Originally from Birmingham, Lucy has lived in Wales since 1996. She came to Wales to study music at Bangor University where she graduated with a BMus degree (First Class honours), and subsequently an MA. She plays the piano and clarinet, but her passion is for music education.
In 2002 Lucy was awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Scholarship to research interactive music education in America, Germany and Luxembourg. During her time abroad, Lucy became certain that she wanted to work in music education, more specifically with young children. She investigated a range of approaches of music education searching for training opportunities and discovered the Sound Beginnings Professional Development Certificate in Early Years Music (Kodály) which she completed in 2004. The Kodály approach has been the foundation of her work ever since. The Kodály approach emphasises the use of traditional rhymes and songs as a way of developing musical skills.
Knowing that she wanted to live and work in Wales, Lucy started learning Welsh in 1999. As part of her Kodály training, she started collecting and developing bilingual music resources suitable for children up to 7 years of age. One of her songs, The Frog, was published in 2004 as part of the “Helpa Fi Wneud Cân” project. By 2005 Lucy was fluent in Welsh and completed her PGCE (Primary) in the Welsh language in 2006.
In 2015 Lucy decided to begin training in Dalcroze Eurhythmics (learning about music through movement) and qualified as a Dalcroze Eurhythmics Practitioner in 2018. Never one to miss an opportunity for further study, Lucy is currently studying for the Kodály Certificate in Professional Practice, Primary Level 2.
During her career in music education, Lucy has worked in schools, with arts festivals, in the William Mathias Music Centre, Caernarfon, and is also a qualified primary school teacher. Since September 2016, Lucy has been a music tutor with Sistema Cymru, Codi’r To and is responsible for musicianship work with pupils from nursery to Year 2. She is also leading an education project for Ensemble Cymru (professional chamber music ensemble) in Ysgol Tudno, Llandudno.
A graduate of Bangor University, Mared completed a doctorate in performance on the harp and composition in 2014 with a scholarship funded by the European Union. In 2011, she won the Urdd National Eisteddfod’s Chief Composition medal for her work Perlau yn y Glaw for solo harp, which is now performed regularly at different harp competitions and festivals.
Mared has received a number of composition commissions, including works for the Wales International Piano Festival, Colwyn Male Voice Choir, a work for the Bangor Music Festival premiered by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and a harp concerto for the Beaumaris Festival, performed by the Welsh Chamber Orchestra, with Mared herself as the soloist.
In 2018, she collaborated with musician Gwenan Gibbard and poet Mererid Hopwood on a commission by the Wales International Harp Festival to celebrate the world renowned harpist Osian Ellis’ 90th birthday. Mared performs in concerts as a soloist, as part of ensembles and as a member of orchestras.
Iwan Owen has recently graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance, where he studied as an ABRSM Scholar. Under the tutelage of Benjamin Frith, he won the Piano Recital Prize in 2018 and was also awarded the Shirley Cattarall Award in 2014.
Iwan has enjoyed success in national and international competitions; a finalist in keyboard category at the Royal Over-Seas League Competition in 2016 and, in 2014, he won first prize at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod and the National Eisteddfod of Wales. He was also awarded Gregynog Young Pianist of the Year in 2013.
Iwan has participated in masterclasses given by renowned pianists including Pascal Rogé, Phillippe Cassard, Vovka Ashkenazy, Kathryn Stott, Stefano Fiuzzi, Federico Colli and David Owen Norris, and has also received lessons from John Perry, Peter Frankl, Paul Badura-Skoda, Peter Hill and Nelson Goerner.
Iwan enjoys a varied career as a chamber musician, soloist, accompanist and teacher. He was accepted on to the Live Music Now Scheme in 2016 and has also won the accompanist prize and was highly commended in many of the RNCM’s Vocal department competitions.
Iwan hails from Anglesey, North Wales and was born in 1995. He studied with Iwan Llewelyn-Jones for nine years until gaining a place at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2013.
Nicola grew up in Bedford and Devon before studying at the Royal Academy of Music and at the Trinity College of Music London. She has won several recognised awards including a scholarship to study at the Musical Academia Chigiana in Sienna, Italy.
Nick Ireson enjoys a busy career as a performer, working with a variety of orchestras and ensembles across the UK and abroad. He is often to be found under the stage playing for various ballet companies and occasionally ventures above ground onto the concert platform too.
Having grown up in Wales, Martin studied at the Guildhall School and is now a freelance Bass player. He enjoys a variety of music, working with London Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia, Royal Philarmonic Orchestra, deputising in Les Miserables regularly along with contemporary dance and actor-muso projects. He also runs and surfs regularly.
Martin’s double bass has very unusual ‘Bussetto’ corners that are unique to Mittenwald German basses, particularly of the mid 1800’s.
Jean was born in north Pembrokeshire into a farming family, moving later to Hampshire, but now lives in Oxford. She studied the violin with Emanuel Hurwitz at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford, and with Manoug Parikian at the Royal Academy of Music. (more…)
Llinos was raised in Pwllheli in north Wales until she attended Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester for sixth form. She studied music at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, before a post graduate course at the Royal Academy of Music. (more…)
Florence Cooke is much in demand as a chamber musician and has performed extensively in the UK and abroad. She studied at Cambridge University, where she held an academic scholarship, and the Guildhall, where she held the Leverhulme Fellowship. She is the winner of many prizes and awards, including the Myra Hess award, Nigel Brown Prize, Razumovsky Trust award and Park Lane Group award. (more…)