We are led by a creative Musical Director Matthew Nash and very talented Accompanists, Jane Coles and Llinos Jones, all professional musicians.
BA (Hons), MA
Matthew is the professional public face of the choir and provides inspirational leadership and motivation for the music team and choristers. Withan outstanding talent for musical detail and exceptional conducting, choir training and vocal coaching skills, he is responsible for selecting appropriate musical pieces to ensure the choir is fully prepared, confident and able to deliver exceptional performances.
Studying music at the University of Bristol, Matthew majored in performance and composition and was an assistant tutor to Dr Glyn Jenkins, teaching harmony to undergraduates. Whilst at University, Matthew received piano tuition from International concert pianist Raymond Clarke, and has performed at The Barbican, London. He graduated from the University with two music degrees, BA, Hons (First Class) and MA (Distinction).
Also an accompanist, Matthew played piano for Llanharan RFC Songsters, Cowbridge Male Voice Choir, Bristol Cabot Choir and the University of Bristol Choral Society and has also accompanied for Nigel Perrin (The Kings Singers), also teaching piano and vocal tuition from home.
With a talent for writing 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.
Having assumed the role of Musical Director for Llantrisant Male Choir in March 2013, Matthew continues to enjoy the challenge of delivering innovative ways of taking the choir from strength to strength and motivating members, writing modern arrangements to keep the repertoire fresh, current and relevant and regularly conducting a varied programme of performances at venues across the UK.
Jane joined our choir in 2009 as one of two very accomplished accompanists. As well as playing and singing in the bands ‘Coast to Coast’ and ‘The Watchmen’ Jane can regularly be found entertaining guests at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport and the St David’s Hotel, Cardiff Bay.
Her reputation as an event pianist with a wide and varied repertoire of popular music keeps Jane in high demand for concert performances, wedding ceremonies and a variety of other special occasions and functions.
Jane’s music studies included a piano scholarship at the Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff and a Graduate Diploma in Jazz, Popular and Commercial Music at Newcastle College.
Llinos recently joined our music team in the summer of 2023 as one of our two accomplished accompanists.
Llinos is originally from Llandeilo and gained a BMus(Hons) from the University of Manchester in 1997. Alongside her musical interests, she works as an independent radio producer making features and documentaries for the BBC.
Llinos lives in Cardiff with her partner and two adopted daughters.
It’s a pleasure to have her onboard!