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John S Davies

John S Davies as a student of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama formed one of his early choirs and is an Honorary Fellow there. He holds awards for the promotion of music in Wales and in 1997 received an MBE for his work for the Fishguard International Music Festival of which he was Founder/Artistic Director (1970-2006).

Returning from teaching in England, he continued what has become a distinguished choral career, first as Head of Music in Fishguard, (retiring in 1991). Over this period he formed the Dyfed Choir, Fishguard Philharmonic and the Pembrokeshire Youth Choir. He continues with Côr Caerfyrddin (2004) and Cantorion John S Davies Singers (1978) and has a close relationship with the National Youth Choir of Wales and an involvement in local schools.

In his Festival role, he commissioned many works, premiered by his choirs, vocal soloists, ensembles and major British orchestras, several of which he conducted. Many have been heard on radio and TV and recordings made of compositions by John McCabe, William Mathias, Alun Hoddinott and more recently by Richardn Elfyn Jones and Eric Jones.

His conducting performances since his first rostrum appearance, are numberless, although in his favourite venue alone, St David’s Cathedral, they number some 150.

On four occasions he has prepared and conducted the Royal National Eisteddfod Choir and regularly adjudicates at the National and Urdd events. On two occasions he travelled to Australia to conduct at Melbourne’s National Singing Festival and as Guest Conductor of the Victoria Welsh Male Voice Choir.

In 1984 he launched the Westward Chamber Orchestra heard this July with his Singers, in Handel’s Messiah at the Llandeilo Festival.

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