John Eifion’s musical apprenticeship was borne many years ago, when as a child, he, his three sisters and his parents performed on concert platforms across North Wales. Since those early days, he has enjoyed success on several occasions at both local and national level – winning the open Tenor solo competition at National Eisteddfod five times.
Elizabeth was born in Cowbridge, Glamorgan but has lived most of her life in the Dolgellau area of Meirionethshire. She studied at the Royal College of Music in London, specialising in Composition and in playing the piano and harpsichord. Whilst a student, she won the celebrated Chapell Prize for her aptitude on the piano and also a scholarship to receive further specialist tuition from Herbert Howells and George Malcolm.
She has travelled Europe, Russia and the United States, both as soloist and accompanist . In 1992 she became a Fellow of the Royal College of Music.
She has been the Brythoniaid’s official accompanist since 1984 and has played for many international artists such as Bryn Terfel, Gwyn Hughes Jones, Rhys Meirion, Mary Lloyd Davies and many others.
The highlight of his career so far was winning The David Ellis Memorial Prize – Blue Riband for vocal soloists – at 1999 National Eisteddfod held on Anglesey. As a result his services as a guest soloist are sought throughout Wales and also beyond. He has already toured Canada, America, Ireland and Barbados.
He has performed several oratorio works including ‘ Samson’, the ‘Messiah’, ‘Elijah’ and also the ’Crucifixion’. His concert programme ranges from operatic arias and songs from musicals to traditional Welsh solos and Cerdd Dant – making it appealing to a wide audience.
Day to day, he works as a School Education Welfare Officer for Gwynedd County Council. He is married with two daughters, and singing is his main hobby. He has already released his first CD, and in April 2001 he became the new conductor of the Brythoniaid Male Voice Choir. Under his guidance the choir won the chief Male Voice Competition at the Royal National Eisteddfod in 2002.