Meet The Team

Dr Eric Jones, Chairman

I have been elected Chairman of the City of Newport Male Choir this year.

I take great pride in the achievements of the choir. We have raised significant funds for numerous charities. Despite the present economic climate, people generously donate to the many worthy causes that we support and represent.

As a side product of our concerts etc. we take immense pleasure from the obvious joy we bring to a great variety of people through our singing.

I thank all our choristers, musical team and supporters for their hard work and dedication to the choir.

We would gladly welcome anyone who cares to join us, so please come along to our rehearsals at the YMCA Mendlegief Road on Mondays and Thursdays 7 – 7.30 or contact our Secretary, Mike Price, on 01633 784652

Peter Cox, Vice Chairman

I Joined the choir in December 2013 after many years of thinking about it. I have always enjoyed singing but put off looking for and joining a choir. Now I have done it I can only recommend anyone reading this have a go. The friendship and kindness extended to me has been tremendous and the help from my mentor has helped me to learn the music.

Elwyn Jones, Secretary

I find being in the choir is very rewarding; it is always a pleasure to go on stage and entertain the public, and the applause and appreciation shown to us always makes us feel that we have achieved our choir motto “Making Music, Making Friends”

Colin Clifford, Treasurer

Colin CliffordI have been a member of the choir for six years, I am currently the Treasurer.

 

 

 

Dave Shelley, Concert Secretary

Dave ShelleyI was born in Newport in 1942. After spending 22 years in the army I retired as a Warrant Officer in 1983 coming back to my home city. In 2011 I was persuaded to join the choir as a bottom bass. I was elected as Concert Secretary at the 2013 AGM.

Bernard Arnold, Stage Manager

I joined the choir in 2013 in the bass section. I have been elected as Stage Manager at this years AGM and look forward to fulfilling my roll to the best of my ability  .

Albert Jones, Transport Manager

Albert JonesI have been a member of the choir for 26 years. I have held the post of transport manager for the last 20 years, I also held the post of fundraising manager for 15 years.

 

 

Ken Cosslett, Registrar

Ken CosslettI joined the choir in 1979 and was invited on to the committee as registrar, I have held this position for 34 years. I have loved singing all my life, prior to joining the choir I sang with the South Wales Borders. I also enjoy the comradeship especially when we go on tour.

Alan J Lewis, Uniform Manager

Alan J LewisI joined the choir in 1984 because I love to sing. I have made many friends from the choir and other choirs we have met home and abroad. During my 30 years I have held most committee posts, I am now responsible for the procurement of the uniform, sometimes this can be very demanding. I enjoy every practice and performance the choir has.

Lewis Griffiths, Librarian

Bob Hillier, Press officer

 

Fiona Bryant, Musical Director

FioinaFiona began her musical career after being awarded a Rotary Foundation Scholarship enabling her to study at Brabants Conservatory of Music in The Netherlands. She continued her training at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Antwerp, where she was awarded the Advanced Performer’s Diploma.

Fiona made her debut at the Royal Opera House in Brussels, where she sang the role of Dababella in Mozart’s ‘Cosi fan tutte’ for the Opera Studio and Touring Company. Other operatic roles followed including: Cherubino in Mozart’s ‘Marriage of Figaro’, Mercedes in Bizet’s ‘Carmen’, Konchakovna in Borodin’s ‘Prince Igor’, Maria in Rossini’s ‘Mose in Egito’ and Bianca in Benjamin Britten’s ‘The Rape of Lucretia’.

From 1992-93 Fiona sang in the Netherlands Radio Choir, one of the finest professional choirs in Europe. In 1993 she won the Ema Spoorenburg Oratorio Competition in The Hague.

Since returning to Britain Fiona has sung with the English Touring Opera and Welsh National Opera. She currently works as a singing teacher for the Gwent Music Support Service and also has a thriving private practice. In addition to being musical director of The City of Newport Male Choir, Fiona also conducts  the Monmouthshire based ladies choir.

Barbara Davies, Pianist

BarbraI live in St.Julians, Newport and I have two children, Gareth and Catherine. I now have two wonderful grandsons, Morgan and Rhys. Both of whom I’ll get to see more of after retiring this year from a teaching career of 25 years at Milton Junior School where I also coached The school Choir. I am an associate of the Royal College of Music and I have accompanied the then Newport Male Voice Choir for 20 years. Previously I played for local operatic companies and solo artists. I enjoy the friendship and camaraderie associated with life with the Choir.

Choir President, Councillor Allan Morris

wp6fc36d0c_05I make no apology for admitting being one of the City of Newport Male Choir’s greatest fans. In a rapidly changing world they maintain the highest traditions of Welsh Male Choral singing, and they do it superbly. No matter how grand or sparse the venue, how large or small the audience the choir give it everything they have, and believe  me they have a lot to give. It is blatantly obvious that they always enjoy themselves as much as their audiences. Always immaculately turned out, from the moment they step on the stage the choir leave the audience in no doubt that the people of Newport have a lot of reasons to be proud of these great ambassadors to their City. With the ability to send a shiver down your spine or a tear to the eye they truly deserve their hard earned world wide reputation. It is a huge tribute to their musical Director Fiona Bryant

Honorary Vice President Jessica Morden MP Newport East   

wpafc84161 “ I was very proud to be asked to be Honorary Vice President of the City of Newport Male  Choir. The Choir is a thriving and vibrant Choral group which maintains the singing traditions of this area and provides Newport with yet another thing to be very proud of.  Their  Concerts, both here in Newport and across the country, attract a wide variety of people and they work hard to reach out to new audiences with new material, which is a credit to this dedicated team. I look forward to this seasons performances and to the exciting year ahead”.

 

 

 

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