2007 is the 50th year as a professional musician of JOHN HUW DAVIES. A performance of the Verdi Requiem at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester on 15th April 2007 celebrated this 50th anniversary. It was also an opportunity for the singers and players, with whom he has enjoyed making music, to perform the Requiem in one of the country's most recent and best concert halls.
The choir of over 250 singers and orcheastra - the North Wales and North West Festival Choir and Orchestra come from choirs with which John Huw is presently involved as well as singers who have taken part in his summer schools, master classes and other courses.
John Hugh began his career as a singer and broadcaster, singing in many major concert halls in Britain and abroad, giving recitals for BBC Radio 3 and working regularly on programmes for BBC Radio, TV and ITV. As a conductor he has given broadcasts with the BBC Singers and the BBC Northern Singers, with his own Monteverdi Singers, and regularly conducts the major choral and orchestral works. He taught at Trinity College of Music and the University of North Wales, and gives many courses each year for solo and choral singers.
Four superb soloists graced the night:-
Jayne Carpenter - Soprano, Mary Lloyd Davies - Mezzo, Matthew Minter - Tenor, Mark Rawlinson - Bass
And ... to add to his pleasure his wife and daughter were on stage with him playing in the orcheatra.