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Chorister Achievements 

January 2018

Erin Jones has been awarded the ARSM diploma ( Associate of the Royal Schools of Music) and has gained a place with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. Well done Erin!

December 2017

Congratulations to Fred Cooper who achieved a singing  grade 8 pass with merit and to Ewan Forrest who achieved a distinction pass also at grade 8 level.

May 2017

Congratulations to Rhys Hunter - first prize in singing in the Bishop Gore School Eisteddfod, and grade 4 singing distinction

Congratulations to Naveen Kanamarlapudi, 2nd in Olchfa school eisteddfod singing and selected for the High Scorers Concert (grade 3 distinction). Naveen has also passed grade2 violin.

Congratulations to Dom Caselton selected for the High Scorers Concert - grade 5 singing distinction a,d awarded the Helen Hopkins silver Cup for singers.

Congratulations to Anna Cooper - awarded a choral scholarship to Homerton College Cambridge, September 2017

School musicals: Three of the Ariosas were selected to sing in their school musicals: Alexander Iles in 'Fame' (Dwr-y-Felin, Neath); Naveen Kanamarlapudi in 'Olive'r (Olchfa Swansea) and Sophie Thomas in 'Matilda' ( Ffynone House, Swansea)

December 2016

Congratulations to ex Ariosas Celine Forrest and Josh Mills who were the soprano and tenor soloists in the performance of Messiah recently at Swansea's Brangwyn Hall with the Swansea Philharmonic Choir.

Singing exam results: Ewan Forrest grade 7 with merit, Fred Cooper grade 7, Dominic Caselton grade 5 with distinction, Rhys Hunter grade 3 merit and Naveen Kanamarladpudi grade 3 with distinction. Well done

Theory of music results: Dominic grade 1 and Naveen grade 2. Well done!

July 2016

Singing exam results: Naveen (grade 2) and Cerys (grade 6). Also congratulations to associate member Nikkila on passing grade 8 with distinction. Well done all three.

Graduation: Congratulations to Thomas Williams who graduated with honours from Bath University

June 2016

Céline Forrest  (soprano) recently sang in the Wales Millennium Centre Concert Hall as a soloist with the London Opera Studio accompanied by the Welsh National Opera Orchestra. Congratulations!

Ralph Williams (countertenor) has been given a scholarship to sing in the Cathedral Choir at Blackburn. There are five choirs in the Cathedral and Ralph will be assisting and singing with them in the various services and concerts. Well done Ralph! He graduates this year from Royal Holloway University of London.

Rachel Higgs (soprano)  is completing her B Mus degree this month at York University

Joshua Mills (tenor) will be singing in the Last Night of the Proms in the Royal Albert Hall this coming September. He is singing in the Serenade to Music by Vaughan-Williams. Well done Josh!

Ewan Forrest (tenor) will be 'Samuel' in  the forthcoming production of Gilbert and Sullivan's THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE by the Uplands Arts Company. Well done Ewan!

Natalya Romaniw (soprano and Ariosa Singers’ Patron) is singing one of the principal roles ‘Tatyana’  in Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin at Garsington Opera. Well done Nat!

April 2016

Anna Cooper ABRSCM High Scorers Concert - piano  award for highest scoring candidate

Alexander Iles ABRSM High Scorers Concert for his grade 8 distinction award

December 2015

Alexander Iles grade 8 singing with disinction

Georgie Ingmire  grade 8 singing with merit

Erin Jones grade 8 singing  with merit

Emily Turnbull, grade 8 singing with merit

Joe Lyden, grade 3 organ


Spring 2015

Georgie Ingmire grade 7 singing with distinction

Erin Jones grade 7 singing with distinction and 1st prize Urdd County Esiteddfod, soprano solo

Trystan Williams grade 7 singing with distinction

Emily Turnbull grade 7 pass


Summer 2014

Georgie Ingmire grade 6 singing with merit

Erin Jones grade 6 singing with merit

Emily Turnbull grade 6 singing pass

Harriet Williams grade 8 singing with merit

Alexander Iles grade 4 theory of music.

Natalie Reeve on achieving both the ATCL and LVCM singing diplomas


Autumn 2013

Mollie Thomas  grade 8 singing

Anna Cooper grade 8 merit

Oliva Barrow  grade 8

Georgie Ingmire grade 5 merit

Erin Jones grade 5 merit

Emily Turnbull grade 5

Cerys Hughes grade 4


Summer  2013

Angharad Howden-Evans  ABRSM Organ grade 1 with distinction

Sean Rees, ABRSM Organ grade 5 with distinction

Georgie Ingmire RSCM Silver Medal, Bishop's Award

Lily Pearce RSCM Bronze Medal, Dean's Award

Catrin Harris ATCL singing diploma with distinction

Rachel Higgs ATCL singing diploma with distinction

Sean Rees ATCL singing diploma with distinction

Will Hunkin ATCL singing diploma

Celine Forrest B.Mus (hons) Royal Academy of Music , London


Spring 2013

Mollie Thomas Trinity Exam grade 6 singing merit. Mollie also gained a place on the National Youth Training Choir. She was also given a solo.

Patrick Rixson ABRSM grade 2 theory

Alexander Iles ABRSM grade 2 theory

Harriet Williams ABRSM grade 4 theory

Catrin Harris  ABRSM grade 5 theory

Natalie Reeve ABRSM grade 5 theory with distinction

Ralph Williams ABRSM grade 8 theory of music

Gareth Price, past Ariosa, ABRSM grade 8 theory of music

Grace Williams Royal School of Church Music Bronze Award

Angharad and Niahm Howden Evans RSCM Silver Award

Joe Lyden RSCM Silver Award with merit

Ralph Williams RSCM Silver Award with distinction

Chorister Achievements 2012

August 2012

Hannah Bowen  ANCM  Associate of the National College of Music diploma

Isobel Barrow ATCL  Associate of Trinity College of Music London singing recital diploma

Congratulations to our Ariosa members on their A level achievements. We will miss them but they all intend coming back for our Christmas concert/s together with other past members.

Where are they going?

Mairwen Kirk ATCL Cardiff University to read for a B.Mus: Mairwen also has a vocal scholarship

Thomas Williams Bath University to study for a B.Sc in Physics

Ben Roberts  Bath University to study for a B Sc. degree in Maths

Victoria Chapman Bath Spa University to sudy for a degree in Music

Nia Webb Cardiff University to study for a degree in Law

Catrin Byrne ATCL  Kings College London to study Dentistry

Daniel Rogers Bath Spa University to study for a B A in Music and Educational Studies

Reuben Nicholas ATCL Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama to study for a B Mus specialising in Vocal Studies

and  Sophie Goss is going to the USA to study there initially at High School

Message from Penny Ryan: "I thank you all for your amazing contribution to the achievements of the Ariosa Singers. I hope that you will carry your love of music and singing with you."

June 2012

National College of Music, Music Theatre grade 7 with first class honours Natalie Reeve.

Association Board

Dan Rogers grade 8 music literacy and theory 

Ralph Williams grade 6 theory of music

Rachel Higgs, grade 6 singing distinction

Olivia Jenkins, grade 5 piano distinction, taught by Ms Georgina Brown

Anna Cooper grade 5 singing merit and grade 5 piano distinction

Alexander Iles grade 3 singing distinction

Sean Rees  grade 3 organ with distinction

Harriet Williams grade 3 theory of music

Trinity College of Music

Catrin Byrne ATCL singing diploma

Royal School of Church Music

Sean Rees, Silver Medal with distinction

Reuben Nicholas, Silver Medal with merit


Associated Board singing exams Dec 2011:

Grade 8: Sophie Goss

Grade 5 Olivia Barrow and Elinor Williams

Grade 4 Mollie Thomas, and Trystan Williams (with distinction)

Grade 3 Harriet Williams

 Associated Board theory of music exams Nov 2011:

Grade 6 Mairwen Kirk with distinction

Grade 2 Catrin Harris  with distinction

Trinty Guildhall Music Exams, singing, Dec 2011

Grade 6 Catrin Harris with distinction

Grade 8 Violin - Victoria Chapman

Mairwen Kirk and Daniel Rogers have both received provisional offers at university to read for a B. Mus degree starting in Sept 2012

Mairwen has a Choral Scholarship to the Music Department of Cardiff University.

Reuben Nicholas has been offered a provisional place at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama for his B.Mus degree (singing) for Sept 2012

Congratulations to Trystan Williams who has been awarded a scholarship to Christ College, Brecon. He starts there in January 2012. Well done Trys!

Natalya Romaniw, our Music Patron, has been given a place on the Lindemann Young Artists Development Programme of the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.

News of Past Ariosas

Nick Dwyer received a good write-up for his performance in Tosca in Grange Park Opera. Nick was 'The Jailor'

Joshua Mills has been awarded a Young Artists place at the Garsington Opera Summer School 2012

Carrie Thompson will be singing in the annual opera school in Pisa, Italy in the summer of 2012

Mike Webborn is the Musical Director for the pantomine in Perth, Scotland.

Carrie Thompson ATCL started her  B Mus degree course at the Royal Academy of Music in September 2011.

Joe Gorvett ATCL started his B Mus degree course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama September 2011

Hannah Williams, Anastasia Harvey, Dan Rogers and Reuben Nicholas have been appointed as Choral Scholars at All Saints Church Choir, sponsored by Lyndon Williams and family in memory of Mrs. Eira Williams. Dan continues as Organ Scholar.

Reuben Nicholas, Mairwen Kirk and Joe Gorvett all achieved their ATCL recital diplomas. Many congratulations

Hannah Lyden has been appointed Head Chorister at All Saints Church

Singing Exam Results: (Summer 2011)

Grade 8: Reuben Nicholas, Hannah Williams, Isobel Barrow

Grade 3 Harriet Williams (merit)  

Grade 3 Mollie Thomas (merit)

Grade 4 Olivia Barrow (merit)

Grade 4 Kajal Davies

Grade 5 Catrin Harris (merit)


Chorister Achievements 2010

Many congratulations to Lucy Hole, Angharad Howden-Evans, Lydia Price and Joe Lyden and previous member Alfie Williams  who all passed the Royal School of Church Music Dean’s Award bronze medal. This is an externally examined prestigious award and the successful candidates were presented with their medals at a special service in Llandaff Cathedral on 9th October 2010 by Bishop David Wilborne, Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Llandaff.


Joe Gorvett singing grade 8 with distinction;

Dan Rogers grade 7 theory of music

Reuben Nicholas grade 6 singing with merit and grade 2 Practical Musicianship.

Mairwen Kirk grade 5 theory of music.

Dan Rogers grade 5 organ with merit

Reuben Nicholas grade 4 Practical Musicianship,

Olivia Barrow, Catrin Harris, Emma Atkinson all grade three singing.

Joshua Mills- scholarship award from the Excelsior Ladies Choir.

Silver Medal of the Royal School of Church Music: Hannah Lyden and Rose Bowles.

Carrie Thompson  Head Girl Chetham's Shool Music Manchester

Rhys Morris honours degree in Music, Cardiff University.

Chorister Achievements 2009

Summer music exams - well done to

Daniel Rogers grade 3 organ with distinction and theory with merit grade 4;

Reuben Nicholas  grade 5 singing with merit;

Cerys Thompson grade 7 singing with distinction,

Carrie Thompson grade 5 general musicianship with merit and

former Ariosa member Mary Kate Eynon Advanced Performers Certificate.

Congratulations to Gareth Price who has been awarded the ATCL recital diploma of Trinity College of Music, London.

Chorister Achievements 2008

Well done to Mairwen Kirk for her hard work during December, starting with a duet with Reuben Nicholas at the Port Einon Carol Service.  Then, as a leading cast member of the annual Christmas Play performed by children of the south Gower villages, Mairwen helped to raise £100 for the Paul Donnelly Bone Cancer memorial appeal.  Her lively rendition of Hey Big Spender won the vicar's approval.   After Holy Eucharist on Christmas Eve, where Mairwen had again been invited to perform Pie Jesu with Reuben, Canon Joe thanked her for the duet, and expressed some disappointment that she hadn't provided an encore of Big Spender!  (from our Gower Correspondent)

Hannah Williams , Ceri Williams and Daniel Rogers have been appointed as Head Choristers in All Saints Church Choir! Well done!!

Congratulations to Christopher Williams who has achieved his grade 8 with distinction! Well done Chris! 

Congratulations to Hannah Williams, grade 5 singing with merit; Daniel Rogers, grade 4 singing with merit and grade 2 organ with meri; Ruth Hughes grade 3 singing; Kanayo Ejifor grade 4 singing with merit; Sophie Jones grade 6 singing with merit and Carrie Thompson ATCL grade one General Musicianship with distinction. Les Ryan was the accompanist. Well done everyone!

DIPLOMAS IN MUSIC. Congratulations to Fiona Beresford, ATCL recital diploma with distinction; Céline Forrest, ATCL recital diploma with distinction and Charlotte Jug who inspite of laryngitis achieved her ATCL recital diploma as did Carrie Thompson at Easter and Jonathan Padley in July 2007. In this session Jonathan obtained his LMusTCL. These are awards of Trinity College of Music, London.

Naomi Beth Kitchin* and Ceri Williams have passed their exams for the Royal School of Church Music bronze medal, the Dean's Award. Well done! (* denotes a pass with merit)

Joe Gorvett*, Anastasia Harvey*, Daniel Rogers* and Hannah Williams passed their exams for the Royal School of Church Music silver medal, the Bishop's Award. Well done!
(* denotes a pass with merit) 

Sophie Jones has passed, with distinction, the grade 8 exam in saxophone from Trinity Guildhall. Well done!

Rebecca Pedrick Case has been accepted at Atlantic College to study, post 16,  for the International Baccalaureate. Many congrations!

Jon Padley has been awarded the LMusTCL diploma from Trinity College of Music, London. It's a graduate level diploma in theoretical music. Many congratuations!

Mairwen Kirk passed her grade three Theory of Music; Daniel Rogers passed his grade two with merit and Hannah Williams passed her grade one exam. Congratulations to you all.

Carrie Thompson has been awarded the ATCL (Associate of Trinity College of Music London)  performance diploma in singing. Many congratulations Carrie!

Céline Forrest has been given the 2008 Swansea Excelsior Ladies Choir award of £500. This is an annual award. Past recipients have included Joe Morgan and Natalya Romaniw.

Josh Mills has accepted a place at Guildhall School of Music and Drama London, after being offered a place at Royal College of Music and GSMD. He'll join Joe Morgan and Natalya Romaniw at GSMD.

Jessica Davoren has passed her grade 8 singing examination. Congratulations! She also has a place at Trinity College Carmarthen to read for a degree in Education.

Joe Gorvett was interviewed by Classic FM. He mentioned the Ariosa Singers and chose Panis Angelicus as his favourite piece.

Sophie Jones has been awarded a prestigious Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Bursary for the duration of her undergraduate studies at Churchill College Cambridge. Between 3 and 5 are awarded annually - so this is a very special award which marks outstanding and consistent academic achievement, community service and commitment to extra-curricular activities.

Nia King has a place at Trinity College Carmarthen to study for her B A Degree in Drama

Chris Williams has passed his grade 6 singing with merit with the Trinity Guildhall examination. Congratulations!

Carrie Thompson has the principal role of Eve in Children of Eden, in the C.A.T.S. production at the Taliesin Theatre Swansea  in late July.

Cerys Thompson has the role of Eponine in the same production. 

Michael Webborn has the part of Sellem in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress which is being presented by Trinity College of Music, London in June.

Rhys Morris Cardiff University Music Society President 2008.

Jessica Davoren, offers of places at Cardiff University, Bristol University and Trinity College Carmarthen.

Sophie Jones  - unconditional offer to read English at Churchill College, Cambridge University

Charlotte Jug, open award to Oxford University to read Psychology

West Glamorgan Youth Theatre :
Mary-Kate and Celine are both in the production of Pirates of Penzance. Celine is 'Mabel'.

Josh Mills and Céline Forrest are members of the Welsh National Opera Youth Company 2008.

Céline Forrest has a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music

Chorister Achievements 2006 - 07

Singing Examinations

 Trinity Guildhall Examinations

ATCL Recital Diploma    Jon Padley

Performers Certificate     Céline Forrest distinction

Grade 7  Nia King, Mary-Kate Eynon merit

Grade 6    Gareth Price   merit,  Nia King  merit,  Rosie Jones  merit,
Fiona Beresford   distinction,  Carrie Thompson   merit,  
Mary-Kate Eynon  merit  Mairwen Kirk distinction

First Concert Certificate   Mairwen Kirk merit, Cerys Thompson, distinction

Grade 4   Cerys Thompson   merit   

Associated Board of the
Royal Schools of Music 

Grade 8   Rhys Morris,  Charlotte Jug  distinction,
Fiona Beresford distinction, Gareth Price  merit, Carrie Thompson distinction

Grade 7   Jessica Davoren with distinction 

Grade 5   Rebecca Lansdowne,  Cerys Thompson  distinction 

Grade 4  Joe Gorvett  merit, Isobel Barrow, Hannah Williams

Grade 3   Anastasia Harvey,  Joe Gorvett

2005 High Scorers Concert

Rhys Morris, Carrie Thompson, Fiona Beresford, Charlotte Jug

2006 High Scorers Concert

Charlotte Jug, Fiona Beresford, Chris Hughes, David Merriman, Jon Padley

2007 High Scorers Concert

Singers: Charlotte Jug,  Jessica Davoren and Cerys Thompson. Charlotte won the Grade 8 Singer's Prize

Guest item: Ave Verum - by Lisa Mears  sung by Fiona Beresford, Charlotte Jug, Céline Forrest & Carrie Thompson with Lisa Mears - accompanist

Mairwen Kirk also participated as a high scorer playing her harp. Congratulations to everyone!

Theory Examinations

Grade 8   David Merriman with merit 

Grade 5   Fiona Beresford with merit,  Carrie Thompson,  Gareth Price  

Royal School of Church Music

Bronze Medal  - The Dean's Award 
Hannah Williams  merit,  Joe Gorvett  merit
Anastasia Harvey merit,  Daniel Rogers  merit 

Silver Medal  - The Bishop's Award
Carrie Thompson  distinction 

Gold Medal
Carrie Thompson

National Achievements

National Youth Choir of Great Britain   Carrie Thompson 

Welsh National Youth Opera  2007  Carrie Thompson,  Céline Forrest,
and past students  Joe Morgan ATCL, Natalya Romaniw ATCL

Welsh National Youth Opera 2008  Josh Mills, Céline Forrest 

County Achievements

West Glamorgan Youth Theatre Mary-Kate Eynon and Céline Forrest are in the Pirates of Penzance. Céline is 'Mabel'

University Entry
 to read music    
Rhys Morris    Cardiff,   
David Merriman    Oxford

 Professional Achievements  

Scholarship BBC Chorus Wales     Christopher Hughes 

Charles Court Opera  Michael Webborn - administrator and performer

Congratulations to the following: Nia Sian King, Performer's Certificate; Mary-Kate Eynon, grade 8; Mairwen Kirk, grade 7*; Cerys Thompson, grade 6*; Joe Gorvett, First Concert Certificate* (*awarded with merit.) Accompanist for these exams was Hywel Evans.  Trinity-Guildhall Music Exam Board. Previously Mairwen Kirk achieved grade 5 distinction in Music Theatre.

Many congratulations to members of Class Act Theatre School on an outstanding production at Swansea's Grand Theatre recently. They performed excerpts from Oliver, Joseph, Les Mis, Children of Eden, Seussical and High School Music. Catrin Harris, Emma Atkinson, Mollie Kneath, Cerys and Carrie Thompson. Well done! 


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