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Join the Vernon Ellis Foundation on 21st November as they host award-winning Welsh soprano, Natalya Romaniw, accompanied by pianist Lada Valesova.
Be part of an exlusive and intimate audience at the Foundation's private concert hall. Experience a stunning programme of pieces personally selected for you by Natalya herself. As the winter nights draw in, this music will take you on a journey through the opera – culminating in two beautiful pieces from Wales, guaranteed to stir your hiraeth.
The concert will include pieces by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Strauss and Meirion Williams. Details of the full programme below.
Proceeds from this event will go to Cymorth Cymru, a charity which represents homelessness organisations in Wales. Their policy work has helped maintain progressive and effective services in Wales, which makes a huge difference to the most vulnerable.
With thanks to event sponsor, Geldards.
19:00 Arrival reception
19:30 Concert start
20:30 Buffet supper with wine
About the artists
Award winning Welsh soprano Natalya Romaniw was born in Swansea. Natalya’s grandfather, originally from the Ukraine, settled in Wales during the Second World War. Natalya studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she was awarded the prestigious Gold Medal in her final year. Natalya was the first person to ever win both the Loveday song prize and first prize at the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier awards in 2012.
Subsequent awards include the Clonter opera prize, London Welsh singer and the Welsh singer’s competition. In 2009 Natalya represented Wales in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the world competition where she was a song prize finalist.
A recent alumna of the Houston Grand opera studio, Natalya was the 2nd prize winner of the Eleanor McCollum competition 2012. Operatic engagements have included: Mimi in La Bohème, Ines in Il Trovatore, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Micaela in Carmen and Krystina in The Passenger, with performances at the Lincoln Center in New York with the Houston Grand Opera as the Governess in The Turn of the Screw for Glyndebourne on Tour, Woglinde in a concert performance of excerpts from Das Rheingold with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall and a return to Houston Grand Opera as Ortlinde in Die Walküre.
More recently Natalya made her European debut as Suzel in L'amico Fritz for Den Jyske Opera and an impressive company debut with Scottish Opera as the Foreign Princess Rusalka.
This year Natalya made waves in the UK with the Slavic repertoire, gaining critical acclaim for her outstanding portrayal of Tatyana in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin for Garsington Opera. This was closely followed by her portrayal of Lisa in the same composer's The Queen of Spades, in a return to Opera Holland Park. Next season's engagements include; a return to Scottish Opera as Suzel in L'amico Fritz as part of their Sunday Concert series; Beethoven 9 with the Hallé under Sir Mark Elder; an operatic movie gala; also with the Hallé under Stephen Bell and her role and company debut in the title role of Jenufa for the new Grange Park Opera.
Listen to a sample of Natalya's work here.
Lada Valešová was born in Pilsen in the Czech Republic to a Czech father and Russian mother. She began her piano studies at the age of six at the Lyadoff Children’s Music School in Moscow. What ensued was a lifelong love affair with all things piano. Lada also benefitted from a bi-lingual upbringing, being part of the Czech community in Moscow and moving effortlessly between the two communities. And early on she was attracted to the English language and literature.
In 1995, Lada was granted an EU Erasmus Exchange grant from the Prague Music Academy and arrived in London for three years of study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Under the inspirational guidance of James Gibb, head of the keyboard department, Lada discovered a new, refreshing way of music making. Following her studies, Lada was invited to be a professor at the Guildhall. When Sir Georg Solti first heard Lada play he invited her to play for him solo.
Lada Valešová’s recent debut CD of Czech Piano Music ‘Intimate Studies’ on Avie label has received universal international critical acclaim, praised for the intelligence of her programming and high refinement and sensitivity of her interpretations.
Lada graduated from the Prague Conservatoire and Prague Music Academy and continued her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where she was awarded a full scholarship for three years. She has won many prizes and has performed recitals all over the world. She and Natalya have a very close relationship.
A note from our sponsor, Geldards
Geldards are delighted to support this wonderful event and the work of Cymorth Cymru. As one of Wales' leading legal practices and the only one with a specialist Charity & Social Enterprise team, Geldards works with a range of organisations in the public, private and charitable sectors involved in homelessness, housing and supported living. We see the essential work that Cymorth undertake and the role they play in Wales in addressing these deep-rooted challenges. We hope that everybody enjoys the high-quality entertainment and company planned for the evening. Most importantly, we hope you can all support the work of this vital organisation.
About Cymorth Cymru
Cymorth Cymru is the umbrella body for providers of homelessness, housing related support and social care services in Wales. Over the years they have represented charities that make a huge difference to the lives of thousands in Wales. Their work can only continue because of the generous support of people and organisations. With your support they will be able to maintain their policy work and continue to make changes in Wales – for the most vulnerable.
Is there a dress-code?
Whilst there is no formal dress code for the concert, we would suggest smart attire, however please come as you feel comfortable.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
If you have any queries, please contact Cymorth Cymru's Events & Marketing Lead, Emma Howell on 02920 553687 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes, please bring a printed copy of all tickets with you on the night.