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 Reese

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Gareth Reese
Chairman

 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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Huw Jones
Vice Chairman

TO FOLLOW

David Deeley

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David Deeley
Secretary

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.

Russell Lewis

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Russell Lewis
 Treasurer

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 Owen

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Rob Owen
 Assistant Treasurer

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 !

Mike Johnson

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Mike Johnson
Media Officer

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.

David R. Davies

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David Davies
Welfare Officer

Dave, a retired Housing Clerical Officer with BCBC and valleys2coast Housing association, joined the choir in the summer of 2015 as a Top Tenor. 

He became a life member of Tondu RFC after holding the post of Honorary Secretary for twenty years. Bridgend born, Dave now lives in Bryncethin with his wife lynne and dog Molly. Dave loves cruising, holidays abroad, rugby and all types of music but mainly popular.

John Hopkins

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John Hopkins
Registrar

Born in Coity, Bridgend, Johnhas 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 is also a member of the choir committee. Hobbies include many sports, especially Rugby, local history and politics.

David Xerri

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Dave Xerri
Registrar

Dave joined the choir in 2019 as a Baritone and, has since, proved to be a very keen chorister. He retired in 2018 from a thirty year career in social work covering several hospitals in South Wales and although originally from Cardiff he and his wife, Wendy, returned to her birthplace, Kenfig, in 2013 where they now both live. Prior to joining Bridgend Male Choir he sang with another local choir for 6 years, four of which as a committee member. Dave is blessed with two very talented musical sons, one of whom, has led the choir on occasion, the other being a professional harpist who plays with the LPO.

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Jimmy Thomas
Librarian

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.

Paul Carter

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Paul Carter
Committee

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. 

Simon Potts

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Simon Potts
Committee

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 ".

Jeffrey Jones

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Jeff Jones
Committee

Following seven years as a draughtsman and five years at sea as an Engineering Officer Jeffrey spent thirty years as a firefighter within South Wales. He has always enjoyed singing and, at one time, was a member of three choirs simultaneously. He has enjoyed being a member of the choirs Bass section since 2017 and joined the management team in 2021.