Musical Team

Musical Director

SIÂN HATTON  B.Sc. (Hons). L.T.C.L., A.L.C.M.
Sian

Born into a talented musical family in Tredegar, Gwent, Siân graduated from the Welsh College of Music and Drama where she studied singing and piano. Her musical career has taken her all over Britain as a vocal soloist and she has sung under the baton of Arthur Davidson and Sir Harry Mortimer. She is a Licentiate of Trinity College, London and an Associate of the London College of Music.

 
This year, Siân celebrates 29 years as our Musical Director and in that time has taken us to many venues in the U.K. and overseas including Germany, Holland, Canada, California (twice) and Austria.  She has led us on two P & O cruise ships to firstly in 2008 to the Mediterranean and then two years later to the Canary Islands, Portugal and Spain aboard the Azura.  As a conductor, soloist, compère and highly talented musician, Siân is invaluable to our choir and has been the prime instrument to our success over the past 27 years.  Married to baritone David Gould, Siân is now a full time nurse and prefers her music to be a hobby.

Assistant Musical Director

SHIRLEY ANNE JAMES

Shirley Ann 2

Originally from Llandovery in mid Wales, Welsh speaking Shirley Anne and studied music at the South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education in Cardiff before starting a teaching career in Chatham. After three years she returned to her roots to teach in Talley, Carmarthenshire. There she was proud to be Conductor of Llandovery Male Voice Choir for six years and later conducted the South Glamorgan Junior Schools Choir from 1990-1993.  Shirley Anne has also conducted Brecon Male Voice Choir on many occasions. With her humorous anecdotes, stories from school and her very own musical style, she is a firm favourite of the the choristers,

Married to Gareth and the mother of two children, she now lives in Llandaff and teaches in the Llanrumney area of Cardiff.

Shirley Anne was appointed Assistant Musical Director of the Choir in 2002 and together with Siân, Stephen and John, is an essential part of our talented musical team.

Accompanists

STEPHEN BERRY B.Ed (Hons), A.T.C.L.

Steve

Born in Newport, Stephen started playing the piano at four years of age. He also learned to play the organ and became organist of Llanwern Church at the age of fourteen. At 17 he formed and conducted his own orchestra and subsequently he became Musical Director of a Gilbert & Sullivan Society and conductor of Newport Concert Orchestra. He is now an Organist in the Parish of Maindee, Newport (usually playing at Saint Mary’s Church).  Having previously taught in both primary and secondary sectors, he now has  an extensive private music teaching practice. Since retirement in December 2013 he has also become Musical Director of the U3A Third Age Singers in Newport.

 

Stephen is an Associate of Trinity College, London and holds a Bachelor of Education (Honours) Degree, specialising in Music in Education. Stephen joined the choir in 2007 and has slotted in easily with our Music Team and the choristers. He arranges many of our choral pieces, particularly those of a more traditional style, in his own unique way.  He is always keen, with great effect , to add a church organ to our renditions when the occasion allows.

 

JOHN NICHOLSON

John

John joined the choir in 2001 as a tenor but luckily for us he opted to take up the position of accompanist. Originally from Tenterden in Kent, John learned the piano and church organ as a schoolboy and has been in demand for these skills ever since. During time spent in the Midlands he ran a successful dance band and has appeared alongside such names as Sid Lawrence, Joe Loss and Roy Castle. A more recent musical venture was with a Folk Trio that produced two albums; tracks from which have been frequently played on radio. He is also one of three choristers who form the JJR trio which plays locally to raise money for charities.

Now retired after serving many years as an engineer with Rolls Royce, he is now deservedly looking forward to spending more time with his family and enjoying his wide range of hobbies.

John arranges many of our more modern items to add to the versatility of our choir.  With the recent addition of an electronic keyboard he has added a new, welcome dimension to our already exciting programme.

2 thoughts on “Musical Team”

  1. What a thrill to tour your lovely country, roam Caerphilly Castle, marvel at some of the rooms at Cardiff Castle, walk the streets of Cardiff in the wind and rain following our wonderful “get together” at the pub following our concert. Can’t tell you how much I enjoyed hearing you sing, much less, how great it was to join you in “As long as I have Music.” I shall treasure those moments till my dying day. Thank you so very much. Roy Rogers, baritone, American Tapestry Choir and Manassas Chorale. Would love to hear from any or all of you.

  2. The Musical Team are to be congratulated on their versatility, expertise and professionalism at the Simonsbath concert where there wasn’t a piano – only a church organ. Worst nightmare scenario. To be able to adapt and change the programme within a few minutes was amazing. They really deserve our fullest support. Well done to the choristers who turned in an excellent performance as well, in crowded, hot conditions. It’s not easy to sing to organ accompaniment. The standing ovation was well deserved.

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