At Caldicot Male Voice Choir’s practice on Thursday 12th April, the choristers were reminded by chairman John Nicholson, that since March 1988, it is just over thirty incredible years that Siân Hatton took up the baton, so to speak, of Musical Director of the Choir. Many of the current choristers, several of whom have completed thirty years or more themselves, still fondly remember that day. Some of our choristers weren’t even born. To commemorate this achievement, devotion and loyalty, Sian and the Choir were presented with a decorated, lemon sponge cake weighing nearly 14 pounds made by chorister’s wife Colleen Gauntlett who also took the photos.
Utterly devoted to the Choir, Siân regularly, in all weathers with her husband, baritone David Gould makes the long 70 odd mile round trip from her home in Tredegar to Caldicot twice a week to lead the choir in rehearsal as well as attending many social events at the Choir Hall and elsewhere, not to mention innumerable concerts and fund raising events around the country in that time. The Choir is also extremely fortunate to have in her team musicians of the calibre of Shirley Anne James, Assistant Musical Director and Stephen Berry and John NIcholson as accompanists.
Born into a very musical family in Tredegar, Gwent, Siân began her musical studies at the age of seven and by the time she left school had gained a distinction in Grade 8 singing and piano. She studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under Margaret Tann-Williams and Patrick Piggot. Her distinguished musical career has taken her all over Britain and abroad as a solo artiste.
In her thirty year leadership of the Choir, Siân has taken us to many venues in the U.K. and overseas including Germany, Holland, Canada, California and Austria. She has led us on two P & O cruise ships to the Mediterranean and later to the Canary Islands, Portugal and Spain. In 2013 she also led us on a tour to Cornwall and last year to the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh and Stirling.
Despite her accomplished musical background, Siân has chosen nursing as her full time career and works as a Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care.
As a conductor, soprano soloist, compère and highly talented musician, Siân is invaluable to our choir and has been the prime instrument to our success over the past 30 years as Musical Director.