Choir Management Team
The following individuals currently oversee the organisation of the Bridgend Male Choir and the concerts we give, as well as enjoying singing with the Choir.
Gareth J Davies
Bryncethin born Gareth assumed the role of Chairman in 2015 after serving the previous two years as Vice Chairman & 13 years as Librarian. A retired chartered transport professional, he worked in private & public sectors. A Patron of Bridgend Athletic RFC, he lives in Bridgend. With his wife Irene, he enjoys foreign travel & looking after their 4 grandchildren. A bass chorister, busy Gareth is also the concert compere.
John has been with the choir since 2005. A former Metropolitan Police Officer and member of his police choir with 30 yrs service and 30 yrs experience of male voice choir singing. John is single and lives in Bridgend. His hobbies include looking after his two working labradors and acting as a bailiff for the Ogmore Angling Association.
Secretary, Gareth Reese, is one of the youngest choir members and head of a musically talented family. He has sung with the Second tenor section since 1992. A recently retired secondary school teacher, now running his own driving school. Gareth lives in Coychurch with wife Jacqui and two children.
Originally from the West Midlands, Dave lived most of his adult life in Worcestershire.
Following a career in Sales he became an Operations Manager for a leading dairy company before retiring and starting a small business in vehicle logistics.
In 2018 Dave retired again and moved, with his wife Mal, to Ogmore by Sea.
Dave joined the choir as a Tenor in November 2018, having known some members for a number of years due to Mal’s local roots. He has become a committed chorister doing his utmost to learn the repertoire and in particular the Welsh words.
Bass chorister, Russell joined the Choir a few short years ago fulfilling a lifetime's ambition. Keen to help the Choir in any capacity, he was co-opted on to the Committee in 2014 & voted into the role one year later. A Radiographer, he lives in Bridgend with his family.
Rob joined the choir as top tenor, he is a former Firefighter, of some 33 years service with the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service. He enjoys travelling and can often be found driving the Choir coach on their travels. Ask him and he’ll sort it !
Ex Choir Chairman of thirty five years, after a break of one year, Mansel returned to the Committee in 2012 bringing the benefit of vast experience to the Choir management. He is also a Choir Patron and lives in Bridgend.
Registrar & Coordinator, Music Sub-Committee
Chairman & Vice Chairman for 4 & 11 years respectively, John stepped down at the 2015 AGM to become a "back bencher" lending his experience to the committee. Following a successful couple of years as VC from 2016, John has willingly taken up the role of Registrar. He was also a former Chair of the Music Sub Committee. John has sung with the Baritone Section since 1987. He is a successful local architect and surveyor and has been in practice for more than 40 years.
Alun Roberts Jones
A Choir Life Member, Alun joined the Choir in 1967. A Welsh speaker, he was brought up in Ffestiniog and has a lifelong passion for music and choral singing. Retired from the electricity generating industry, he is married and lives at Laleston.
A retired General Sales Manager within the motor trade industry. Mike, along with his partner Jan, returned from Cyprus in 2015 where they had spent the past nine years living the dream running their own business. He now resides in Bridgend and fulfilled his singing ambition in joining the Baritone section of the choir in 2016.
C James Thomas
Lifelong chorister & second tenor, Jim, joined the Choir in 1982 & has served the Committee in a number of roles in excess of 25 years. He is currently Librarian. Retired from the Police Force, widower Jim lives in Bridgend and holidays regularly with family in Portugal's sunnier climes.
Dr. Peter Morgan
Having sung with several choirs, Peter joined the baritone section of BMC in 2014. He has taught in schools and universities in the UK and in Germany, as well as serving a period with the RAF Education Branch and also enjoying a secondary career as a professional actor. He has recently retired from teaching at Cardiff University as an Honorary Research Fellow and professor and lives with his wife, Janet, in Bridgend.
Born in Coity, Bridgend, John has returned, with his wife Helen, after 50 years living and working in England and latterly in Mid-Wales. He has been a member of male choirs in Yorkshire, Mid and North Wales but his love of singing began in Gilead Chapel, Coity. John a retired Headteacher and Schools Inspector attended Kesteven College, University of Nottingham and later the University of Surrey. He joined the choir Baritone section and the choir committee. Hobbies include many sports, especially Rugby, local history and politics.
David joined the choir in November 2018 following his four years as a member of
Côr Meibion Morlais having served on it's committee for three years. He found this to be a rewarding experience, sharing his views and helping positively in shaping the choir's progress. He is privileged to have appeared twice at the Welsh Proms, sung anthems at two rugby internationals and experienced a memorable choir tour of Poland. He now brings his love of singing and his enthusiasm for contributing constructive ideas to the future of BMC which he proudly regards as a "fantastic choir".