Musical Director Tudur Eames B.Mus (Hons), Adv. Cert. Performance & Communication Skills GSMD
Originally from Pwllheli, Tudur grew up taking full advantage of the musical opportunities presented to him as a youngster. He was singing and playing instruments from an early age and as a teenager was accompanying choirs, playing in orchestras and winning competitions in the National Eisteddfod and other events.
Tudur went to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in the Barbican where he trained as a harpist and pianist. Highlights whilst there was being a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Musician competition, being awarded the Jenny Hymen award for Chamber Music performance, working with the late Lord Yehudi Menhuin Scheme “Live Music Now!” and being given sponsorship for further development by the National Arts Council of Wales. He then went on to have a successful career as a performer eventually ending up working in the world of music theatre as a vocal coach, rehearsal & casting pianist and musical director. He has worked on a variety of projects including West End shows, UK tours, Cruise Ship shows, End of the Pier summer seasons, pantomimes, cabarets and concerts.
Following a stint of guest teaching at various performing arts institutions, Tudur decided to formalise this work and went back to university to complete his teacher training; followed by enjoyable stints of teaching in inner London, Northamptonshire, and has recently returned to North Wales to lead the Music Department at Ysgol Glan Clwyd in St.Asaph.
Tudur is an experienced vocal coach, musical director and adjudicator and has worked with many theatre companies and choirs over the years but this is his first foray into the heady world of the male voice choirs. He is excited to be working with Cor Meibion Colwyn and looks forward to the challenge of leading and enabling them to build upon their already successful history.
Gwyn Roberts, a founder member of the reformed Cor Meibion Colwyn in 1972, was appointed as Musical Director in 2000. .Under his direction the choir has developed close connections with the local community as well as undertaking a range of concert tours in England, Ireland and Spain. After ten years as M D ( a temporary appointment originally), some great tours and concerts with as he said “the finest bunch of lads possible”, Gwyn announced in 2009 his intention to stand down and rejoin the ranks as a chorister.
Since graduating with a music degree from UEA, Anne has covered the musical landscape in many forms: from specialising in the Harpsichord continuo to being the lead vocalist in a Big Band. Along the way she has been an accompanist, musical director and vocal cosh for a number of musical theatre companies.
Back in 2004 whilst living in West Yorkshire she was invited to be the accompanist for the New Mill Male Voice Choir, a position she held for twelve years.
She moved back home to Wales intent on retiring. However a chance meeting with a member of Cor Meibion Colwyn resulted in her becoming a member of their accompanist team.
Richard started playing the piano when he was seven, encouraged by his parents’ love of classical music. He was educated at the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where he continued to devote much of his time to musical endeavour and performed the Haydn D major concerto in 1983. In 1990 he was fortunate to become a pupil of Alfred Kitchin (1910-2003), who had himself studied in Vienna with Weingarten, a pupil of Liszt. Richard performed Beethoven’s Choral Fantasie in 2003 with the St Asaph Choral Society under the baton of Paul Harvey. In 2010 he won the Barlow Cup in the open composition class at the Chester Festival with an a capella setting of the Sanctus.
Richard a well as being accompanist for Cor Meibion Colwyn, is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Amici del Canto Chamber Choir and orchestra with whom he has toured extensively in Italy and Germany.