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Press Release                                                                11 December 2005




 As a member of the Welsh National Youth Opera, Katherine has performed a number of principal roles including those of Dido in Purcell`s Dido and Aeneas, Olga in Tchaikovsky`s Eugene Onegin  and Carmen in a workshop production of Bizet`s opera.   Forthcoming roles include Irene in Handel`s Theodora (Royal Academy of Music Opera Scenes) and Mrs Noye in Britten`s Mrs Noye`s Fludde.


 Oratorio experience includes  Kodaly`s Missa  Brevis in Bristol Cathedral and Duruffle`s Requiem with the London Bach Choir.   Katherine performs regularly on the concert platform and this year represented Wales, on behalf of the Wales Tourist Board, on a tour of North America which culminated in a St David`s Day recital in New York.


 Katherine has undertaken postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London including tuition with Beatrice Unsworth and Clara Taylor.


 4.         Visit the Morriston Orpheus Choir web site at

 It was third time lucky for a mezzo soprano in the Young Welsh Singer of the Year competition. Katherine Allen, from Thornhill, Cardiff won the annual event, organised by the Morriston Orpheus Choir Supporters Association (MOCSA).  Now Kath will support Morriston Orpheus Choir raising funds for charities in South Wales this Christmas.


 The choir’s annual Christmas Charity Concert will be held on Saturday 17 December at St Mary’s Church in Swansea ’s city centre. It starts at 7.30 and the Choir will be conducted by Sian Pearce.


 As well as the Morriston Orpheus, concert goers in Swansea will be entertained by Cor Waunarlwydd.  The concert also gives the audience the opportunity to join with the choir in festive carols.


 Choir spokesman Clive Williams said “the annual Christmas concert is always a bit special for the choir. We do a great deal of charity work for worthy causes throughout the Country but it is nice to see good causes close to home benefit from our concerts. This year the proceeds of the concert will go to “Crossroads” caring for carers based at Clydach Memorial Hospital , the South Wales Multiple Sclerosis Centre based at Winchwen Industrial Estate, Enterprise Park , Swansea and Pentrepoeth Methodist Church , Morriston, Swansea ”.


 Ticket prices are £9 (Senior citizens and children £6). They are available from choristers, the choir shop on the first floor of Swansea's High Street Arcade and the choir’s  Engagement Secretary on (01792) 526211.  More information about the choir can be found at .




 Notes for Editors


 1.         The Choir holds rehearsals on Wednesday and Sunday evenings 

2.         Further information may be obtained from Clive G Williams, Catherine Bowen Information and Development Officer Clydach Memorial Hospital, 01792 846351, Liz Hale, the South Wales Multiple Sclerosis Centre based at  Winchwen Industrial Estate, Enterprise Park, Swansea 01792 701342 and the Rev A J Parkinson, Pentrepoeth Methodist Church, Morriston, Swansea 01792 206793




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