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Musical Team

 

Hannah Mitchell                                            

Hannah Mitchell : Musical Director

Hannah is an honours graduate of Exeter University and post-graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.  She began studying with her mother at Hebron Piano School in Aberdare and in her early years competed in the South Glamorgan Festival for Young Musicians where she won many awards. In 2005, Hannah obtained her ABRSM performance diploma before graduating from Exeter.

During her period at Cardiff, she studied with Michael Young and took part in master classes with Bernard Roberts, Penelope Roskel, Leon McCawley and Boris Berman. She has won prizes at several national and international competitions and is now a teacher as well as performer.

Hannah is also Musical Director of Tonyrefail Ladies Choir and Côr Meibion Abercynon Choir and she forms part of the flute and piano duo, Tranquillo.

Andrew Chinnock : Musical Accompanist

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

Andrew was appointed Musical Accompanist of Côr Meibion Abercynon in September 2012.  

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.   

                                   Andrew Chinnock                                                                
                         Alun Caffery                                       

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.