Appointment of new Musical DirectorThe Festival Chorus

The Festival Chorus is delighted to announce the appointment of it’s new Musical Director, Rosie Howarth.

Rosie is a professional choral conductor, singer and vocal coach. In 2016 she graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with an MA in Choral Conducting, where she received a scholarship from the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Her primary tutors were Neil Ferris and Sarah Tenant Flowers, and she also received tuition from Adrian Partington, Alice Farnham and Paul Brough. 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.

Rosie is currently the Musical Director of Rainbow Voices LGBT+ Choir in Birmingham and has previously worked as a freelance conductor in South Wales, as Musical Director of Cor Bro Ogwr in Bridgend, Caerphilly Community Chorus, and Songbirds LGBT Choir. In 2019 she was one of the Artistic Directors of Hand in Hand Festival, the biggest national LGBT Choir Festival in the UK.

Rosie also conducts opera and recently conducted the UK premiere of Gounod’s La Nonne Sanglante for Gothic Opera, which received three Off West End nominations, including Best Opera Production.

On January 10th she will start rehearsing Haydn’s Creation for a concert on the 2nd July and would like to welcome new singers and old hands to return and sing with her.

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