About the Choir
Tabernacl Choir was formed soon after the opening of the new chapel building in 1990 and initially presented concerts annually under the direction of Mr Aldwyn Humphreys. Following Mr Humphreys’ death in 1994, Dr Kevin Adams took over as the musical director of the choir, a position he held for twenty years, retiring in July 2014. Matthew Nash was appointed as his successor, commencing in September 2014.
The choir’s forty or so members include chapel members and also other choristers from the Bridgend area. Rehearsals and concerts are usually held at the Tabernacl Chapel, Derwen Road, Bridgend. The choir performs music from a broad repertoire including classical and modern choral works, songs from musicals, folk song arrangements and contemporary pop songs.
Major works performed in recent years include Spirit of England and The Black Knight (Elgar), Requiem (Faure), Messiah (Handel), Elijah (Mendelssohn), Gloria (Poulenc), and works by Rutter, Rossini, Dvorák and Karl Jenkins. The choir has been supported in these performances by young vocal soloists and regularly has an orchestra consisting mainly of local teachers and students.
The choir has held an annual Christmas concert for a number of years, with local school choirs also taking part. Some of these concerts have managed to raise considerable sums of money for various local and national charities. In 2015 the choir invited the RAF St Athan Voluntary Band to join with them in the Christmas concert, a partnership which continued for the 2016 Summer and Christmas concerts. The choir also performed with the Pontyclun-based Minnesingers, to raise funds for the National Eisteddfod when it was held in the Vale of Glamorgan, and have shared the stage with The Chorale du Lac in concerts in Bridgend and Villenave d'Ornon near Bordeaux. Villenave is twinned with Bridgend.
About the Conductor
Matthew Nash is a graduate o Bristol University with a First Class B.A. Hons. degree in Music, followed by an M.A. (Distinction). He is now a free-lance musician living in Broadlands, Bridgend, combining work as a piano teacher and accompanist with a conducting career. More details can be found on his website, www.matthewbnash.co.uk and under the News section of the choir's website.
About the Accompanist
GLENN CROOKS was a member of the West Glamorgan Youth Choir and Orchestra. He won an organ scholarship to Oriel College, Oxford, and later obtained an MA in Performing Arts at University College, Cardiff. Since returning to South Wales, Glenn has accompanied many local choirs and is currently organist at St. Samlet’s Church, Llansamlet. As well as the Tabernacl choir, he is also the accompanist for Cor Bro Ogwr, Swansea Bach Choir, the Porthcawl Savoyards, and guests for the London Welsh Chorale.