Musical Team

Click on the link to see photos of the four sections of our choir.

Musical Director: Matthew Ioan Sims.

Matthew is a Master of Arts graduate from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, where he studied voice under the guidance of International Tenor Dennis O’Neill.

He has performed at many concert venues and has participated in Masterclasses with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Dennis O’Neill, Rebecca Evans, Della Jones, Ryland Davies, Peter Wilson, Nuccia Focile and Nelly Miricioiu. 

Throughout Matthew’s studies and personal successes, he has always had strong links to the Welsh Male Choir tradition, including being a past member of Only Men Aloud. It is great to be able to combine two loves, singing and choir, and to continue developing / adapting music repertoires to suit current audiences.

Matthew is delighted to have been appointed Musical Director of the Gwalia Singers and is looking forward, with excitement, to a long and prosperous future with the Choir

Accompanist: Rhian Liles

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.  For more information please go to her website.

Her experience with the Gwalia Singers over the last 20 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.



Gareth is a product of the highly successful West Glamorgan Youth Music system. After obtaining degrees in Music and Education at Cardiff University, Gareth pursued a teaching career, firstly as a violin/viola teacher and then as a Primary School teacher.

Gareth taught in a number of schools across Swansea and Llanelli, before becoming a Headteacher for fifteen years concluding at Bishopston Primary, a school that gained a reputation for its strong singing, music and performance.

Whilst primarily a chorister, Gareth has assisted the music team by playing violin and piano, taking a number of rehearsals and conducting a concert when required.

The Team

Matt, Rhian, Nick and Gareth all 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.  The team will always give you a very warm welcome if you would like to come and join the choir.   For details of all our future concerts please click here.

Music Team