on the link to see photos of the four
sections of our choir.
Musical Director: Sandra Knight
is delighted to be appointed the MD of this
prestigious choir and she looks forward to
further expanding the choir's programme
repertoire in partnership with the very talented
Music Team. She
also welcomes the opportunity to build upon the
success the choir has achieved, setting new
challenges and to further develop its high
standard of performance.
She feels the
Gwalia Singers have an excellent reputation of
being different by singing a varied and wide
range of music, from the traditional to more
modern songs, which widely appeal to audiences.
also sing their own arrangements of music.
Singing in a choir
brings many rewards such as enjoyment, improving
breathing, posture, overall health and
become part of a special family: Camaraderieis second to none.
her connections with choirs she has often heard
the words from new choristers; "I wish I had
joined earlier". Of course, a choir cannot sing
without choristers and it is always necessary to
further increase choir membership in order to
uphold the longevity of the choir and to
maintain a balanced sound of voices and
harmonies when singing in parts.
Sandra says that
we all need inspiration from time to time and
she shares with us a few of her favourite
"As long as we live, there is never enough
singing" - Martin Luther.
"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to
the mind, flight to the imagination and life to
everything" – Plato.
"The music is not in the notes but in the
silence in between" - Mozart.
Sandra's love of
music stemmed from the very early age of five
years when one Christmas her father, Dennis, had
taken apart an old piano and restored it for her
to play (A wonderful surprise present from
Father Christmas!). She
later went on to study the Double Bass.
In 1978, she
completed her studies in Music and Modern
Contemporary Dance and pursued a long and
enjoyable career as a Teacher, Deputy
Headteacher and Acting Headteacher being
fortunate to visit schools in China, Holland,
Norway and Iceland to learn about their
educational systems and practices.
Sandra brings to
the choir a wealth of experience in music. Whilst
being responsible for co- ordinating the music
curriculum in the schools where she taught, she
tutored and conducted on residential music
courses and at the orchestral centre with West
Glamorgan music. She
had also been the MD of Neath Ladies Guild
One of Sandra’s
highlights happened in 1989: Sandra was involved
with an ambitious musical pioneering journey to
China with Primary and Secondary pupils. Unheard
of in those days! It was
Wales’s, and indeed UK's, first Music
Performance and Cultural Tour and they were
followed around by radio and television
appearance on Blue Peter followed (yes, she has
For many years,
Sandra conducted the Alderman Davies C/W School
Choir. She has worked with Peter Karrie who is
known for his role in the West End musical
Phantom of the Opera. In 2012
she worked with Mid Wales Opera Company and the
choir to performed Benjamin Britten's Opera
-Noye's Fludde at the Gwyn Hall, Neath.
As former Musical
Director of Bryncoch Male Voice Choir, Sandra
has undertaken numerous concerts with the choir
performing in Crathie Church, Balmoral,
Newcastle, Plymouth, Cheltenham, Oxford and St
David's Hall in Cardiff to name but a few. She
has also worked with BBC’s Newcastle Radio,
Polperro Fisherman's Choir and the Military
On a personal
note, Sandra is a keen gardener, the President
of Soroptimist International in Neath and a RNLI
volunteer at Mumbles Lifeboat Station where she
is the Station's LVO. She is
married to Steve and they have two sons; James
is teaching in Vietnam and Alex works in London.
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. For more information please go
to her website.
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
Assistant Accompanist: Stephen
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.
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.
another 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.
Rhian, Steve, Nick and Gareth 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