Our Musical Team
Meryn Williams – ALCM, BMusHons – Musical Director
Meryn is from Pontyclun and was educated at Bryn Celynog Comprehensive School. She studied Music at University College Cardiff where she was awarded a Batchelor of Music Degree with Honours.
After leaving full time education Meryn embarked on a career as a free lance Musical Director, Accompanist and Pianist.
Meryn has enjoyed a varied career and is currently Accompanist at the Royal Academy of Dance. She also is Musical Director of Cor Y Bryn Ladies Choir based in Llantrisant.
Meryn is self employed at the ABC of Opera and also directs the Sovereign Singers Chamber Choir/Bois y Bathdy.
Meryn enjoys all types of music making and in addition to the above also finds time to accompany instrumentalists and vocalists.
Cor Meibion Pontypridd holds glamorous gala dinner and dance to honour 50 years of service by one of its most valued members
In July 2014 Côr Meibion Pontypridd’s held a special Gala dinner and dance at the Vale Hotel in Miskin to honour Dorothy in recognition for 50 years of dedication and service for the choir.
The gala dinner was followed by a speech from David Ogborne, former music director of Basingstoke Male Choir and a close associate of Dorothy and Côr Meibion Pontypridd over several decades. He said: “Pontypridd Male Voice Choir is envied by so many of us, for the skilled tuition the choir receives from Dorothy.
“The high quality singing reflects the continuity of support given to the choir by the outstanding musician.” He added he saw Dorothy as “one of the friendliest, most talented and hardest working people in choral music.”
Gifts and further tributes were presented by Berndt Klass, of Oberensingen, Muriel Gulliford, chairman of the Ladies Choir Support Group, and by Layton Watkins, secretary of the Welsh Association of Male Choirs.
Dorothy said: “Music is unique and hugely enriching and plays a great part in my life – the interaction between music director, choristers and their music is about entering into new experiences and building lasting friendships.
“As the song title so aptly puts it, what would I do without my music?”
The celebratory evening was completed by contributions from the choir and from young Church Village protégés Menna Cazell Davies, soprano, and Ben Smith, tenor.
2015 Dorothy receives British Empire Medal in New Year’s Honours
In January 2015, Dorothy Davies-Ingram was honoured with a BEM for her 50 years service to the male voice choir. One of Côr Meibion Pontypridd’s most valued members, Dorothy has been honoured with a British Empire Medal in the 2015 New Year’s Honours List for her half century of service to the male voice choir.
On receiving the recognition for her dedication and support to the choir Dorothy said she was overjoyed when she was notified of her honour.
“I was very proud. I had a letter from the cabinet office at the beginning of November, but obviously couldn’t spill the beans until New Year’s Eve and was bursting to tell people.”