- Shân Cothi
Shân Cothi is a Welsh operatic singer and actress. She was born and raised, the daughter of a blacksmith in the tiny village of
Ffarmers( [http://www.ffarmers.org Ffarmers.org] ) in Carmarthenshire. She graduated in Music and Drama from the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. She has been honoured with Fellowships from both the University of Wales, Aberystwythand the University of Wales, Lampeter.
She began her career as a music teacher at Caereinion High School,
Powys, before moving to Ysgol Ystalyferain South Wales. In 1995,she won the prestigious Blue RibandPrize at the Abergele National Eisteddfodwhich prompted her to turn professional.
Shân has performed throughout the world in a variety of venues from the
Wales Millennium Centreto Her Majesty's Theatre, West End, from the Royal Albert Hallto the Kowloon Shanghai Hotel, Hong Kong.
Her career as a
singerhas spanned an incredible range of music styles, from operato oratorio, music theatre to traditional Welsh songs and a host of contemporary projects working with respected musicians form different musical genres. Shân's explanation is that it is a natural instinct which enables her to be so passionate about performing and after many years of wondering which direction to take as a singer, she has realised, with the help of her coach Ian Baar, that this ability to change styles makes her stand out from other performers.
In 1998-1999, Shân was given her own self-titled television series for
S4Cwhich ran for two successful seasons, won a BAFTAaward and was nominated for the best music programme in the Montreaux Festival. Shân's big break came when she decided to audition for Cameron Mackintosh.
In 2000 she was offered the role of the fiery
Carlottain Andrew Lloyd Webber's " Phantom of the Opera" and performed the role for 15 months at Her Majesty's Theatrein the West End.
In 2005, Shân got the role of Davina Roberts, the conductor of "Côr Meibion Gwili" in "
Con Passionate", a Welsh language-television drama series on S4C. The show was a huge success, won several BAFTAs and first prize in the Rose d'Orawards.
In 2008, Shân, along with
Bryn Terfeland the remaining members of Tigertailzre-recorded the Tigertailz song "I Believe" along with a video which switches between Terfel and Cothi singing their respective parts of the song.
30 August 2007Shân married long term partner Huw Justin Smith, aka Pepsi Tate, the bassist with popular Glam Rockband Tigertailz. Smith had become a television producer after the bands early success, going on to become the producer of BBC Walesflagship political program " Dragons Eye".
18 September 2007, in Penarth, Cardiff, less than a month after their marriage Smith lost his battle with pancreatic cancer, at the age of 42. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/7010429.stm Farewell event for rock musician] BBC Wales - 24 September 2007] [ [http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/music/sites/tigertailz/pages/pepsi_tate.shtml Pepsi Tate 1965-2007] BBC Wales Music]
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