The Team


Honorary Patron

Huw Tregelles Williams OBE

Trustees

Chairman – Cerith Owens
Secretary – Carol Collier
Treasurer – Hywel Bassett
Alison Owens
Susan Roberts

Trustees and Musical Advisors

Catrin Hughes
Andrew Pike

Musical Advisor

Stewart Roberts

Ambassadors

Music Ambassador – Mark Llewelyn-Evans

Business Ambassador – Mavis Anderson

Ambassador for the City and County of Swansea – Louise Fleet


Administration Support to Trustees

 Website Administrator – Andrew Windsor

Bursary Administrator  Wendy Smith 

Ticket Administrator – Shirley Sullivan


Honorary Patron

Huw Tregelles Williams OBE

Honorary Patron

As Head of Music, BBC Wales, Huw expanded the BBC Welsh Orchestra to a full symphonic complement of 90 players and renamed it BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He engaged with private and public sector sponsors to fund an international touring programme for the Orchestra and its Chorus to major centres in Europe, the USA, Japan and the Soviet Union. Regular CD recording and outreach work throughout Wales were also established. He was executive producer of eleven series for BBC 1 & 2 networks, including three Cardiff Singer of the World competitions and oversaw a large music output on Radio 3 and S4C. In 1998 he was appointed OBE in the New Year’s Honours and a Fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama for service to music in Wales.
He has served as a member of the Arts Council of Wales, the Councils of the Royal College of Organists and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. A frequent adjudicator at the Llangollen and National Eisteddfodau, he has also chaired the juries of the BBC and the Audi Young Musician of the Year competitions. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, winning a performance prize, whilst an undergraduate at Cardiff University and gave several recitals on Radio 3 during two years of postgraduate study before joining the BBC as producer in 1972. He has retained his early enthusiasm for performing: recitals at venues ranging from Sydney Town Hall to St. Paul’s Cathedral and a series on notable instruments throughout Europe televised for S4C in 1987. He played at the inaugural recital at St. David’s Hall in Cardiff and, more recently, gave a number of the first recitals on the new Nicholson organ at Llandaff Cathedral, including the final event of the 2012 Incorporated Association of Organists’ Congress.
As accompanist, he has worked with many leading Welsh choirs and soloists in concert, on television and CD. He has accompanied the Welsh Association of Male Choirs’ Festivals since 1978 and , also at the Royal Albert Hall, he appeared as soloist and accompanist in a special edition of BBC Songs of Praise celebrating the restoration of its Willis organ in 2001. Huw decided to take early retirement from the BBC after thirty years’ service and to return to his native Swansea where he chaired and directed the Swansea Festival of Music & the Arts (2004-2014) and led a £500,000 restoration of Morriston Tabernacle and its notable 1922 Hill organ. He also served as Board member and Deputy Chairman of Wales Millennium Centre (2004 – 2009) A frequent contributor to Radio 3 and S4C, he remains active as recitalist and accompanist.

Trustees

Cerith Owens

Chairman

Cerith Owens is the co-founder of LARS which he established 5 years ago.

Cerith is also a well-known impresario and has been involved in organising over 90 prestigious, highly successful Gala Concerts.  To give his productions an identity, 8 years ago he set up Loud Applause Productions; all his major productions are now done under this name.

Cerith has worked with most of the well-known choirs, soloists and musicians from across South Wales and, wherever possible, in events included young up and coming singers and instrumentalists to offer them much needed experience.  His knowledge and experience of working with young musicians within the music industry and with Loud Applause Productions provided the impetus for establishing the charity LARS to further support these talented young artists. 

There are exciting times ahead not only for LARS but also for Loud Applause Productions with major Gala Concerts planned. 

Cerith works during the day as a geologist for Jacobs Engineering Consultancy in Cardiff.  He is married to Alison and has three sons and a growing family.  Alison would say, ‘tongue in cheek’, that his love and commitment to music, especially supporting young up and coming singers and musicians, takes over most of his spare time!  He would say, if it makes a difference to them, why not!     

Carol Collier

Trustee / Secretary

Originally from Berkshire, Carol relocated to Wales in 2002 to work on a government agency programme.
Having specialised in Project & Programme Office Support, Business Controls and Commercial & Finance administration, Carol took voluntary severance from IBM in early 2015 and has since set up two small businesses, one in the coconut oil industry with her brother and the other offering her services as a virtual assistant working from home, utilising her administrative skills from the corporate
world for the benefit of the smaller business and entrepreneur. She is proud to announce that their
coconut oil won a Great Taste Award star in August 2017.
Socially, Carol is a chorister in the Llanelli Choral Society for which she is also a Trustee and section representative and, after not playing for approximately 26 years, she rekindled her love of the violin and is a member of the Llanelli Chamber Orchestra. Carol is proud to have sung with the choir in Winchester Cathedral, Pershore Abbey and St David’s Cathedral. In addition, she enjoys the walking and cycling in the Welsh countryside and loves living close to the sea.
Carol, became a Trustee and the secretary for the LARS Board of Trustees in February 2016.

Hywel Bassett

Trustee / Treasurer

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Alison Owens

Trustee

Alison is a founding member of LARS. She is also co-director of Loud Applause Productions.

In her early years Alison was a soprano soloist performing in weddings, concerts and a regularly soloist with the Gyrlais Male Choir from the Upper Swansea Valley. Her singing career was compromised having to juggle a professional career as a paediatric nurse and family life bringing up three children. Her life has been encompassed by young people and her life skills are well placed for mentoring and nurturing the young singers of LARS.

Susan Roberts

Trustee

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Trustees and Musical Advisors

Catrin Hughes

Trustee and Music Advisor

Catrin was educated at Tregaron Secondary School and then went to the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, where she graduated with a BMus degree.
She travelled to Germany as a soloist and harpist with the
University orchestra and she also performed one of the leading roles in Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’ in her final year. Catrin was the Musical Director of the National Children’s Pageant Llandeilo in 1996, and also performed with her singing group “Catrin a’r Mabinogi” in the S4C’s Noson Lawen in the Eisteddfod pavilion. The group have represented Wales in the Welsh Festival in Toronto, and have released a CD titled "Etifeddiaeth Cymru’; which includes original songs by Catrin herself. She is currently a Music teacher, Head of Year 7, and a member of the Senior Management Team at Ysgol y Strade. She enjoys composing and many of her vocal arrangements and compositions have been published by Curiad and Sain, and are often performed in various competitions.
She is an adjudicator in various Eisteddfodau in Wales and further afield- the Urdd Eisteddfod, the Pan Celtic Festival in Ireland, ‘Gŵyl Fawr Aberteifi’, ‘Teulu James Pantyfedwen’, and ‘Gŵyl Fawr Llambedr Pont Steffan’, and in 2013 she was an adjudicator at the National Eisteddfod in Denbighshire. In 2014, she was one of the adjudicators at the Urdd Eisteddfod Meirionnydd, and in 2016 she was one of the choral adjudicators at The Urdd Eisteddfod in Flintshire.
She is a familiar face on S4C as a conductor, adjudicator and performer. Under her leadership, Cantata Youth Choir and Lleisiau’r Cwm have now gained their place on local, National, and International platforms. Catrin also conducts the traditional Gymanfa Ganu in Wales and on S4C’s, Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol, and had the honor of conducting the Wessex Gymanfa in Romsey in 2012. Catrin was one of the conductors of the Eisteddfod Choir and the Gymanfa Ganu, in the Carmarthenshire National Eisteddfod 2014. She also conducted the Gymanfa Ganu in Jewin Chapel London in that particular year. Catrin has raised thousands for charity, and she was acknowledged for her hard work and dedication in the Llanelli Star Community Awards in 2017.

Andrew Pike

Trustee and Music Advisor

Andrew was born and brought up in Llanelli, at an early age began studying piano with Mr Arthur Peckham, and later Mr John Hywel Williams. At the age of 16 he became one of the youngest assistant organists in the parish of Llanelli, then at St Mary’s Kidwelly. Andrew furthered his musical studies at Anglia University, Essex, studying organ under Timothy Lawford, and piano under Malcom Green.

During his time at Essex, Andrew made many radio broadcasts, and became well known also as exponent in the art of playing the cinema organ, and as a concert accompanist. His name has often appeared on concert programmes accompanying some of the UK’s most well know soloists, performing in many concerts in the UK, as well as Egypt, Holland and other countries.

Andrews passion for accompanying and choral music, led to his past appointments as accompanist to Swansea Male Choir, Kidwelly Festival Choir, and later as MD to the Kidwelly Choir. Andrew is often found accompanying local choirs, gymanfa ganu, and soloists, as well as his busy concert and teaching work.

Musical Advisor

Stuart Roberts

Music Advisor

Stewart Roberts spent his childhood in Pembrokeshire, and when the family moved to Treorchy in the Rhondda he was educated at Treorchy Comprehensive School and later at the University of Wales in Cardiff. Whilst at Cardiff he studied the piano with Richard McMahon and Caroline Rae and cello with Chris Hodges. In 1995 he graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree, and was awarded the Eleanor Amy Bowen Scholarship which enabled him to pursue his Master’s Degree in 1996. In 2001, Stewart gained the LRSM Diploma in Piano Performance. As a solo pianist Stewart has performed concertos by Grieg, Shostakovich, Mozart and Beethoven. His most recent performance was in the ‘Warsaw Concerto’ with the Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra at St David’s Hall, Cardiff, and the orchestra has invited him to appear with them again in the near future. Stewart Roberts has accompanied many of Wales’ distinguished vocalists, including Rhys Meirion, Rebecca Evans, Shân Cothi, Wynne Evans and Anthony Stuart Lloyd, and in 2007 he accompanied Hayley Westenra in concert at St David’s Hall.
Stewart’s passion for male choral singing was ignited when he was appointed accompanist to Côr Meibion Morlais at the age of sixteen. Since then he has worked with Dunvant, Ynysowen and Only Men Aloud, and was Musical Director of Dowlais Male Choir 2000-2007. Following the retirement of John Samuel as Pendyrus’ Conductor on 14th January 2009, Stewart readily agreed to take up the baton, and he was formally appointed the fifth Musical Director in the choir’s 94 year history on 22nd February 2009. Two proud moments in Stewart’s career was winning ‘Choir of the Eisteddfod’ and ‘Best Conductor’ with Pendyrus in 2010 & 2012 at the Cardigan Semi-National Eisteddfod. Pendyrus also won best Male Choir at the same competition in 2017. Stewart was appointed accompanist to ‘Noteworthy Mixed Choir’ from Maesteg in 2014.
Stewart currently teaches in Ysgol Gyfun Y Cymer, Tonypandy Comprehensive and Treorchy Comprehensive giving instrumental and vocal lessons in addition to GCSE and A Level.
Stewart is delighted to become part of the LARS team and is looking forward to working closely with Cerith Owens, Catrin Hughes and Andrew Pike to give opportunities to young, talented singers and instrumentalists across South Wales.

Ambassadors

Mark Llewelyn Evans

Ambassador

Ambassador Mark Llewelyn Evans is well aware of how important nurturing young talent. His mother “Liz the Lyric” believed that the arts inspired and empowered children, and so set about saving the Lyric Theatre in Carmarthen, so that children could have a platform to shine just as we do at LARS.

As a young boy Mark`s dream was not to become an opera singer but a chef, but after being heard and encouraged by the great Sir Geraint Evans the stage soon beckoned.  Mark has conquered many prestigious opera stages and concert venues around the globe singing title roles for the Welsh National Opera, Royal Opera etc. Although trained classically at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and at the National Opera Studio in London Mark`s career has been diverse and exciting.

Mark was very proud to record a single with the Band of the Welsh Guards which became a number one benefitting the Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal.  As well as Mark`s singing and acting he has presented for BBC Radio Wales, hosted The Duke of Edinburgh’s International World Fellowship Awards, St David’s Day Celebrations in Singapore, National Film Awards and an Evening with David Blaine in Naples, Florida.

Mark is the Artistic Director for Opera Sark as well as Artistic Director of ABC of Opera a project that empowers children through opera in a fun, friendly and rewarding way. Mark has just completed his first children’s book BAAROCK which will be available from February 2019. To find out more about ABC of Opera contact [email protected]

“BBC Cardiff singer of the World represents classical singing at the very highest international level, and it’s no exaggeration to say that ABC of Opera lives up to that standard”

BBC CARDIFF SINGER OF THE WORLD

Mavis Anderson

Business Ambassador

Mavis was born in London and studied for a career in Business. She developed her love of music at an early age, when she was studying Ballet and Modern Dance. 

Her career in Business took her all over Europe with her Export Director Husband who was also a fantastic musician, playing with Jazz bands from Terry Lightfoot to Opus 17 a Glenn Miller Band.

Latterly he played with Jazz Trios which he loved. Mavis travelled to gigs as far away as Scotland and loved every minute, she had a home in Italy for over 20 years and carried on the music in a Cantina of her renovated Village House.

Her Brother Developed Machynys Golf Club and Pentre Nicklaus Village, he brought her to Wales and the amazing LARS Organisation which has enabled her to continue with her love of live music.

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Louise Fleet

Ambassador for the City
and County of Swansea

I moved to Swansea in 1979 to work at the University of Swansea where in later years I took my MA in Public Policy & Management. In 1991 I moved to Swansea City Council finishing there in 2004 as Head of Democratic Services before progressing to the Wales Audit Office. Louise retired in 2018 leaving the WAO as a senior manager and member of the WAO Board.

Although retired, I remain engaged in many interests, golf in particular. In 2007 I led the committee to merge the male and female amateur golf national governing bodies in Wales following which I became the first Chairman, and later the President of the newly formed Golf Union of Wales.

My career in golf has made me acutely aware of the importance of developing the potential of young people. I was a Director of Ryder Cup Wales (2010) Ltd and also played golf for Wales at Senior International level.

I have been a magistrate for 26 years; I currently sit on the boards of two charities; and a member of Neath & Port Talbot Standards Committee.

My initial contact with LARS happened when I became High Sheriff of West Glamorgan when myself and Cerith organised a very successful charity fundraising concert at The Orangery in Margam Park. When the Board of Trustees asked me to become an ambassador for LARS in the City & County of Swansea I was delighted and honoured to accept.

Administration Support to Trustees

Andrew Windsor

Website Administrator /
Friend of LARS

Andrew Windsor is our newest member of the LARS Team, he is our Website Administrator and a Friend of LARS. Andrew is visually impaired and in his spare time plays Indoor and Lawn Bowls outside, he plays for the Llanelli Visually Impaired Bowls Club.
His day job is a  Website Accessibility Analyst for the Digital Accessibility Centre which is based in Llandarcy near Neath. Here he Analyses company websites to make sure they comply to WCAG 2.0. (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines).

Wendy Smith

Bursary Administrator

Born in Northumberland where music was always in the family home. I moved around the UK due to work and personal commitments,

Arriving in Kidwelly in 1978 and stayed.

Worked at various levels in industry, and ran my own business for 23 years.

Designed and built a new house in 1997.

I was a founder member of Kidwelly Festival Choir in 1983. We made various trips, notably the Albert Hall three times, Germany twice and many UK venues. During which time I held the posts of Concert Manager, Artwork and programme Producer and Treasurer.

This has now become a ladies choir, of which I am treasurer.

Sang in 2000 Eisteddfod choir, after which Eifion Thomas formed the Baroc choir.

Performing concerts, including a visit to Argen, until the choir ceased, after ten years.

I became aware of LARS through Andrew J. Pike when he was musical director of Kidwelly Festival Choir.

We gave a platform to the up and coming LARS young artists at our concerts during my time as concert manager.

After which I decided to join as a friend of LARS.

Latterly becoming a member of Llanelli Choral Society

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