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Press Reviews

New York Times
“A natural comedian bursting with presence with a powerful solid voice… a complete star”

Nick Patrick, Grammy Award-Winning Grammy Producer
“Rich, sensual vocal tones that you hear very rarely. He has that rare gift that makes him a star.”

FOX Television
“I could listen to his voice all day.”

London Evening Standard
“The resonant, well rounded, charismatic Mark Llewelyn Evans”

The Observer
“Mark Llewelyn Evans coloured the role with a warm baritone voice and a humour to match. An international career opens before him.”

San Francisco Post
“Llewelyn Evans makes one sit up & notice – powerful, solid & scary-good.”

The Duke of Edinburgh’s – World Fellowship awards
“On behalf of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International World Fellowship, our sincere thanks for being our brilliant compere at the World Fellowship Coronation Ball at the Royal Court of Justice. The dedication and time you committed to the preparation and most of all your engaging personality ensured guests were kept entertained throughout the evening,”

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Amati Guildhall Creative Entrepreneur Award 2019 – 2020

Terry Deary, Author of Horrible Histories
‘The pace and the characterisation are top-class. It’s a page-turner as well as being full of interesting facts.’

Sha Tin Junior School Hong Kong
‘Class 4.2 greatly enjoyed watching Mark Llewelyn Evans read his story the ABC of Opera. It was brilliant being able to connect with him and find out what inspires his writing. We can’t wait for him to visit us in Honk Kong.’

Hong Kong Young readers festival
‘Mark Llewelyn Evans transcended the technical challenges of performing online with his inspiring presentation of The ABC of Opera for the Hong Kong Virtual Young Readers Festival. The humour and zany storyline of his book is complimented by Mark’s lively reading and brilliant singing. We have received rave reviews from teachers, students and parents alike – this is an event guaranteed to engage children with musical history and the intriguing story of opera.”

Sir Bryn Terfel CBE, International Opera Singer
‘A visual feast. The story of opera told in such a fun and engaging way.’

BBC Classical Music Magazine
‘Colourful, informative and riotously unstuffy. The message is that Any Body Can and it’s a 5 star from us.

Western Mail
‘An adventurous and witty yarn packed with facts about composers, voice types and musical instruments, making it an accessible introduction to opera. If the whole experience doesn’t leave youngsters eager to experience baroque music, especially opera, then nothing will. Bring on the next musical adventure.’

South Wales Evening Post
‘A richly informative and hilarious romp through 500 years of Baroque. It will help cultivate an appreciation for this uplifting and emotionally rich art form.’

Family Bookworms
‘This thrilling history of baroque music is aptly wrapped in a story that will delight and educate in equal measure. We can’t wait to read the rest of the series!’

Royal Opera House
‘This is a gloriously funny book about a deeply serious subject and the pictures are a joy. I wish I’d been given such an ABC adventure.’

National Children’s Orchestra
‘A fun way for all children to engage in the fabulous (and sometimes silly)world of opera. Bravo Evans.’

Guildhall School of Music & Drama
& The Barbican Centre, London
‘ABC of Opera has a compelling way of presenting an extraordinary art form that is often seen as impenetrable. Their strength is engendering a love of music in children through participation and imaginative storytelling.’ SEAN GREGORY, BARBICAN

Dr Kate Kennedy, Oxford University
‘Music, and particularly opera, is all about telling stories and engaging people, of every age and social background. This book stretches a beautiful, thoughtful and deliciously irreverent hand out to children to bridge the gap between the opera house and their own experience.’

Welsh National opera
‘ABC of Opera is an inspiring concept which could totally change the way young people and families engage with this amazing artform. There’s a chance here to open opera up to a whole new generation.’

English National opera
‘Opera is for everyone, especially kids. We love having boisterous and excited children in our audience at the London Coliseum, and know that the ABC of Opera will encourage even more to give opera a go.’

Mark Wigglesworth, Conductor
‘The book is delightful, celebrating both the passion of opera and the openness of children. It brings opera into the entertainment mainstream for the most important age group of all. Opera is given the ‘Horrible Histories’ treatment and comes off very well.’