ROLL OF HONOUR

   

Richard Williams, First Bass 1946-1948; Registrar 1946-1948
D. 1948
The tragic death of Richard Williams at such a very young age, came as a terrible shock to the reformed Choir. Richard, who lived in Tallis Street, Cwmparc, was a Founder Member of the Choir and held the office of Registrar with distinction. He was a loyal and lively unit of the flourishing fellowship and his good humour and friendly voice endeared him to all. At the graveside the Choir President Cllr Iorwerth R. Thomas paid a moving tribute to his memory and “Nidaros” was performed under the conductorship of John Haydn Davies.


 

Bernard Bobbett, Second Tenor 1949
1928-August 29 1949
Bernard Bobbett of Treorchy was a chorister for a very short period of time, but his tragic death at the age of just 21 was felt by every member of the organisation. His brother, Roy, was a faithful member for more than forty years and ensured Bernard’s memory remained alive within the history of the Choir.


 

Emlyn Williams, Second Bass 1948-1956
D. February 1956
Emlyn Williams joined the Second Bass section of the Treorchy Male Choir just a few short years after it was reformed following World War II. A faithful and dedicated chorister, he sang in the ranks for six years, enjoying the successes of National Eisteddfod wins and the growing popularity of the Choir before his death robbed the organisation of a first-class singer.


 

Ron Dowling, First Tenor 1947-1962; Committee Member 1955-1962
D. October 1962
Ron was a faithful member of the First Tenor section and joined the Choir when it was only a few months old. During the journey to Ross-on-Wye in September 1962 for a concert with the Choir, he collapsed. Ron failed to regain consciousness and died some weeks later at Smethick Hospital. Apart from his burning enthusiasm for the Choir he was ready to help al local church festivals. His death came as a terrible blow to the Choir, particularly as he was in the company of his friends when he suddenly became ill.


 

George Neighbour, Founder Member 1946-1963; Life Member; Chairman 1946-1963
D. November 4 1963
Choir Chairman George Neighbour, of Llewellyn Street, Pentre, played a pivotal role in reforming the Treorchy Male Choir in October 1946. As the Chairman of the pre-war Treorchy & District Male Voice Choir, he joined Tom Jenkins in making the decision to reform the Choir and held the post-war meeting. For the next seventeen years, despite bouts of severe ill health, he led the Choir as Chairman in the most dignified of fashions. A political activist like his father before him, George was imprisoned as a conscientious objector during the First World War and treated brutally for his beliefs. He resided in the Forest of Dean area for many years before coming to Pentre where he worked as the Chief Law Clerk with Rhondda Borough Council.


 

Trevor Protheroe, First Tenor 1946-1964; Committee Member 1953- 1955; Life Member
D. June 23 1965
Trevor had been an active member of the Treorchy Male Choir in both its pre and post-war period for over forty years. He was a founder member of the reformed Choir and carried out his duties as a Committee Member for the First Tenor section for two years. When ill health prevented him from attending a ceremony to receive Life membership of the Choir his two brothers, who were also members, received it from the Conductor on behalf of the family.


 

David J. Davies, Second Bass, Founder Member 1946-1967; Life Member
1886-August 26 1967
David Davies of Herbert Street, Treorchy, was a Founder Member of the Treorchy Male Choir and had also been a faithful chorister during the pre-war years. In total he had been devoted to male voice choir singing in the town for over sixty three years. He was affectionately known as “Dai Kops Ale”, as this was the brand name of the soft drinks sold by his family business many years earlier. Recognised as the “Father” of the Choir, he was awarded Life Membership and passed away in 1967 aged 81.


 

John Jones; Second Bass, Founder Member 1946-1968; Life Member
1900-June 14 1968
John Jones of Dumfries Street, Treherbert, was better known in the ranks as “Basso”, because of his deep second-bass voice. He was a member of the pre-war Choir and Founder Member of the Treorchy Male Choir. He received Life Membership in recognition of his many years service in September 1963. His working life was spent in the collieries and his latter years showed him fall victim to pneumoconiosis which led to his eventual decision to no longer sing in the ranks of the Choir although he continued to attend rehearsals.


  Alcwyn Baker, Second Bass 1966-1968
1926-October 26 1968
Alcwyn Baker of Ystrad was a member of the Second Bass section for less than two years, but was nonetheless a faithful servant of the Choir. Music had been in his blood and he was a member of St Stephen’s Church Choir, Ystrad, for over 35 years. He was employed by Rhondda Borough Council and was in charge of a Pumping Station in the valley.

 

Len Smith, Second Bass 1966-1970
D. March 3 1970
Len Smith of Ystrad was a stalwart member of the Choir’s Second Bass section for almost four years. A faithful chorister, he was also a dedicated servant to St Stephen’s Church, Ystrad where he held the position of Vicar’s Warden.


 

Edward Knapgate; Second Bass, Founder Member 1946-1971; Vice Chairman 1946-1963; Chairman, 1964-1966; Vice President 1967-1971; Life Member
1889-August 27 1971
Edward Knapgate was associated with male voice choirs in Treorchy for over sixty years. His record of service was truly incredible, as he fulfilled the roles of Vice Chairman, Chairman and Vice President. He was awarded Life Membership in 1962. He was also a leading force in Treorchy Boys Club and the Treorchy OAP Association for many years.


 

Daniel Hubert Davies, First Tenor 1956-1971
1943-September 3 1971
Danny Davies of Adare Terrace, Treorchy was a faithful member of the Choir for fifteen years and his untimely death at the age of just 38 came as a terrible blow to his family and friends.


 

Haydn James Thatcher, First Tenor 1946-1976; Founder Member, Long Service Member, Life Member, Committee Member 1950-1956; Contributions Secretary 1956-1966;
Vice Chairman 1967-1972

1917-February 21 1976
Haydn Thatcher of Dumfries Street, Treorchy was a great servant of the Treorchy Male Choir which he was proud to serve. A Founder Member, and a member of the first Committee when the Choir was reformed in 1946, he played a role as a committeeman or officer for over 26 years. It was Haydn who organised the Choir’s first tour of Scotland in the 1950s and was instrumental in establishing the close links with the Great House in Chippenham. An Executive Officer of the Ministry of Social Security, he was a brilliant organiser, a dedicated visitor of those who suffered ill health and a much respected member of the community.


 

Erfyl T. Lewis, First Bass 1953-1977; Long Service Member
1924-January 21 1977
Erfyl Lewis of John Street, Pentre, sang in the First Bass section for more than 25 years and his untimely death deprived the organisation of a faithful member. He was employed as the Chief Attendant at St Fagan’s Welsh Folk Museum in Cardiff.


 

David Galliford, Second Bass 1948-1975; Long Service Member, Life Member
1907-May 17 1977
David Galliford of Parc Crescent, Cwmparc, was a member of the pre-war Choir and joined the reformed Treorchy Male Choir during its early years. He gave twenty years faithful service to the Choir and in April 1970 was made a Life Member. Indifferent health prevented him from singing for a few years, but he remained faithful to the Choir and served as a steward at the Choir’s Good Friday Concerts.


 

T. Dewi Hopkins, Second Bass 1951-1955; Publicity Officer 1952-1954, Life Member
1917-September 2 1977
Although Dewi had left the Choir many years before his sad death following an operation, he maintained links with the organization. On leaving college he taught in Essex and returned to the Rhondda to teach at Blaenclydach Secondary School. He joined the Second Bass Section and in January 1952 was appointed Publicity Officer and Editor of “Excelsior”, Unfortunately the Choir was deprived of his services at Easter 1955 when he left the Rhondda to take up the post of Headmaster of Highmead Residential School, Llanybyther. On his departure he was made a Life Member of the Choir and his brothers Myrddin and Gwyn remained faithful choristers.


 

David Jenkins, First Tenor 1946-1951; Founder Member, Treasurer 1946-1951; Life Member
D. April 17, 1978
David Jenkins was a Founder Member of the Treorchy Male Choir and was elected its first Treasurer on October 20th 1946. It was a roll he carried out with distinction and he was ultimately one of the “founding fathers” of success of the Choir. In January 1951 he left the Rhondda for employment in Swindon, where he worked as an Insurance Agent. A Life Member, he remained in contact with the Choir, appearing at their Dinner and Dance in 1977.


 

Idris Thomas, First Tenor 1953-1979; Registrar 1952-1957; Long Service Member, Life Member
1906-January 11 1979
Life member Idris Thomas of Howard Street, Treorchy, was a faithful member of the First Tenor section for twenty five years, during which time he held the office of Registrar and was made a Life Member in 1971. Unfortunately soon after his retirement from the Assurance Company he suffered a stroke which prevented further participation in the Choir.


 

Gwynne P. Williams, Second Bass 1948-1979; Treasurer 1952-1979; Long Service Member, Life Member
1913-June 11 1979
Gwynne Williams of Dunraven Street, Treherbert, was one of the longest serving officers in the history of the Treorchy Male Choir. Three years after joining the ranks he was elected Choir Treasurer, a post he held until his death. In appreciation of his work Life membership was conferred upon him in 1967. Gwynne was employed in the coal industry, attached to the finance department. He was active in the Trade Union Movement and filled various official positions with the Clerical Union. In 1967 he was elected a County Councillor for the Treherbert Ward and was appointed  a Justice of the Peace in 1969. He was a Deacon of Blaenycwm Welsh Baptist Chapel and Treasurer of this church for over twenty years.


 

Gwyn Hopkins, First Bass 1963-1980
1919-November 29 1980
Gwyn Hopkins, of Cardiff Street, Treorchy, came from a family that had contributed significantly to the cultural and religious life of Treorchy. He had close connections with Gosen Chapel and his brothers, Myrddin and Dewi, had served the Choir with distinction. Despite severe illness, he undertook the Choir’s Tour of Canada in 1980, shortly before his death of the age of 61.


 

William John "Donna" Griffiths, Second Bass 1946-1980; Founder Member, Publicity Officer 1948-1952; Secretary 1952-1980; Vice Chairman 1980-1981; Chairman 1981;
Long Service Member, Life Member

1918-March 2 1981
Donna joined the Choir at its inception and his record of service was a truly great one, particularly during the 28 years as Secretary when he ran the Choir with the precision of a Swiss watch. His working life was spent in education and he became Headmaster of Porth Junior School. He was active in the Trade Union Movement and served as President of the Rhondda Branch of the National Union of Teachers. He was also a co-opted full member of the Rhondda Borough Education Committee. A Deacon of Bodringallt Welsh Independent Chapel, he was its Financial Secretary for many years.


 

Vernon Charles Thomas, Second Bass 1960-1981, Long Service Member
1905-September 13 1981
Vernon Thomas lived in Seaton Street, Pontypridd and was a devoted member of Coedpenmaen Baptist Church. A quiet, unobtrusive man, he was a stalwart chorister for 21 years and received his Long Service Membership certificate shortly before his death at the age of 76.


 

John B Lewis, First Bass 1973-1982
March 2 1982
John Lewis joined the Choir in March 1973 and for the next nine years was a member of the First Bass section. John, who lived in Dyfodwg Cottage, Ton Pentre, was a quiet and unassuming family man whose death at the age of just 54 came as a great shock to the Choir of which he was a devoted singer.


 

Myrddin Gwenland Lewis, First Tenor 1976-1984
1916-February 8 1984
Myrddin Lewis, better known as “Myl” lived in Maindy Crescent, Ton Pentre, and served his country with distinction in the Second World War. On demobilization he taught at Porth County Grammar School for Boys and his love for rugby saw him elected to a position within the Welsh Schools’ Rugby Union. He was Headmaster of Ton Pentre Junior School and joined the Choir in 1976, remaining a faithful member for the last eight years of his life.


 

Alwyn Evans, First Tenor 1981-1984
1926-May 8 1984
Alwyn lived at Dunraven Street, Treherbert, and was a devoted member of the Selsig Operatic Society before joining the Choir in 1981. Born in Blaenrhondda, he gave much of his life to sustaining the cultural heritage of the Rhondda and had a strong connection with Bethany Chapel, Treherbert, where he actually gave his last concert with the Choir before his death at the age of 58.


 

David Howley, First Tenor 1961-1985; Assistant Librarian 1982-1985;
Long Service Member

1926-March 20 1985
David Howley of Halifax Terrace, Tynewydd, was a devoted member of St Alban’s Church and joined the Choir in 1961. He received his Long Service Membership Certificate in 1982, the same year in which he was elected Assistant Librarian, a position he held until his death aged 59.


 

Gwyn Jones, Second Bass 1960-1985, Long Service Member
1925-June 17 1985
Gwyn lived in Glanselsig Terrace, Blaencwm, and was a member of the Choir for over twenty five years. A devoted family man he was fiercely proud of the Choir and village. Gwyn received his Life Membership Certificate in 1982, only a few years before his sudden death at the age of 60.


 

Cas Powell, Second Tenor 1947-1987; Founder Member, Long Service Member; Life Member; Vice Chairman 1975-1976; Chairman 1976-1977
1905-May 25 1987
Cas was a devoted Founder Member of the Treorchy Male Choir and served the organisation for forty years until his death at the age of 82. Cas, who lived in Parry Street, Ton Pentre, was a member of the pre-war Choir and joined the reformed Choir almost immediately. A devoted member of Hebron Chapel for over fifty years he was the chapel’s Musical Presenter and conductor of many Gymanfa Ganu festivals. For a time he was the Conductor of Ton Boys Choir and during John Haydn’s illness also raised the baton at Treorchy for a short period of time.


 

Edward Davies, First Bass 1946-1987; Founder Member; Long Service Member; Life Member; Committee Member 1953-1962; Chairman 1979-1980
D. July 9 1987
Eddie’s death robbed the Choir of one of its Founder Members who had sung in the ranks for over forty years. Treorchy-born, he was a faithful member of Bethania Chapel and on joining the reformed Choir served as a Committee Man for many years before being elected Chairman.


 

Jack Newman, Second Tenor 1975-1988
1933-August 9 1988
Jack, who lived at Gelli Road in Ton Pentre, was a quiet, modest and unassuming member of the Second Tenor section who fulfilled his duties as a chorister with sheer professionalism. His employment was in the railway industry, but aside from his close family, it was the Choir that was the major component in his life during latter years.


 

William Jones, Second Bass 1946-1988; Founder Member; Long Service Member; Life Member; Committee Member 1953-1960; Vice Chairman 1975; Chairman 1975-1976
1909-September 23 1988
Will Jones of Hopkins Street, Treherbert spent his working life in the colliery and joined the Choir on its inception in 1946. Will was a stalwart member of the Choir for over forty years, possessing a fine Second Bass voice and was a great teacher of music to new choristers. His dedication to the organisation was unwavering and his death was felt by ever member of the Choir.


 

Ken Elliot, First Tenor 1951-1989; Long Service Member
1921-September 29 1988
Ken Elliot of Dyfodwg Street, Treorchy, joined the Choir shortly before its first National Eisteddfod win and went on to serve the organisation for almost forty years. He served his country in the Second World War as a member of the Royal Navy and worked for the majority of his life as an Insurance Agent.


 

Dan Williams, Second Bass 1946-1989; Founder Member; Long Service Member; Life Member; Committee Member 1969-1977; Chairman 1978-1979
1935-November 25 1989
On his death at the age of just 64, the Choir lost one of its last surviving Founder Members. Dan was a devoted member of Bethlehem Chapel, Treorchy, and via Sunday School and Gymanfa Ganu he mastered the rudiments of tonic solfa, becoming a teacher to many new choristers in the Choir. For over forty years Dan, who lived in High Street, Treorchy, played an active role in the management of the Choir and was also the Publicity Officer of the Welsh Association of Male Voice Choirs.


 

Walter Breeze, First Tenor 1946-1990; Founder Member; Long Service Member;
Life Member

1917-August 25 1990
”Wally” Breeze lived in Derwen Road, Ystrad, and answered the call to attend the first rehearsal of the reformed Treorchy Male Choir in 1946. A master of tonic solfa, he was a cornerman of his section and a tutor to many newcomers to the ranks. Awarded Life Membership for his distinguished service, he was one of the Choir’s last surviving Founder Members.


 

Roy Bobbett, Second Tenor 1947-1992; Long Service Member, Life Member
1926-June 1 1992
Roy epitomised the dedicated chorister in the Treorchy Male Choir, which he joined only a few months after it was reformed following the Second World War. In 1971 he was awarded Long Service Membership and Life Membership in 1980. Roy was a founder member of the Life Membership Committee and played an active role in all aspects of the organization.


 

Evan James McCarter, First Bass 1978-1992
1912-August 14 1992
Evan lived on Penrhys Road, Ystrad, and joined the Choir in 1978. He was a popular person who spent a large part of his working life at the Park Colliery, Cwmparc, and when the mine closed was employed by Rhondda Borough Council.


 

John Davies M.A. Second Bass 1969-1993; Long Service Member, Life Member, Publicity Officer 1980-1990; Chairman 1977-1978 & 1991-1993
1925-October 6 1993
John Davies’ death robbed the Choir of one of its most notable figures. Cwmparc-born John played for Treorchy RFC as a young man. He was educated at the University of Wales, Cardiff, and obtained a Master of Arts. His career in education eventually led to the position of Headmaster of the Upper Rhondda Comprehensive School in Treorchy, where he elevated the academic standards of the school to a new level. A master of the spoken work, John Davies will be long-remembered in the history of the Choir.


 

Rhiddian Hunt, Second Bass 1972-1993; Committee Member 1984-1987; Assistant Librarian 1988-1989; Librarian 1989-1993
1942-December 22 1993
Rhiddian’s sudden death at the age of 51 came as a major blow to the Choir. Rhiddian, who lived in Caemawr Gardens, Porth, joined the Second Bass section in 1972 and served as a committee member before joining the staff of the Choir Library. During these years he had the onerous task of reorganizing thousands of copies in the library, a task he did efficiently and cheerfully.


 

Alun Hughes, Second Bass 1970-1993; Long Service Member, Life Member, Committee Member 1977-1978 & 1992-1993; Vice Chairman 1983-1984 & 1984-1985 & 1990-1991;
Chairman 1984-1985

1928-December 23 1993
The tragic death of Alun Hughes in a road accident was a sad loss to the Choir and the community at large. Alun, who lived in Pleasant View, Pentre, joined the Choir in 1970 and played an active role in the management of the organization for the next twenty three years.


 

Kenneth Thomas, First Bass 1984-1995
1933-July 10 1995
Ken, who lived in Rhys Street, Trealaw joined the Choir in December 1984 and was a dedicated member for the last eleven years of his life. A quiet man, with a passion for dogs, he was a faithful chorister and played an active role in all aspects of Choir life.


 

Malcolm Johnson, Second Bass 1956-1996; Long Service Member
1936-January 15 1996
Employed at the Royal Mint, Mal Johnson of Lloyd Street, Gelli, was a stalwart member of the Second Bass section for forty years. He actually joined the First Bass section in 1956 before transferring to another section some years later. He was a faithful chorister who displayed incredible passion for the Choir and refused to hear any criticism of it. It was during the Choir’s tour of America in 1994 that he learned of the death of his wife Jean and sadly less than two years later Mal also passed away, aged 60.


 

Clifford Chislett, First Bass 1953-1993; Long Service Member, Life Member, Librarian 1968-1989; Assistant Librarian 1990-1993
D. 1996
Cliff Chislett served the Choir as a chorister for forty years, but memories of him will always be of his time as Librarian. Cliff was an outstanding organiser and ran the Library with professionalism and efficiency. He resided at Margaret Street, Treherbert and was made a Life Member of the Choir for his dedicated service in 1986.


 

Ben Griffiths, Second Tenor 1948-1998; Long Service Member, Life Member, Committee member 1968-1991; Fifty Year Member
1924-August 26 1998
Benny was a member of the Choir for a full fifty years and served as a committeeman for twenty four of them. He was a cheerful, comical character whose sayings, or “Bennyisms”, made him a firm favourite amongst the Choir. He will be best remembered as the Bus Steward of one of the Choir coaches. Benny lived in Prospect Place, Treorchy, and was employed in the local colliery for the duration of his working life.


 

Eric Stuart Morgan, First Tenor 1982-1999
1931- January 26th 1999
Eric Morgan lived in Barry and traveled thousands of miles to rehearsals and concerts after he joined the Choir in 1982. He was employed in the construction industry and for his enterprise won many prestigious awards. On his presentation of one award at the Grosvenor House, London, the Choir was asked to perform.


 

Eifion Evans, First Bass 1997-2000
1943-July 9 2001
Born in Ynyshir, Eifion moved to Treherbert to join the police force. His father was a founder member of the Pendyrus Male Choir and Eifion also sang with the Glamorgan Youth Choir. An accomplished pianist and double bass player he worked tirelessly as the Musical Director of the Selsig Operatic Society. He joined the Treorchy Male Choir in 1997 and remained a faithful chorister before ill health forced him to play a less active role with the organization. His death at the age of 58 saddened his fellow choristers and the cultural community of the Rhondda.


 

Ieuan Davies, First Tenor 1948-1992; Long Service Member, Life Member
November 7 1924 - August 18 2001
On leaving the armed forces Ieuan, of River Terrace, Treorchy, joined the Choir in 1948 and was a dedicated chorister until ill-health compelled him to loosen his active ties. He was a member of staff at Treorchy Co-Operative Society for many years and due to the dedication shown to the Choir was made a Life Member.


 

Ieuan George Lawrence, Second Bass 1947-2000; Long Service Member, Life Member,
Fifty Year Member

January 7th 1915 – March 15th 2002
Ieuan served in the armed forces during the Second World War and was a Prisoner of War for many years. On returning to civilian life he joined the Choir in 1947 and was a member for over fifty dedicated years. An unassuming, gentle man, he was a faithful Deacon of his local chapel in Blaencwm.


 

Cliburn Willis, Second Tenor 1946-1998; Founder Member; Long Service Member; Life Member; Fifty Year Member, Committee Member 1960-1967; Librarian 1946-1954 & 1956-1958; Vice Chairman 1981-1982 & 1986-1987 & 1989-1990; Chairman 1982-1983 & 1987-1989
1926-February 8 2003
Cli was a printer by trade and worked for the Rhondda Borough Council where he became an active trade unionist making his representations at the Choir AGM’s legendary. He was the Choir’s first Librarian and held positions as an officer for almost the entire fifty two years of his membership. He was also instrumental in forming the Welsh Association of Male Choirs.


 

Edward Owen, Second Tenor 1977-1980 & 1982-2003
June 18th 1929- June 21st 2003
Eddie’s address of Railway Terrace, Llwynypia, couldn’t have been more appropriate as he was employed within the railway industry. He was greatly respected in the community and served the Choir as a faithful chorister for over twenty years.


 

Eilir Wright, First Bass 1946-2003; Founder Member, Long Service Member, Life Member
July 4th 1918 - June 30th 2003
Eilir, who lived in Regent Street, Treorchy, was part of the foundation from which the Choir progressed. He was a member of a the pre-war Choir, as was his father before him. He worked in the local colliery and was a faithful member of Bethlehem Chapel. He served the Choir for almost fifty years until ill health restricted his attendance, although he remained faithful to the organization.


 

John Knowles, First Tenor 2002-2003
April 3rd 1942 - September 15th 2003
John was born in Pleasant Street, Pentre and became a steward of Treherbert Rugby Club, where he worked for several years before retiring due to ill health. John joined the Choir in 2002 and although he was a member for only a year, will be remembered with respect and admiration.


 

Ronald Green, Second Tenor 1987-2005
January 8th 1946 - January 9th 2005
Ron Green of Taff Street, Treherbert was brought up in Gelli where he lost both his parents when he was just 14. In later life Ron and his wife dedicated their time to fostering children who were also without parents. He took an interest in music and was an experienced pianist. He was also a long-serving member of Treorchy Rugby Football Club and joined the Choir in 1987, where he remained a faithful member despite ill health in later years.


 

Edmund Evans, First Tenor 1947-1998; Long Service Member, Life Member
March 19th 1918 – December 31st 2005
Eddie “Ike” Evans joined the Choir in 1947 when it was only a few months old and he was a faithful and dedicated chorister for over forty years until ill health denied him the opportunity to sing in the ranks. He had a varied working life in Cardiff docks, the EMI Factory and Rhondda Borough Council. Remembered for his top tenor singing, Eddie was a cheerful man who brought much joy to the Choir.


 

John Hopkins, First Tenor 1959-2006; Long Service Member, Life Member,
Committee Member 1965-1983

June 5th 1932 – July 18th 2006
John was a faithful, diligent Choir member for forty-seven years and was a long-standing Committee Man for the First Tenor section. He spent most of his working life in T.C.Jones factory in Treorchy and in latter years cared for his two brothers at their home in Ystrad.


 

Jack Moses, Second Tenor 1979-2007; Long Service Member
May 17th 1923 – May 4th 2007
Jack joined the Choir in 1979 and was a faithful chorister for almost thirty years. Born in Ystrad, he was educated at Tonypandy Grammar School and served in the RAF during the Second World War where he trained as a radio operator. He later worked for Rhondda Borough Council and became its Chief Auditor. Armed with his pipe, Jack was a memorable figure in the life of the Choir and that of Ystrad Conservative Club where he was a dedicated member.


 

Maldwyn Morgan, First Bass 1947-1955 & 1994-2007, Long Service Member
September 15th 1926 – September 18th 2007
Mal was one of five brothers who all sang in the ranks of the Treorchy Male Choir. The son of well-known Conductor Arthur Morgan, Mal joined the Choir when it was only a few months old, but his employment in the car industry necessitated him to move to England to work. On his return to Wales almost forty years later he rejoined the Choir and was awarded Long Service Membership posthumously. The brother of former secretary Islwyn Morgan, the pair were inseperable and Mal was missed by us all.


 

Robert Griffiths, Second Bass 1953-2009, Long Service Member, Life Member, Committee Man 1968-1970; 1979-1983, Vice Chairman 1972-1974, Chairman 1985-1987; 1997-2000; Fifty Years Member; Vice President 2009
July 13th 1930 - June 5th 2009
Following in the footsteps of his brother Sam, Bob was a faithful chorister for over 56 years during which time he served as a Second Bass Committeeman, Vice Chairman and Chairman. He was the Choir's stage marshal and was instrumental in the establishment of the South Wales Association of Male Choirs


 

Leonard Gale, First Bass 1959-2009; Long Service & Life Member, Fifty Year Member
October 17th 1924 - June 17th 2011
Len joined the Morgannwg Gleemen Choir and became their Treasurer until they disbanded in the late 1950s. He joined his friend Reg Stephens, in the ranks of the Treorchy Male Choir in 1959. For the next fifty years Len revelled in every activity the Choir had to offer. A dedicated and respected member of the First Bass section. Len enjoyed a wonderful life as a chorister, rarely missing a concert or rehearsal. He retired shortly after receiving a gold watch to commemorate fifty years unbroken service to the Choir.


 

Philip Warren, First Bass 2004-2012
November 30th - August 14th 2012
Phil joined the ranks of the First Bass section and travelled extensively around the UK, attending concerts the length and breadth of the country. Closer to home he was a devoted chorister in the rehearsal room and also found great pleasure in supporting the Choir's recognised charity, Ty Hafan. He was also a firm supporter of the Choir's Junior Musician Competition as it encourages young children the opportunity to develop their musical skills. A deputy headteacher of both Porth and Gelli primary schools, he was also an ardent supporter of Treorchy RFC.



Thomas Belmont, First Bass 2008-2013; Librarian 2012-2013
March 21st 1957 - July14th 2013
Tommy Belmont joined the ranks of the First Bass section in 2008 and was a faithful chorister throughout his relativly short time in the Choir. He embarked on the 2009 tour of Australia and New Zealand and rarely missed a concert throughout the British Isles. Tommy also enjoyed the opportunity of visiting Berlin and appeared regularly at wedding engagements with the "Minstrels". He was a dedicated Assistant Librarian and Librarian.



Cyril Bebb, First Bass 2011-2014
February 2nd 1933 - March 3rd 2014
When Cyril joined the Choir he ensured that every generation of his family had been members of the Choir since 1883. Treorchy born and bred, Cyril was a former collier who worked in both the Fernhill and Tower Collieries. Apart from his family, his other great love was choral singing and he was a dedicated member of the Royal Welsh Male Choir for more than twenty years. During this time he undertook soloist duties and enjoyed their USA Tour in 1975. He followed in the footsteps of his son, David, in joining the Treorchy Choir and was a much respected chorister.



Alun Morris, Second Bass 1984-2014; Committee Man, Long Service Member
November 16th 1948 - October 13th 2014
Alun was one of life's great characters and his enormous appetite for enjoyment, fun and laughter will remain in the memory of all those who had the pleasure to come into contact with him. Alun was a faithful chorister until ill health denied him the opportunity to play an active role in the organisation. In 1994 he undertook the Choir's first successful tour of California and Colorado, USA and derived great enjoyment from travelling with his circle of close friends. From 1994 to 2007 Alun was also the Committee Member for his section.



Peter Jones, Second Bass 1970-2015, Long Service Member, Life Member
November 29th 1938 - January 10th 2015
Peter was a stalwart member of the Second Bass section for forty five years. Enjoying a dry-sense of humour, Peter endeared himself to all and enjoyed every aspect of Choir life. In 1986 he joined the Choir on its ground breaking tour of Australia, performing twice at the Sydney Opera House. He also visited USA and Strasbourg on their successful concert tours and more recently performed before HSH Prince Albert of Monaco in Monte Carlo. Peter was made a Long Service Member and a Life Member of the Choir due to his dedication to the organisation.



Kenneth Waldin, Second Bass 1994-2016, Long Service Member
February 2nd 1932 - January 2nd 2016
Ken was a stalwart member of the Second Bass section for 21 faithful years and shortly before his death he received his Long Service Membership Certificate in recognition of his dedicated service. Ken joined the Choir in 1994 and enjoyed the camaraderie and good nature of his new-found friends. He endeared himself to all and enjoyed every aspect of Choir life, from frequent rehearsals, concerts and overseas tours. He spent a month in Australia with the Choir in 1999 and also enjoyed the tour of Canada and USA during the following year.



David Stanton, Second Bass 2009-2016
October 19th 1967 - March 9th 2016
The loss of Dai Stanton at such a young age had a tremendous impact on the Choir as a whole. Dai was a dedicated and faithful member of the ranks who liked nothing more than spending time in the company of his fellow choristers. He travelled across the UK with them over the intervening years, performing in theatres, cathedrals and concert halls and enjoyed weekend visits to Berlin and Guernsey where he revelled in the camaraderie of the Choir. Despite his ill health he continued to enjoy Choir life. His loss was felt by all who knew him.

 




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