The choir of the world-famous London Welsh Rugby Club has established itself over the past decade as one of the premier male voice performers in the UK. Highlights include: a tour with the 2005 British and Irish Lions in New Zealand; further high-profile tours to Scandinavia, Asia and across Europe; several appearances on national radio and television; as well as its defining moment, performing at the 2012 London Olympics in front of a worldwide audience of more than one billion. With strong ties to both their Welsh roots and the exile community centred around London Welsh’s famous Old Deer Park, the choir continues to spread its love of music to old and young alike.
Who we are
Wales and British and Irish Lions legend John Dawes OBE needs little introduction. During the 1970s he masterminded the advance of London Welsh as one of the most attractive and successful sides in the history of the game, with London Welsh producing seven of the 1971 Lions. As captain and coach of both Wales and the Lions, his place in Welsh folklore was recently secured when he was awarded the accolade as ‘the greatest ever coach in Welsh rugby’.
Michael Wyn Jones,
The man who held the baton at the Olympic Stadium in August 2012 before a crowd of 80,000 and a further one billion watching on television around the world, the dynamic influence of Michael Wyn Jones can be seen, heard and felt in the choir’s unique approach to each performance. As well as singing in a number of well-respected choirs, including the BBC Symphony Chorus and the Exmoor Singers, Michael studied voice with Wynford Evans and Glyn Paul, and conducting at the Academie Internationale de Chant Choral with John Poole (formerly Musical Director of the BBC Singers), Stephen Jackson (Musical Director of the BBC Symphony Chorus) and Tecwyn Evans (Musical Director of Glyndebourne).
Jonathan is currently studying for a Master’s in Piano Accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, having graduated with First Class Honours in music and the Rodwell Prize for piano from the University of Huddersfield. He is a founding member of Leicester MusicFest, a charitable music festival making music accessible in the East Midlands, and a Junior Fellow at Aberystwyth MusicFest. Recent performance highlights include a residential masterclass in Leipzig with Peter Schreier, a concert of Lieder at the German Ambassador’s residence and ‘Big Ideas for a small stage’ covering arias from Bach’s Matthew Passion at The Wigmore Hall.