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Darren Barker

I am an Injection Moulding Mechanic, for a major plastics packaging manufacturer and I joined the Fron in June 2016 (as a probationer), following the successful Wrexham Charity Male Voice Choir. I just needed to carry on if I was able to make the grade.
My first performance was at one of my favourite venues, The New Vic Theatre in December 2016. My other favourite is St Georges Hall Liverpool.
My favourite performance is winning the Male Voice Choir Competition at Llangollen Eisteddfod 2018
When I started my singing journey, having literally never sung a note in my life before, David T. Jones (the then Chairman) told me that he believed every single person alive ‘can sing well with practice and the right amount of teaching" . . .
Great support from the Fron family and amazing teaching skills from our shrinking violet of an MD (Leigh Mason) proved him right (I think??)
An interesting fact . . . If my dad Mervyn Barker, (who is also now a Fron 1st Bass) hadn't agreed to join the Wrexham Charity Male Voice Choir with me, (as a pair of complete novice singers) I more than likely would never have joined the Fron MVC at all!!

Love you dad

Mervyn-Barker.pngMervyn Barker

I was a long distance H.G.V. driver & fork-lift truck driver and I, like many others, joined the choir in 2016 after I was part of the Wrexham Charity Choir formed to raise funds in aid of prostate cancer. My first performance was at the Memorial Hall, Wrexham in the Charity Concert.
My favourite venue is the New Vic Theatre in Newcastle-under-Lyme but my favourite performance is winning the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in 2018.
I would recommend the Fron to anyone - Improve your wellbeing – Join us!
An interesting fact . . . My son also joined the choir with me!

AlanBeynon.jpgAlan Beynon

I am a retired teacher who joined the Fron in May 2012 as a progression from a previous choir after the retirement of their Musical Director. My first performance was at Llangollen Mayor’s Charity Concert.
Liverpool Cathedral is my favourite venue but my favourite performance is the annual Christmas concert at the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme.
Being in the Fron is a great way to make friends and stay healthy.
We sing Y Tangnefeddwyr, a very moving piece about the bombing of Swansea in WWII,  and I am the only one in the choir who saw Swansea burn! It always brings back strong memories.

JamesBrown.jpgJames Brown

I am a teacher and joined the Fron in 2015. Sam (Hughes, 2nd Bass and neighbour) had been encouraging me to join for years and eventually, I gave in…I haven’t regretted it once since. Thank you, Sam!
My first performance was in December 2015 at the annual Christmas Concert with Porthywaen Brass Band at Holy Trinity Church, Oswestry.
I do not have a favourite venue – I have been lucky enough to sing in a fair few since joining and they all have different qualities. For a warm, friendly performance where you feel close to the audience, the New Vic Theatre in Newcastle-Under-Lyme would take some beating. For that spine-tingling, “wow” feeling, it has to be the cathedrals.
I loved singing at the opening concert for the 70th Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod as the sheer power of a massed male voice choir and the Cory Brass Band was tremendous.  However, I think my favourite has to be singing in the Choir of the World competition at Llangollen in July 2018 - the adrenaline, excitement, heat, exhaustion, feeling of unity in the choir, and the support from the audience were all overwhelming in the best way possible – that will be near impossible to replicate, which makes it very special.
Come and give it a go. At first, all of the new music is mind-boggling, but as the months go on, you start to get that feeling of “ah, I know this one”. It’s the challenge of this that makes it worth doing. I do not think it will ever be “easy” because I do not think that music should be. If you put the attention, care and emotion into the music which it deserves, it will always be a challenge, but rising to that challenge and succeeding is what makes the whole thing worthwhile. When you stand on stage and know that the performance was really good, you know the effort was worth it; experiencing this with a fantastic group of lads in the choir is what makes it unique.
 

GlynDavies.jpgGlyn Davies

I am a retired Electrician / Electrical Fitter who joined the Fron in  1971 as I wanted to sing in a better choir than the one I was in. My first concert was at the De Havilland factory in Deeside (now Airbus) alongside the great Foden Brass Band.
In my years with the choir my favourite place to sing is the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver, Canada, where we sang whilst on tour there last century!
Being the very first Welsh choir to win the Male Voice Competition at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod is my favourite performance! We were conducted by a young John Daniels. It was in 1977, the same year we won ‘The Double’ by also coming first in the National Eisteddfod when it was held in Wrexham.
Singing in the choir is wonderful but make sure your wife / partner is on board!
 

BarryFoulks.jpgBarry Foulks

I started singing in the school chapel choir when I was boarder at King Edward’s School in Witley, Surrey from the age of 10.
I have had various jobs including working at Rolls Royce aeroengines in Shrewsbury, as a builder, working on the big bridge on the A5 Chirk by-pass but retired as a machine operator at Burbidges in Chirk. At that time I was singing with Llangollen Male Voice choir but the membership dwindled to just nine men so I thought it was time to make a change and so joined the Fron in about 2002 and sang my first concert with the Choir in Blackburn.
My favourite venue is The Sage in Gateshead where the choir performed on our tour of the U.K. to promote the albums we made with Universal Music and my favourite performance was singing with the Three Welsh Tenors at the William Aston Hall, Wrexham in November 2017.
Came and join us - you’ll meet new people, make new friends and enjoy yourself.
 

KeithGrose.jpgKeith Grose

I became a member of the Fron in February 2016 after I watched the choir in a concert in Llangollen, truly enjoyed the performance so decided to give it a go.
My first performance was St. George’s Hall in Liverpool with the Charity Choir formed to raise funds for the battle against Prostate Cancer. It is a great venue but I like all of the venues, so a favourite is difficult to choose.
My favourite performance, however, is winning the Male Voice Competition at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod 2018.
It doesn’t matter what background you come from – I was a Chef - Come along to listen and be amazed, then join and be more amazed!
An interesting fact . . . Being a travelling chef able to visit and ride upon the Steam Preservation Lines – this is my second hobby after the Choir.
 

David-Hamlington.pngDavid Hamlington

I am a machine operator for Kellogg in Wrexham. I lived in South Africa as a child but my mother and father were always playing Welsh Choir music - my father had recordings of the Fron in his CD collection - so I sort of grew up with the choir.
I joined the choir in April 2018 but due to a knee operation which took some time to recover from I did not actually make my first appearance until 23rd March 2019 when we sang at St. Alkmund’s Church in Whitchurch for the local Rotary Club. It was a wonderful evening but we later sang in the splendid ballroom of the magnificent Stockport Town Hall which is both my current favourite venue and performance. I am sure this may change as I go along.
Do come along to a practice night for a listen and to meet the choir. That’s what I did . . .

SecretaryPaul Hopton

In 1993 I was belting out Christmas carols at a concert. The Musical Director, Val Jones, spotted me and invited me into her choir. The mighty Fron! It was a life changer. Now 25 years and 160,00 miles later I am continually enriched by being part of the Fron family.
I am a semi-retired cabinetmaker and have been able to partake in all choir Tours and the best bit of all the Voices of the Valley journey. I’ve loved every bit of it. My favourite concert was in Milwaukee Cathedral....stunning. My favourite song to sing is 'Ave Verum' a beautiful motet.
 

Aled JonesAled Jones

I am not the Aled Jones that sang ‘The Snowman’ but a Building Surveyor and Responsive Repairs team leader and I joined the Fron in 2016 after being a member of the Wrexham Charity Choir set up in January of that year to raise funds for the Prostate Cancer charity. I enjoyed that so much that I wanted to carry on so moved up to the ‘big choir.’
My first official performance with the Fron was at the St. Valentine’s Day Concert with the Mersey Wave choir at the amazing St. Ambrose Catholic church in Speke, Liverpool with a huge reverb.
My favourite performance is definitely winning the Male Voice Section at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in 2018 in my favourite venue, the International Pavilion. I would like to sing at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff one day if the opportunity arises. I know the Fron have sung there before.
Singing in a choir is a great way of gaining confidence and meeting new people – plus we have great afterglows – so come and give it a go!
 

ColinJonesB1.jpgColin Jones

I became a member of the Fron in 2016 after singing in the Charity choir, encouraged by family. My first performance was as part of the Wrexham Charity Choir concert, with the Fron choir in May 2016. The first time I stood on stage as part of the Fron was at Tern Hill in December of that year.
My favourite venue is Vienna Cathedral where we sang during our tour of Austria in 2018 but my favourite performance was winning the Male Voice Competition at Llangollen in 2018.
I work in agriculture, so hours can be awkward, but I would encourage anyone to join - you will meet like-minded people who love to sing and drink beer.
An interesting fact . . . I have a passion for motorbikes 

PaulJones.jpgPaul Jones

I joined the choir in July 2014 as I’ve always enjoyed music and was invited to a rehearsal by my friend Paul Owens from the 2nd Tenor section and it allows me to escape from the wife (Ha ha! NO! Seriously - I’m only joking )
My first performance was at the Christmas concert at Holy Trinity Church, Oswestry with Porthywaen Band
My favourite venue is, without doubt, the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme. I love the venue and its great atmosphere, but my favourite performance was at The Williams Aston Hall, Glyndwr University with the Three Tenors 2017 – awesome show!!! What a night!
I was a creamery worker for 30 years, worked for Dairy Crest, then for the First Milk Cheese Company
I would say to anyone thinking of joining: Give it a go! You never know, you might even enjoy it and you gain an extended family. Come and join your Brothers in Song – you won’t regret it . . .
An interesting fact . . . I recorded a CD at Sun Studios in Memphis, USA. The CD was an Elvis track called ‘Little Sister’ and I actually had Elvis’ recording engineer ( Sorry, not very interesting – but true)

RodMarch.jpgRod March

I joined the Fron in 2010 as the choir I then sang with was folding and I wanted to sing with a good choir. My first performance was at the St Francis of Assisi's Church, Bournville later that year.
I think my favourite venue to sing in has to be the New Vic Theatre in Newcastle-under-Lyme, but my favourite performance was the sell-out concert with the Three Welsh Tenors at the William Aston Hall, Wrexham in 2017.
If you think you might be interested in joining us do come along – it’s a great hobby.
Before I retired I was a CT scanner and IT technician and, whilst visiting the Science Museum in London, I came across a CT scanner I installed in the 1970s, just behind a giant dinosaur.
 

DavePreston.jpgDavid Preston

I first joined the choir in 1977 and am lucky to be one of the fortunate group of choristers to have won the Male Voice Competition on three separate occasions at Llangollen International Eisteddfod.
My favourite venues have been cathedrals, such as Maastricht, Milwaukee, Llandaff and Liverpool.
Highlights are all the memorable competition wins, both at home and abroad, including Athens and Malta. 
I am one of several to have proudly been in the choir over the years with a Dad also in the ranks.
 

MikeRichards.jpgMike Richards

I work for Wrexham Environmental and I joined the choir in January 2018. It was a new challenge for me. I love singing and enjoy being a part of this choir.
My first performance was at a wedding at The Albright Hussey Manor Hotel, June 2018
My favourite venue so far is the Llangollen International Eisteddfod and my favourite performance was winning there in 2018
I would say to any prospective member that singing in the choir is very enjoyable. You go to different places and meet lots of new people.

AlunSalisbury.jpgAlun Salisbury

Many years ago I stood by the coffee bar in the Cavern Club chatting to John Lennon (My only interesting thing, I’m afraid) but a few years later I was chatting to Tudor Evans (1st Tenor) and he asked me to give the Fron a try – and I’m still here! That was in 2014 and my first official performance with the choir was at the Mayor’s bash in Llangollen.
I love singing at the Williams Aston Hall in Wrexham. It is close to me and family and friends can come and support us. I have two favourite performances – winning the over 41 members section of the Cornwall International Male Voice Choral Festival in 2017 and the Male Voice Competition at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in 2018.
Join us – you will not regret it – we are a great band of brothers!
 

DennisWilliams.jpgDennis Williams

Before I retired I was an Engineer and held various managerial positions in the chemical industry and was also a technical college lecturer.
I joined the Fron when it was founded in August 1947 - I was a member of the youth club Choir, our leader took us all to the first meeting of the Fron Choir.
The Choir made its first public appearance in November 1947 at the St David’s Church Armistice service where we sang Laudamus.
We have sung at the Royal Albert Hall in London many times. I feel it has a special atmosphere.
We were sent to perform at the opening of Expo 86 in Vancouver. A highlight for me was singing in an amphitheatre overlooking the harbour and the beautiful city.
Singing is good for your health whilst also bringing joy and friendships.
An interesting fact . . . When I was a young boy living in the Aqueduct pub, my great uncle Billy Meredith, the famous Welsh International Footballer, visited the family. He presented me with a small football. I was delighted and gave it one kick and it disappeared into a nearby wood. It has never been seen again . . . mother was not best pleased!

1st Bass Voice RepRon Wilkinson

I’ve been a member of the Fron March 2009, after I retired as a Major from the Army. I love singing and that was my first real opportunity since I was head boy chorister in my home church!! Merchant Navy and Army careers gave little opportunity.
My first performance was with Ann Atkinson in October 2009. Can’t remember the venue . . . but my favourite venue is the New Vic Theatre, Stoke
To anyone expressing enjoyment of singing, come along to a practice, take a simple voice test and join a good crowd of guys enjoying a common interest.
I was very lucky to join a top choir, proven by the very high standard of performance, resulting in great popularity and world sales of CDs.