Bridgend Male Choir Musical Professionals

The Bridgend Male Choir are fortunate to have extremely high quality Musical Direction, from Rhiannon Williams-Hale, FLCM, ALCM, LLCM, LTCL, ATCL, LRSM, LGSMD of Treorchy, Rhondda and Deputy Musical Director, Stephanie Bailey (who is also a Choir Accompanist).

Piano accompanist of the Choir is Stephanie Bailey BA (Hons) Music, PGCE, Grade 8 Piano (ABRSM) Distinction, together with Scott Williams (Organ). Cheryl Jones, BA (Hons) continues to support the Choir as a Guest Piano Accompanist, when work commitments permit. The Choir is fortunate to have also retained the services of its former Deputy Musical Director, David Hutchings as a Guest Musical Director.

Please read more about each of them below.

Musical Director

Rhiannon Williams-Hale

Born in Cardiff and raised in Barry, Rhiannon received piano tuition at the Royal Academy of Music London (ABRSM scholarship) before studying music at Cardiff University as a 'David Lloyd' entrance vocal scholar. Rhiannon's career began as a singer, winning the prestigious '1989 BET National Choirgirl of the year Competition' held in London. This afforded her many opportunities including solo appearances at the Royal Albert Hall, St David's Hall, TV interviews and a recording.  

She became a member of the National Youth Choirs of Wales & Great Britain, a violinist with the SGYO & received tuition as a p/t scholarship holder at the RWCMD - achieving Grade 8, the RSCM St Cecilia senior award (with Keyboard skills) and LTCL diploma in Voice.  A Fellow of the London College of Music in piano accompaniment, Rhiannon has also achieved her LLCM ALCM LRSM ATCL & LGSMD - all with distinctions.  

Rhiannon became principal accompanist to the renowned 'Treorchy Male Choir' in 1998 (Honorary 'lady' member since 2008), the successful 'Bridgend Male Choir' and then to the highly respected Pontarddulais & Llanelli Male voice Choirs. During this 16 year period, she had the priviledge of accompanying many fine soloists including Alfie Boe, Rebecca Evans, Rhys Meirion, Shan Cothi & Elin Manahan Thomas to name a few, made regular recordings and also toured with these choirs to Australia, America, Canada, Germany, Spain & Northern Ireland. Rhiannon continues to enjoy her Musical Directorship of the 'Bridgend Male Choir' (since April 2012) with her most significant highlight being their proud win at the renowned Male Choir competition at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod 2014. She also recalls many superb concert instances in the meantime and remains proud of such a talented 'Band of Brothers'.  

A Vice President of the 'Phoenix Singers' Ladies choir & a patron of Haverfordwest MVC, Rhiannon was also the MD of Ynysybwl Ladies choir over a ten year period. She is presently a 'Guest Conductor' at Cwmbach MVC (since spring '15') and is also a percussionist with the Parc & Dare brass band as well as 'Music Advisor' for the "Loud Applause" production agency under Cerith Owens.  As event-founder & coordinator of the Treorchy Eisteddfod since 2012, Rhiannon has been a successful private tutor for over 20 years and is presently employed full time for the local government, working in Bridgend as an organist.  

Rhiannon was on the panel of adjudicators at the Final of the 'Rotary Young Musician of Wales' (held at the Wales Millenium Centre in 2009), 'Cardiff High School Young Musician of the year', 'Bridgend County School Choir of the Year' competitions and has also adjudicated at the 'Abergavenny Eisteddfod' and regular Semi-finals of the Treorchy Male Choir Young Musician/Singer of the Year Competitions'. She is looking forward to adjudicating at the wonderful Music in the Vale competition in November 2015.

Accompanist (Piano) & Deputy Musical Director

Stephanie Bailey

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Born in Skewen, near Neath, Stephanie gained experience from the age of 13, in becoming an accomplished performer, accompanying various local children and youth choirs, progressing to participate in music competitions and performances in venues including Brangwyn Hall, Swansea. As an undergraduate Music student at Kingston University, Stephanie studied Piano under the direction of concert pianist Dennis Lee. She was selected to perform in a specially formed choir ‘Camerata’ who made television appearances on the BBC.   

Stephanie graduated with a BA (Hons) Music in 1998 followed by a PGCE in 2000. With Grade 8 ABRSM Distinctions in both Piano and Singing, Stephanie has enjoyed teaching both since the age of 18 and has become an experienced accompanist for soloists, choirs and ABRSM music examinations. She was delighted to receive an invitation to join with the World Champion Black Dyke Brass Band in concert at St David’s Hall, Cardiff in 2005.   

Stephanie has worked with the ‘Llantrisant Male Choir’  (2008-2011) and has enjoyed accompanying them at various venues, including the prestigious Christchurch Priory, Bournemouth; St David’s Hall, Cardiff; and more recently the Salon Varieties Theatre, Fuengirola, Spain.  She also assisted the Musical Director by conducting rehearsals and was delighted to conduct the choir in concert with Iris Williams at the Swansea Grand Theatre in May 2011. Stephanie has also held the position of Accompanist/Deputy MD of Cantorion Pontyclun. It has been a pleasure for Stephanie to also accompany soloists Simone Rebello, Beverley Humphries, Wynne Evans (Gio Compario!) and Mark Evans in concert.    

Stephanie currently enjoys teaching and performing music on a professional basis and is also a Rock Choir Leader in South Wales (as seen on ITV’s documentary ‘The Choir that Rocks’).

In May 2011 Stephanie joined the music team of Bridgend Male Choir becoming accompanist. She has added to her "Bridgend" CV by also becoming Deputy Musical Director just 12 months later.        

Accompanist (Organ)

Scott Williams

Born in 1980 at Neath, Scott was educated at Brynteg Comprehensive School in Bridgend and later studied at the University of Bath where he attained a Master of Mathematics - MMath (Hons) - degree.

His musical career started as a chorister at St Mary’s, Nolton Church in Bridgend, where he was successful in obtaining the Royal School of Church Music St. Nicholas Award, incorporating keyboard skills. He was also an active member of the regional RSCM Cathedral Singers and it was under an RSCM initiative for young organists that Scott commenced his organ playing career. He now continues within the Parish as a relief organist for both Nolton and Coity churches.

Scott first performed with Bridgend Male Choir at a concert in Leatherhead, Surrey in October 2008.  Since then, he has been a regular contributor to concert performances with the Choir, including the recent tours of Liverpool, Scotland and North Wales. Of the many prestigious concerts that Scott has been involved with, he considers the privilege of playing the organs of St. David's Hall; Clifton and St. Asaph Cathedrals as being personal highlights.  

Scott was involved with the recording of the choir's 50th Anniversary CD "Classic Male", and looks forward to being a part of future recordings. At present, Scott works as a private maths tutor in the Bridgend area.

Guest Accompanist (Piano)

Cheryl Jones

Cheryl Jones

Born and educated in Lampeter, Cheryl Jones BA(Hons) now lives in Cardiff and works as a freelance sound recordist and private tutor.  Despite her busy schedule she continues to fulfil her role as accompanist of the Choir.

She attended the Welsh College of Music and Drama (WCMD) and gained a BA(Hons) studying under Simon Shewring and Julian Jacobson.  At the College, Cheryl gained many awards and performed regularly as a soloist and accompanist for the critically acclaimed Cardiff Bay Chamber Orchestra.  She was also a member of the WCMD Piano Trio, working closely with the Brodsky Quartet.

Cheryl first performed with the Bridgend Male Choir whilst at the WCMD, and she has since accompanied them on their tours to Southern France, Canada, Jersey and Germany.

Guest Musical Director

David Hutchings

David first came to the notice of the Choir when he was conducting Cor Merched Pontyclun at Choirs in the Castle, Coity at which event this Choir was also appearing. It was coincidental that Bridgend MC was seeking a Deputy MD to work with then MD, the late John Jenkins. David applied, got on the shortlist & was successful in gaining the position.

David went on to understudy John Jenkins & was a huge help to choristers when JJ's illness & death occured. He worked with the Choir during an extended period while the Choir advertised for a permanent MD replacement. This time, whilst David again made the shortlist, he did not get a conducting position amongst very strong candidates.

Born in Brighton and gaining his Musicianship degree at Cardiff, he has made his home at the capital. He has shown his mettle by since gaining conducting positions at Caerphilly & Treorchy. The Choir is delighted to have a continuing association.