Musical Director: D. Huw Morgan
BA (Mus), MA Ed. Distinction, FHEA, FNCM, LLCM, ALCM, Dip.NCM, PGCE
Accompanist: Catherine Morgan
Catherine Morgan, from Rhydyfro in the Swansea Valley, has been our accompanist since 2010. Catherine began playing the piano at an early age and was awarded a Licentiate Diploma in piano performance from the London College of Music at the age of eighteen. She also plays the pipe organ, violin and various other instruments.
Catherine achieved an MA degree in Music from Oxford University and subsequently an MA in Education from the University of Wales. She currently holds the post of Senior Lecturer in Primary Education at the University of Wales Trinity St. David's, Carmarthen. In her spare time, Catherine enjoys accompanying vocal and instrumental soloists in examinations, concerts and competitions. She has also accompanied, on both piano and organ, many male voice choirs throughout South Wales.
Musical Director Emeritus: Anne Wheldon
Anne joined Cor Persain as the Musical Director in 2009. She retired from the choir in January 2022.
Persain was established by a group of ladies who wanted to meet to enjoy singing together, growing in experience in the early years of its formation with the help of Nancy, Andrew, Glyn, James, David and Catrin. The choir has performed at various events and venues throughout South Wales, and also travelled to sing in Cornwall, Staffordshire and Devon, as well as two tours to Spain.
Persain has a varied programme throughout the year. The choir sings at concerts, weddings, harvest suppers and St. David's Day events. It gives recitals to raise funds for charities and entertaining regularly at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales and the Llandeilo Festival of the Senses, as well as its Carols by Candlelight each Christmas. Choir members also enjoy a number of social occasions, holding craft fayres, dinners and visits to concert and musical events. In 2020 Persain was about to celebrate its 20th anniversary with a special concert when the pandemic struck.
The choir is now looking forward to a bright future with its new Musical Director, D. Huw Morgan.
Honorary President: Nia Griffith
Nia Griffith MP has been Labour MP for the Llanelli Constituency since 2005.
Whilst in Government, she served as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) firstly to the Rt Hon. Hilary Benn, M.P., Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and then to the Rt Hon. Harriet Harman, Q.C., M. P., Leader of the House and Minister for Women and Equalities.
Since being in opposition she has been part of the shadow frontbench team, firstly as a shadow business minister and then as shadow Wales minister. Her parliamentary interests include industry, renewable energy, environment, equality issues, young people, animal welfare and she is secretary of All-Party Parliamentary Steel Group.
Before becoming an MP, after graduating in French and Italian from Oxford University, Nia taught for some twenty years in local comprehensive schools, QE High, Gowerton and Morriston, and also worked as an Estyn schools inspector.
Nia has always enjoyed music, achieving grade VIII on the clarinet and grade VI on the violin when she was at school, although she admits to not having much time to play now. When she was working as a language assistant in Italy as part of her university course, she was horrified to find that pupils’ only experience of music in school seemed to be learning pages of music history. She therefore set about acquiring recorders, and for the rest of her year there, went twice a week to teach the whole class to play. This has given her a real appreciation of the importance given in Wales to encouraging pupils to sing and play musical instruments, and she considers it a great honour to be President of Côr Persain.