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.
D. Byron Lewis, CVO, KStJ, FCA
Christopher Beynon, OBE
Allan Fewster, MBE
Sir Robert Hastie, KCVO, CBE
Jeffrey Howard, BMus, ARAM
Sir Karl Jenkins, CBE
Howard J. Morgan, JP
Dr Tony O’Kane
Professor Peter Stead, FLSW
Sir Bryn Terfel, CBE
Ebenezer Congregational Chapel
Hon. Solicitor Rosemary Morgan (Morgan LaRoche)
Honorary Life Members
Penny Ryan, OBE
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.
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.
When Dunvant Male Choir / Côr Meibion Dyfnant performed the first Patrons’ Concert on the 8 November 1980 only the most optimistic among us could have envisaged what a huge success these concerts would become.
The choir’s objective is to provide a high standard of choral singing at all times. The result has been that the Dunvant Male Choir Patrons Concert has made a niche for itself in the social calendar each year and continues to enhance the fine reputation and appeal of the choir over a wide area within and outside Wales.
A strong body of Patrons helps to provide the financial support, which is needed to sustain a large organisation like Dunvant Male Choir. In the years ahead, we will continue to present a Patrons’ Concert of quality, variety and excellence.
If you enjoy male voice choral singing at its best and have enjoyed our concerts, perhaps you will consider becoming a Patron of Dunvant Male Choir.
As a Patron of the choir will be receive a complimentary ticket for our Annual Patrons’ Concert and your name will appear as a Patron of the choir in the concert programme.
We will also send you a link to the digital version of the 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.
Dunvant Male Choir Patron Application Form
We’re asking our Patrons to supply us their email addresses so that periodically we may update them with choir news and events. Please rest assured that your information will never be passed on to a third party and will only be used in connection with Côr Meibion Dyfnant/Dunvant Male Choir.
Officers (& Trustees)
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