The origin of the Llantrisant Choir can be traced back to a concert at a waxworks exhibition in the town in 1898. Since then, the choir has been in continuous existence (through the two world wars), performing at local celebrations, charity events, weddings, funerals and figuring prominently in annual services in the town on Remembrance Day and at Christmas.
The Choir has sung before Royalty on a number of occasions, leading the Coronation celebrations in the town in 1953, then at the opening of the Royal Mint in 1968, the unveiling of the War Memorial at Miskin, and at the Investiture service in the town in 1969.
The Choir has also toured abroad on many occasions. It has performed in the USA, Germany, France, Poland, Cyprus, Austria, Belgium and Slovakia.
As one of the busiest and best known choirs in Wales, the Llantrisant choir continues to have a busy schedule of events over the UK and abroad, and has close connections with many other choirs across Britain.
Matthew studied music at the University of Bristol where he majored in performance and composition, and was an assistant tutor to Dr. Glyn Jenkins, teaching harmony to undergraduates. Whilst at the University, Matthew received piano tuition from International concert pianist Raymond Clarke, and has performed at The Barbican, London. Matthew graduated from the University with two music degrees - BA, Hons (First Class) and MA (Distinction).
Matthew is also an accompanist, having accompanied for Llanharan RFC Songsters, Cowbridge Male Voice Choir, Bristol Cabot Choir and the University of Bristol Choral Society. Matthew has also accompanied for Nigel Perrin (The Kings' Singers). Matthew also teaches piano at home, and at St. Clare's, Porthcawl.
Matthew also writes music - his compositions and arrangements have been performed in various venues across the UK. Significant compositions include a commission for Piano, Violin and Clarinet Trio for the professional ensemble Gemini, and two large scale works for Orchestra and Chorus.
Matthew directed the University of Bristol Chamber Choir in his final year at University, with whom he took the baton in a performance of Haydn's Heiligmesse, with orchestra, at St George’s, Brandon Hill, Bristol. He is also joint Honorary Musical Director of the Bristol based choir 'Unity Singers', and has musically directed Red, Hot and Cole and Mack & Mabel at the Redgrave Theatre, Bristol. For more information, please visit Matthew's web-site: www.matthewbnash.co.uk
Matthew took on the role of Musical Director for Llantrisant Male Choir in March 2013
Jane's music studies included a piano scholarship at the Welsh College of Music and Drama and a Graduate Diploma in Jazz, Popular and Commercial Music from Newcastle College.
Jane is the accompanist for Llantrisant Male Choir as well as playing and singing in bands Coast to Coast and The Watchmen. As a pianist, she can regularly be found entertaining guests at the Celtic Manor and the St David's Hotel. Her reputation as an event pianist with a wide and varied repertoire of popular music keeps her in high demand for weddings and functions.
Her recent appointment as an Honorary Local Representative for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music reflects Jane's wealth of experience as a teacher, which has also culminated in her owning the highly successful Forte School of Music in Cardiff with over 320 students.
Jane has performed at venues across the UK and overseas, both as a soloist and as an accompanist, and during her varied career has gained audiences with the Welsh Rugby Union, Princess Diana & Prince William.
Jane was delighted to join Llantrisant Male Choir in May 2009.
Growing up in the North East of Scotland, Diane developed a love of all things musical from a very young age. Studying under Nigel Clayton of the Royal College of Music, London, she achieved her Grade 8 piano with distinction at age 15 whilst also studying clarinet with Allison Waller of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama to the same standard.
Following her piano and teaching diplomas (ALCM), Diane graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a BMus (performance), with joint first study piano and voice and developed a thriving career as a pianist and Musical Director in and around Aberdeen and Scotland, in both choral and Musical Theatre circuits. Whilst at University she studied arranging and composition with Paul Mealor and conducted the award-winning Aberdeen Gaelic Choir for three years at international competitions and on BBC television, as well as conducting them to victory at the Royal National Mod in three consecutive years. She also was awarded the An Comunn Gaidhealach Centenary Baton for her conducting on all three occasions.
In 2009 she moved to Cardiff and has since enjoyed working with several Male Voice Choirs and performing at some of Wales’ most beautiful venues, along with founding what is now the largest Female Voice Choir in South Wales where she still works as Musical Director. Affinity have appeared at Caerphilly Castle, Hensol Castle, the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, on BBC television and at Edinburgh Castle whist on tour. They have also recorded their first CD this year entitled "The First Five Years". Currently she works with four choirs including Llantrisant and Affinity, the others being a ladies choir in Treharris (MD) and Caerphilly Male Voice Choir (Deputy MD and accompanist).
Diane has enjoyed many highlights in her career as a professional musician, particularly tours of Poland and of Barbados where she has performed as soloist, accompanist and conductor for a variety of choirs. In addition to her conducting and accompanying work, Diane works as a piano/woodwind teacher and vocal tutor for children and adults around the Llanharan area, and is currently training to join the Music Examiner panel of Trinity College.
Diane joined Llantrisant Male Choir in January 2018