Homecoming concert for countertenor
Somerset countertenor Iestyn Davies is returning to Wells to support the appeal to build a community performing arts centre. Iestyn, whose family live in Shepton Mallet, will be in discussion with Radio 3 presenter and Gramophone editor-in-chief James Jolly on Saturday.
He will be joined by international cellist Jamie Walton. Both men were former music students at Wells Cathedral School.
The school's charity is raising £9.4 million to build Cedars Hall, a performing arts centre that will be used by the school and the community.
Proceeds from the event, being held at Ritchie Hall, Wells Cathedral School, will go to the appeal.
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"Wells is a happy school though I could never get away with anything because my mother taught here and always knew what I was up to," said Iestyn.
"Wells is a different sort of school. You could be a gifted student but you still have to pull your weight and that is an important lesson for when you reach the real world."
Iestyn has recently performed with the New York Metropolitan Opera and due to return later this year.
He is also performing in Death in Venice in Moscow.
He always loved to sing and went to St John's College, Cambridge when he was seven. He was the youngest to ever sing in the choir.
His parents moved to Shepton Mallet when he was 13. His father was head of strings at Wells Cathedral School and his mother, Diana, taught history. Iestyn moved to Wells to study oboe.
His voice broke at 14 and it was during a rehearsal for a Bach chorale in his final year at Wells that he first tried his falsetto voice.
Someone who heard him said it wasn't bad and that he should work on it.
He said: "When you are singing and it is going well there is a feeling that you cannot describe.
"I hadn't felt it since I was boy at St John's but it returned when I first tried those falsetto notes."
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