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The choir continues to uphold its tradition of raising several thousand pounds Annually for charitable organisations locally as well as in England and abroad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Musical Team

Matthew Lewis

Matthew Lewis - Musical Director

Born and brought up in Port Talbot, Matthew has participated in a whole range of musical activites from an early age. At the tender age of eleven he began his association with the Cymric Choir as a trainee Accompanist under the direction of the late Mr Roger Chilcott.

In 2006 Matthew under the tutorship of Mr Howell Price was successful in attaining a distinction at Grade 8 in the Organ examination of the Royal School of Music in 2006. During the same year he was appointed as The Assistant Musical Director of the Cymric Choir. In 2009 Matthew was appointed to the role of Musical Director at St Mary's Church. In October 2015 Matthew became the Musical Director of the Cymric Choir.

Matthew is also the Musical Director of Cor Serenata and has previously been the Musical Director of the Bois Afan Choir and the Organist of Neath Male Voice Choir.

One of the Annual Highlights of each year for him is playing as the Liturgical Organist for the Diocese of Llandaff pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in Norfolk.

He now works as a freelance Musician providing vocal, piano and organ tuituion.

Huw Smitham

Huw Smitham - Deputy Musical Director & Accompanist

Huw Smitham was born in Swansea and grew up on Townhill. Although a Funeral Director by profession, Huw has been involved in amateur music making from the age of 15, when he was appointed organist of his local church. He studied piano with the late Mair Jenkins LRAM and organ with Clive Williams LRAM, LLCM.

He was appointed Accompanist and Deputy Conductor of the Belmont Male Choir, Swansea, when he was 18 years old. Following that early start, he has since accompanied many choirs and soloists and has been organist of several churches in both Swansea and Neath.

He is currently Organist and Chaoirmaster of St Mary's Church, Llansawel (Briton Ferry). He was Founder Conductor of the Neath Male Choir and was their Musical Director for ten years, having previously been Accompanist and Deputy Conductor of the Melincrythan Male Choir. He was appointed Accompanist of the Morriston Ladies Choir in 2011.

Huw is married to Judith and when not doing the cooking and the housework, his hobbies include crosswords and dog walking. Unfortunately, his pet hate is garnening - so he doesn't do that!

Elisabeth Scourfield Jones - Accompanist

Elisabeth is a teacher of Modern Languages and has taught French, Welsh and English in Secondary schools in the Swnasea area for 25 years.

Her other passion is music, and at the age of 14 she first played the organ at Gibeon Chapel Taibach. At the same time she accompanied the Cwmavon Aelwyd Choir, under the baton of the late Gwylfa Powell, and went on to win 1st prize at the Urdd Eisteddfod in Porthaethwy in 1976.

After completing her degree studies in England and France, Elisabeth returned to Port Talbot and joined the Cymric Male Choir as accompanist in 1987, with whom she spent 17 years alongside Roger Chilcott as Musical Director.

Her links with Matthew Lewis began during this time and since February 2015 she has been delighted to have the opportunity to work with him again in her role as accompanist to Cor Serenata and from October 2015 she will return back to the Cymric Choir in her role as thier Accompanist.

 

 

Acknowledgement

A Family choir who take their singing seriously, tour abroad extensively, and share many moments of hilarity.

The Cymric as it is affectionately known is one of the oldest choirs in Wales having been established in 1911 by Mr John Bowen Davies.