Biographies

Rhiannon M Williams - Musical Director

A native of South Wales, Rhiannon began her musical life as a singer. Among many competition successes, she was named British (& Welsh) BET Choirgirl of the Year at Hanover Square, London, in 1989. This led to solo appearances at the Royal Albert Hall and Cardiff’s St David’s Hall, among other venues, and to membership of the National Youth Choirs of Wales and of Great Britain, the RSCM Cathedral Singers and the Choir of St John’s Smith Square.

Rhiannon’s professional piano training began with a part-time scholarship at London’s Royal Academy of Music. The London College of Music awarded her a Fellowship, and she has achieved Distinctions at Licentiate and Associate levels from the Trinity, Guildhall and Royal Schools of Music. In 1998 she became Principal Accompanist for the renowned Treorchy Male Choir, which ultimately bestowed on her an Honorary Lady Membership. Full-time posts followed with Bridgend, Pontarddulais and Llanelli Male Voice Choirs, including tours to Australia, America, Canada, Germany and Spain.

Her conducting career began in 2002 as Musical Director of the Ynysybwl Ladies Choir, a position she held for ten years, during which the choir won competitions at the Abergavenny and Hereford festivals. In 2012 she became Musical Director of Bridgend Male Choir, and led them two years later to first place in the Male Voice Choir category at the prestigious Llangollen International Eisteddfod.

Rhiannon lives in the Vale of Glamorgan, combining her busy freelance schedule with a full-time post as organist, working for the local government in the field of bereavement. She is delighted to be directing Wessex Male Choir, following on from the inspirational leadership of Katrine Reimers and of the Choir’s founder, Rob Elliott.

Thomas Graff - Principal Accompanist

Thomas was born in Cardiff and began to play the piano at the age of four. He gained a scholarship to the Junior Department of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama at the age of nine, and went on to study music at the University of Bristol, winning the University Concerto Competition in his final year.

Thomas is a licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music as a pianist, and is active in music teaching, instrumental and choral accompanying, and performing chamber music as well as solo repertoire. He has performed at a range of venues including the Welsh Millennium Centre and Colston Hall. Thomas is also a violinist and a keen marathon runner.

Thomas joined the Wessex team in 2017.

Christine Williams - Accompanist

Chris began playing the piano at the age of eight. She studied music at Liverpool University and followed that with a year at Gipsy Hill College of Education. After a number of years of classroom teaching she now teaches piano privately to both adults and children, and is actively involved in the musical life of the local community.

In addition to playing for Wessex Male Choir, Chris has accompanied the Highworth Choral Society since 1984.