IEUAN JONES, MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Originally from Anglesey, Ieuan moved to Cardiff to study music at the University of Cardiff, where he received an Honours Degree. During his studies, he became an organ scholar at Dewi Sant church and is now Musical Director and choirmaster there. He is also the Musical Director of the Cardiff Arms Park Male Choir (Côr Meibion Parc yr Arfau Caerdyd). Ieuan is also a busy accompanist for many soloist and choirs, including Côr Heol-y- March, and the Morriston Orpheus Choir. He has enjoyed considerable success at numerous choir competitions, including Children’s Choir of the World at Llangollen, and Choir of Wales on S4C’s Côr Cymru. As an accompanist Ieuan has travelled Great Britain extensively, and played in many prestigious venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and 10 Downing Street. He has also toured Ireland, France, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Spain, Italy, Poland, Austria, Canada and New York where he performed at Carnegie Hall. He is also the Musical Director of the British and Irish Lions Male Voice Choir, he toured New Zealand with them in 2017 and is looking forward to conduct them again in South Africa, 2021. His other musical interests include playing the ukulele, and entertaining audiences with his talent as a yodeller.
GAVIN PARRY, ACCOMPANIST
Gavin Parry was educated at Cardiff High School, and read Physics at Bristol University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. He had studied piano while at school, becoming a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music, and resumed his studies at the Royal Academy on leaving university.
He works for the National Assembly for Wales, dealing with pharmacy and prescribing policy in the National Health Service, and is a free-lance professional musician, accompanying choirs and solo artistes throughout Britain, and in Russia (1979), the United States (1984, 1989, 1995, 2002 and 2004), Hungary (1986), Australia (1987) and Canada (1990, 1997 and 2007). He was official accompanist at the Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales in Newport in 1988.
Gavin was appointed Accompanist to Pendyrus in September 1973, and was awarded Life Membership of the choir in 1994.