Elin Rees: Assistant Accompanist / Organist
Elin is from Penarth, just outside Cardiff, and grew up in a musical family, performing as a piano and harp soloist and accompanist from when she was very young. She began having organ lessons at Llandaff Cathedral when she was 12 years old, and at 16 won a scholarship to the Purcell School of Music, where she studied piano performance with James Gibb and organ with Anne Elise Smoot.
Elin spent five years at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and during this time became a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music with a BMus (Hons) in Piano Performance, obtained under the guidance of Paul Janes and Carole Presland. She was a finalist in the RNCM Duo competition in 2009 and 2010 and was soloist in a performance of Mendelssohn’s First Piano Concerto with the Manchester Beethoven Orchestra. She has also performed in Masterclasses with Barry Snyder, Rolf Hind, Mark Ray, Jack Gibbons and Lesley Howard.
Her final year at the RNCM was spent studying for her Masters degree, which she gained in 2011, in Piano Performance.
As an organist, Elin was initially able to continue lessons at the RNCM with Kevin Bowyer and was a finalist in the RNCM Prize Competition in 2010. Whilst in Manchester, she had the great experience of working with Ronald Frost as Pilling Organ Scholar for four years at St. Ann’s Church and regularly performed at the Tuesday lunchtime concerts.
As well as being Assistant Accompanist of Bury Choral Society, Elin splits her time between playing at Bury Parish Church, where she is Organist and Assistant Director of Music, performing as accompanist and soloist across the North West, and teaching the piano.