Rhiannon Williams – Musical Director
A native of Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan, Rhiannon’s formal training began at the Royal Academy of Music, RWCMD, and Cardiff University before achieving her Fellowship from the London College of Music and Licentiate and Associate diploma (with distinctions) in Piano Accompaniment, Piano Solo and Solo Singing (LRSM, ATCL, LLCM, ALCM, LGSMD, LTCL).
Rhiannon’s passion for vocal music began at a young age, achieving the title of British and Welsh BET Choirgirl of the Year during the London finals of 1989.
As an Honorary Lady Member of Treorchy Male Choir, her professional accompanying career began in 1998 and included full time posts and overseas tours with the MVCs of Treorchy, Bridgend, Pontarddulais and Llanelli, before progressing as Musical Director to the Ynysybwl Ladies Choir (2002-2012) and then Bridgend Male Choir (2012-2016), the former, under her leadership, were awarded first prize at the Abergavenny and Hereford festivals, and with the latter went on to win the MVC class at the 2014 Llangollen International Eisteddfod.
From 2016-2019, Rhiannon took up the baton with the highly successful Wessex Male Choir and during her three-year reign was proud of a further six wins at contests both nationally and internationally. She is now a Patron of Wessex.
Rhiannon joined Cowbridge Male Voice Choir in September 2017 after leading them on a successful tour to Southern Spain.
Her daytime work involves being full time organist at Coychurch Crematorium.
Siân Davies – Piano Accompanist
Siân is a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, specialising in piano accompaniment.
Over the years Siân has appeared as guest accompanist for singers such as Rebecca Evans, Gail Pearson, Donald Maxwell and has accompanied at Master classes given by Stephen Isserlis and Julian Lloyd Webber.
GROUP MUSIC TEAMS
Rhiannon Williams (Cardiff Group Conductor)
Benjamin Teague (Accompanist)
Benjamin Teague is a Welsh organist and composer based in Cardiff. A Masters student of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Ben is an active musician in and around Cardiff, and has written for various media. He studied organ in Llandaff Cathedral with David Geoffrey Thomas, and is now Benefice Organist and Choirmaster at All Saints Church Cyncoed, the Director of Music for the Archive Ensemble, as well as accompanying 3 choirs, and a fellow of the Fraternity of St Cecilia, the Guild of Liturgical Organists, and the Honorable Company of Organists.
Juliet Rossiter (Narberth Group Conductor/Accompanist & Deputy Piano Accompanist of CMDC)
Juliet is a native of South Pembrokeshire. Before her retirement Juliet was the deputy head teacher at Monkton Priory School in Pembroke and is now working as a freelance musician in the county.Besides being the Musical Director of Whitland Male Voice Choir she is currently the West Wales (Narberth Group) musical leader of Côr Meibion De Cymru
Elaine Robins (Conductor and Accompanist)
Elaine is a graduate of the University of Wales Aberystwyth. She has been part of the music team of CMDC since 2001 and was Musical Director 2007-2021.
Since gaining her B Mus (Hons) degree and PGCE teaching qualification Elaine has worked as a peripatetic music teacher in primary and secondary schools throughout Carmarthenshire, and over the years has conducted children’s orchestras and Gymanfa Ganu singing festivals.
Sheenagh Dernie (Conductor)
Sheenagh career comprises 40 years of class and peripatetic music teaching, singing and choral conducting. She has taught at Wakefield Girl’s High School, Our Lady’s, Abingdon and is presently a visiting music teacher St Hugh’s Prep School, Carswell. She has conducted Ladies Choirs (Roundelay 1984-99), Men’s Choirs (CMDC 2004 – present day), Mixed choirs (Cantemus Newbury 2000 – present day) and Student choirs too numerous to mention. As a singer Sheenagh is also interested in foreign languages and is currently studying German and Spanish with the Open University. She is also a hands on Grandma, and represents her church as a Street Pastor.