Gwalia Singers

(Swansea)
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Cantorion Gwalia

(Abertawe)


Below is some information about the principal leaders of our choir.  To see photos of the four sections of our choir please click here.


Musical Director: Nick Rogers


Nick was born and educated in Pembroke. He started singing as a boy in St. Mary's Church choir and later took over as conductor. He also sang with the Pembroke and District Male Voice Choir and The Griffon Singers.

 

In 1978 he moved to Llandrindod Wells and joined the Rhayader and District Male Voice Choir, taking over as conductor in 1982. He remained as conductor until he moved to Swansea in 1995, when he joined the Gwalia Singers. Nick was appointed Deputy Musical Director a few years later and took an active part in rehearsals and concerts until he was appointed as Musical Director in 2006. It was almost a baptism of fire as in January 2007 the choir represented Swansea in Mannheim, Germany, for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the twinning of the towns. However, the standing ovation received following the performance on the Saturday evening showed that the choir have made an excellent appointment.

 

Nick has no musical qualifications, but has a great feeling and enthusiasm for music, which when delivered with his sense of humour and hard work makes rehearsals enjoyable and ensures performances of a high standard. The choir has also increased in numbers, which was one of Nick's main priorities when he took over as MD.

 

Nick is a keen sportsman having played cricket for Ffynone in the South Wales Association and also for the Badgers Cricket Club, with whom he still plays. He is a supporter of Swansea RFC and the Ospreys and has started playing golf again since taking early retirement from Lloyds TSB with whom he worked for 32 years. He currently works part time, as an administration officer, at The Marina Private Nursing Home.

Accompanist: Rhian Stone


Rhian hails from Loughor, Swansea, and after completing her studies at the prestigious Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Wales' national conservatoire for the performing arts, she obtained an honours Music Degree (Keyboard Studies). She is now pursuing a very successful career as a professional accompanist and private tutor for the piano.

 

Her experience with the Gwalia Singers over the last 10 years has proven invaluable for her professional career. She is particularly pleased with being able to continue her association with the singers now she has returned full time to Swansea. When not involved in her music activities, she relaxes by horse riding and has her own horse 'Omar'. Rhian has also recently taken up an additional career as a veterinary nurse.

Rhian



Assistant Accompanist: Stephen Wilson


Stephen was born in Chorley, Lancashire, but has lived in Swansea since the age of 7. He played the violin with the West Glamorgan Youth Orchestra and joined his first choir at Christ College Brecon at the age of 13. He returned to Swansea after obtaining an honours degree in Engineering Physics at Sheffield Hallam University. Gaining employment with the NHS, he soon became involved in the Swansea music scene. He has been accompanist for the Cockett Amateur Operatic Society and Moonlight Theatre, and appeared on stage with Uplands Arts and the Abbey Players.


Stephen is the organist for St. Stephens Church in Port Tennant and the Swansea Unitarian Church. He has played keyboard with a number of local bands and is currently a member of "Sounds of Santana", a tribute to Santana. He was the MD and arranger of a number of original songs for 2 short musicals written by Arthur Hendy which were performed at the Dylan Thomas Centre in 2007/8 and also plays for Limelight, a youth drama group based in  Gorseinon.


The Team


Nick, Rhian, and Steve work very hard to select a wide range of music for us to sing.  We sing in several languages; some Welsh, mainly English but with some other languages as well. We sing many types of music including traditional Welsh, music from films & shows, opera and popular music.

Not only do  they select the music but as a team they arrange pieces into four part harmony for male voices.  At the moment we are rehearsing their arrangements of a WW1 medley of songs which we will be performing at some of our future concerts. For details of these concerts please click here.

Musical Team