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Elin Manahan Thomas (Soprano)

Born: Swansea, Wales, UK

The Welsh soprano, Elin Manahan Thomas, has sung since an early age. A member of the Swansea Bach Choir and National Youth Choir of Wales whilst at school in Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr, she won a Choral Scholarship to Clare College, Cambridge. With Clare Choir she was regularly a soloist, on the choir's many CDís, on tours, and also on its BBC Radio 3 Evensong broadcasts.

Since leaving her postgraduate studies in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, Elin Manahan Thomas has sung with many professional groups. Since spring 1999 she has sung with the Monteverdi Choir, under the direction of Sir John Eliot Gardiner, with whom she has recorded several CD's, and toured as part of the choir's Bach Cantata millennium Pilgrimage. She performs in other professional choirs, such as The Sixteen, Gabrieli Consort, Polyphony, Ex Cathedra and Cambridge Singers. She also works in smaller, chamber ensembles, among them the Dunedin Consort, Concerto Delle Donne, and Chapelle du Roi.

Elin Manahan Thomas regularly performs as a soloist, and has sung under the direction of esteemed conductors such as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Harry Christophers and Paul McCreesh. Her repertoire includes François Couperinís Leçons de Ténébres, J.S. Bachís Mass in B Minor (BWV 232), Haydnís Creation, George Frideric Handelís Saul and Acis and Galatea, Mozartís Mass in C Minor, as well as contemporary music by composers John Woolrich and Judith Weir. On the opera stage, she has played the part of Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte, Angelica in scenes from G.F. Handelís Orlando and Lucy in scenes from The Telephone.

Recent engagements have included G.F. Handel's Messiah in Cardiff, a concert with the Pontarddulais Male Voice Choir in Swansea, a recital of Bach and Weir in Swansea, Dixit Dominus in Dorking, J.S. Bachís Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) in St Johnís, Smith Square, and other projects in London and abroad,.

Elin Manahan Thomas studied singing with Hazel Wood and she is currently (2003) studying with Eiddwen Harrhy, having won a place on the postgraduate course at the Royal College of Music.

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Source: Crwth Music Series Website (2003)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (August 2005)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Harry Christophers


Arias from BWV 244, BWV 508
G.F. Handel: Cantata Armida Abbandonata, HWV 105

John Eliot Gardiner


BWV 1127

John Eliot Gardiner


Member of Monteverdi Choir:
BCP Vol. 1: CD-1:
BWV 167, BWV 7, BWV 30
BCP Vol. 2: CD-1:
BWV 2, BWV 10, BWV 76; CD-2: BWV 21, BWV 135
BCP Vol. 5: CD-1: BWV 178, BWV 136, BWV 45
BCP Vol. 10:
BWV 48, BWV 5, BWV 90, BWV 56

Christopher Monks


BWV 51

Links to other Sites

Elin Manahan Thomas (Official Website)
Elin Thomas Biography 2003 (Crwth Chamber Music Series)
Elin Manahan Thomas (BBC Wales)

Elin Thomas Biography (Crwth Music Series Website)
Elin Manahan Thomas (Wikipedia)

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