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THE LIFE OF THE CHOIR


Patron:

Lady Hooson of Colomendy and Montgomery  



President:

Mr Gordon Jones



Vice Presidents:

Mr Ieuan Jones


Mr Derek Ward


Mr Tegwyn Jones


Mr Ellis Jones



Chairman:

Mr Gareth Jones

Vice Chairman:

Mr Huw Morris

Admin Secretary:

Mr Gwynn Jackson-Jones

Concert Secretary:

Mr Gerald Martin

Treasurer:

Dr Peter Jones

Librarian

Mr Ifan Owen


Musical Director and Conductor - Miss Rhonwen Jones

We were delighted to be able to appoint a new Conductor for our choir to take the place of Tegwyn, who retired after seventeen years at the helm, when Miss Rhonwen Jones, a native of Llandderfel Nr. Bala, took up the leadership at Easter 2012. We were looking forward very much to having the benefit of her ability and lifelong engagement with the world of music. We have not been disappointed.

It is almost two years since Rhonwen came to us and already she has proved to be a delightful and determined leader of the choir. Her confident sensitivity, musical competence, and undoubted wit constantly remind us that we are truly fortunate to be under her direction. When she came to us we were already very committed to the Anglo-Welsh Male Voice Choirs Festival but in spite of that she found and helped us master two quite difficult pieces, not counting the Set Piece, to take to the National Eisteddfod at Denbigh. While we were not placed then, we did discover how able we were to contemplate a major task and make a reasonable presentation in what was a very short time.

Rhonwen is no stranger to the big stages. Not only is she an experienced chorister, singing with Penllys and Bro Gwerfyl mixed choirs but she has also made a name for herself singing as a soloist and duettist. She frequently sings solo or is Olwen’s partner in duets at our concerts. It is a happy thing that both she and Tegwyn, her predecessor, feature together on our list of soloists.

At present she is preparing us for our part in the London Welsh Male Voice Choir, “Festival of Male Choirs” at the Albert Hall this year and, looking ahead, for the competition at the Meifod Eisteddfod in 2015. All that, of course, is reflected in our repertoire and our concert singing and it has the marks of Rhonwen’s very capable hand.

Accompanist - Mrs Lynda Thomas

Lynda is a native of the Tanat Valley, and was educated in the local schools before studying Music as her main subject at Bangor Normal College.  After beginning her career in Llanfair Talhaiarn she brought back all her talents to Montgomeryshire where, as a  primary school  teacher in Welshpool and Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, she has opened to generations of children the joy of music and especially, has helped them to enjoy and contribute to the fullness of our national culture. She has the special talent given to some pianists; that of being a gifted accompanist, and both school and local choirs reap the benefit of her perception and generosity.

Deputy Conductors - Christopher Belk and Paul Young


Christopher has been a member of the choir for fourteen years, having made the decision very shortly after coming to live in the Tanat Valley.  While he did not see himself in the role of a conductor, we know that his insights into those awkward part of a piece are always important and  perceptive.  Chris has committed himself to learning Welsh and deepening his understanding of the culture of Wales.  He has been a lifelong chorister and so adds all the wealth of that experience to this new venture we are making together.


Paul was born in North London, studied music at Jesus College Cambridge, and, since, trained as a music therapist; helping children and young people with disabilities to develop confidence in communication. He plays piano and flute and has accompanied various soloists and choirs in England and Wales, including the Wrexham Eisteddfod Choir and Côr Meibion Llangollen. Paul’s other interests include bird-watching. We have newly asked Paul (Spring 2015) to be one of the Deputy Conductors of the choir and this was a natural extension of his role since, as the Bass section well appreciate, he has been involved in our preparation for most of the challenging occasions that we have been facing.  


We always have with us in concerts our soloists:-


Mrs Olwen Jones,

is one of those natural singers of the Tanat Valley whose crystal clear mature soprano voice is always a delight to our audiences.

Mr Garry Evans,

is from the second tenor section and sings some of the solo parts of particular Choir items such as  "The Silver Trumpet”.

Mr. Tegwyn Jones,

from time to time, a soloist of renown, responds to requests for him to sing from the Bass repertoire.


Sometimes we also enjoy, with the audience, soloists that local organisers have chosen for their programme.


Mr Eifion Williams

is our Stage Manager and makes sure that we arrive on stage in good order.

Mr Huw Morris;

makes sure that everyone and everything is in order when Eifion is unable to lead us.

Mr Trevor Foster;

is the teasing Irishman in our midst and our concert Compere whose fund of impeccable funny stories sets the scene for what is always an enjoyable occasion.

Messrsr Alwyn Williams and Phil Ellis;

are our Press Correspondents and from time to time, and particularly when we have a Welsh engagement, Alwyn draws on a lifetime in the world of education when he takes over the role of Compere.

Mr Roger Evans;

our sales manager looks after sales of our CDs  and tapes that are available after each concert.


MEMBERS AND DAY TO DAY RUNNING OF THE CHOIR

The Choir as a whole makes decisions regarding concerts, trips, joint events and such like during the interval at each rehearsal and we are in that way completely democratic.

Our history and geography indicate that we are largely a choir of farmers and rural craftsmen but that does not preclude other occupations.  It is a matter of some amusement, when we are introduced, that we could call on the services of a Headmaster, Doctor,  Dentist,  Banker, Lawyer, a Clergyman, and Undertaker.

 At the moment we are a growing choir and the arrival of new choristers has increased our number to over 40.

FIRST TENORS


SECOND TENORS


FIRST BASS


SECOND BASS

Eifion Williams


Garry Evans *


Barrie Griffiths


Arwel Watkins

Ianto Jones *


Merfyn Williams *


Chris Williams *


Philip Ellis

Meirion Jones


Howard Owen


David Jones


Wyn Davies *

Gwylfa Jones


Tim Carpenter


Tegwyn Jones


Gareth Jones

Tudor Vaughan *


Gareth Jones


Trevor Foster


Ieuan Jones *

Merfyn Evans


Geraint Jones


Llewelyn Rogers


David Jones

Arwyn Jones


Huw Morris


Peter Williams *


Gerald Martin

Alwyn Williams


Aled Jones


Geraint Davies


Ifan Owen

Peter Crocker


Christopher Belk


Peter Jones


Alec Beer

Wynn Morris


Glyn Jones


Gwynn Jackson-Jones


Gareth Wyn Davies

David Weston


Roger Evans


Bryan Davies



Ioan Watkin Evans


Paul Jenkins


Neil Smith





Ifan Jones


Dufford Scott





John Rowles


Geraint Jones










* Committee Representatives

BECOMING A CHORISTER

We are always open to receiving new recruits who are welcomed into the most suitable section for their voice. There is an initial uncommitted period which gives both the Musical Director, and the hopeful, an informal opportunity to assess whether it is wise to continue.  As the probation period continues and the commitment of being a chorister tested, there is a learning of the current repertoire leading to the giving of the choir uniform, maroon Jacket and Tie and then that never to be forgotten “first concert”.

What a great hobby; to be part of a learning, creative group of men who really do make a contribution to the success of so many organisations who ask for our help in raising funds and all of that, while singing to their hearts' content !

We rehearse on a Wednesday at the Village Hall.


WHY NOT GIVE IT A TRY?

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