Gaenor Ellis has joined the Music department at Ellesmere, giving singing lessons to pupils of all ages.
Born in Oswestry, Gaenor's love for singing started at a very young age and after leaving school, she went to Cardiff University to study Music and Drama. She then spent two years at The Royal College of Music in London studying Opera.
Her first singing role was with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, touring nationally for four years. A role with the cast of Phantom of the Opera followed at Her Majesty's Theatre in London. During this time she met Howard Smith who she subsequently married and when motherhood arrived, Gaenor started to teach at home combining her time with looking after her son, Owen, and recording film soundtracks at the Abbey Road Studios, including the last Star Warsfilm.
Last year she had the opportunity to sing in the choir for the world premiere of Sir Paul McCartney's choral piece, Ecce Cor Meum, at the Royal Albert Hall. She also sang with the London Symphony Orchestra, performing the Lord of the Rings Symphony.
More recently, Gaenor has also teamed up with her husband to perform together as the 'Mr and Mrs Smith' duo. They will be performing together at the forthcoming Three Choirs Concert when they will be performing Phantom of the Opera songs, accompanied by the Ellesmere College Choral Society, Senior School Chapel and Lower School Choirs.
The Three Choirs Concert will take place at the College on Saturday 15th March at 7.30pm.
'Gaenor brings a wealth of experience of singing to public audiences and is certainly inspiring pupils with her singing lessons, building the young performers' confidence and teaching voice-projection techniques', said Roger Paul, Director of Music.
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