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Graham Burgess

Before I took early retirement I was a product manager at Kronospan and now am happy as a part-time delivery driver.
I joined the choir in October 2012 as the band I had been singing in for several years called it a day and I missed singing. My first performance was on  March 13th, St. Alkmund’s Church, in Whitchurch
I think my favourite venue is the church where we sang in Mondsee, Austria, where the marriage was filmed for the ‘Sound of Music’ but my favourite performance would have to be winning the Llangollen international Eisteddfod 2018.
As a member you will find it impossible not to enjoy a performance
An interesting fact . . . I first sang with the choir 45 years ago as guest artist in a concert – I was a boy soprano.

BarryClarke.jpgBarry Clarke

I am a retired engineer and joined the Fron in March 1990 after being taken by my daughter’s father-in-law and enjoyed what I heard and saw. My first performance was at the Pontrhydfendigaid Eisteddfod in that year.
The New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme is my favourite venue in this country, but I also liked singing in Milwaukee Cathedral in Wisconsin.
My favourite performance was winning the Male Voice Section at the 1994 Llangollen International Eisteddfod and winning the Malta Music Festival.
Come along and listen – join for the involvement and camaraderie with members who make you most welcome.
An interesting fact . . . I have seen most of the world while in the Navy but now nice to see the interior of countries also.
 

MatthewHayward.jpg Matthew Hayward

I’m currently a fulltime student in Staffordshire university completing an MA in Social work. I started in the Fron as a 2nd Tenor back in 2004, but have been in 1st  Bass and now sing in Bottom Bass. My Great Grandfather, Gethin Williams, was a founder member of the Fron, so I have a family connection, but also my old music teacher in school was John Daniels, once Musical Director of the choir, who encouraged me to find my love for music and singing. My first performance as a full member of the choir was at the William Aston Hall, Wrexham in November 2004.
So many weird and wonderful venues that will always stay with me, including: A cowshed in Corwen, The Symphony Hall, Birmingham, The Sage, Gateshead, The many impromptu flash mobs in New York, especially those on a Staten Island ferry and bringing Time Square to a standstill, Wieliczka Salt Mine in Krakow, where we sang in a cathedral entirely made of salt and most recently all the venues we sang in Austria.
My favourite performances have been at Prince Charles' 60th birthday, all the performances we have had in the Albert Hall and the tour venues of 2007/2008.
We are much more than a brotherhood in song so do join us.
An interesting fact . . . I sang War Songs with Rowan Atkinson!
 

Neil Hayward with Llangollen Trophy.jpgNeil Hayward

I worked for 20 years at Trinity Mirror Newspapers as a typesetter and then media planner / outputter. The love of singing is the reason I joined the Fron in November 2005! I have been in choirs since I was 12. My son joined first (my wife’s grandfather was a founder member, so there was no other Male Voice Choir to join).
My first performance was at St. Asaph Cathedral early in 2006 – the piano went out of tune, so we had to sing a lot of items unaccompanied that I did not know, and we had NOT rehearsed!
There are so many wonderful places that we have performed at but my favourite venues are, in no particular order, The Royal International Pavilion, Llangollen, The Royal Albert Hall, The Tower of London and the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
As for performances, again there are a lot but singing at the  Festival of Remembrance in 2009 – standing in the auditorium as poppies fell from above, singing in front of 60,000 plus at The Millennium Stadium for the Wales vs Ireland six nations game and, of course, winning the Male Voice Competition at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod​​​​ in 2018 stand out.  Winning the competitions in Derry and Cornwall is also up there as is,  leaving aside competitions, singing to family and friends at a concert in the William Aston Hall, Wrexham.
Don’t hesitate in joining us, I regret not joining when I first moved to Wrexham in 1991, one of the reasons being was that I thought not being Welsh I would struggle with the language and another reason was I did not think I was good enough (this still may be the case, but I love it anyway).
An interesting fact . . . I was born in Ormskirk Hospital, Lancashire but when I moved to Wrexham I discovered that my paternal grandfather was from Ellesmere and my maternal great-grandfather (James Wynn) was from Rhosymedre (close to our rehearsals in Acrefair School).
 

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My main occupation was Environmental Health Officer/ Surveyor but latterly until 2015 I was the Town Clerk for Chirk. I joined the Fron Choir in September 1956. My brother-in-law Travis Griffiths persuaded me to join, he was an original member. My first performance was at the Village Hall in Glyndyfrdwy. The generator failed during the concert with Mr Lloyd Edwards and his son Berwyn conducting and accompanying by candlelight.

There are too many favourite venues over the years but the Albert Hall, London, the Roy Thompson Hall, Toronto, the Sage Theatre, Gateshead, the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, London Festival Hall are just a few that have special memories.

I have a lot of favourite performances to choose from but Llangollen Eisteddfod competitions from the beginning and winning performances must be up there plus the Christmas concerts at the New Vic and the Toronto Bi-Centenary concerts at the Roy Thompson Hall and all our tours here and abroad and the many, many more that have stirred the heart.

For a wonderful pastime come and join a famous male choir and enjoy the company of a very friendly group of men in making music and song along with exceptional social pleasure.

An interesting fact . . . I still have the original Choir black blazer - but it doesn’t fit too well now!!

 

Vice ChairmanDavid Jones

I was a secondary school teacher but now I'm retired, and I joined the Fron in 1985. I had been living in Basingstoke but when I moved up here with work, my 15 year-old brother-in-law, who was a member of the Fron, asked me to give him a lift to choir practice. After about three practices I was asked to sit in. It was amazing, and I joined. I think my first performance was at Plas Madoc Leisure Centre's big Sports Hall.
There are so many venues that I love but I do enjoy concerts that are sold out, the atmosphere is electric and the audience are there to enjoy themselves. However, as a rugby fanatic, walking on the pitch at the Millennium Stadium, to sing the Anthems before the Wales v Ireland Rugby game, has to be my favourite performance!
Come along and join the choir - you will never regret it. I shall be forever grateful to my brother-in-law for persuading me to give him a lift to practice.
An interesting fact . . . I trained as a woodwork teacher and my first teaching job was as a woodwork teacher. When I ended my teaching career I was head of the ICT department, ICT coordinator and eLearning coordinator in a secondary school. What a change!
 

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I am an aircraft fitter and sheet metal worker, making wings for Airbus, and I initially joined the Wrexham Charity MVC, formed in January 2016 to raise awareness and funds to combat prostate cancer.  Once we had sung in the final concert in the following May, alongside the mighty Fron, it seemed natural to carry on and join the choir. My first official appearance as a full member of the choir was the Christmas concert at Tern Hill Hall Hotel in December of that year.
My favourite venue is the Dom Cathedral in Salzburg where we sang, inside and outside, during our trip to Austria in 2018 but I have two favourite performances – the first was singing in the Charity Choir alongside the Fron and the second was being part of the Fron when we won the Male Voice competition at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in 2018.
The Fron is much more than a choir – it is an extended family, so why not come and join us?
An interesting fact – a duck quack is the only sound that doesn’t echo

TrevorWilford.jpgTrevor Wilford

I am a retired Shift Manager at Cadbury’s, Chirk.
I originally auditioned for membership in 1968 under Lloyd Edwards because I had a love of music, but I didn’t actually join until 1992 when John Daniel was conductor!!
The New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme is my favourite venue to sing at but winning the open competition at the Malta International Music has to be my favourite performance.
 

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I work as a Financial Controller and joined the Fron in May 2016. I enjoy choral singing and was part of the Wrexham Charity Choir formed to raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer research so became a member after singing in the charity concert with the Fron.
My first performance as part of the Fron was at St Mary’s Church, Bridgnorth later that year but my favourite venue is the Royal Albert Hall where I sang when I was a member of the Police Choir.
My favourite performance with the Fron has to be winning the Male Voice competition at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in 2018.
If you are interested in singing, join the Fron – It’s great fun and a wonderful way to relax!
 

KeithWilliamsB2.jpgKeith Williams

I am a Psychologist by training and qualification, currently making a living tutoring and running courses. I joined the Fron in 2016 after being persuaded to be part of Wrexham Charity Choir by my dad who also sings Bottom Bass in the Fron. My first official performance was at Hamilton Street Methodist Church, Hoole, Chester in September 2016.
St Peter’s Cathedral, Vienna, Austria is my favourite venue we have performed at because it is an incredible building with an immense reverb but also because of the sound we made after the adversity we overcame to get there.
Singing in the Choir of the World competition after winning the male Voice prize at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in 2018 has to be my favourite performance.
Being part of the Fron is a lot of fun. People are much more interested in helping you improve rather than knocking you down. It is hard work which is part of the fun, and there is no experience to match when that hard work pays off in performance. You need to be a team player, but it is wonderful!
An interesting fact . . . I enjoy playing guitar and hold a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Shorin Ryū Karate!
 

ChairmanRoger Williams

I am an International Sales Manager for a British amplifier company, covering SE Asia, West Asia, Africa, Russia, Europe & North America.
I joined the choir in January 2013 basically because my wife said I needed a hobby. I love singing. David Preston suggested I should join when we were in the pub on New Year’s Eve 2012.
My first performance was the opening concert of Llangollen International Eisteddfod in 2013
My favourite venue is probably The New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, but also the Church in Mondsee, with a truly wonderful reverb. We sang there during our trip to Austria in 2018. The church is where the marriage was filmed for ‘The Sound of Music’
I have a few favourite performances but winning three first prizes at the 2017 Cornwall International Male Voice Choral Festival and then winning the Male Voice Competition at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod the following year stand out.
Joining the choir was the best thing I’ve done since the kids were born! It’s one of the best feelings in the world to sing with a group of mates! So come and have a go . . .
Having my son in the choir is also wonderful. We are one of two father and son teams in the Bottom Bass section and there is another in First Bass.
An interesting fact . . . I’ve been lucky enough to travel a lot of the world but still live less than 20 metres from where my parents lived when I was born!
 

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I have always loved music. As a young man I joined my local village choir and actually competed against The Fron in 1986 at the North Wales Choral Festival! The Fron came first, singing what is still my favourite piece, Lazy Bones. My choir came runner up. I also competed against The Fron when they won the Male Voice section at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in 1987 and that performance stayed with me; I wanted to experience what it would be like to win first prize at such a prestigious event.
I had the opportunity to join in 1988 and went for it, making my debut in St. David’s Hall Cardiff. When work moved me out of the area some years later, I had to leave the choir, when I returned to this area my wife and I were watching the annual service of remembrance from the Royal Albert Hall in 2009 and on came The Fron. I loved the performance so much that I re-joined the following Monday and haven’t looked back since.
I am now the tour manager and love arranging our next adventure. Being naturally shy(!) approaching the Dom Cathedral in Salzburg requesting a concert was a challenge but they went for it and I was so chuffed when that gig came off. Also, only a few days earlier in Vienna where we packed St Peter’s Church and received a standing ovation which, apparently, just doesn’t happen! Touring with the choir is special...on holiday with 60 odd mates!
My favourite venue has to be our annual gig at the New Vic Theatre in Newcastle-under-Lyme and my favourite performance to date was our winning set in Llangollen when I finally found out what winning there felt like, albeit it took me 31 years!