bringing music to life
Meet our Members
Our Music Team
Led by our talented Musical Director, Matthew Nash and our talented Accompanists, Jane Coles and Diane Wright, all professional musicians, our choir of some 50 strong accomplished choristers deliver a sound that is uplifting, rich and full with four-part harmonies stretching upwards from the bottom basses to the top tenors. Our repertoire is extensive with songs suitable for every occasion including well-loved traditional Welsh hymns, many favourites selected from the world of opera and musical theatre, spiritual and gospel music and love songs with stunning new arrangements of popular current chart songs. Just to add … our choristers have gained more than a smattering of Spanish, French and Italian enabling them to perform a select number of songs to perfection!
We’d love to perform for you so please do take a look at our repertoire and some of the great reviews received from our happy clients. Why not buy one of our CDs?. We’re confident you’ll like what you see and hear!
BA (Hons), MA
Matthew studied music at the University of Bristol, where he majored in performance and composition, and was an assistant tutor to Dr. Glyn Jenkins, teaching harmony to undergraduates. Whilst at the University, Matthew received piano tuition from International concert pianist Raymond Clarke, and has performed at The Barbican, London. Matthew graduated from the University with two music degrees,
BA, Hons (First Class) and MA (Distinction).
Matthew is also an accompanist, having played for Llanharan RFC Songsters, Cowbridge Male Voice Choir, Bristol Cabot Choir and the University of Bristol Choral Society. Matthew has also accompanied for Nigel Perrin (The Kings Singers). Matthew also teaches piano at home, and offers vocal tuition.
Matthew also writes music – his compositions and arrangements have been performed in various venues across the UK. Significant compositions include a commission for Piano, Violin and Clarinet Trio for the professional ensemble Gemini, and two large scale works for Orchestra and Chorus one of which – Nightingales – received its UK premiere in 2018.
Matthew took on the role of Musical Director for Llantrisant Male Choir in March 2013. As the present conductor, Matthew enjoys the challenge of taking the choir from strength to strength, performing at various functions across the UK, and writing modern arrangements to keep the choir fresh, current and relevant.
Jane joined our choir in 2009 as one of our two very accomplished Accompanists. As well as playing and singing in bands Coast to Coast and The Watchmen and as a pianist Jane can regularly be found entertaining guests at the Celtic Manor and the St David’s Hotel.
Her reputation as an event pianist with a wide and varied repertoire of popular music keeps her in high demand for weddings and functions.
Jane’s music studies included a piano scholarship at the Welsh College of Music and Drama and a Graduate Diploma in Jazz, Popular and Commercial Music from Newcastle College.
BMus, ALCM (TD)
Diane joined our choir as one of two very accomplished Accompanists in January 2018. In addition to her conducting and accompanying work, Diane works as a piano/woodwind teacher and vocal tutor for children and adults around the Llanharan area, and is currently training to join the Music Examiner panel of Trinity College.
Studying under Nigel Clayton of the Royal College of Music, London, Diane achieved her Grade 8 piano with distinction at age 15 whilst also studying clarinet with Allison Waller of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama to the same standard.
Following her piano and teaching diplomas (ALCM), Diane graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a BMus (performance), with joint first study piano and voice and developed a thriving career as a pianist and Musical Director in and around Aberdeen and Scotland, in both choral and Musical Theatre circuits.
Whilst at University she studied arranging and composition with Paul Mealor and conducted the award-winning Aberdeen Gaelic Choir for three years at international competitions and on BBC television. Conducting them to victory at the Royal National Mod in three consecutive years Diane was awarded the An Comunn Gaidhealach Centenary Baton for her conducting on all three occasions.
Diane has enjoyed many highlights in her career as a professional musician, particularly tours of Poland and of Barbados where she has performed as soloist, accompanist and conductor for a variety of choirs.
choir officers & committee members
- Matthew Nash
- Jane Coles
- Diane Wright
- Tyrone Nash
Chairman & Concert Secretary
Travel & Tour Manager
Frequently Asked Questions
How do i join the choir?
Why not come along to a rehearsal and find out? No pressure and no commitment to join on the night.
Concerned about walking into a rehearsal session? Why not bring along a family member or friend for moral support. Or how about we pick you up and drop you home afterwards? It’s all part of how we look after our potential choristers.
Meet our members, see for yourself what it’s like to be a chorister. Feel free to ask about our choir, our traditions, how we’re moving forward, the commitment involved and of course, the music we sing.
Many positive benefits that will come your way as a choir member!
How do I book you for our wedding?
We know your wedding day is the most important day of your lives and we aim to make it a magical and memorable experience for you and your guests. Whether it’s a traditional church or civil ceremony, wedding service or a wedding reception … we can cater for all your needs and tailor our performance to your specific requirements.
We can sing at your ceremony as guests arrive or at the reception. We provide a pianist and choristers and normally perform around 8 songs at the ceremony or at the reception, with songs having been personally selected by yourselves from our varied repertoire.
The cost of the package provided to you will be based on your specific requirements.
What songs do you sing?
Singing is part of our national identity with Wales known as the land of song and considered the birthplace of traditional male voice choirs. So… we wouldn’t be a Welsh choir without singing traditional favourites such as Calon Lân , Cwm Rhondda, Myfanwy and Tydi A Roddaist.
We also perform gospel and spiritual music with songs selected from west end shows, popular music from the decades and from the current charts! Music made famous by Adele, Ed Sheeran, Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Robbie Williams being some we’ve developed arrangements for and which are very popular at weddings.
Please take a look at our repertoire for the full listing. Why not purchase one of our CDs with lots of favourites to listen to?
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Monday : 7.30pm – 9pm
Wednesday : 7.30pm – 9pm
Llantrisant Workingmen’s Club
19 – 21 Swan Street
Rhondda Cynon Taf