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Choir Management Team/Tîm Rheoli'r Côr

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 Reese

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Gareth Reese
Chairman/Cadeirydd

Gareth, one of the youngest choir members, assumed the role of Chairman in 2021 and is 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.

Huw Jones

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Gwyn Lewis
Vice Chairman/Is Gadeirydd

Gwyn was born in Glyncorrwg on 1st February 1953 the eldest of three sons of a coal miner and his wife. One year at Glan Afan Grammer School, Port Talbot was followed by a short spell at Redhill Secondary Modern School, Hereford and then a more permanent placement at Lady Hawkins Grammar School, Kington on the Welsh border. At the age of fifteen Gwyn had to move back to Glyncorrwg as a result of the death of his Mother. He left Cymmer Afan Comprehensive School having to pursue Further Education to enhance his qualifications. Employment at British Steel, Port Talbot was a “lifeline” leading to him becoming a Buyer in the Purchasing Department. The steel industry crisis is in 1978 led him to leave to join British Airways at LHR but 9 months later he was  back in Wales as a Senior Buyer and ultimately a Senior Manager i.e. Purchasing & Stores Mgr at British Airways Engine Overhaul, Nantgarw, Cardiff. The facility was procured by GE USA in the early 90s. Ultimately, after 37 1/2 years in the industry he retired “early” at the age of 62 in 2015.
The role enabled him and his family to travel all over the world - it was wonderful.
He has always been sport mad having played Soccer for Penclawdd, before and after his move to Nantgarw BUT he prefer's Rugby. He enjoy's Fly Fishing. He plays guitar OK and has a large allotment. He loves singing  all genres and has sung since the age of four at school. 

David Deeley

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Mike Johnson
Secretary/Ysgrifennydd

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 ambitions joining the baritone section of the choir in 2016. 

For information about engagements, events and appearances contact Mike Johnson

Email Address contact@bridgendmalechoir.co.uk

Telephone +44 (0) 7938 949194

Simon Potts

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Simon Potts
Treasurer / Trysorydd

A Mining Engineer, Simon moved from the Nottinghamshire Coalfield to South Wales in 1984 as Area Manager for Dowty, a major manufacturer of coalface equipment.

As the coal industry declined he bought Ewenny Village Shop, played cricket for the village & worked with his son making & fitting glass products.

He has recently retired & continues to enjoy sports.

He has four children & nine grandchildren.

He joined the choir as a Baritone in 2019 and says " my great grandfather was a well known opera singer in Dublin & was also well known to enjoy a glass or two .... sadly, I can only claim to have inherited one of these two characteristics".

Rob Owen

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Rob Owen
 Assistant Treasurer/Is Drysorydd

Rob joined the choir a top tenor. He is a former firefighter of some 35 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!

Mike Johnson

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Chris Jones
Media Relations & Communications Officer / Swyddog cyfryngau a chyfathrebu

Chris was brought up in Aberaeron in Ceredigion and after leaving University, he started his career as a teaboy and runner, whilst being trained as a cameraman for an independent television and corporate company. Chris was very lucky to have worked with so many wonderful people from all walks of life and, as a cameraman and director, he has travelled the world extensively. In 1991, whilst filming the UK bobsleigh team around the world circuit, he started to work on the other side of the camera and has been presenting, in both English and Welsh, for nearly 30 years, on television, radio, in corporate and public sector events (including work for the Welsh Government). A more recent development to the work has been hosting, presenting and facilitating awards, conferences and many online events.....and he's 100% bilingual, which is always useful! Chris, a baritone, joined the choir in March 2022 and has always maintained that it's one of the best things that he's ever done!

For media and press enquiries, please contact Chris Jones

E mail address: chris.jones46@btinternet.com

Telephone: +44(0)7779 712293

John Hopkins

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Gareth Davies
Assistant registrar / Cofrestrydd cynorthwyol

Gareth is a full time landscaper and former instructor (plant & Health and Safety) he has been involved with many large contracts covering the historic palaces of London through to the Houses of Parliament. He has always enjoyed the sounds of male voice choirs and after hearing of this particular choir around 12 months ago decided to give it a try! 

‘I have to say it’s been a fantastic learning experience and the singing is just wonderful, I do feel very privileged and proud to be in the top tenor section and really appreciate the hard work and support from the music team and choristers’.

David R. Davies

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Fred Dixon
Welfare Officer / Swyddog lles

Fred originally served an apprenticeship in joinery and wood machinist and taught the trade at Bridgend College. 

He further trained as a teacher of learning difficulties at Cardiff College, employed by Social Services as a Senior Officer. 

He retired many years ago, his hobbies are making many things in wood and singing in Bridgend choir, of which he is the welfare officer.

David R. Davies

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Richard Barrett
General committee member / Aelod cyffredinol o'r pwyllgor

Richard joined the choir in 2021 just after they returned from COVID restrictions. His only previous singing experience was as a boy soprano in the church choir. He is a retired GP, having worked in Tynycoed surgery for 32 years. He also plays golf, squash and snooker with widely varying degrees of competence. 

Paul Carter

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Paul Carter
Librarian/Llyfrgellydd

Paul joined the top tenor section of the choir in 1990 and has sung as a soloist for many years, although he is now happy to take a back seat, he still remains one of the choirs finest tenors. Originally from Pontypridd he moved to Bridgend in 1987 and is a retired motor engineer. He is a widower with three children and seven grandchildren. Paul enjoys caravanning, gardening and obviously the choir.

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