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.
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 is studying on the Vocal and Opera course at the Royal Welsh
College of Music and Drama under the tuition of renowned Tenor, Adrian Thompson alongside his studies as an accompanist with Michael Pollock.
The Inaugural Welsh Association of Male Choirs Layton Watkins Accompanist Award Winner, Joseph made his debut at the Royal Albert Hall in May 2018, as guest accompanist of the Festival of Massed Male Choirs.
Alongside his studies, Joseph is a former Organ and Choral Scholar at The Metropolitan Cathedral of St David, Cardiff and now sings on the Back Row with the choir of Llandaff Cathedral. As Organ Scholar, he accompanied the choir for all the main Cathedral events, highlights of which included a performance for HRH the Prince of Wales in December 2016, a live broadcast on BBC Radio 4 to an estimated audience of 1.5 million, a performance in the historic Gonville and Caius College Chapel, Cambridge and playing the part of Judas in Llandaff Choral Societies’ Performance of Bach St Matthew Passion. Joseph was also a Choral Scholar at Nazareth House Chapel, Cardiff and a Student Choral Scholar with the BBC National Chorus of Wales, performing works including; Handel’s Messiah, Daphnis and Chloe (Ravel), Belshazzar’s Feast (Walton), Bruckner’s Four Motets and Bach St John’s Passion. During the Autumn of 2017, Joseph was a Semi-finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Bursary Award, a prestigious competition for young singers and was also honoured to be selected as the official page-turner for the Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize Final.
A versatile and experienced accompanist, Joseph is the principle Accompanist of Cardiff Arms Park Male Voice Choir, the Welsh Musical Theatre Orchestra, Cor Caerdydd, ReChoir, Class Act Musical Theatre School and is associate accompanist of Neath Male Voice Choir. For 5 years he was principal accompanist of Neath Polyphonic Choir and was the accompanist for Neath Port Talbot College Big Band and its Orchestra, alongside his studies. Joseph has also accompanied nationally renowned soloists and instrumentalists alike including; James Mainwaring (West End Musician), Angharad Morgan, Richard Allen, and Laura Armstrong and also has a wealth of musical theatre experience, as principal pianist for shows including; ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, ‘One Night up West’ (excerpts from Matilda, Children of Eden, Dogfight, Les Miserables, Whistle Down the Wind), ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’, ‘Oliver’, ‘Gypsy’ and ‘The Wizard Of Oz’. Joseph was honoured to be appointed as the official accompanist for the 2017 Wales Festival of Remembrance in St David’s Hall, playing alongside the Band of the Welsh Guards.
Joseph began his choral training at St. David's Church Choir, Neath, as a young treble aged just 9. Continuing his training there as a Tenor, he gained the coveted Royal School of Church Music Bronze and Silver Awards and was awarded the position of Area Consultant for the Royal School of Church Music for South East Wales. Through his work with the choir, he sang in three BBC Radio Wales Celebration Recordings and performed with the choir on BBC 1’s ‘Katherine Jenkins: A Girl From Neath.’
Joseph was a member of the Welsh choir, 'Only Boys Aloud' for 7 years, from its creation in 2010 by Tim Rhys-Evans. Highlights included: placing 3rd in Britain’s Got Talent 2012, performing for the Queen and Royal Family in the grounds of Buckingham Palace for the Coronation Festival 2013 and performing at the Royal Opening of the Senedd in 2015, for the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. As a soloist with the choir, he performed for HRH Prince Andrew at the Welsh Mental Health Arts Festival and sang with the choir on their best-selling album ‘Only Boys Aloud’, as well as Jonathan & Charlotte’s album ‘Together’ and Only Men Aloud’s Christmas album ‘In Festive Mood’. Joseph has performed on a variety of television programmes with the choir, including; the Only Boys Aloud documentary series, Highlights of the Eisteddfod and the Coronation Festival Concert on BBC One, BBC Songs Of Praise, Blue Peter and Stepping Out with Katherine Jenkins. In 2014 and again in 2016 he gained a place in the prestigious ‘Principality Only Boys Aloud Academy’, a week’s intensive choral music course held in Atlantic College with mentorship from industry professionals including, Ruth Jones (Gavin & Stacey) and choreographer Jonathan Butterell (West End & Broadway Director).
Joseph is honoured to be supported on his professional journey by Pelenna Male Voice Choir's Bursary Award for Talented Musicians, Neath Port Talbot College's Cultural Scholarship Award, the St Elli Masonic Lodge Bursary Award and by Loud Applause Rising Stars, of which Joseph was made a member in Autumn 2016.
Chairman: David James | Vice Chairman: Ray Guy
Treasurer: Richard Hodgson
Secretary: Gary Morgan
Committee: Clive Jones | Garth Baker | Rob Davies | Trevor Hopkins
Choir Marshal: Les Stamp
John D Williams