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Musical Director: D.Huw Rees BMus(Hons), PGCE
Swansea born, Huw gained his Bachelor of Music honours degree at University College, Cardiff. Whilst there he studied piano with Stephen Price, voice with Clifford Bunford, organ with Robert Court and composition with Dr Richard Elfyn Jones. During his time at University he became a member of the National Youth Choir of Wales and also accompanist to numerous choirs in the Cardiff area.
Huw has been associated with Morriston RFC Male Voice Choir since 1990 when he became the Choir's accompanist. He was appointed its Musical Director in January 2004 and his expertise in that role has been widely recognised. In January 2009 he was delighted to be appointed Joint Accompanist to Dunvant Male Choir.
He is a very talented and much sought-after musician and has performed and worked with a number of national and international artistes. Recently he has had the pleasure of working with Bryn Terfel, Rebecca Evans, Rhys Meirion, Wynne Evans, & The Three Welsh Tenors. Demands for his accompanying skills have taken him to concert venues throughout South Wales. Beyond the United Kingdom, he has accompanied the Choir and its guest soloists in Brussels, Budapest, Holland, France, Spain, and Ireland. Huw was the official accompanist to the massed mixed choirs festival held at St. David's Hall, Cardiff in 1992, 1996 and 1999, and he has made numerous recordings with various choirs and has played at many venues, including London's Royal Albert Hall, Cardiff's St David's Hall, Swansea's Brangwyn Hall, Wells Cathedral, St David's Cathedral, and Rugby and Eton Schools.
Huw is an official accompanist at the Urdd National Eisteddfod and has accompanied competitors at the Eisteddfodau since 1993. He was invited in 2005 to play at the Eisteddfod held at the Millennium Centre Cardiff, and in 2011 accompanied competitors in the Urdd Eisteddfod which was held in Swansea. In 2006 he was given the honour of conducting the massed male voice choirs at the opening concert of the National Eisteddfod held in Swansea. He is in great demand as an Eisteddfod adjudicator and as a conductor of singing festivals. Huw has appeared several times on S4C's "Dechrau Canu, Dechrau Canmol" series, conducting and accompanying the congregational singing.
Huw conducted his published arrangement of "This Is The Moment" at the Festival of Male Voice Choirs at the Manchester Arena in March 2012, and in August 2012 he was given the honour of conducting the massed performers in the grand finale of the five late-night concerts at the InterCeltique Festival in Lorient, Brittany. "A truly memorable experience - the bagpipes are still ringing in my ears!"
In 2015 Huw celebrated 25 years association with the Choir, including the last 11 as Musical Director.
Deputy Musical Director: Helen Wyn BMus(Hons)
Helen joined the musical team of the choir in 2009 following the retirement of Glyn Williams. She is an accomplished accompanist and conductor and is in demand for her singing, producing and directing musical theatre and opera skills. She is also a National adjudicator in both singing and choral competitions.Helen had a career for 30 years as Head of Music in two secondary schools in Carmarthen before developing her other interests. She is director of Cwmni Mega Drama Company, which performs all over Wales, and Musical Director of Carmarthen Amateur Opera Company (CAOS), producing shows for the last 20 years. Helen has undertaken youth community work with Urdd Gobaith Cymru, and was Chair of the Music Committee for the Eisteddfod yr Urdd Sir Gâr in 2007.
Helen is currently working part-time as Corporation Co-ordinator for the Baptist Union of Wales.
Accompanist: Hywel Evans BMus(Hons)
Hywel Brynmor Evans is a professional pianist and organist. Educated at Chethams School of Music, he now pursues a career as a freelance accompanist alongside his commitments as a church musician.
He is accompanist to Morriston RFC Male Choir and has played for such artists as Rebecca Evans, Katherine Jenkins, Bryn Terfel, Wynne Evans and Wilfried Hedenborg.
He is organist at All Saints, Oystermouth and has given recitals at St. Mary's Swansea, St. Michael's Cornhill London, and All Saints Church. Hywel's work has led him to perform at such venues as St David's Hall Cardiff, York Minster, Barcelona Cathedral, the Philharmonie Essen the Church of the Madeleine, Paris and Liverpool Cathedral.
Deputy Accompanist: Rhiannon Pritchard BMus(Hons)
Rhiannon graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2009, where she studied piano with Head of Keyboard, Richard McMahon. She has already had many solo, accompanying and chamber group opportunities, taking part in recitals and concerts in venues such as the Wales Millennium Centre, St David’s Hall and the National Museum of Wales. Rhiannon has also attended master classes led by both solo pianists and accompanists, including Cardiff Singer of the World adjudicator Helmut Deutsch, renowned accompanist Simon Lepper and international pianists Leon McCawley and Martin Jones.
During her time in college, she played the piano in the orchestra for numerous productions including Bernstein’s ‘West Side Story’ for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Stravinsky’s ‘The Rake’s Progress’, Brian Irvine’s ‘The Calling of Maisy Day’ and Sondheim’s ‘Sweeney Todd’ for Welsh National Youth Opera. As well as being a member of the orchestra, Rhiannon was a repetiteur and vocal coach for the Welsh National Youth Opera productions, where she was awarded the Seligman Award for her work. She was also a repetiteur on other productions including ‘Pirates of Penzance’ and ‘Into the Woods’ for St David’s Catholic College. She is also a repetiteur for ‘Opera’r Ddraig’, and recently worked with them on their production of ‘The Magic Flute’. In 2009 she won the RWCMD’s Accompanist Prize adding to the Mansel Thomas Prize and the WNYO Seligman Award won in 2008.
As well as accompanying many singers and instrumentalists, Rhiannon is also an avid member and accompanist for Cardiff choirs City Voices and CF1, who regularly take part in various Eisteddfodau and concerts throughout Wales. She was appointed Deputy Accompanist to Morriston RFC Male Voice Choir in October 2009.
Rhiannon has recently been accepted for the late Yehudi Menuhin’s scheme Live Music Now, the largest outreach programme of its kind in the UK. The last couple of years have seen more work for her as a répétiteuse for Welsh National Opera MAX dept., the BBC, LMN, and for St David’s Catholic College’s production of ‘Carousel’.