Our Choir: Cwmbran Baroque Singers was founded in 1971 by Dr Geoffrey Tyler and his vision of creating a chamber choir to sing little known works, primarily of Baroque origin, continues to this day. Our repertoire has expanded to include works from the last eight centuries, including those by such varied composers as King Henry VIII, Bob Chilcott and Billy Joel.
We have performed on BBC radio and television and won many local eisteddfodau as well as a national television competition.
Based in Cwmbran, Torfaen, South Wales, we have travelled widely at home and abroad and enjoy a special relationship with the Madrigalchor of Cwmbran’s twin town, Bruchsal, Germany, with whom we have exchanged visits on four occasions.
In recent years, we have enjoyed a number of successful tours to Prague, Salzburg, St. Petersburg and Florence as well as Budapest, Krakow, Tallinn, Vienna and Venice (singing at St. Marks). We think of ourselves as an ‘international choir’, singing in many different styles and many different languages.
We have recently returned from our very successful tour to Vicenza, Padua and Venice (which culminated in singing at a mass in St. Marks), and are looking forward to planning our next tour.
Our Musical Director: Mr Alan Moore Alan was educated at Lewis Grammar School for boys, Pengam, and was taught music by the late renowned Welsh composer David Wynne. He graduated from the University of Wales, Cardiff, and began his music teaching career in the Midlands continuing for over twenty years in St. Julians High School, Newport. It was here that he had the opportunity to develop the musical ability of his pupils to the full. In fact, many of his past pupils practise music all over the world – not only as music teachers, advisors, BBC music directors, opera controllers and professional international singers, but also as Professors of music as far afield as China and America.
He has conducted male and mixed voice choirs for over 50 years and has been with the Cwmbran Baroque Singers for over 35 years. During this time the choir has gained a considerable reputation for quality of programme and performance. His musical research has created a rare and stimulating environment in which to practise music particularly, but not solely, from the Baroque period and this has resulted in a loyal and long standing core of choir members.
Our Accompanist: Mr Martyn Ridge Martyn has been our accompanist since 1974. He began his musical career with piano and organ lessons as a child, passing grade 8 with distinction. This won him a scholarship to the Royal School of Music, but a career in Lloyds Bank bekoned.
He has held posts of Organist and Choirmaster at various churches from age 14 including All Saints, Newport; St Mark’s, Newport and St Mary’s, Abergavenny. Martyn is currently Organist and Choirmaster at St Denys Lisvane, Cardiff, where he directs a strong and thriving church choir.