Vocelle is a vibrant group of women who love to sing and make music to an exceptional standard. Our repertoire is exceptionally varied and includes songs from every genre of music – pop, classics, folk and jazz to name but a few. We are very proud of our Welsh heritage and love to sing traditional and contemporary Welsh songs. We are also adept at singing in many other languages including French,German and Latin – and of course, English.
The choir was formed in 2012 under the direction of Meryn Williams and specialises in close harmony. The choir’s inaugural concert was hosted by the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, as the guests of the City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) Brass Band and was received to high acclaim.
The choir is available to undertake any event and has successfully delivered musical entertainment at:
- corporate events;
- concerts; and
- charitable events.
The choir is very proud to have been able to have raised a considerable amount of money towards many charities for example, Bosom Pals (a local Breast Cancer Charity), British Heart Foundation, Diabetes and the Grenfell Tower appeal to name but a few.
Vocelle has toured internationally and given concerts in venues in Valencia and Budapest. The choir is now looking forward and planning to compete in the Llandudno Choral Festival in November 2019.
If you would like to experience Vocelle’s singing for yourself, please feel free to come along and listen to us during a rehearsal on a Wednesday evening (from 7.30pm) at the Church Hall in Llanharry, Pontyclun. If you would like to attend, contact either our Chair, Secretary or even our Musical Director, Meryn, herself, and we will meet you when you arrive and ensure that you are given a warm welcome.
If you would like to be a chorister, experienced or inexperienced, and are interested in finding out more about joining Vocelle, please contact us using the details on the contacts tab.
Miss Meryn Williams, BMus.Hons; ALCM.
Meryn graduated from Cardiff University in 1989 after studying under Professor Alun Hoddinott and piano teachers Martin Jones, Arnold Draper and, latterly, James Meaker.
Meryn began her accompaniment career at the age of 15 and has continued accompanying choirs, soloists and instrumentalists as well as directing choirs. She is particularly proud to have worked with Stuart Burrows in his Masterclass series and is a freelance pianist with the Royal Academy of Dance, London.
Meryn’s dedication, energy and verve, ensure that choristers give of their very best, and enjoy their singing experience – something which is evident in their performances.
Dafydd Protheroe Chapman – Pianist
Dafydd is a sixth form student studying music, French and Spanish at Ysgol Gyfun Glantaf in Cardiff. He started playing the piano when he was 5yrs old and has attended the Royal Welsh College of Music Junior Conservatoire since he was 8, learning with Nicola Meecham. Here he plays in the various music ensembles and has recently joined the Big Band on piano. The highlight of his time at the Conservatoire was in 2015 when he won the Junior Conservatoire’s Concerto Competition; the prize being the amazing opportunity to play the full Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 with an ordhestra.
Whilst in junior school, Dafydd’s music teacher asked him to accompany the school choir in the National Urdd Eisteddfod when it became very clear he couldn’t sing. Since then he has continued to accompany choirs and fellow music pupils and friends for exams and performances. He is hoping to attend music college after his A levels in the pursuit of a career as a musician following in the footsteps of his 4 x great uncle, the Welsh – American male voice choir composer, Daniel Protheroe.