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Musical Team

 

Andrew Chinnock         

Andrew Chinnock : Musical Director

Andrew was appointed Musical Accompanist of Côr Meibion Abercynon in September 2012, and became Musical Director in May 2017.

Andrew has over 20 years experience as a choral and solo accompanist, church organist and band keyboard player.  

In addition, Andrew is the accompanist for Kenfig Hill Male Voice Choir, a position he first started in 1995. With assistance from the choir, he helped found the youth choir ‘Crescendo’. He is also their accompanist.

Andrew worked as a musical assistant in a primary school for six years where he also set up and established a school choir.

Andrew is currently a peripatetic piano teacher and also assists in the music department at Cynffig Comprehensive School with the school orchestra and choir.                                                                                      

Alun Caffery : President

Alun Caffery lives in Nelson but originally came from nearby Cilfynydd, a village with a reputation for producing outstanding musical talent such as Howard Jones,
Sir Geraint Evans and Stuart
 Burrows. 

For many years, Alun has been established as a local musician of repute and his talents as a choral conductor are equally matched by those as a pianist, organist and conductor. He has been associated with choral music for many years, having conducted Gymanfa Ganu and several choirs before rejoining Abercynon in July 1998.

A founder member of Côr Meibion Abercynon, Alun retired as Musical Director in 2012 and continues to sing in the Bass section of the choir, occasionally returning to the baton when the need arises.

        Alun Caffery                   

Cheuky photo 2 

 

 

Cheuky Chan

Raised in Christchurch, New Zealand, Cheuky Chan completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Répétiteur
and Accompaniment at the Wales International Academy of Voice in 2017, and was awarded the Keith Laugesen
Music Scholarship the same year.
 

She was a NZ Opera’s Freemasons Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist between 2013-14. Prior to that,
she completed a Master of Music with distinction (2006), a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature (2008),
and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (2011) at the University of Canterbury, as well as
Postgraduate Studies in Piano at Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar, Germany (2008).

She was the recipient of the University of Canterbury’s Masters Scholarship in 2005 and the Leslie Atkinson
Memorial Prize in Music (2003)

She has performed alongside Dame Malvina Major in numerous Dame Malvina Major Foundation fundraising galas,
and with Plácido Domingo & Katherine Jenkins, in “A Night to Remember - Charity Concert” for the Christchurch
Earthquake. In 2015 she was a faculty accompanist for the IFAC Handa New Zealand Singing School.

Cheuky has performed at the NZ Embassy in Berlin, as well as in numerous concerts as part of the Christchurch
Symphony Orchestra, the International Akaroa Music Festival, and NZ Opera.

Since moving to the UK in 2016, Cheuky has accompanied the Welsh Comrades Male Choir on tour to Malta,
and the UK Lions Rugby Male Choir on tour to New Zealand. She is currently based in Cardiff.