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Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School

Musical & Dramatic Activities

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GLAMORGAN YOUTH ORCHESTRA
Boys’ Grammar School, Pontypridd, 3 January 1958

from Alun Davies, Bridgend Boys’ G.S.

List of participating musicians

First Violin

MARK ROBERTS
WYNDHAM THOMAS
BLEDDYN DAVIES
MANSEL BEBB
VICTOR CHAMBERLAIN
GARETH EVANS
JEFFREY LLOYD
WILLIAM ROGERS
ANN LLOYD DAVIES
GEORGE THOMAS
SYLVIA GROSKOP
BRYAN THOMAS

 

Neath
Bridgend
Bargoed
Tirphil
Barry
Bridgend
Pontycymmer
Maesteg
Bridgend
Aberdare
Barry
Ystalyfera

 

MOSTYN DAVIES
JOHN SAMUEL
BARBARA PERRY
LESLEY PERRY
BRYAN CROWLEY
BARRIE JONES
HEATHER LEWIS
MAIR FRANCIS
GILLIAN HANSON
ANTHONY PRICE
JUNE LARGE
KENNETH PHILLIPS

 

Pontypridd
Pontardulais
Whitchurch
Whitchurch
Pengam
Caerphilly
Neath
Neath
Tonypandy
Penarth
Barry
Tonyrefail

Second Violin

DIANA WARE
MADELINE GRIFFITHS
ANTHONY ORAM
JENNIFER THOMAS
GARETH LEWIS
JUDY SHUFFLEBOTTAM
JEANETTE WILLIAMS
DEREK BOWEN
HEATHER DYER
STEPHEN GREY
ERIC LEWIS
BRIAN LLEWELYN
WENDY SHEPPARD
ANN CONSTABLE
BRIAN EVANS

 

Port Talbot
Port Talbot
Penarth
Port Talbot
Maesteg
Neath
Neath
Pontypridd
Pontycymmer
Whitchurch
Gowerton
Gowerton
Bridgend
Bridgend
Ferndale

 

JOAN FRANCIS
ROSALIND MORGAN
ELIZABETH JENKINS
SYLVIA THOMAS
BRIAN HOPKINS
GEOFFREY PEARCE
GRAHAM ALLPORT
JUNE MATHEWS
EIRA GRIFFITHS
BETI JONES
MARCIA LEWIS
MENNA WILLIAMS
GEOFFREY REES
HANNAH WHITEHOUSE

 

Ogmore Vale
Porth
Port Talbot
Barry
Gowerton
Penarth
Barry
Port Talbot
Gowerton
Gowerton
Gowerton
Gowerton
Bridgend
Bridgend

Viola

SUSAN SALTER
GORDON MEPHAM
JOHN COOK
IOAN THOMAS
GAYNOR HARRIES
GARETH JAY

 

Neath
Barry
Gowerton
Gowerton
Neath
Neath

 

ALAN JONES
DIANE GRIFFITHS
J. WATKINS
WILLIAM REES
ROGER THOMAS
BERNARD HUGHES

 

Gowerton
Neath
Pengam
Port Talbot
Gowerton
Pontypridd

’Cello

MARY GRIFFITHS
BEVERLEY EVANS
DEREK CHIDGEY
WAYNE WARLOW
MENNA FRANCIS
MARGARET REES

 

Maesteg
Bridgend
Caerphilly
Pontypridd
Bridgend
Gowerton

 

ROBERT THOMAS
FRANK JONES
DEREK BOND
JUDITH HOPKINS
BYRON LLEWELYN

 

Gowerton
Bargoed
Bridgend
Gowerton
Port Talbot

Double Bass

RONALD JAMES
ERYL DAVID
EILEEN BARTLETT

 

Ferndale
Bridgend
Gowerton

 

ALAN JAMES
DAVID SMITHAM
EIFION DAVIES

 

Neath
Gowerton
Neath

Flute

PAUL GRIFFITHS
MICHAEL AXTELL
JEAN CONSTABLE

 

Pengam
Neath
Pencoed

 

ANN DAVIES
RAYMOND BOWDEN
VERONICA THOMAS

 

Neath
Neath
Bridgend

Oboe

ANTHONY ISAAC
JEFFREY DAVIES

 

Port Talbot
Neath

 

MICHAEL GRIFFITHS

 

Barry

Clarinet

LYN DAVIES
BRIAN RICHARDS

 

Tonypandy
Gowerton

 

CARYS DAVIES

 

Pontycymmer

Bassoon

DAVID REES
DAVID JONES

 

Neath
Pengam

 

ALAN DAVIES

 

Bridgend

French Horn

TONY RANDALL
ALAN HUGHES
VIVIAN DAVIES

 

Neath
Gowerton
Maesteg

 

WALTER MURFIN
T. HAZELL
DEREK COUSINS

 

Gowerton
Pontypridd
Gowerton

Trumpet

IVOR FRANKLIN
DAVID AYRES

 

Ferndale
Pontardawe

 

LLOYD LANDRY
WYN WILLIAMS

 

Ystalyfera
Ystalyfera

Trombone

WINDSOR BOWEN
KEITH WILLIAMS

 

Gowerton
Pencoed

 

GLYN LLOYD
MICHAEL TAYLOR

 

Tonyrefail
Pontardawe

Harp

MARY GRIFFITHS

 

Maesteg

 

MARGARET REES

 

Gowerton

Tympani

RUTH THOMAS

 

Port Talbot

 

 

 

 

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There was only one Aberdarian in the orchestra: George L. Thomas from Clive Place, Trecynon. He was also a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. He attended ABGS 1951–1958, after which he attended U.C. Cardiff.
The other Aberdarian in the concert was Yvonne Collins, the contralto soloist. She was from Aberaman. A former Aberdare Girls Grammar School pupil, she won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music In 1959. In the same year, she married the Welsh composer William Mathias, (1934–1992). He became Professor and Head of Department of Music University College of North Wales Bangor 1970–88, and was awarded CBE, 1985. Yvonne taught at the then Normal College in Bangor and later at the city’s university. Amongst her pupils was the singer, Aled Jones. In 2007, Yvonne was awarded an MBE for services to music in north Wales.

It is also worth noting that nestling in the first violins is Pontycymmer’s Jeff Lloyd, who died recently, (February 2020). Jeff went on to be Leader of both the Glam and the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. After twenty years as an instrumental teacher in the Rhondda, during which time he founded the Rhondda Symphony Orchestra, Jeff was appointed the first Head of Strings/Orchestral Studies to the former South Glamorgan Education Authority in 1982. He was also conductor of the prize-wining South Glamorgan Youth Orchestra, and toured extensively with the orchestra in Europe and the USA. He continued to play professionally with the orchestras of the BBC, WNO, HTV and the Welsh Chamber Orchestra.