bringing music to life
Your Professional Choir
I t is my great pleasure to write a few words to you as the Honorary President of the Llantrisant Male Voice Choir. I am proud and privileged to have served the choir as President for over 14 years having served as Vice-President for 3 years prior to that. My role is an ambassadorial role and is the public face of the choir. I actively support the choirs ongoing development and its mission to be the best it can possibly be.
I think you will agree we have a great new website which we will continue to develop over time to ensure it is packed with information on events, opportunities to join us and of course details highlighting our services in the hope you will engage us to perform for you. Our commitment is as always to you and your requirements and we are delighted to have you among us.
I would like to extend the warmest of welcomes and my good wishes and I hope you will feel free to reach out to me during this time with your suggestions or your thoughts to improve our website, ways to improve or broaden our service offering and how we can better deliver that offering to you.
I consider it a privilege to help you so please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I also look forward to meeting you at an upcoming event or as a new member if you decide to join us. A warm welcome awaits you either way.
I am glad of the opportunity to wish all members, patrons and supporters best wishes for the year ahead.
The Music Team
Led by our creative 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, with favourites selected from the world of opera and musical theatre, spiritual and gospel music and love songs and with some 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 is the professional public face of the choir. He provides inspirational leadership and motivation for the music team and choristers and has an outstanding talent for musical detail and exceptional conducting, choir training and vocal coaching skills and is responsible for selecting appropriate musical pieces to ensure that our choir is fully prepared, confident and able to deliver exceptional performances for our audiences.
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.
introducing Siwan Henderson Mezzo – soprano
Siwan is a professional accomplished Singer and a talented Actor who regularly performs in concert with the choir on several occasions. Siwan has kindly penned a few words on the difference our support has made to her career. It gives us great pleasure knowing we gave a helping hand during the early stages and that Siwan’s professional career has really blossomed and gone from strength to strength.
Llantrisant Male Voice Choir have given me the most wonderful performing opportunities over the last few years.
I left school wanting to pursue a career in Musical Theatre but felt I was not ready to audition for London drama schools. I needed some more solo experience as a singer to boost my confidence and this is where the choir helped me.
I have sung in numerous concerts with the choir including the Crecy concert in Llantrisant along with concerts in Dinas Powys and most recently at the Bethel Baptist Church, Pontyclun.
These experiences helped me to grow enormously as a singer and the following year I went on to study a degree in Musical Theatre at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London.
Llantrisant Male Voice Choir have been so supportive of my career and I am so grateful to them for allowing me to be a part of their family.
executive management committee
The choir is run by a Management Committee comprising of four key positions with post holders elected at the Annual General Meeting held in the last week of March each year, at which the Choir President and Vice Presidents are also appointed. All appointments are normally for a two-year period.
The four key positions are Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer plus co-opted members for specific roles comprising of a Stage Manager, Travel & Tour Manager and a Web Site Coordinator. In addition, there are four representatives, one from each of the chorister sections within the choir (Top & Second Tenor, Baritone & Bass) who support the Executive Committee key roles and help with the day-to-day running of the choir.
Chairman & Secretary
Travel & Tour Manager
Representative Top Tenor Section
Second Tenor Section
Representative Bass Section
honorary senior positions
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