Meriel Andrew - Soprano

Meriel is from Ciliau Aeron in West Wales. After completing her degree at Aberystwyth University she taught English for several years at Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni. In 1999 she was awarded the Dame Eva Turner Award for Dramatic Sopranos, enabling her to enter the Royal Northern College of Music. Her awards and prizes include the John Ireland Competition, the Young London Welsh Singer of the year and the Manchester Welsh Prize.

Meriel's Operatic roles include: Romilda 'Xerxes' for BYO; Mimi 'La Boheme', Pamina 'The Magic Flute', The Governess 'The Turn of the Screw' for Opera Mint and Countess (cover) 'Le Nozze Di Figaro' for Diva Opera.

Concert performances include: The Mother 'Amahl and the Night Visitors' conducted by Jonathon Trout at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, a tour of Zimbabwe as guest soloist at various concerts, Scarlatti's Miserere for Sheffield Bach Choir, Tippett's A Child of Our Time for Altringham Choral Society and Messiah for Salford Choral Society. Meriel was also a soloist in the very successful 'The Most Beautiful Man From The Sea' community oratorio at the Wales Millennium Centre. Meriel also features on the soundtrack to the film 'Very Annie Mary' as the voice of Rachel Griffiths.

Operatic engagements include: Sandman and Dewfairy (cover) 'Hansel and Gretel'; 1st Priestess 'Iphigenie en Tauride'; Page Rigoletto; Hanna Glawari (cover) 'The Merry Widow' and Barbarina (cover and several performances) 'Le Nozze Di Figaro' for WNO. Meriel covered Mimi 'La Boheme' for WNO at the Hong Kong Festival and performed the role of High Priestess in 'Aida' at the Millennium Centre.