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Sunday, August 24, 2014

New singing group takes to the stage


* Members of the Llangollen-based Stage 2 Stage singing group. Picture by Barrie Potter.

Stage 2 Stage is a recently founded group of amateur singers, whose mission is to bring the glamour, vibrancy and magic of professional musical theatre to a stage near you.

Based in Llangollen, the 15 vocalists and their Musical Director, Elen Mair Roberts, have a long association with local artistic and musical organisations and their collective experience in treading the amateur boards spans several decades.

Formerly attached to the town’s Operatic Society and known as the Troupe, the group decided to go solo at the end of 2013 in order to pursue their own ambitions with greater autonomy and freedom, though many members still maintain active membership of the Operatic. 

Close friends in addition to colleagues in chorus, Stage 2 Stage members hail from an eclectic mix of backgrounds, professions, age groups and even countries but have the common denominator of a passion for music, a sense of fun and a desire to share this with others. 

The group’s repertoire is extensive and has something to appeal to most tastes. The main component is musical theatre, however further genres include opera, screen, popular music, festive favourites and Welsh folk and Elen strives continuously to introduce exciting, new pieces.

So whether you are an ardent fan of Rodgers and Hammerstein, enjoy more contemporary shows such as Hairspray and Chicago, or like to rock the evening away to Queen, you can rest assured that Stage 2 Stage will have something to suit your preference. 

The group firmly believes that high quality entertainment should be accessible to all. To this end, their broad repertoire and very reasonable fees make them a fantastic choice for any type of event, from an intimate family celebration, to a fully choreographed show complete with their own, five piece band. 

In their previous guise, they performed at a host of private and public events, with notable credits including Barmouth Festival of Arts 2012, Welsh rugby team captain Ryan Jones’ Testimonial Dinner, Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod’s “Llanfest” and Llangollen Women’s Festival of Music.

Their debut as Stage 2 Stage was in April at Dolgellau Music Festival where they performed a full concert to an appreciative audience at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor and received warm praise from the festival organisers, who said: “The choral sound was rich and disciplined at all times, and the company as a whole radiated energy and a tremendous delight in what they were doing...Following this first outing as an independent group, the company deserves to prosper."

The group is currently working on new material for the autumn/ winter season, so if you are planning an event and would like to find out more about how Stage 2 Stage could enhance that, contact Tessa Orton-Jones or Alison Jarvis on 07413 822408 or e-mail stage2stage@outlook.com

Details are also available at www.stage2stage.net for details of past and future public performances, and to view photographs and testimonials.

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