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The Board of Trustees

Registered Charity No: 1201350

As a charity formally registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales, Llantrisant Male Choir is carefully managed and overseen by a dedicated board comprising eleven trustees. It includes the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, and Charity Advisor, as well as a trustee representing each of the choir’s four chorister sections, along with an additional three non-member trustees.

This diverse composition of the board ensures that a wide range of expertise and perspectives are actively shaping the choir’s direction towards achieving its mission and overarching goals. Moreover, this well-structured board setup promotes a culture of transparency and accountability, instilling confidence in all decision-making processes.

annual general Meeting

At the Annual General Meeting held in the last week of March, when the honorary President and honourary Vice Presidents are appointed.

All appointments are normally for a two-year period, allowing for continuity and stability in the leadership. This process of appointment not only marks the dedication and commitment of the individuals chosen but also signifies the trust and confidence placed in them by the Board of Trustees, the choir members and all stakeholders.

Our Choristers

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 varied and extensive with songs suitable for every occasion. Naturally, it includes many well-loved traditional Welsh hymns, favourites selected from the world of opera and musical theatre, spiritual and gospel music with a number of stunning new arrangements of popular current chart hits.  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!

Why not buy one of our CDs?  We’re confident you’ll like what you hear! 

First Tenor

Alex Bowkett

Colin Williams

Jeff Davies

Kerri James

Mike Smith

Phil Monk

Steve Jones

Tyrone Nash

 

 

Second Tenor

Dai Crabbe

David Murray-Dickson

David Nash

Idris Tedstone

Malcolm Thomas

Phil Benjamin

Ray Sparks

Rob Smith

Tim Jenkins

Baritone

Brian Hargreaves

Chris Jones

Dai Jones

Eddy Rees

Gareth Jones

Jeff Price

John Geen

Karl Lampka

Kevin Evans

Mike Hughes

Nigel Fisher

Phil Horman

Roger Cove

Bass

Barrie Withey

Darren Thomas

David Fairbairn

Julian Williams

Paul Cook

Rhodri Orrell

Richard Jones

Ronnie Moore

Ted Tidman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Music Team

At the helm of our choir is the innovative Musical Director, Matthew Nash, who leads us with creativity and passion. Assisting him are our very talented accompanists, Jane Coles and Llinos Jones, both highly regarded professional musicians in their own right. Together, they bring out the best in our performances, infusing every note with skill and artistry.

matthew nash

MUSICAL DIRECTOR

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 coles

ACCOMPANIST

GDNSM

 

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 Jones

ACCOMPANIST

BMus (Hons)

 

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.

A wonderful addition to our music team!

Honorary Positions

As the Honorary President of the Llantrisant Male Voice Choir it is my great pleasure to write a few words of welcome to you. I am proud and privileged to have served the choir as President for over 18  years. Prior to that, I held the post of Vice-President for 3 years. 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.

You will I’m sure 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. It is 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.

Kindest regards

Mario Lombardi

PRESIDENT

Mario Lombardi

PRESIDENT

vice presidents

 

Russell Everett

Carol Fairbairn

Marion Henderson

Glynne Holmes

Geraint Hughes

Rita John

Wayne Owen

Malcolm Rogers

David Thomas

Martin Williams

 

Guest Soloists

Introducing …

Esther Shoshana Thomas-Bizjak

Soprano

We’re absolutely thrilled to introduce Esther as our special guest soloist for our 1st March 2024 St. David’s Day concert at Llantrisant Parish Church. Esther‘s journey started at Stagecoach, where she spent over a decade perfecting her talents and gracing the stage in numerous musical productions. From rocking out as Summer Hathaway in ‘School of Rock’ to enchanting audiences as Louisa Von Trapp in ‘The Sound of Music’ and bringing ‘Miss Honey’ to life in ‘Matilda,’ her performances have been nothing short of magical.

As a proud member of the Welsh National Youth Opera and the West Glamorgan Youth Theatre Company, Esther’s star has only continued to rise. Recently, she dazzled audiences as Lady Castlemaine in ‘Nell Gwyn’ and lent her incredible voice as a guest soloist for both Caerphilly Male Voice Choir and Cowbridge Male Voice Choir. Her latest triumph was claiming victory in her age category at the Dunraven Singer of the Year competition, culminating in a stunning performance at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Congratulations, Esther, from all of us at Llantrisant choir! We’re overjoyed to support you as you prepare for your upcoming roles in ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘The Railway Children.’ Your talent knows no bounds, and we can’t wait to see where your bright future takes you. Here’s to many more memorable performances together!

Introducing …

Siwan Henderson

Mezzo Soprano

Siwan is an accomplished Mezzo Soprano and a talented actor who regularly performs in concert with the choir. Siwan has kindly penned a few words below on the difference our support has made to her career. It gives us great pleasure knowing we gave Siwan a helping hand during the early stages of her professional career and wish her every success for the future. We look forward to the next time we perform together.

 

“Llantrisant Male Voice Choir have given me the most wonderful performing opportunities over the last few years. I left school wishing 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 musical family”

Thank you all,

Siwan

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