The Choir is run by a management committee elected annually and chaired by a president. The Choir on the advice of the committee appoints a conductor, and the committee, on the advice of the conductor, appoints a pianist for rehearsal and accompaniment.
The CommitteeLesley Lonnen (alto) - Joint President
Lynn Henderson (alto) - Joint President
Kate Ferrie (alto) - Secretary
Geraldine Duffy (sop) -Treasurer
Jenny Trust (alto) - Social Secretary
Alastair Begg (bass) - Librarian
Phyllis Pearce (sop) - Soprano Representative
Wendy Kerr (alto) - Alto Representative
John Gourlay (bass) - Men's Representative
Sian Winstanley - ConductorSian became our Conductor in August 2017.
She graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2009 having been awarded several prizes during her studies. She was supported by the Arts Humanities Research Council of Wales and International Opera Awards, which permitted her to obtain her Masters and further her stage training at the Flanders Opera Studio.
A coloratura soprano, Sian has sung with leading orchestras and opera companies in the UK and several European countries. She has featured in TV's 'Proms in the Park', on BBC Radio Wales, Radio 3, Radio France and Radio Nacionale de Espagna. She has performed in Britten's 'Les Illuminations' in Granada with the Granada Symphony Orchestra. More recently she appeared with Scottish Opera where she sang Mabel in Gilbert and Sullivan's 'The Pirates of Penzance'.
While in Cardiff, Sian taught at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Junior Conservatoire and led their Community and Chamber Choirs. She has acted as vocal animateur for the BBC National Chorus of Wales and run educational outreach projects for schools, choral societies, opera companies and theatres. She has also trained several pupils into professional singing careers as well as teaching singers of all ages, abilities and musical tastes.
Jane Hepworth - Accompanist
Jane is a gifted pianist. She has played for the Choir as rehearsal, accompanying and solo pianist for the past 11 years. She teaches piano and singing in Helensburgh. She was born in Wolverhampton, and gained a Bmus (Hons) from the University College of Wales. She is an Associate of the London School of Music.