Owen Maelor Roberts
Owen M Roberts attended Ruabon Boys’ Grammar School and the Normal College, Bangor. In 1970 he gained an ARCM diploma in School Music and went on to teach at schools in Gobowen and Coedpoeth.
Owen joined Cefn Mawr Operatic Society where he became Musical Director and took leading roles. In 1983 he started a small mixed choir – Choral Variations – which he still conducts today. Around this time, he was also appointed as accompanist to Fron Choir.
Owen accompanied the Fron on several tours abroad and joined them in celebrating numerous successes in competitions. He eventually relinquished the position of Accompanist due to pressure of work. However, when he retired from teaching, he was invited back to the Fron as deputy to their then Musical Director, Ann Atkinson. He went on to play a key role in the success of the choir's CDs, which they made with Universal.
In 2014 he was invited to direct the Côr Glyndŵr (mixed choir) in Wrexham. With them he has conducted Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man, Faure's Requiem, Gounod's St. Cecilia Mass and Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle.
Owen continues as Deputy Musical Director of the Fron under the current Musical Director, Leigh Mason. He also serves a valuable role as Accompanist when the Principal Accompanist, Jason Ellis, is unavailable. He is also Organist and Choirmaster at Llangollen Parish Church and is much in demand to accompany singers and instrumentalists.
A fluent Welsh speaker, Owen plays a vital role in the choir by coaching and supporting the non-Welsh speaking choristers with their pronunciation of the language.