ABOUT TABERNACL 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.

Matthew Nash – Conductor

Tabernacl’s choirmaster, Matthew Nash, is originally from Bristol, but now lives in Bridgend.  He graduated in Music at University of Bristol with a First Class Honours degree, followed by an MA in Composition (Distinction).

As a free-lance musician, Matthew is in demand as a conductor and pianist.  As a composer, he is currently signed to Chichester Music Press, and has recently been commissioned by Tabernacl Choir to compose a 30 minute work for Orchestra and Chorus.  In addition to Tabernacl Choir, Matthew is Choirmaster of Llantrisant Male Choir, and leads four choirs for the Charity “With Music In Mind”, which encourages people aged 50 and over to get together, to socialise and to have fun.  

Glenn Crooks – Accompanist

Glenn Crooks was born in Port Talbot and was a member of the West Glamorgan Youth Orchestra and Choir, where he performed the Poulenc Organ Concerto. He won an organ scholarship to Oriel College, Oxford, studying music under John Milsom and Jan Smaczny, then studied for an MA in Performing Arts at University College, Cardiff. 

Glenn returned to Swansea as Organist and Choirmaster at All Saints’ Church, Oystermouth and was composer-in-residence for a production of the West Glamorgan Youth Theatre Company of “For as long as forever is”, an original work based on the life of Dylan Thomas.  Glenn has accompanied many local choirs, and has toured with numerous choirs within Britain and Europe. He is currently organist at St Samlet’s Church, Llansamlet and is also the accompanist for Cor Bro Ogwr, Swansea Bach Choir, Morriston Tabernacle Choir and Mid Glamorgan Savoyards as well as Tabernacl Choir. He is also a guest accompanist for a number of other choirs.