Welsh personality, Shân Cothi is a versatile performer in both classical and music theatre repertoire and is an experienced actress, television and radio presenter in Wales.
She began her career as a music teacher, but winning the Blue Riband for the best classical soloist at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in 1995 prompted her to become a professional singer. Her career as a singer has spanned a range of music styles from opera, oratorio, music theatre, jazz, welsh song to contemporary music. She has performed throughout the world in a variety of venues from the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff to Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End, from the Ritz- Carlton Hotel in San Francisco to the Kowloon Shanghai Hotel in Hong Kong.
Shân performed the role of Carlotta in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of The Phantom of the Opera in London’s West End for fifteen months. In 2014 she made her début in the role of Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, with Bryn Terfel in the title role, at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod and in 2015 understudied Emma Thompson in the role for English National Opera. To celebrate the Wales Millennium Centre’s 10th Anniversary in September 2015, Shân performed the role of the mythical mistress of magic Ceridwen in the Ar Waith Ar Daith finale – a free large-scale outdoor spectacular full of myth and magic and over 700 performers – in the Roald Dahl plass in Cardiff Bay.
Following the release of her début album, Passione with the Welsh National Chamber Orchestra on the Sain Label in 2005, a promotional video of Caro Mio Ben, which was recorded at the Botanical Gardens of Wales, was voted ‘The Most Watched Video’ on Classic FM television. Her long awaited second album, Paradwys was released in September 2015 on the Acapela Label and reached number 26 on the Classic FM chart and number 18 in the classical charts. The music for the album was provided by an array of illustrious musicians including Catrin Finch, Rebecca Evans, Wynne Evans, Jeff Howard, John Quirk and the Nidum Ensemble. Following the release of the album, Shân embarked on a promotional concert tour of Wales.
Shân is also a familiar face on Welsh television. She made her television acting début playing the role of Davina Roberts in the highly successful drama series Con Passionate for S4C and was nominated in the ‘Best Newcomer’ category at the 2006 BAFTA Cymru awards. Her self-titled music television series for S4C won a BAFTA award and was nominated for the best music programme award in the Montreux Festival. Shân has presented a number of television series for S4C including Bro which saw her and co–presenter Iolo Williams learning about different localities by travelling around Wales and Y Sipsiwn in which Shân followed the old Welsh Romany gipsy route in a gipsy caravan.
Shân is also a keen horsewoman. In 2012 she filmed the television programme Cheltenham Cothi, which documented her progress to be a competitive jockey at the St Patrick's Day Charity Derby in Cheltenham. In 2013 she successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in support of Velindre Cancer Centre and Amser Justin Time, a charity Shân founded to raise awareness of Pancreatic Cancer.
Recent engagements include performing with Rhys Taylor's Big Band, swing and soul singer James Williams, Jeff Howard and the National Eisteddfod of Wales Choir in a Big Band Night at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in Abergavenny. Shân currently presents a daily morning programme on Radio Cymru.
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