BA PGCE ALCM LTCL AIOSH CMILT
With both parents being music teachers, it was inevitable that Huw would pursue a career in music. Having graduated from Liverpool University, he undertook teacher training at Bretton Hall and taught secondary music for 18 years. During this period he was also a Lay Clerk at Chester Cathedral and regularly appeared as a soloist throughout Wales and the North West as well as singing in a number of prestigious choirs such as the Vale Royal Singers and Canzonetta.
From conducting numerous school ensembles, he progressed to adult choirs and has at various times been Musical Director of Halton Youth Choir, the Liverpool Metropolitan Opera, Grosvenor Choir, Waverton Singers and The City of Chester Male Voice Choir.
After leaving teaching, Huw has specialized in Driver Training and has worked as an ADI, writing two highly successful books for the AA Driving School, and as an HGV Driver Trainer.
Having previously been Assistant MD of Côr Meibion y Fflint from 2000, Huw took over as MD in 2006 until 2016, when family and work commitments had to take priority. He is delighted to have been asked to raise the baton again with CMYF.
B.Mus, FRCO, Dip RAM, LRAM, ARCM
Christopher began organ studies with the late Geoffrey Knowles at the Parish Churches of Mold and Treuddyn, Flintshire. He graduated in Music from the University of Sheffield with a B.Mus honours degree, where he was the recipient of the Sir Henry Coward Organ Scholarship.
He was the first organist to win an award from the Ryan Davies Memorial Trust, continuing his organ studies with Peter Hurford at the Royal Academy of Music where he won many awards including the WJ Kipps award twice, the Recital Diploma Dip RAM, LRAM, ARCM and FRCO. He also won the HJC Stevens organ scholarship at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, broadcasting live on Radio 4. He won first prize in the Bach Class in the West of England Organ Festival in Bath Abbey and later studied in Paris with Marie-Claire Alain, winning the Gold Medal in the Preparatoire Superieure Class.
He has performed in venues across the United Kingdom as well as in the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Austria, and Italy including St Peter’s Basilica, Rome. Formally accompanist for Reading Phoenix Choir, he appeared with them on BBC1, BBC2, Radio 2 and live on Radio 4. His playing has featured on the BBC’s Songs of Praise, Dechrau Canu, Sunday Half Hour, Morning Worship, Silent Witness and Desert Island Discs. He has accompanied the choirs and soloists at the male voice choir festivals at the Royal Albert Hall.
His organ playing has entertained the audiences at Llangollen International Eisteddfod and he has played at London’s numerous Welsh churches. He has twice conducted the combined choirs at the Annual National Seafarers’ Service at St Paul’s Cathedral in the presence of the Princess Royal. He is the accompanist for Flint Male Voice Choir and the Sirenian Singers, Wrexham and has been the resident organist of St Asaph Cathedral since August 2018.