Johnathan Gulliford – Musical Director
MA, L.R.A.M, A.R.C.M, L.T.C.L
Jonathan was born in Cilfynydd and educated at Pontypridd Grammar School for Boys.
He read music at the University of East Anglia Norwich during which time he studied the Pianoforte with David Parkhouse a professor at the Royal College of Music.
At Durham University where he trained as a teacher, Jonathan was awarded a choral scholarship.
Johnathan began his teaching career in 1977 at Afon Tâf High School in Merthyr Tydfil and has Been the school’s head of music since 1980.
He served as accompanist to Côr Meibion Pontypridd for ten years and has been Musical Director since 1990.
He has accompanied many nationally acclaimed artists over the years and has toured Hungary, Germany and Holland with such choirs as Côr Meibion De Cymru, Côr Meibion Pontypridd and Côr Meibion Cwmbach.
He continues to sing with “Cantemus” an á cappella group based in Cardiff and plays the organ at Beulah Babtist Church in Cilfynydd.
In 1984 he was awarded the degree of M.A. from the University of London, He has been a G.C.S.E. music examiner since 1990 and has been a tutor of the Mid Glamorgan Youth Choir since 1978.
Dorothy Davies Ingram B.E.M. – Deputy Conductor and Accompanist
Dorothy first appeared as a very young piano soloist in Côr Meibion Pontypridd’s inaugural public concert in Bethany Baptist Chapel, Cilfynydd, in 1950, shortly after the choir was re-launched following the war.
After studying at the Cardiff College of Music and Drama where she gained the LRAM diploma, Dorothy joined the choir in 1964 as resident accompanist.
She played for many world class singers including Stuart Burrows, Gillian Humphreys, Beverley Humphreys and Bryn Terfel.
In 1977, she accepted an invitation to become music director of Côr Meibion Pontypridd, a position which she held until 1990.
In 1989, in a fitting tribute to her contribution to choral singing, Dorothy was invited by the Welsh Association of Male Choirs to conduct the 1,000 Welsh Male Voices Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London, making history as the first woman to direct the massed Welsh choirs.
Dorothy studied music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (formally Cardiff College of Music and Drama) where she gained the diploma of L.R.A.M.Over the years she has played for many world class singers including Stuart Burrows, Gillian Humphreys, Beverley Humphreys and Bryn Terfel.
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.”