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).
Wyn hails from Cardigan, Wales and was educated at Chetham’s Music School, Wadham College, Oxford and the Royal College of Music. As well as working as Musical Director on the European tours of Cabaret and Guys and Dolls, Wyn has recently worked as keyboard player and associate conductor in the West End with Chicago. He has performed on Woman’s Hour and worked at the Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera, Garsington, Grange Park and Pavilion Opera companies, appeared on BBC's Last Choir Standing with Only Men Aloud, the winning choir, and been Assistant Musical Director on The Music Man at Chichester. He recently finished as assistant Musical Director at the Almeida production of the Bakkhai.