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Andrew Quick
Musical Director

Andrew Quick

Originally from Bristol, Andrew has lived most of his life in Cardiff, having graduated from the University of Surrey with a degree in Music and Applied Physics. He has a wide range of experience in both professional and amateur music as a performer and TV music producer, having worked in many major venues and having taken part in several memorable musical tours around Europe. 

As a conductor, he has led his local community mixed choir in a wide range of programmes of music from Allegri to Verdi, and instigated events such as “Bernstein and Burgers”, and “Puccini and Pasta”,  making music within a sociable environment.  As the first Musical Director of Bois Goetre-Hen a’r Cylch,  he led the choir in many successful performances in both Wales and England, which included a concert with Peter Karrie, and an appearance at Bridge FM’s Help for Heroes Awards Night.  Andrew has also sung with a number of Wales’s leading mixed choirs – including the Cardiff Ardwyn Singers, Cardiff Polyphonic Choir, and Swansea Bach Choir. Currently he sings with Cantemus. 

As a TV Music Producer, which included over a decade on the BBC staff, he was privileged to learn directly from leading conductors, and to work regularly with international class music making, both choral and instrumental.  The many programme credits have included BBC Proms, Cardiff Singer of the World, as well as Sainsbury’s Choir of the Year, and coverage of the Llangollen Eisteddfod.  His film documentary on Shen Xiang, a Beijing based singing teacher with several students having success in the west, was widely acclaimed.  Andrew was also the video director of the Tallis Scholars’ “Live in Rome” performance in Santa Maria Maggiore which was a runner up in the Gramophone Magazine’s video of the year award in 1995 and a best buy in the Classic FM Magazine.  

Andrew joined the Cwmbach music team as Deputy Conductor at the end of 2011. He took on the role of Associate Conductor in January 2012 and was appointed Musical Director in April 2012. Andrew looks forward to a growing and fruitful relationship in the years to come.

In August 2013 Andy, a keen cyclist, will be cycling 100 miles in the first RideLondon100 event. This event is set to become the cycling equivalent of the London Marathon with over 20,00 cyclists taking part. Andy will be raising funds for the British Heart Foundation.

If you would like to help Andy support the work of the British Heart Foundation then please visit his charity page

All donations received with thanks - Good Luck Andy

Benjamin Pinnow
Deputy Musical Director

Ben Pinnow

Ben Pinnow is a South Wales based choral conductor, accompanist singer, composer and musical educator with over ten years musical experience. He is currently studying on the Masters Choral Conducting Programme at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, studying under Neil Ferris, Sarah Tenant-Flowers and Simon Halsey.

Ben has a varied and wide experience the world of music as repetiteur, performer and accompanist.
As well as his work with Cwmbach Male Choir, Ben is also at the present time
Musical Director of Cor Cyfoes, Opera Mint, Dodecantus UK, and Roath Community Chorus.

Ben also works with Radyr Parish Music Group and Wales International Academy of Voice. He has worked as MD with Llandaff Musical Society and  also with RWCMD as Assistant Chorus Master to name a few.

Ben is also an accomplished pianist and holds the ABRSM Diploma in Performance (piano) - Distinction

Jayne Thomas

Jayne Thomas

Originally from Neath but now living in Cardiff Jayne is a Music Graduate of Goldsmiths College, London.

She teaches piano, keyboard, music theory and groupsinging privately, at schools and Adult Education Centres.

Jayne is involved with local Operatic Societies and it was at "Opera Mint" that she renewed an association with Emyr Wyn Roberts who was Musical Director at Cwmbach Male Choir at the time. This meeting resulted in her being introduced to Cwmbach Male Choir. From that time on Jayne has grown from strength to strength as accompanist to Cwmbach Male Choir.

Jayne, a competent soloist on piano in her own right, has also delighted audiences with her classical and modern repertoire.

Jayne frequently accompanies artists appearing with the Choir throughout the United Kingdom and on regular tours abroad.

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