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.
Janice began piano lessons aged 6 and studied for ALCM and LLCM performance diplomas with Ronald Austin. She has taught piano for a considerable period both at schools and privately. Her claim to fame is that one of her pupils was an organ scholar at St Paul’s Cathedral.
Janice is a devotee of Guide Dogs and enjoys playing the clarinet in the Serendipity ensemble in Bristol.
Janice joined Llantrisant Male Choir in October 2013.