HONORARY MEMBERS

The Treorchy Male Choir Constitution, finalised in 1948, allowed the Management Committee to bestow Honorary Membership on non-choristers in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the Choir. Over the years this honour has been presented to many distinguished people, ranging from well-known celebrities, dedicated supporters, tour organisers and music staff. The Choir’s Honorary Members, followed by Honorary Lady Members are listed below:

  John Barker, 1950
Mr Barker was the Founder Conductor of the Doncaster Wheatsheaf (Co-op) Girls Choir. The Treorchy choristers made frequent visitors to Doncaster from 1950 onwards and also welcomed the Wheatsheaf singers to the Rhondda on several occasions.

 

D.O. Griffiths, 1951
Mr Griffiths was the General Secretary of the Birmingham Cymrodorion Society who invited the Choir to perform in celebrity concerts at the Birmingham Town Hall on an annual basis throughout the 1950s.


 

Herbert Jones, 1969
The Choir’s elocutionist from 1957 to 1978, his career began with the Mid Rhondda Garrick Dramatic Society and he went on to perform at the Old Vic in London. He became a Rhondda Borough Councillor in 1953 and was Mayor from 1968 to 1969. He won more than 200 competitions as an elocutionist, including three consecutive “firsts” at the Miners' Eisteddfod. To read his full Treorchy Male Choir service record click here


  Sir Tom Jones, 1969
The international superstar catapulted to the top of the charts with “It’s Not Unusual” in 1964. For more than forty years he remained at the pinnacle of his career and in 2006 received a knighthood. In 1969 the choir first performed on the Christmas edition of his show, “This is Tom Jones”. They made two more appearances in subsequent years along with a joint performance on the Burt Bacharach Show. Throughout the 1980s they continued making shows with Tom, including “Born To Be Me” and he wrote the Foreword for the Choir’s photographic history book, published in 2000.

 

Ronnie Cass, 1969
Llanelli-born Ronnie Cass was the producer of “This is Tom Jones” during the 1960s and 70s on which the Choir regularly appeared. He went on to produce Sir Harry Secombe’s “Highway” which also featured the Choir and he arranged a number of items for their repertoire.


   

Jon Schoffield, 1970
A director and producer of the Christmas edition of “This Is Tom Jones” with Ronnie Cass, Jon Schoffield earned widespread acclaim as a filmmaker and director throughout the 1970s and 80s.


 

John Tucker, 1981
For almost thirty years John Tucker regularly organised concerts for the Choir in his hometown of Walsall.


 

Brian Bates, 1983
Since the early 1980s Brian Bates regularly organised concerts for the Choir and helped raise £100,000 for funds over the next 25 years. He also raised tens of thousands of pounds for various charities as a concert organiser. In 2002 he planned the Choir’s tour of Scotland. He was elected Choir President in 1998.


  Evan James, 1985
The Choir’s greatest benefactor from 1985 until his death in the late 1990s, Evan James was a descendant of the composers of the Welsh National Anthem. A self-made millionaire, he lived in southern California and was once a close friend of John F. Kennedy. On a visit to Pontypridd he visited the rehearsal room and immediately began donating large quantities of money to Choir funds. The Choir was reunited with him during a performance in Nevada City, California in 1994.

 

Harold Woodey, 1986
In 1985 Harold Woodey organised the Choir’s successful two-week tour of Canada, culminating in an unforgettable performance at the Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.


 

Douglas Firstbrook, 1986
As a member of staff of the James Hardie Industries, he was instrumental in organising the Choir’s first tour of Australia in 1986.


 

John Reid, 1986
As Chairman of James Hardie Industries, he was instrumental in organising the Choir’s first tour of Australia in 1986.


 

James Kelso, 1986
As a member of staff of the James Hardie Industries, he was involved in organising the Choir’s first tour of Australia in 1986.


 

Brian Anstee, 1986
As a member of staff of the James Hardie Industries, Brian was part of the organisational team for the Choir’s first tour of Australia in 1986.


 

Edward Fraser, 1994
Ed Fraser organised the Choir’s tour of California and Colorado in 1994. Six years later he also organised the Can-Am Tour, incorporating Vancouver, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco.


 

John Jenkins, 1998
Conductor of the Treorchy Male Choir 1991-1997
To read his full Treorchy Male Choir service record click here


 

Mel Absalom, 2000
The organiser of regular concerts in Warrington Town Hall, he helped raise many thousands of pounds for a local hospice scheme in the area.


 

Lester McGrath, 2004
As an executive member of International Concert Attractions, Lester played a leading role in organising the Choir’s tour of Australia in 2004


 

Andrew Kay, 2004
As the chief executive of International Concert Attractions, Andrew played a leading role in organising the Choir’s tour of Australia in 2004


 

Edgar Taylor, 2005
Deputy Conductor of the Treorchy Male Choir 2002-2005
To read his full Treorchy Male Choir service record click here


 

Nigel Chivers, 2005
Nigel and his wife Judy assisted the president, Brian Bates, in organising concerts for the Choir for more than 25 years.


 

Adrian Dix, 2005
Along with his wife Val, Adrian supported the Choir for more than twenty years by attending almost every concert throughout the UK during this time.


 

Max Boyce OBE, 2006
The famous Welsh folk singer and comedian first performed with the Choir in the 1970s on his television show. He performed in the Choir’s Diamond Jubilee Concert at the Wales Millennium Centre in June 2006, which was dubbed as "Max Live With Treorchy" – a play on words from his bestselling album which was recorded in Treorchy RFC thirty years earlier.


 

Dr Malcolm Williams, 2007
Designer and webmaster of the Treorchy Male Choir’s second website


 

Andrew Badham, 2007
Conductor of the Treorchy Male Choir 1997-2005
To read his full Treorchy Male Choir service record click here


 

Roy Noble OBE, 2008
The famous BBC broadcaster has been a faithful supporter of the Treorchy Male Choir for almost twenty years. The Choir has appeared many times on his radio and television shows and Roy Noble also presents prizes at the Choir’s annual junior musician competition


 

Dr Alwyn Humphreys MBE, 2008
The Conductor Emeritus of the Morriston Orpheus Male Choir, Alwyn remains a faithful supporter of the Choir. He has regularly conducted the Choir in both concerts and arranged a large selection of music specifically for the Choir. In 2013 he led them on their Royal Concert in Monte Carlo. To read his full Treorchy Male Choir service record click here


 

Dr Haydn James, 2008
The Conductor of the London Welsh Male Choir, Dr James has conducted a number of Treorchy Male Choir rehearsals and concerts. He also led the Choir onto the pitch at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff on several occasions where they performed prior to international rugby games. To read his full Treorchy Male Choir service record click here


 

Bryan Davies, 2008
The celebrated pianist has enjoyed a close association with the Choir for more than thirty years, accompanying them many times on stage and screen. Some of his greatest legacies are his many musical arrangements which remain treasured items in the Choir’s repertoire. To read his full Treorchy Male Choir service record click here


 

Stuart Burrows OBE, 2008
The internationally famous tenor from Cilfynydd has enjoyed a relationship with the Choir for more than fifty years since his first performance with them in 1958. He remains in close contact with the Choir and has written many articles for various Choir magazines and anniversary books over the years.


 

Richard Dinnen, 2009
A Production Manager for International Concert Attractions, Richard played a leading role in success of the Choir’s tour of Australia in 2004


 

David Lang, 2009
As Production Manager for Andrew Kay Associates, David played a major role in the success of the Choir's tour of Australia and New Zealand in 2009.


 

Robert Harris, 2010
As the former Chairman and current Director of Rugby for the British Rugby Charity Wooden Spoon, Robert has enjoyed a very close association with the Choir. Through his support the Choir have been involved in Wooden Spoon activities- from concerts and corporate events to performing on rugby international days - for many years. He was also instrumental in supplying the choristers with new polo shirts and continually strives to involve the Choir in various Wooden Spoon fundraising events throughout the UK.


 

David Geoffrey Thomas, 2010
David is Assistant Director of Music at Howell's Sixth Form College, Llandaff and Director of the Cathedral Parish Choir. He is Director of 'Cantores Landavenses' and has presented music programmes both for BBC and independent radio. He is the President of the South East Wales Organists' Association. He became a guest accompanist with the Treorchy Male Choir in 2008. To read his full Treorchy Male Choir service record click here


 

Philip Gray, 2010
As the joint Managing Director of Chord Theatrical Agency, Phillip and his wife Jeanne have worked tirelessly organising concerts for the Treorchy Male Choir since 2004.


 

David Green, 2010
Since 1993 David organised nine Choir concerts in aid of local charities. His work for the Cheltenham Lions and Acorn Hospice has been prolific and with the support of the Choir has raised many thousands of pounds for both charities


 

Paul Young, 2011
For many years Paul has been a firm supporter of the Choir's Junior Musician Competition by sponsporing Gold Packages on an annual basis. Paul has also assisted the Choir with compiling its annual accounts.


 

Mark Thomas, 2013
Mark Thomas, President of the Monaco Welsh Association, was responsible for taking the Treorchy Male Choir to Monte Carlo to celebrate St David's Day, 2013. The Choir gave an outstanding royal concert at the Hotel de Paris before Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert and Princess Charlene. Mark, the son of rugby star Clem Thomas, held the evening to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the British Lions. Also in attendance was Dame Shirley Bassey


 

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, 2013
Prince Albert, the son of the late Prince Rainier of Monaco and Hollywood actress Grace Kelly, offered the Choir a royal welcome on their first visit to Monte Carlo to perform at the Hotel de Paris for the Monaco Welsh Association. The evening raised funds for the Princess Charlene Foundation. His Serene Highness led the standing ovations to the Choir


 

Roy Sarre BEM, 2015
Roy is the musical Director of Festiva Choir, an Evangelical mult-denominational Christian choir based in Guernsey. He organised the Choir's first visit to Guernsey which took place to mark the 30th anniversary of the Festiva Choir


 

Doug Perkins, 2015
Doug Perkins and his wife, Dame Mary Perkins, founded the international opticians, Specsavers. It was thanks to their generous support that the Choir undertook their first visit to Guernsey in 2015


HONORARY LADY MEMBERS

In 2007 Treorchy Male Choir unanimously agreed to alter its Constitution to allow the management committee to bestow Honorary Lady Membership. Since then this honour has been presented to many distinguished supporters, tour organisers and music staff. This is a comprehensive list of Treorchy Male Choir’s Honorary Lady Members.

 

Janice Ball, 2007
Accompanist 2004-2007; Deputy Conductor 2006-2007; Conductor of the Treorchy Male Choir 2007-2012.
To read her full Treorchy Male Choir service record click here


 

Helen Roberts, 2007
Deputy Accompanist  2004-2007; Accompanist of the Treorchy Male Choir 2007-present; Deputy Conductor 2013-
To read her full Treorchy Male Choir service record click here


 

Jeanetta Lawrence, 2007
A supporter of the Treorchy Male Choir for more than sixty years, Jean Lawrence is the widow of former chorister Ieuan. She was the force behind saving the Park & Dare Theatre from closure and is a major fundraiser on behalf of the Choir.


 

Jennifer Jones, 2008
Accompanist of the Treorchy Male Choir 1971-1988. Jennifer regularly performed as the harpist on many Choir recordings and in concert engagements. She accompanied the Choir at the piano in over 400 concerts. The Conductor of the Ynyswen Male Choir, Jennifer returned to Treorchy as Guest Conductor from 2005 to 2007. To read her full Treorchy Male Choir service record click here


 

Iris Williams , 2008
The international Welsh singer, who rose to fame with her hit "He Was Beautiful" has been a firm supporter of the Choir for many years. She made a special visit to the UK from her New York home to perform at the Choir's Diamond Jubilee Concert in 2006. Such was the success of the evening that a return concert was organised in Treorchy two years later.


 

Linde Macpherson, 2008
As a member of staff of James Hardie Industries, Linde was responsible for the entire PR and marketing campaign of the Choir’s successful first tour of Australia in 1986.


 

Ros Evans 2008
Soprano Soloist, Treorchy Male Choir since 1993. Ros also appeared on the Choir’s 50th anniversary album, “Live In Concert” and performed as their soloist on the third tour of Australia in 2004. To read her full Treorchy Male Choir service record click here


 

Rhiannon Williams, 2008
Accompanist for the Treorchy Male Choir 1997-2002
To read her full Treorchy Male Choir service record click here


 

Fran Wheat, 2008
Along with her husband George, Fran was the driving force behind organising the Choir’s first tour of USA in 1991


 

Kate Woolveridge, 2008
Mezzo Soprano Soloist, Treorchy Male Choir 2003-2013
To read her full Treorchy Male Choir service record click here


 

Helen May, 2008
Mezzo Soprano Soloist, Treorchy Male Choir since 1999. Helen also performed as soloist on the Choir’s second tour of Australia in 1999.
To read her full Treorchy Male Choir service record click here


 

Marion Williams, 2008
Marion was the Guest Accompanist of the Treorchy Male Choir in the late 1960s and accompanied the Choir on its victory at the National Eisteddfod, Bala, in 1967 when she received a special accolade from the adjudicators due to her brilliant performance at the piano. From 1970 to 1971 she was the Choir’s Assistant Accompanist and returned as Accompanist from 1989 to 1998. To read her full Treorchy Male Choir service record click here


 

Heather James, 2008
Associate Accompanist to the Treorchy Male Choir from 1995 to 1998
To read her full Treorchy Male Choir service record click here


 

Val Dix, 2008
Along with her husband Adrian, Val has supported the Choir for more than twenty years by attending concerts throughout the whole of the UK.


 

Judy Chivers, 2008
Along with her husband Nigel, Judy supported president Brian Bates in organising fundraising concerts for the Choir for over twenty five years.



 

Mair Roberts, 2008
Soprano Soloist from 1977 to 1997, Mair appeared in almost 150 concerts and also performed as soloist on the Choir’s first tour of Australia in 1986. She is the founder conductor of Cantorion Creigiau. To read her full Treorchy Male Choir service record click here


 

Toni Rudov, 2009
As Tour Manager for International Concert Attractions, Toni played a massive role in ensuring the total success of the Choir's visit to Australia in 2004


 

Sue Gannon, 2009
As Tour Manager for Andrew Kay Associates, Sue played a leading role in the successful tour of Australia and New Zealand in 2009.


 

Pia di Paolo, 2009
As assistant to Andrew Kay, Pia was the driving force in organising the tours of Australia (2004) and Australia and New Zealand (2009).


 

Iona Jones, 2010
Soprano soloist with Treorchy Male Choir since 2009, Iona accompanied them on their successful tour of Australia and New Zealand. To read her full Treorchy Male Choir service record click here


 

Jeanne Gray, 2010
As the joint Managing Director of Chord Theatrical Agency, Jeanne and her husband Philip have organised concerts for the Treorchy Male Choir since 2004.


 

Marcelle Berry, 2010
Concert organiser and supporter Marcelle Berry has been associated with the Choir for almost 35 years. She organised a concert in Bishop's Cleeve in 1976 and subsequently introduced future President Brian Bates into the Treorchy family. Marcele and her husband Norman remained faithful supporters of the Choir.


 

Elvira Henry, 2013
From 1962 to 1968 Elvira was the soprano soloist of the Treorchy Male Choir. After being "discovered" by Conductor John Haydn Davies at local oratorio and chapel concerts, she went on to perform as a soloist in fifteen concerts throughout the country. After a fifty year period she was reunited with the Choir in 2010 and remained a firm supporter of the organisation. To read her full Treorchy Male Choir service record click here


 

Madelaine Sarre, 2015
The wife of Roy Sarre, Musical Director of Festiva Choir in Guernsey, Maddie worked tirelessly on the Choir's first tour of Guernsey in 2015


 

Dame Mary Perkins, 2015
Dame Mary Perkins, founded the international opticians, Specsavers. It was thanks to her generous support that the Choir undertook their first visit to Guernsey in 2015


 

Ruth Madoc, 2015
Welsh actor Ruth Madoc shot to fame in the 1980s as Gladys Pugh in BBC 1's Hi De Hi! She has since performed in all manner of programmes and films in career stretching more than fifty years. She first appeared with the Choir in 1979 and has been an ardent fan. In more recent years she has presented trophies at the Junior Musician Competition and remains a great supporter of the Choir

 




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