We spoke to former National Youth Choir of Wales member - Elin Manahan Thomas - on what it was like to perform at Prince Harry and Meghan Marckle's wedding and how we played a part in her development.
I was absolutely thrilled to be asked to sing at the Royal Wedding. I think that singing at any wedding is a huge honour, and it’s just so lovely being a part of a couple’s special day. But obviously this one was going to have the eyes of the world watching - and listening! Above all I was delighted with the choice of music, and I thought it was a wonderful way for the bride to make her entrance. I’m known as a fan of Early Music, and as far as I’m concerned, you can’t go wrong with Handel. My love of baroque music began back in Swansea, with the Swansea Bach Choir and John Hugh Thomas and then with Côr Cenedlaethol Ieuenctid Cymru, NYC Wales. During my many NYCW courses, with both John Hugh and then Simon Halsey conducting, I found music that suited my voice, and spoke to my soul. We learnt pieces from the Renaissance, up to the present day, and travelled in musical style and nationalities from Wales, to Russia, America, Africa and beyond. The foundation of my understanding of, and passion for, singing came from my choral courses, and on top of that, I made lifelong friends. I would never dreamed, in Cyncoed in 1993, that I would have ended up one day singing in St George’s Chapel, Windsor on a historic day, but I’ll always be grateful to NYCW for being the start of my musical journey.
Elin Manahan Thomas' full biography can be found here.
The National Youth Choir of Wales are on tour this summer with conductor Tim Rhys Evans (OBE). Find tickets on our events page and let us know if you're coming with #NYCW2018.