Kathryn Rees has been a tutor at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama for the past fourteen years, specialising in harp technique. Past and current students have achieved great success at competitions both nationally and internationally.
After graduating from the Royal Northern College of Music, Kathryn studied her Masters in Harp Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York. She completed her studies on a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship. After a season as Principal Harp at the Heidelberg Opera Festival, Kathryn worked as a freelance orchestral harpist in New York state and taught as Senior harp instructor at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan.
Kathryn has enjoyed a varied performing career, presenting recitals in Canada, the US, UAE and Qatar and freelanced orchestrally here in Wales, most notably with Welsh Sinfonia. Kathryn teaches an extensive studio of private students and is frequently in demand for masterclasses and adjudicating at competitions.
James has conducted with leading opera companies and orchestras including Welsh National Opera, English Touring Opera, Sinfonia Cymru, L’Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento, Camerata Nordica and Opéra de Baugé.
Alongside his work at WNO, James has been a coach at RWCMD since 2013, conducting the Opera Gala with the WNO Orchestra in 2018.
At WNO he has been assistant conductor to WNO Conductor Laureate Carlo Rizzi, Lothar Koenigs and Tomáš Hanus.
An award-winning pianist, he has performed recitals at Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and live on BBC Radio 3. He has also collaborated with Sir Bryn Terfel CBe, Rebecca Evans, Elizabeth Watts and Ailish Tynan.
James was Organ Scholar at Queens’ Cambridge and is an alumnus of the Royal College of Music.
Mary’s career has encompassed a wide range of roles, including that of performer, teacher, coach, broadcaster and writer. A popular and highly experienced mezzo soprano, Mary has worked with leading conductors and numerous orchestras across the world and has made a particular feature of the contemporary classical repertoire. Mary’s experience of leading organisations focussed on the training of young singers have included ENO’s the Knack, Southbank Centre’s Voicelab and the Glyndebourne Academy.
Equally at home in Musical Theatre, she teaches in this discipline at the Royal Academy of Music, Arts Ed and is a vocal consultant for several West End shows. She is also a regular broadcaster on both radio and television and in 2007, she co-wrote The Singer’s Handbook, published by Faber.