In April 2019 we were delighted to sing with the famous Rhos Male Voice Choir when they visited Cyprus for the first time.
We performed at two formal concerts, the first at The Terra e Mare Restaurant in Limassol and the second at Eleouthkia Park in Paphos. Both performances were to packed houses!
We also performed an informal concert in the lobby of The Atlantica Hotel in Limassol as a final ‘goodbye’ to the boys before their departure the next day.
The concerts also featured a very talented young vocalist, Alexis Cimafranca who wowed the audience with a variety of songs.
The choirs sang both jointly and individually and covered a wide range of music from traditional hymns to modern Broadway Musicals.
Accompanying on piano were Kevin Whitley from Rhos and our own very talented pianist, Vasiliki Antoniou.
Details of the Rhos Male Voice Choir, the accompanists and soloist are shown below. Photographs of the two concerts are at the end of the article. We hope to have videos of these amazing concerts available shortly.
Rhos Male Voice Choir (RMVC)
Rhos Male Voice Choir is from the village of Rhosllannerchrugog (Rhos), some five miles south-west of Wrexham, North Wales. Formed in 1891 the choir has, since then, been in the forefront of male voice singing. It is widely recognised as being one of Wales' foremost choirs and its record in the competitive field is second to none.
Over the years the choir has undertaken many overseas tours taking their music to countries such as America, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. They have performed at many well-known venues, namely the Chicago Opera House, the Liederhalle in Stuttgart, Birmingham Town Hall, the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool and London's Royal Albert Hall to name but a few.
In the competitive field, Rhos Male Voice Choir has achieved first prize at the National Eisteddfod of Wales many times, won at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod several times, twice won the BBC Radio Choir of the Year competition, been successful in the HTV Festival of Welsh Choral Music and won the Gold Award for the best choir at the Glarner Music Festival in Switzerland where they defeated 112 other choirs.
Rhos Male Voice Choir is heard frequently on Classic FM and were featured in a recording released by the radio station not so long ago. Television appearances have been many and the choir has performed with artistes such as Bryn Terfel, Katherine Jenkins and Gwyn Hughes Jones. In addition, they have sung with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Baerum Symphony Orchestra from Norway and with most of Britain's top Brass Bands. They have also released many recordings of their own and were also featured on a disc to publicise the 1999 Rugby World Cup which was distributed to 240 radio stations worldwide.
James Llewelyn Jones B.Mus (Hons). M.Mus
Musical Director & Conductor
James' passion for choral music was enriched at a young age singing in the National Youth Choirs of both Wales and Great Britain. He was a founder member of the National Chamber Choir. His musical education continued in Birmingham where he gained his B Mus (Hons) and MMus degrees with distinction.
James conducted the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain for 11 years, where his initiatives saw the formation of the National Children’s Training Choir and also Dulce Corum (the National Girls’ Chamber Choir of Great Britain). He has conducted some of the world's leading childrens’ choirs including the European Union Children’s Chorus, Hungary; the Canzonetta Children’s Choirs of Manchester, formerly the Manchester Boys’ Choir; the Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus, Chicago and has undertaken several invitations from the Toronto Children’s Chorus - firmly regarded as the foremost children's ensemble.
In 2006, James became conductor of Côr Meibion Canoldir, Birmingham. Under his direction the choir achieved outstanding success in the competitive arena. James has toured extensively throughout the world, in demand as a choral clinician and workshop leader. He has also had the honour of being a guest conductor with the City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus.
James is delighted to be leading the RMVC, continuing the rich choral traditions of the area.
Alexis is 19 years old and is currently studying for her A-levels at St John’s School in Episkopi. She aims to go to University in the UK to study as a children’s nurse.
Alexis has lived in Cyprus for almost 3 years with her family. Music has always been one of her greatest passions which has helped Alexis to grow and improve as an individual. Performing and giving concerts has really helped to build her character and confidence over the years.
Vasiliki Antoniou was born and raised in Limassol. At the age of six she began piano lessons at Papadakeio Municipal Conservatory and by the age of fourteen she passed all the piano and theory exams, offered by the Royal Academy of Music. She continued her music studies at Limassol Music High School, Marios Tokas. During high school years, she won two Pan-Hellenic awards as a pianist accompanist and a soloist pianist.
In 2011 she moved to the UK, where she graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Music from the University of Surrey. During her studies she organized several concerts and music events herself, something that helped her to build her leadership skills and confidence in her role as a passionate musician. What is more, among all her fellow students, she managed to win the first prize in a piano duet competition.
When she finished her studies, she returned back to Cyprus, where she founded her own Music School, encouraging and assisting young children to develop their talent in music.
Kevin Whitley B.Mus (Hons) ALCM MBA
Accompanist and Assistant Musical Director
Born in Wrexham, Kevin has been accompanist of the Rhos Male Voice Choir for over 20 years and also deputy musical director for over 10 years. More recently Kevin was appointed Acting Musical Director of Rhos Male Voice Choir in 2015 before being appointed Musical Director of Flint Male Voice Choir in April 2016.
Kevin studied piano at Cardiff University, and later, organ with the late Geoffrey Knowles at the Parish Church of Mold and then with Roger Fisher at Chester Cathedral. He has been guest organist at St Collen’s Church, Llangollen and St Giles Church, Wrexham, for many recitals. He is currently organist at St James Church, Rhosddu, Wrexham and St. Mary’s, Ruabon. Kevin is in great demand as an accompanist. He has worked with some top artists including Katherine Jenkins, Luis Gomes, Meinir Wyn Roberts, Willard Wight, Sir Bryn Terfel, Cerys Matthews and the late Harry Secombe (to name but a few).
In September 2016 Kevin started a new exciting role as organist and piano teacher at Ellesmere College.
Click on the image below to see a gallery of pictures from our shows.