An enjoyable part of Conference is the entertainment! This year we have a fantastic programme for you beginning on Thursday evening with a real treat.
Aaron studied as part of the Young Actors Studio (RWCMD) for 3 years alongside his secondary education before taking up his place studying classical voice at the Royal College of Music in London. He has numerous theatre credits including: Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), Zuniga (Carmen), Dr Bartolo (The Marriage of Figaro), Sarastro (The Magic Flute), and Phantom (Phantom of the Opera). His concert credits include: Baritone solo Brahms Requiem under the direction of Grant Llewellyn, Lead Soloist BBC NOW Christmas Celebration (including broadcast), Karl Jenkins ‘Songs of the Earth’ (World Premiere) and Lead Soloist with the RCM Film Orchestra’s Christmas Performance.
Aaron was a featured soloist in the Royal Albert Hall for the Festival of Massed Male Voice Choirs in May 2015 after winning the Geraint Morris Memorial Award. In October 2014 Aaron competed as part of the Bryn Terfel Scholarship where he was coached by John Owen Jones. As well as Musical Theatre, Aaron has always had a passion for performing Swing and Big Band classics and continues to do so.
This is not Aaron’s first Soroptimist Conference – in 2009 as a 9-year old, he accompanied his grandma, a member of SI Haverfordwest, to hear Chris Moon.
Bristol Military Wives Choir
Military Wives Choirs provide a head-start for women in the military community to make new friends, connect with local communities and learn new skills in a fun and supportive environment. Families of service personnel move around frequently and it can be tough to put down roots, make new friends and get to know people. Add to that the stresses and strains of loved ones being deployed away from home often for long periods, and life can have its challenges. By coming together to sing, each choir creates a valuable support network for women in the military community. Choir members can help one another through the tough times, celebrate the good times and sing through it all together!
Bristol Military Wives Choir started in December 2012 and has grown from 12 ladies on the first night to a membership of 45 and growing. Most ladies are posted here for 2 years but we do have several veterans’ wives or non-mobile spouses. We are a tri-service choir with ladies attached to the Navy, Army and Air Force and also some overseas families and MOD support staff are represented.
Phil Dando’s Big Band
On Saturday night following the change of Insignia it is time to relax, let your hair down and enjoy the sound of Phil Dando’s Big Band
The Phil Dando Band, formed in 1992, is an experienced, professional, fifteen-piece band, which has a large, varied and unique music library. The band performs music from the 1920’s through to the present day including Big Band Swing, Rat Pack, Classic Pops Jazz and much more. Along with the current vocalists, Petra Morgan and Lee Gilbert, the band has performed at many different venues from village halls to the Mayfair and Claridge’s Hotels.
What a fabulous finale to our Conference.