Cardiff Arms Park Male Choir
Frank Hennessy (born 2 February 1947) is a Welsh folk singer and radio presenter.
Born into Cardiff's Irish community, Hennessy was used to performing in front of his family by the time his father gave him a guitar aged 13. Although an apprentice at the time at an electrical contractor, after winning Cardiff Council's 1966 "Spotlight on Youth" talent competition with friend Dave Burns, the pair were persuaded to go professional under the name The Hennessys.
They relocated to Ireland and developed their sound with Paul Powell. As all three were Welsh, they developed a more Welsh sound and Welsh language base, creating local favourites "Farewell to the Rhondda" (about the decline of the mining industry in Wales and its social consequences), "Tiger Bay" (about emigration from Tiger Bay, the Dockland district of Cardiff) and the capital's anthem "Cardiff Born."
Hennessy's own musical compositions have been recorded by a wide range of artists such as The Furies, Foster and Allen, Ar Log, Daniel O'Donnell, Diarmuid O'Leary and the Bards and Max Boyce. One of his songs brought Hennessy a number one slot in the Irish Charts when Daniel O'Donnell recorded The Old Dungarvan Oak, a version of Hennessy's The Old Carmarthen Oak.
Hennessy took a break from the music industry in the early 1970s to get married and have a family. In 1978 he was asked to present a programme for the new Cardiff independent radio station CBC, a role he greatly enjoyed. After CBC's collapse and takeover, in 1984, BBC Radio Wales invited Hennessy to act as a stand-in presenter.
He also created and presented television programmes including Frank Hennessy's Ireland (2000); Way Out West (1998) (tracing the roots of Cajun, Appalachian and Cape Breton music); and Way Down Under, which took a Celtic look at the music and culture of Australia.
Hennessy currently presents BBC Radio Wales' award-winning folk roots and acoustic music show Celtic Heartbeat and for many years co-hosted the Sunday evening programme I'll Show You Mine with rugby union legend Ray Gravell until his death in 2007. Gravell was replaced by singer Amy Wadge.
Vice President and Accompanist
David has performed worldwide as a musical director and accompanist, and is well respected as an orchestrator and arranger. He has performed in New Zealand, Australia, the USA, South Africa, Chile, the Falkland Islands, Argentina, Cyprus, France, Germany, Belgium, Canada, Spain, Gibraltar, Jersey, Ireland, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Poland, Hong Kong and on a cruise around the Baltic region, including performances in Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall, New York.
David rejoined Pontarddulais Male Choir as principal accompanist in 2012, previously having accompanied the choir between 2001 and 2007. He has accompanied them to victory at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod and three wins at the Royal National Eisteddfod. He was accompanist for the British and Irish Lions Male Choir, and accompanied them on both piano and organ in both Sydney Opera House (2005) and Sydney Town Hall (2013), as well as venues around the UK, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia.
In 2008 he accompanied a massed male choir and Bryn Terfel on both piano and organ at Carnegie Hall, New York, and he has also accompanied Morriston Orpheus, London Welsh and Wessex male choirs, Katherine Jenkins, Beverley Humphreys, Shân Cothi, Sian Hopkins, Anthony Stuart Lloyd, Rebecca Evans and, shortly before the Grand Slam of 2005, the Welsh rugby team. He also worked alongside Dr Haydn James with the 2017 British and Irish Lions squad.
David was musical director of Cardiff Arms Park Male Choir between 2001 and 2016, and musical director of Dowlais Male Choir between 2007 and 2012. He has conducted massed choir events at St David’s Hall, the Wales Millennium Centre and Symphony Hall, Birmingham, taken charge of three hundred musicians from eight different countries for six performances in front of audiences up to 20,000 at the Festival Interceltique Lorient, conducted live on BBC Grandstand, at the Millennium Stadium and on the Champs Élysées. He has conducted Hayley Westenra, Peter Karrie, Max Boyce, the Cory Band and the Welsh Sinfonia, though sadly not all at the same time.
David is Course Leader for Performing Arts at the University of Gloucestershire and lectures in voice and musical theatre as well as musically directing their performances. He has composed a number of full-scale musicals in addition to his numerous arrangements and orchestrations.
Originally from Anglesey, Ieuan moved to Cardiff to study music at the University of Cardiff, where he received an honours degree. During his studies, he became an organ scholar at Dewi Sant church and is now Musical Director and choirmaster there.
He is also the Musical Director of the Cardiff Arms Park Male Choir.
Ieuan is also a busy accompanist for many soloist and choirs, including Côr Heol-y-March, Morriston Orpheus Choir and Côrdydd. During the last ten years he has enjoyed considerable success at numerous choir competitions, including Children’s Choir of the World at Llangollen, and Choir of Wales on S4C’s Côr Cymru.
As an accompanist Ieuan has travelled Great Britain extensively and also toured Ireland, France, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Spain, Italy, Canada and New York where he performed at Carnegie Hall.
He is also looking foward to tour New Zealand as the conductor of the British and Irish Lion Male Choir.
His other musical interests include playing the ukulele, and entertaining audiences with his talent as a yodeller.
Born in Neath, Joseph graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with a first-class honours degree in Vocal and Opera performance. He now studies at the Royal Academy of Music on the MA Piano Accompaniment Course with Michael Dussek and Joseph Middleton. Joseph is the Founder of Music In Hospices - a charity aiming to bring the joy of live music to Hospice and Palliative Care Settings, providing families lifelong memories through music. Find out more about the charity through our website: www.musicinhospices.org.uk.
Described as ‘a rare breed of accompanist, exquisitely sympathetic to the needs of a soloist,' Joseph has received numerous awards for both his accompanying and singing including; the Layton Watkins Memorial Award, the Richard Harris Memorial Award, the Veal Award for Outstanding Musicianship, the St Elli Masonic Lodge Bursary Award, the Llanelli Grammar School Old Boys and Graig Former Pupils Association Bursary Award and the Margaret George Memorial Scholar- ship. He was also a finalist in the Eleri Evans Memorial Accompanists Award and is the only musician in the competition’s history to compete as a finalist in the Junior Kathleen Ferrier Awards as both a singer and accompanist: achieving second place in the Dennis Horner Accompaniment Prize and winning the Norma Proctor Song prize with his duo partner.
Joseph is the accompanist of Only Boys Aloud, Only Kids Aloud, Cor Caerdydd, Cardiff Arms Park Male Voice Choir, ReChoir and a keys player with the Welsh Musical Theatre Orchestra. Joseph made his debut at the Royal Albert Hall in May 2018, as guest accompanist of the Festival of Massed Male Choirs. Other notable performances include working as the official accompanist for Wales’ Festival of Remembrance and as the official accompanist for Sir Karl Jenkins’ 75th Birthday Concert at St David’s Hall, Cardiff. A former Organ Scholar at the Metropolitan Cathedral of St David, Cardiff, Joseph accompanied the choir for all the main Cathedral events, highlights of which included a performance for HRH the Prince of Wales and a live broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
A talented ensemble singer, Joseph was successful in obtaining a place as one of five tenors (out of two hundred applicants) in Harry Christophers' The Sixteen Young Artist Scheme "Genesis Sixteen" for 2019/2020 working with Harry Christophers, Eamon Dougan, Mary King and members of the Sixteen in the full choir, smaller consorts and during 1-1 vocal sessions.
Alongside his studies he has held positions at Llandaff Cathedral, St David’s Metropolitan Cathedral and the Cardiff Oratory and was also a Choral Scholar with the BBC National Chorus of Wales. Joseph was a founding member of the Welsh choir, 'Only Boys Aloud' and sang with the choir on in Britain’s Got Talent and in performances for; the Queen and Royal Family in Buckingham Palace for the Coronation Festival, the Royal Opening of the Senedd for the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall and for HRH Prince Andrew at the Welsh Mental Health Arts Festival.
Joseph has been an active member of RWCMD and performed the lead role in 'The Amazing Ad- ventures of Alvin Alegretto' in collaboration with Welsh National Opera's Outreach department, performed in the Chorus for the college's 70th anniversary opera gala (Carlo Rizzi) and worked as a répétiteur for college projects including, The Gondoliers (Alice Farnham), The Magic Flute (Gareth Jones), RWCMD's Opera gala 2018 (James Southall), BMus 4 Opera Scenes combined with accompanying weekly language, performance and drama classes and performing in masterclasses for; Adrian Thompson, James Gilchrist, John Fisher, Suzanne Murphy, Elizabeth Atherton, Lorna Anderson, Donald Maxwell, Simon Lepper and Malcolm Martineau.
Joseph is a passionate believer that music should be accessible for all and was overjoyed to be accepted onto the Live Music Now scheme during 2019. He has performed at charity events for organisations which include Barclays, Clifford Chance, Bloodwise, Childline, Cancer Research, The International Women’s Forum, Cardiff Blues, Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons, Bobath Cymru, European Society of Criminology, Royal Military Police and David Lloyd Clubs.
Chairman: Gareth Matthewson
Vice Chairman: Ray Guy
Secretary: Gary Morgan
Assistant Secretary: John Davies
Treasurer: Richard Hodgson
Committee: Clive Jones | Chris Molcher | Trevor Hopkins | Rob Davies | Gary Lukins
Choir Marshal: Les Stamp