Yr Obo Teithio are a duo who play and sing a variety of music ranging from classical to folk. Our aim is to promote music but especially the oboe, within schools, communities and music centers. We both believe that all people who want should have access to music making. We believe that music and speech give people the freedom to express themselves, helping them sustain and develop a strong sense of tolerance, acceptance and respect. We have been awarded the John Wills Shield for our contribution to outreach.
As we travel through different towns, cities, counties and countries, our aim to to reach all ages and engage them with listening to music. We try to make our performances enjoyable and contrasting and hopefully our audiences enjoy our work as much as we do.
Elen Carys Morgan-Williams
Elen was born in November 1998 and was brought up in Mid-Wales. She began the violin at the age of three however five years ago began having oboe lesson with Jennifer Caws. Elen now studies at the Purcell School for Young Musicians in Hertfordshire, under the Government’s Music and Dance Scheme. Here she studies oboe as her first study, with Melanie Ragge and singing as her second study with Tom Marandola.
Elen has played Principal Oboe with the Brighton Youth Orchestra, Principal Oboe with the National Children’s Chamber Orchestra and Principal Oboe with the East Sussex Youth Orchestra. She has attended workshops given by the British Double Reed Society and the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment. She has also attended master classes by Johnathan Kelly (Principal Oboist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra), Gillet Silverstrini and Victoria Newlin.
Elen enjoys spending time at home in Mid-Wales with her dog. She is often walking the hills with camera in hand and can be found in the midst of folk music.
Caitlin was born in Carlisle in 1998 and was brought up in Edinburgh. She started the clarsach at the age of 7 and took up the oboe at 12 with Joe Houghton. Having now moved to the Purcell school for young musicians she studies oboe as her first study with Melanie Ragge and voice as her second with Tom Marandola.
Having grown up in Scotland with a jazz loving family Caitlin has loved traditional and jazz music her whole life. However, in the classical world she has been principal oboe of the West of Scotland Schools Symphony orchestra, The National Children’s orchestra of Scotland, the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland (seniors), and the Scokendia ensemble. She is also a member of the National youth chamber orchestra of great Britain. She has attended masterclasses by Francois Leleux, Alison Teale, Gilles Silvestrini and Stephen West.
Caitlin plays cricket for Scotland and now lives in the Highlands.