The choir rehearses weekly under the leadership of Richard Vaughan (Musical Director) and Rhiannon Pritchard (Accompanist/Assistant Musical Director). The choir continually strives to develop its repertoire to be more varied, challenging and diverse, including traditional classical works and pieces, contemporary classics, and Welsh favourites. The current programme consists of music in Welsh, Latin, English, French, Spanish, African and Fijian.
A music graduate from Royal Holloway, University of London, Richard is an accomplished pianist having twice won the National Urdd Eisteddfod of Wales along with winning the coveted pianist of the festival award. He has played across Europe including the British Ambassador’s residence and ‘Church in the Rock’ in Helsinki.
He is a regular accompanist on S4C programmes and is regularly in demand as a session musician. He has been Assistant Conductor and Accompanist with CF1 choir, Cardiff, (BBC Choir of the year 2014) and has worked as musical director with the ‘Big Talent’ school at the Wales Millennium Centre. He has been a professional piano tutor since the age of fifteen and continues to teach privately. He has also worked as a conductor with the National Eisteddfod choir in preparations for the 2016 National Eisteddfod in Abergavenny.
Richard also works as a researcher and musical assistant on many television productions and is also in regular demand as a voiceover artist.
As a composer, he wrote the music for S4C’s children’s production ‘Herio’r Ddraig’, the recent S4C film, ‘Pianissimo’ and short film ‘Fi a Miss World’. He has published many choral works, and his compositions and arrangements are increasingly in demand by choirs and television broadcasters from across Wales and beyond.
Assistant Musical Director/Accompanist
Rhiannon graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2009. She has already had many solo, accompanying, repetiteuring and chamber group opportunities, taking part in many recitals, concerts and master classes.
She was awarded the Seligman Award for her work as a repetiteur and vocal coach with WNYO in 2008, adding to the RWCMD Mansel Thomas prize and Accompanist Prize. More recently, she won (Gwobr Goffa) the Eleri Evans memorial prize, the accompanist prize at the National Eisteddfod 2010 in Ebbw Vale, and she and Richard Vaughan also won the Instrumental Duet competition at the same Eisteddfod.
Rhiannon was accepted for the late Yehudi Menuhin’s musician scheme, Live Music Now, in 2009, and performs all over the country in recitals, concerts and workshops. Other accompanying roles include the Urdd Eisteddfod Opening Concert, the Bryn Terfel Scholarship in 2011 and 2012, Cyfle Cothi and Llais i Gymru for S4C and Radio Cymru.
She is the Assistant Conductor and Accompanist of Cardiff choir CF1 (BBC Choir of the Year 2014) and also an avid member of the choir who regularly take part in various concerts and competitions around the country, while her choral accompanying roles include City Voices Cardiff and Morriston RFC Male Voice Choir. Her choral roles have seen her travel to South Africa, America, Canada, India and Europe.
2014 sees her working further as a repetiteur for WNYO and WNO Max department, RWCMD and WIAV, accompanying for LMN, the Urdd and S4C, and being involved in many more concerts and recitals.