ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND COMMUNITY CHORUS MUSICAL DIRECTOR – ROSIE HOWARTH
Rosie Howarth is studying for an MA in Choral Conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, under the tuition of Neil Ferris and Sarah Tennant-Flowers. Prior to this she studied Music and German at Cardiff University and the Freie Universität, Berlin, graduating with first-class honours in 2012 and receiving the David Evans prize. She is the Musical Director of Caerphilly Community Chorus and recently took on the role of Musical Director of Songbirds, an LBT choir in Cardiff.
Rosie has sung and played the violin in a number of ensembles in England, Wales and Germany. As a singer, she is currently a member of the BBC National Chorus of Wales, with which she regularly performs on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Four, at the BBC Proms, and has made several CD recordings.
YOUTH SINGERS MUSICAL DIRECTOR – YARA RUBB
Yara Rubb is currently pursuing her masters degree in Choral Conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She holds a BA from the American University of Beirut in Music Education.
She has eight years experience of working with youth choirs and won the Zaki Nassif Award, a regional choral competition in her native Lebanon, two years in a row. Yara has participated in many Choral Workshops and Festivals worldwide and has sung at Carnegie Hall, New York. She has attended various music workshops in the States including the prestigious Eastman School of Music.
She formed the Beirut Chamber Choir, a chamber group that focuses on baroque and contemporary repertoire, which has been running for three years. Besides working with choirs and chamber groups, Yara has also coached talented pupils and taught piano, voice and music theory.
Accompanist – Ceri Gifford-Berry
Accompanist, Ceri Gifford-Berry studied piano and composition at the Welsh College of Music and Drama and graduated with an honours degree. She completed her Post Graduate Certificate of Education at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff.
Ceri began her teaching career at Caldicot Comprehensive School then taught Music and Performing Arts at St Cenydd Comprehensive School in Caerphilly for 12 years.
Ceri currently works for Gwent Music Service teaching piano and for Upbeat Music and Arts working on whole class music projects with staff and pupils in primary schools. She accompanies instrumentalists for grade exams and has been accompanist for both the Caerphilly Children’s Choir and Caerphilly Youth Singers.
Accompanist – Sara Hodges
Accompanist, Sara Hodges, studied composition at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and graduated with honours in 2006. She went on to gain her PGCE (Primary) from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, in 2008.
Currently, Sara teaches private piano lessons and is setting up stations to run Kindermusik classes for children, as well as working as a freelance musician.