Brought up in Barry and receiving her early education through the medium of Welsh, Rhiannon's career began as a singer, winning nearly 100 competitions, as a participant each year at the 'Urdd' as well as at the Chepstow, Bristol City, Kingswood and Longwell Green Eisteddfodau, culminating in being awarded the prestigious titles of '1989 Welsh and British BET Choirgirl of the year' (whilst a chorister at All Saints Church, Barry and as a student of Zoe Creswell). The final was held at St Georges' Church, Hanover Square, London with adjudicators; Sir David Wilcox, Harry Bramma (RSCM) and Peter Skellern. Solo performances followed, at:
'St David's Hall, Cardiff':
The 'Welsh Proms' - under Owain Arwel Hughes CBE and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra) June '1990'
Guest soloist with Pendyrus Male Choir-conducted by the late Glynne Jones. Organist Huw Tregelles Williams-'91'
Guest Soloist with Cor Meibion De Cymru -conducted by Alun John and accompanied by the late Bryan Davies-'1990'
Elijah' alongside the Ardwyn singers, Stuart Burrows, Donald Maxwell, Penelope Walker & Rita Cullis-'1990'
Lunchtime concert with the Orchestra of WCMD conducted by Peter Fielding, and on three occasions at The
'Royal Albert Hall' in the presence of her Majesty the Queen and Prince Phillip, with guest celebrities Cliff Richard, Roy Castle, Leo Sayer to name a few.........conducted by Leon Lovett and accompanied on harp by Osian Elis.
Rhiannon also sang at the House of Commons' Christmas party alongside comedian Stan Boardman-attended by Princess Michael of Kent, and at the Sandown Racecourse with Blaenavon Male voice choir, Paul Jones and Bryn Yemm as well as making tv appearances for HTV, SKY & S4C.
Rhiannon was offered a place to study voice at the Junior department of the Royal College of Music, London, but chose however to accept a part-time vocal scholarship at the Welsh College of Music and Drama where she received tuition with Maureen Guy from 13-16 years of age, achieving her Grade 8 in singing. She toured with WNO, as one of the children in 'Die Frau Ohne Schatten'-Strauss, and as the first Genie in Mozart's 'The Magic Flute' with the Mid Wales Centre for Opera-both at the young age of twelve. She also sang at the Abbey Road Studios, London alongside Brian May (Queen), being one of 50 children chosen from 5000 to audition for his record 'Who wants to Live forever'.
Rhiannon became a member of the South Glamorgan Youth Choir & Orchestra ( Violin), the National Youth Choirs of Wales and Great Britain, Choir of the Orchestra of St John's Smith Square, London and the consort group of the RSCM Cathedral singers. She was successful, by examination, in receiving the highest RSCM award 'St Cecilia Senior' medal (with keyboard accompaniment) at age 16 and shortly afterwards her Licentiate Diploma in Voice from the Trinity College of Music, London (LTCL) under the tutorship of Jeanette Massochi, before receiving the 'David Lloyd Entrance Vocal Scholarship' at Cardiff University.
She has since performed the Mezzo Soprano roles during Bach's Mass in B minor (Abergavenny) Haydn's Nelson Mass and the Soprano solo in Kenneth Leighton's 'Crucifixus pro Nobis' (both whilst at Cardiff University) Also, the soprano solo during Edward Gregson's 'Sword in the Crown' alongside the Black Dyke/Park & Dare/Brighouse & Rastrick brass bands at the 'Park & Dare Theatre, Treorchy'. More recently, Rhiannon sang two solo items at St David's hall, Cardiff-during a concert for the 'Massed festival of ladies choirs' (2010) as well as two items at the Porthcawl & Wychavon Brass Entertainment contests (2011). She also sings solo at various choir concerts and at weddings and funerals.