Profiles


Of the sixteen people who met at the Railway Tavern in 1968 to form the Tonna Male Voice Choir, we still have 1 who is an active member of the choir, an achievement of which he can be very proud. He is :-

Phillip Williams

Phil was probably one of the youngest of the 16 original members, as he was only 20 years old when the choir was formed. Phil has been in the Baritone section since joining the choir. Phil is still “going strong” in the Baritone section.

THE MUSICAL TEAM
The musical team of the choir are very talented musicians.

Susan Hopkins A.L.C.M. Musical Director

Sue HopkinsBorn in Resolven, Susan, who lives in Tonna, has progressed “through the ranks” of the choir so to speak. She joined the choir in 1986 as assistant accompanist, and was appointed to the post of Musical Director in 2002.

Susan recently retired from a teaching post at Tonna Primary School where she was also music co-ordinator; Susan is a former pupil of Madam Eileen Gethin Jones of Tonna.

Geraint Hopkins B.Ed. (Hons.) Accompanist

geraintGeraint, who was brought up in Tonna, now lives in Llanharan. Although joining the choir as Accompanist in 2012, he has been associated with Tonna Male Voice Choir since childhood, being the son of our Musical Director, Susan and long serving member of the Baritone section, his father, Rod.

Geraint began accompanying the choir during his teenage years, and accompanied the choir on two tours to Canada and Holland.

In 1997 Geraint moved away to study at the University Of Liverpool and thereafter to London.

He returned to Wales in 2002. Since 2004 Geraint has been the County Borough Councillor for Llanharan in Rhondda Cynon Taf, where he also serves as Cabinet Member for Children’s Social Services and Equalities. He also works for Churches Together in Wales as their public affairs officer.

Margaret Robinson – Accompanist

Accompanist Margaret RobinsonIn 1978 Margaret was accompanist to the newly formed Melincryddan Male Voice Choir and in the same year took 1st prize for solo piano in the Miners Eisteddfod held at the Pavilion in Porthcawl.

After a long break from music she returned to study for her ATCL and became accompanist to the former Cadoxton Operatic Society and Buryport Operatic Society.

Margaret was also an accompanist for Neath Male Voice Choir and in more recent years involved with Morriston Ladies Choir.

Margaret is married with two grown up children and grand-children. She works for the local authority and is a keen cyclist.

Margaret joined Tonna Male Voice Choir on 28 July 2014 and is enjoying the return to choral music.

This new appointment will enable the choir to continue to function at a high level of excellence.

annAnn Davies A.V.C.M., Gold Med. Dip  – Accompanist

Ann Davies joined Tonna MVC at the end of February 2018, and is looking forward to her association with the choir under their MD, Mrs Susan Hopkins.

She began her musical career whilst studying music at Barry Training College, studying to become a school teacher.

Later she became a pupil of Mrs Eileen Gethin Jones LTCL, Tonna.

Previous appointments have been as Accompanist and Assistant MD to both Crynant MVC and Onllwyn MVC consecutively.
During her time with these choirs, she also accompanied Mr John Eurof Humphreys and performed in many prestigious venues namely St. David’s Hall, Cardiff, Dublin and represented Neath at her twin town of Vienne in France – to name but a few.

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