Tŷ Cerdd Management Board
Dr Lyn Davies, Tŷ Cerdd Chair
Dr. W.Lyn Davies graduated from the University of Wales B.Mus with first class honours from UCW Aberystwyth in 1976, M.Mus (1977)and PhD (in composition and musicology, 1983) and also studied at Oxford University and Cracow on a British Council Polish Government Scholarship (1979-81). He and has written more than fifty works to commission which have been widely performed and published. As a broadcaster he has presented, scripted or been specialist advisor and assistant director to more than sixty series on radio and television including BBC Radio 4, Radio 3, Radio Cymru, Radio Wales, S4C, HTV and Swiss Radio. He has worked in the University of Wales as Lecturer in both music and Extra Mural Studies and Continuing Education departments (as Resident Lecturer for Carmarthenshire), been Senior Officer in the Arts Council of Wales (1996-99) and Head of Vocal Studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (1999-2010) from where he took early retirement. As a baritone soloist he gave many first performances of new works and been active as a choral director. He has published widely in journals such as The Musical Times, Tempo, Welsh Music, The New Grove, MGG and is currently completing a major study of the whole history of music in Wales and a volume on Daniel Jones. He has also written several monographs on other Welsh composers. He was Chair of the Executive Committee of the National Eisteddfod of Wales in 1996,Vice Chair of the National Eisteddfod Court, sat on several committees in the University of Wales(for example the Gregynog Committee), British Council, various Arts Council committees, a member of the EU's Group Expert, the National Association for Music in Higher Education in Britain, Board member of the National Library of Wales, Board member of Music Theatre Wales and is currently Chair of Ty Cerdd-Music Centre Wales. He has also been a cultural consultant and education advisor to various bodies and governments. As examiner for Trinity College London he has travelled extensively in Britain and abroad including several times to India as well as the Channel Islands, USA, Malaysia, Brunai, Borneo, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Canada, Spain, China, Hong Kong and New Zealand. He is married to Welsh broadcaster Elinor Jones who was High Sheriff of Dyfed in 2014-15 and they have homes in Cardiff and the Tywi valley.
Rhys Lloyd Thomas
Rhys Lloyd Thomas was born in Rhuthun in North Wales. He attended Ysgol Uwchradd Glan Clwyd, University College Cardiff and Chester Law School. He is a Solicitor and the proprietor of Emeritus Legal, Solicitors, based in Llandaff, Cardiff.
He is a keen supporter of the Arts in Wales and has been a house tutor on numerous courses with the National Youth Choir of Wales. He is currently the Treasurer of the Friends of the National Youth Choir of Wales and assisted the committee in organising the 30th anniversary celebratory dinner in order to raise funds for the choir.
He is married to Iona Jones (Soprano) and Chair of the National Youth Choir of Wales. He lives in Llandaff and enjoys following various sports, cooking and the occasional glass of red wine!
John Hywel Morris
John has worked for PRS for Music for 21 years. He has long experience of both the Welsh and London music industry. Currently the Senior Membership Development Manager for Wales, he serves all Welsh PRS and MCPS composers, publishers and authors. Before his membership role he worked across several different areas ranging from repertoire and copyright to all aspects of licensing. He initiated the first joint licensing of MCPS and PPL repertoire and was instrumental in devising the blanket licensing of repertoire used by independent production companies for S4C, which is in place to this day. He set up the Welsh copyright group of music publishers which discussed issues concerning the licensing of predominantly Welsh language repertoire on S4C. He also devised the instrument file (over 1,000 instruments listed) which is still used in part by MCPS.
Having moved back to Wales from London in 2013, his current role for PRS for Music involves dealing with Welsh membership issues on behalf of composers and publishers, hosting PRSfM events, giving seminars at colleges and festivals, and meeting Welsh composers, publishers and key stakeholders across all genres on a regular basis.
After graduating with a History degree from University of Warwick in 1983 Chris joined an accountancy practice. He qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 1990 and ran his own practice on a self-employed basis for 12 years, selling this in 2008.
Chris joined Welsh National Opera’s finance section in 2012, achieving a long-term ambition of working in the Arts sector full-time. He co-ordinates applications to the Arts Council England and Arts Council Wales for core funding, pulling together information on achievements and future plans to ensure that WNO continues to present a strong case for funding.
Between 2009 and 2012 he worked in Principality Building Society’s business information team. This period coincided with a huge increase in the capabilities of organisations to access and use data, and team ensured that the available data could be imported, tested and maintained to enhance the decision-making processes of the Principality group. Chris has brought this new thinking around the potentials and pitfalls of data use to his role at WNO, and firmly believe that other arts organisations can benefit from better data in a similar way.
Between selling his business and joining Principality he worked for the front of house team at Wales Millennium Centre, broadening his knowledge of the Welsh arts environment
Chris has always had an interest in music and theatre, and performed with various amateur operatic societies in principal and chorus roles (and worked behind the scenes) for many years. Chris also sings with Cardiff Bach Choir.
Gillian is from Criccieth in North Wales and was one of the first music students to attend Chetham’s School of Music. She furthered her studies at Cardiff University studying harp with Elinor Bennett, Ann Griffiths and Aileen MacArdle. She was a harp tutor for the Mid Glamorgan Authority for many years and in 1988 was awarded a grant from the Welsh Arts Council to study Arts Management at City University, London. In 1990, she was appointed Director of Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now in Wales, retiring last year after organizing more than 5000 performances for the organization. In 2002 she became the first Director of Auditions for LMN UK and continues with this post.
Gillian was Artistic Director of Criccieth Festival from 2003 – 2007, Vice Chairman of Arpa Viva Cymru in 2007, and is currently Joint Artistic Director of Fishguard International Music Festival with Peter Donohoe. She is a Trustee and Adjudicator of the Kenneth Loveland Gift and in December 2012 she was appointed as the Honorary Area Representative for Wales of The Royal Society of Musicians of Great Britain.
Gillian was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2015 and at the recent Wales Care Awards she received The Bryn Terfel Foundation Award for promoting the arts in social care.
Kay joins Tŷ Cerdd as a highly experienced HR executive with 20 years’ experience of working through the medium of Welsh and English. This includes experience of restructuring companies and she has a proven track record of using tact and diplomacy in order to negotiate and handle difficult situations. Presently Kay is Managing Director of Pobol Cyf an HR consultancy; she is chair of Artis (formerly RCT Community Arts) and she was a finalist in the Business Advisor of the Year Category, Arts & Business Cymru Awards 2012. From 2002 to 2012 Kay was Head of Human Resources for S4C. Her advice and support will be invaluable to the company and its membership.
Suzanne Hay is almost next door to Tŷ Cerdd in the Wales Millennium Centre in her role directing the education and community outreach programme of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She has established a reputation for delivering high quality multi-media work and has taken the BBC National Orchestra of Wales to new audiences and disadvantaged communities across Wales. Suzanne was awarded the Arts Council of Wales Fellowship on the Clore Leadership Programme 2010-2011. During this time she worked with the Barbican Centre in London developing key recommendations for the centre’s new digital strategy. As part of her Fellowship on the Clore Leadership Programme she also travelled to the United States to meet key world leaders in the arts from venues, radio stations, orchestras and public relations. Her role in supporting our education and outreach programme, together with her broadcasting experience, will help us develop our work with young people all over Wales.
Gemma is Retail E-Marketing Manager at S A Brains & Co. Ltd.
She is a graduate of Aberystwyth University with a degree in Maths & Drama. Her career began in the arts and in marketing, working for National Dance Company Wales. Following this she spent time at Theatr Harlech and Aberystwyth Arts Centre working closely with the Directors to develop web-site content and function. She currently work for Brains as Digital Marketing Manager where her responsibilities include e-marketing, website and database management, social media, data analysis and customer loyalty. As Tŷ Cerdd seeks to develop its on-line resources Gemma’s advice and support will be invaluable.
Sara Beer has been working with Disability Arts Cymru since 2007 as part-time development manager with specific interest in performing arts. As well as co-ordinating the Unusual Stage School she also supports disabled artists and offers information and advice. Previously, and as an actor Sara, worked with companies such as Hijinx, Theatr Iolo and Graeae. She was drama officer with Valley and Vale Community Arts in the early 1990’s where she co-directed two large community plays and during the Cultural Olympiad she was seconded to National Theatre Wales to work on the Unlimited project In water I’m weightless. Sara was a member of St.David’s Cathedral Choir for many years and now when time allows enjoys encaustic painting and photography. Sara’s wide experience and success with performers all over Wales will help Tŷ Cerdd reach the widest possible audiences.
Graham has spent the first part of his career as a Mechanical Engineer in the Automotive industry. Leading project teams in the design, development and manufacture of products across the globe. He's a graduate of Swansea University, having studied an MBA, competing his postgraduate studies there in July 2011.
Now lecturing Manufacturing Engineering at University of Wales, Trinity St David, his responsibilities include the development of new engineering programmes and teaching both full-time and part-time students.
For the last 4 years, Graham has been the Chairman of Burry Port Town Band, lead the formation of the Junior and Youth Band ensembles and focused efforts on growing audience numbers and participation through their Patronage scheme. With a strong ethos in Youth development, Graham was part of the team that has introduced and leads the successful annual West Wales Solo & Ensemble Day. Recently, the team have been putting together Rhythmania! a collaborative venture between Burry Port Town Band and local Music Services to aid the development of percussionists in the Carmarthenshire area.