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 been awarded many prizes for her work as an accompanist and repetiteur including the Welsh National Youth Opera Seligman Award, the RWCMD Mansel Thomas prize and Accompanist Prize, and Gwobr Goffa Eleri Evans, the accompanist prize at the National Eisteddfod.
Rhiannon is in demand as an accompanist all over Wales, and is an official accompanist for three of Wales’ main musical festivals: The National Eisteddfod, Llangollen International Eisteddfod and the Urdd Eisteddfod. She works as a repetiteur with Welsh National Opera’s Youth and Community department, and performs in many workshops and recitals. She also works with many different soloists and companies, including Live Music Now, Mahogany Opera, ABC of Opera, The Forget Me Not Chorus and Music in Hospitals.
She also works extensively as a piano tutor, and is a vocal coach and accompanist for RWCMD’s vocal department.
Rhiannon is accompanist and deputy conductor of the 2014 BBC Choir of the Year, 2019 S4C ‘Choir of Wales’, and the 2019 National Eisteddfod’s ‘Côr yr Wyl’, Côr CF1. She is also accompanist of Côr y Gleision, City Voices and the Morriston RFC Male Voice Choir. Her choral roles have seen her travel to South Africa, America, Canada, India and Europe.