall and at the Wales Festival of Remembrance at St David's Hall, Cardiff.
Siân has accompanied leading Welsh artists such as Gwyn Hughes Jones, Rebecca Evans, Shân Cothi, Charlotte Church and Rhys Meirion in concert. She has also accompanied Rebecca Evans, American Baritone Mark Doss and Stuart Burrows in recital and accompanied masterclasses given by Kiri Te Kanawa, Richard Bonynge, Stephen isserlis, Julian Lloyd Webber, Jac von Steen and Emmanuel Siffert.
Siân has arranged several pieces for brass band and male voice choirs. She has also worked on the staff of the Wales International Academy of Voice, accompanying the Saturday academy directed by Patricia ONeill.
Sian is now establishing herself as one of the foremost accompanists in Wales and continues to have a very busy schedule.