1947 - 1970
Lloyd Edwards, a local piano teacher, was appointed as the first conductor of the Fron on its foundation in 1947 and became the driving force behind the choir.
Under Lloyd Edwards, the Fron went on to win major choral competitions and gained a reputation for excellence at home and abroad.
Lloyd Edwards died when still relatively young. He had been a wonderful conductor for 20 years.
He was very persuasive, never got agitated, and therefore achieved the results he wanted. He worked tirelessly to improve the quality of the Choir and was justifiably proud of the second position that the Choir achieved under his baton in the very competitive Male Voice Choir Competition at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod.
With the tragic loss of Lloyd Edwards, the Choir took a big risk and appointed a twenty-one-year-old student at the Manchester School of Music, John Daniel.
John possessed a good bass voice and was an excellent pianist, and what he learned in Manchester about voice production came back to benefit the Choir.
The gamble paid off handsomely as John took the Choir to our first ever win at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod and, in the same year to first prize in the national Eisteddfod - known as 'The Double!' He also gave the Choir it's second Llangollen win ten years later, in 1987.
John had an international outlook, taking the Choir to Germany and Canada with Vancouver being a popular place to visit.
Eventually, John decided to move on and concentrate more on his young family and teaching career. He is still associated with the Choir and is held in very high esteem by all the members.
1991 - 2002
When John Daniel left the Choir appointed its first lady conductor, Val Jones.
Val is a graduate of the London School of Music and is an excellent pianist and musician. She hails from Berriew, near Welshpool.
The Choir was extremely lucky to find a person of Val's calibre so quickly after John's departure. Val has very high standards and, in 1994, took the choir to its third win in the Male Voice Competition at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod.
Val was responsible for many competition successes, including wins at the Huddersfield Choral Festival and the Malta International Choir Festival in the same year, followed a couple of years later by taking the Gold Medal at the Athens International Choral Festival singing a piece in Greek, aptly titled 'The Greek Fisherman.'
Val also took the choir abroad, touring Germany and the Netherlands, Northern Spain, Chicago and Wisconsin, USA, and back to Canada to tour Toronto and Niagra.
In 2002 the Choir appointed its second lady conductor, Ann Atkinson from up the Dee valley in Corwen.
Ann graduated from the University of Wales as a teacher and then went on to the Royal Academy of Music, London. She has a fine singing voice and sung with all the leading Opera Companies.
In the following few years Ann took the Choir on a successful tour of Southern Spain
and lead the Choir to win First Prize at the Harmonie Festival in Limburg, Germany. She lead successful tours to Germany, Cyprus and Barcelona, as well as leading the Choir during one of its most exciting phases, the major recording contract with Universal Music. Ann conducted the Choir during the tour of some of the great venues in the U.K.
Ann was at the baton for four of the five 'Voices of the Valley' CDs and the 'Voices of the Valley - Live' DVD and also appeared as soloist.