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Meinir Ann Thomas

Welsh soprano, Meinir is a former member of The Swingle Singers with whom she spent 5 years performing at many of the World’s greatest opera houses, concert halls, theatres and jazz clubs.

As a soloist, Meinir is as comfortable singing classical repertoire as she is singing jazz and musical theatre and loves to be versatile.

 

She was honoured to perform the Welsh National Anthem at the 2012 Australia v Wales rugby union match in Etihad Stadium, Melbourne.

Meinir has worked as a vocalist in London’s West End and in touring shows in the UK and South Africa. Whilst living in Australia she founded the close harmony vocal trio Midnight Avenue, and was one half of the harp and voice duo Harp Divas. She recorded and performed with Cantillation; The Australian Brandenburg Choir and Orchestra; The Australian Historical Performance Initiative; The Ten Sopranos; Halcyon; The Parson's Affayre and Eminence Orchestra.

Being based back in Wales gives Meinir the opportunity to explore her musical heritage once again. When she's not busy cruising she's performing, conducting, running workshops and teaching Pilates.

Julie Kench

Julie was born in Cheshire and studied at and Trinity College of Music, London where she holds the 2003 Ricordi Opera Prize.

 

Operatic performances include La Modista in ‘Il Capello di paglia di Firenze’ ( TCM Opera), Armida in ‘Rinaldo’ ( Invivo opera), Despina (Cosi fan Tutte), Giovanna (Rigoletto), Queen of the Night (Magic Flute) and the leading role in ‘The Saint of Bleecker Street’ by Menotti.

 

Julie sings with many choral societies and vocal ensembles and she hes a wide Oratorio repertoire.

 

In 2004 Julie joined the International Acappella group The Swingle Singers. During her 5 years in the group she toured all over the world and performed in some of the best Opera Houses and Concert Halls. 

 

She worked alongside composer/beatboxer Shlomo, creating the vocal soundtrack to the Alfred Hitchcock silent film ‘Downhill’, fully utilising her extensive vocal range and stylistic versatility.

 

Julie now works as a busy freelance singer and teacher, performing in a range of musical genres, giving recitals, workshops and working as a session singer with London Voices and Audio Network recording soundtracks and incidental music.