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Life Members

Life Membership of the Treorchy Male Choir is the highest accolade that can be presented to a chorister. Traditionally the title of Life Membership was presented to a chorister who had contributed above and beyond the call of duty to the benefit of the Choir. 
The choristers are nominated for Life Membership and this is decided upon by the four members of the Life Membership Committee. If they deem the nomination should be upheld, then it is referred to the Management Committee for decision and then brought before the full Choir for approval. 
In 1980 it was decided that all those choristers who had appeared in the Choir’s first official photograph in 1949 would receive Life Membership. In 2005 the Constitution was changed to allow choristers who had been members for 35 years to automatically receive the honour. At present both methods of receiving Life Membership of the Treorchy Male Choir are accepted. 
Find below a list of all those individuals who have received Life Membership of the Choir since the honour was first presented more than sixty years ago.

Tom Jenkins

Tom Jenkins

Secretary of the Pre-War Choir; Vice President 1946-1966

David Jenkins

David Jenkins

First Tenor 1946-1951; Founder Member, Treasurer 1946-1951; Appeared on the 1948 Official Photograph

T. Dewi Hopkins

T. Dewi Hopkins

Second Bass 1951-1955; Publicity Officer 1952-1954

David. J Davies

David J. Davies

Founder Member; Appeared on the 1948 Official Photograph

Edward Knapgate

Edward Knapgate

Second Bass, Founder Member 1946-1971; Vice Chairman 1946-1963; Chairman, 1964-1966; Vice President 1967-1971

George Neighbour

George Neighbour

Founder Member 1946-1963; Chairman 1946-1963; Appeared on the 1948 Official Photograph

John Jones

John Jones

Second Bass, Founder Member 1946-1968; Appeared on the 1948 Official Photograph

Trevor Protheroe

Trevor Protheroe

Appeared on the 1948 Official Photograph; Founder Member; First Tenor 1946-1964; Committee Member 1953- 1955

John Haydn Davies MBE

John Haydn Davies MBE

Conductor, 1946-1969; Conductor Emeritus 1969-1991; Vice President 1971-1991

Tom Jones

Tom Jones

Accompanist 1946-1971

William John Griffiths

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;

Gwynne Williams

Gwynne Williams

Second Bass 1948-1979; Treasurer 1952-1979; Long Service Member;

Haydn Thatcher

Haydn Thatcher

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

David Galliford

David Galliford

Appeared on the 1948 Official Photograph; Second Bass 1948-1975; Long Service Member

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Idris Thomas

First Tenor 1953-1979; Registrar 1952-1957; Long Service Member

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Sam Griffiths

Baritone Soloist 1948-1987

Edmund Evans

Edmund Evans

First Tenor 1947-1998; Long Service Member

William Jones

William Jones

Second Bass 1946-1988; Founder Member; Long Service Member; Committee Member 1953-1960; Vice Chairman 1975; Chairman 1975-1976

Cas Powell

Cas Powell

Second Tenor 1947-1987; Founder Member, Long Service Member; Vice Chairman 1975-1976; Chairman 1976-1977

Ben Griffiths

Ben Grifiths

Second Tenor 1948-1998; Long Service Member, Life Member, Committee member 1968-1991; Fifty Year Member

Ieuan Davies

Ieuan Davies

Appeared on the 1948 Official Photograph; First Tenor 1948-1992; Long Service Member

Ben Jackson

Ben Jackson

Appeared in the 1949 Official Photograph. Fifty Year Member 1997

Haydn Eramsus

Haydn Erasmus

Founder Member; Committee Member 1961-1966; Chairman 1967-1973 & 1989-1991; Fifty Year Member 1996; Vice President 2007-2013

Islwyn Morgan

Islwyn Morgan

Appeared in the 1949 Official Photograph; Assistant Secretary 1968-1980; Secretary 1980-2001; Fifty Year Member 1997; Vice President 2007- present; Sixty Year Member 2007; Seventy Year Member 2017

Walter Breeze

Walter Breeze

First Tenor 1946-1990; Founder Member; Long Service Member

Alun Hughes

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

Norman Martin

Norman Martin

Appeared in the 1949 Official Photograph. Registrar 1962-2002; Honorary Archivist 1962-2002; Fifty Year Member 1997; Vice President 2007- present; Sixty Year Member 2007; Seventy Year Member 2017

Roy Bobbett

Roy Bobbett

Appeared on the 1948 photograph; Second Tenor 1947-1992; Long Service Member

John Davies

John Davies M.A

Second Bass 1969-1993; Long Service Member, Life Member, Publicity Officer 1980-1990; Chairman 1977-1978 & 1991-1993

David Rees

David Rees

Appeared in the 1949 Official Photograph

Edward Davies

Edward Davies

First Bass 1946-1987; Founder Member; Long Service Member; Committee Member 1953-1962; Chairman 1979-1980

Dan Williams

Dan Williams

Second Bass 1946-1989; Founder Member; Long Service Member; Committee Member 1969-1977; Chairman 1978-1979

Reg Davies

Reg Davies

Founder Member. Appeared in the 1949 Official Photograph. Librarian 1958-1962; Committee Member 1978-1979; Chairman 1980-1981

Robert Griffiths

Robert Griffiths

Second Bass 1953-2009, Long Service Member,  Committee Man 1968-1970; 1979-1983, Vice Chairman 1972-1974, Chairman 1985-1987; 1997-2000; Fifty Years Member; Vice President 2009

Peter Jones

Peter Jones

Member for 35 Years; Second Bass 1970-2015; Long Service Member

Ieuan Lawrence

Ieuan Lawrence

Appeared on the 1948 Photograph; Second Bass 1947-2000; Long Service Member, Fifty Year Member

John Mallin

John Mallin

Publicity Officer 1970-1979; Treasurer 1979-2006

John Cynan Jones

John Cynan Jones

Associate Conductor 1965-1969; Conductor1969-1991; Conductor Emeritus 1991-

Clifford Taylor

Clifford Taylor

President 1967-1998

Clifford Chislett

Clifford Chislett

First Bass 1953-1993; Long Service Member, Life Member, Librarian 1968-1989; Assistant Librarian 1990-1993

John Hopkins

John Hopkins

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

Dean Powell

Dean Powell

Publicity Officer; Tenor Soloist; Compere; Editor of Excelsior; Founder of Treorchy Male Choir Appreciation Society; Concert Organiser; Fundraiser; Author of "Treorchy Male Choir - A Photographic History"

Michael Gale

Michael Gale

Contribution Secretary 1967-1968; Assistant Secretary 1981-1989

Reg Stephens

Reg Stephens

Member For Over 35 Years

William Watkin

William Watkin

Member For Over 35 Years; Fifty Year Member 2007

Leonard Gale

Leonard Gale

Member for 35 Years, First Bass 1959-2009; Long Service & Life Member, Fifty Year Member

Peter Morris

Peter Morris

Member For Over 35 Years. Fifty Year Member 2006

David Powell

David Powell

Member For Over 35 Years; Committee Member 1994-2001; 2002-2009; Fifty Year Member 2011

Bryn Howells

Bryn Howells

Committee Member 1983-2006; Member For Over 35 Years

Bryn Jones

Bryn Jones

Member For Over 35 Years

Ken Simcox

Ken Simcox

Member For Over 35 Years

Roger Morse

Roger Morse

Member for Over 35 years; Committee Member 1989-1990; Vice Chairman 1998-2000; Chairman 2000-2005

Alun Davies

Alun Davies

Member for Over 35 Years; Committee Member 1997-2007; 2009-

Cyril Bevan

Cyril Bevan

Member for Over 35 Years

Dilwyn Llewellyn

Dilwyn Llewellyn

Member for Over 35 Years

Daryl Stacey

Daryl Stacey

Member for Over 35 Years; Committee Member 1984-87; 1995-96; Assistant Secretary 1996-01; Registrar 2003-2009

Alan Iles

Alan Iles

Life member

Alwyn Lewis

Alwyn Lewis

Life member

David Williams

David Williams

Life member

Gwyn Morgan

Gwyn Morgan

Life member

Robert Hopkins

Robert Hopkins

Life member

Ivor Lock

Ivor Lock

Life member

Norman Cox

Norman Cox

Life member

Philip Edmunds

Phillip Edmunds

Life member

Ron Evans

Ron Evans

Life member

Gareth Evans

Gareth Evans

Life member

Wyn Davies

Wyn Davies

Life member

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Andrew Costin

Life member

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Derek Langley

Life member

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John Weaver

Life member

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Alan Lewis

Life member

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Gary Hogan

Life member

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Alan Bowen

Life member and choir archivist

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Michael Russ

Life member

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Selwyn Jones

Life member , Long Service Member and committee member

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Raymond Daniels

Life Member

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Brian Williams

Life Member

Life Members & 50 Year Members: Members

50 Year Members

This page is in dedication to those members who have reached the fantastic 50-year membership milestone.

Haydn Erasmus

Haydn Erasmus

Became Fifty Year Member in 1996

Founder Member; Committee Member 1961-1966; Chairman 1967-1973 & 1989-1991; Fifty Year Member 1996; Vice President 2007-2013

Cliburn Willis

Cliburn Willis

Became Fifty Year Member in 1996

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

Norman Martin

Norman Martin

Became Fifty Year Member in 1997

Appeared in the 1949 Official Photograph. Registrar 1962-2002; Honorary Archivist 1962-2002; Fifty Year Member 1997; Vice President 2007- present; Sixty Year Member 2007; Seventy Year Member 2017

Islwyn Morgan

Islwyn Morgan

Became Fifty Year Member in 1997

Appeared in the 1949 Official Photograph; Assistant Secretary 1968-1980; Secretary 1980-2001; Fifty Year Member 1997; Vice President 2007- present; Sixty Year Member 2007; Seventy Year Member 2017

Ieuan Lawrence

Ieuan Lawrence

Became Fifty Year Member in 1997

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

Ben Jackson

Ben Jackson

Became Fifty Year Member in 1997

Appeared in the 1949 Official Photograph. Fifty Year Member 1997

Ben Griffiths

Ben Griffiths

Became Fifty Year Member in 1998

Second Tenor 1948-1998; Long Service Member, Life Member, Committee member 1968-1991; Fifty Year Member

Robert Griffiths

Robert Griffiths

Became Fifty Year Member in 2000

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

Peter Morris

Peter Morris

Became Fifty Year Member in 2006

Member For Over 35 Years. Fifty Year Member 2006

William Watkin

William Raymound Watkin

Became Fifty Year Member in 2007

Member For Over 35 Years; Fifty Year Member 2007; Vice President; Sixty Year Member 2017

Leonard Gale

Leonard Gale

Became Fifty Year Member in 2009

First Bass 1959-2009; Long Service & Life Member, Fifty Year Member

Reg Stephens

Reg Stephens

Became Fifty Year Member in 2010

Member For Over 35 Years; Fifty Year Member

David Powell

David Powell

Became Fifty Year Member in 2011

Member For Over 35 Years; Committee Member 1994-2001; 2002-2009; Fifty Year Member 2011

Bryn Jones

Bryn Jones

Became Fifty Year Member in 2015

Second Bass Member since 1966

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Ken Simcox

Became Fifty Year Member in 2022

2nd Tenor since 1970

Life Members & 50 Year Members: Members
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