The Musical Team

Aled Hopton - Musical Director

Aled hails from Ystradgynlais and attended Ysgol Gymraeg Ynysgedwyn and Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera, before going to study music at Bangor University where he received an Honours Degree. Returning to South Wales he obtained a PGCE at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff.

Having now been teaching at Ysgol Gynradd Dolau for almost four years, Aled has had many great experiences as a teacher. His highlight so far is taking the school choir to perform in a BBC Prom at the Albert Hall.

Aled also keeps himself busy outside school hours and has recently been part of the production team of a third pantomime written by himself. As well as this, he is a keen member of award winning choir Côrdydd and, of course, is the Musical Director of the Ospreys Supporters Choir.

Recent years have seen Aled working non-stop to raise money for Cancer Research Wales and Ty Hafan, having lost his father to cancer when he was just 11 years old. His most recent challenge was staging a massed male voice choir concert, with acclaimed artist Gwawr Edwards and BBC Radio Wales Presenter Nia Lloyd Jones taking centre stage. As if this were not enough, he formed a team to hike from the summit of Snowdon to Ystradgynlais over the week leading up to the concert! Total money donated to these charities through his efforts was £4,750 and he hopes that this year will take that total to soaring new heights.


ANGHARAD WILLIAMS - ACCOMPANIST

Angharad is originally from Glynneath and is presently working as a peripatetic music teacher with the West Glamorgan Music Service. She was a student at Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera and passed her Grade 8 examinations in piano, violin and voice at 18 years of age and then went on to graduate in music at Trinity College Carmarthen.  In addition to working as a music teacher, she has been accompanist to the Ospreys Supporters Choir for four years, and has also accompanied the Glynneath Male Voice Choir for ten years.

Angharad is an accomplished soloist and has enjoyed singing at a number of concert performances and locations, including the Royal Albert Hall in London.