About Us

Dunvant Male Choir pursues the philosophy that music, above all else, is a communicable happiness, and although local surnames dominate, local pride supports and nurtures it. The singing like all great Welsh choirs excels with adrenaline flowing free, be it in the polyphonic intricacies of Benjamin Britten or the compelling surge of the great Welsh Hymns.
Music is a language enjoyed by all people at all levels.

Who's who
Music team
Patrons' Association
Committee

President

D. Byron Lewis, CVO, KStJ, FCA

Vice Presidents

Christopher Beynon, OBE

Allan Fewster, MBE

Phillip Gittoes

David Gravell

Claire Hammacott

Sir Robert Hastie, KCVO, CBE

Jeffrey Howard, BMus, ARAM

Sir Karl Jenkins, CBE

Peter Llewelyn

Howard J. Morgan, JP

Dr Tony O'Kane

Cerith Owens

Gerald Sinclair

Professor Peter Stead, FLSW

Sir Bryn Terfel, CBE

Ebenezer Congregational Chapel

Hon. Solicitor Rosemary Morgan (Morgan LaRoche)

Honorary Life Members

His Honour Michael Evans

Penny Ryan, OBE

Klaus Unteregge

Musical Director

Jonathan Rogers
After attaining a BA (Hons) in Music and PGCE from Bristol University, Jonathan returned to South Wales to begin his teaching career and within three years was promoted to Head of Music at Penyrheol Comprehensive School. Since Autumn 2014, he has held the position of Curriculum Leader of Music for Gower College Swansea and this led to his appointment as Associate Lecturer with Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and as an examiner with the Welsh Joint Education Committee.

Jonathan has occupied the role of Musical Director of the Dunvant Male Choir since 2007 has worked in some prestigious venues across the world. His excellent reputation as a conductor, arranger and soloist has grown in recent years and he continues to combine his work in education with his busy life as a conductor in the Swansea area. In 2021 Jonathan was awarded a Silver Prize in the National Pearson Teaching Awards and was the sole Welsh practitioner to be successful in the Further Education category.

Joint Accompanists

Tony Phipps
Tony has been a member of Dunvant Male Choir for over 40 years as a Chorister and Accompanist. After being taught piano to Grade 7 by previous conductor Ambrose Miles, Tony achieved Grade 8 under the tuition of D. Hugh Jones. Tony has also had a distinguished and decorated career with South Wales Police.

In 2016 Tony was appointed permanent Accompanist alongside D Huw Rees. In the time that he has occupied this role, Tony has performed at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod and also accompanied Sir Bryn Terfel whilst recording for S4C.

D Huw Rees
Swansea born Huw gained his BMus (Hons) degree at University College, Cardiff and has been Joint Accompanist to Dunvant Male Choir since January 2009. Highly talented and sought after, he has worked with the likes of Bryn Terfel, Rhys Meirion, Wynne Evans, Sophie Evans and The Three Welsh Tenors.

Huw is an official accompanist at the Urdd National Eisteddfod and has accompanied competitors since 1993 and was the official accompanist to the massed mixed choirs festival held at St. David’s Hall, Cardiff in 1992, 1996 and 1999. In 2006 Huw conducted the massed male voice choirs at the opening concert of the National Eisteddfod held at Swansea.

In 2015 Huw worked with Britain’s Got Talent stars Richard & Adam, Julian Reynolds and the Latvian Opera Orchestra on the CD "Believe, Songs of Inspiration" which reached Number 1 in the Classical Album Charts. In 2019 he accompanied competitors at the Urdd Eisteddfod which was held at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff. In 2018 he was the Vice Chair of the Urdd’s Music Committee.

The Patrons’ Association

We are fortunate to have the support of many loyal Patrons both near and far, from Dunvant to Australia. A strong body of Patrons helps to provide the financial and emotional support which is needed to sustain an organisation like Côr Meibion Dyfnant/Dunvant Male Choir.

By becoming a Choir Patron, you’re helping to secure the future of the oldest continuously singing Welsh choir.

The choir's objective is to provide a high standard of choral singing at all times. As an acknowledgement to our Patrons, we hold an annual Patron’s Concert and this has found its place in the calendar every year. When the Choir performed its first Patrons' Concert on 8 November 1980, only the most optimistic could have envisaged what a huge success these concerts would become.

In the years ahead, the Choir will continue to present a Patrons’ Concert of quality, variety and excellence, featuring local, national and international guest artists.

We hope that you will consider becoming a Patron of Dunvant Male Choir.

As a Patron of the choir you will receive a complimentary ticket for our annual Patrons’ Concert and your name will appear as a Choir Patron in the concert programme.

We will also send you a link to the digital version of our annual Côr Meibion Dyfnant/Dunvant Male Choir Magazine, letting you know what we’ve been up to, what we’ve got planned and many other choir related articles.

Soon you’ll be able to sign up as a Choir Patron online but until we’ve got our new system online, if you’d like to join us then please drop us a line at [email protected]

The cost of becoming a Choir Patron is £20 per person for an annual subscription.

A Special Note to Existing Patrons

We’re currently updating our records and our ways of working and would really appreciate it if you would confirm your email addresses for us.

Please do drop us a line at [email protected] with your name and email address so that we can keep our records as up to date as possible.

For your peace of mind, our Security & Privacy Policy can be viewed using the link at the bottom the page.

Officers (& Trustees) 

Committee Members 

Chairman - Glyndwr Prideaux

Vice-Chairman - Norman Whomes

General Secretary - Alan Kelly

Treasurer - Allan Rohman

Administrator - Robin Williams

Assistant Secretary - Brian Perkins

Assistant Treasurer - Chris Wood

Assistant Administrator - Dennis Greenall


Nigel Binding

David Jeffreys

Alan Jones

Chris King

Committee members

Kevin Fitzgerald
Dennis Greenall
David Jeffries
Alan Jones
Brian Perkins
Norman Whomes,
Robin Williams
 


Committee

Officers (5), plus Kevin Fitzgerald, Denis Greenall, David Jeffreys, Alan Jones, Brian Perkins,  Norman Whomes & Robin Williams
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