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This page of the BMVC web site is intended to present miniature biographies of a limited number of the choir members. The intention is to refresh this page frequently – last updated 30 Oct 2015

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Hi, my name is Gareth Roberts. I am the Chairman of Barry Male Voice Choir.
I was born in Llanharan and joined the Royal Air Force at 16 and spent the following 40 years travelling the world, but only managed to be stationed in Wales once (1969 -1972 RAF St. Athan). For 31 of my 40 years service I was a parachute instructor.
Despite having been ‘on the move’ for most of my working life I have always strived to join a male voice or mixed choir wherever I lived. I have always found the creation of music in the company of like minded people an extremely fulfilling way of spending my time. The fact that, if done properly, it gives enjoyment to those who listen to it, is an added bonus.
Away from the choir I spend as much time as possible on the golf course! Apart from that my remaining free time is spent watching Pontypool play rugby or walking my Springer Spaniel.

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Hi, my name is Phil Bacon 48, I am married with 5 children and a dog.
I am originally from Barry but now living nearby in Rhoose.
My working background is in Aviation and transport and I hold an HGV licence.
I joined the choir after the taster session in 2014 and have never looked back, and wish I had joined many years ago.
It feels like I’ve joined a new school or job and overnight made many new friends and colleagues. Being the 3rd youngest of the choristers I personally hope we gain many more joiners especially from the younger generation i.e. mine! – which would help to continue the longevity of the Barry Male Voice Choir for many years to come.
For me the highlights of being in the choir are any practice session and concert. The low points, if I miss any practice or concert.
Yes it really is that simple.
My ambition is to learn every word of every song in tune by the time I/we sing at the Royal Albert Hall next year.
Tips for prospective joiners, if you enjoy friendship, singing and being part of a very Welsh institution, this is most definitely for you.

Hi my name is David George Robert Veal and I am 67 years old.dave veal photo
My wife Ann and I only moved to Wales eleven months ago but joked in the moving van about joining a male voice choir…….three weeks later I was singing with one. By December I performed with BMVC for the first time.
It’s the best thing I’ve done in years. I’ve met and made loads of good people who I can now call friends.
I love singing (anything) but am enjoying the discipline of choir! Never having had to do that before.
I love family life, my only grandchild Dylan is Welsh born and lives in next village from us.
Also I (we) like walking in the hills…. Beach life… I surf, canoe, sometimes fish (only for the frying pan though). I love finding new and exciting places in Wales (I see this as MY HOME, I’ve always felt more Welsh than English. I want to learn the language.
Rugby is a passion (Wales before any other!)
I’m a bit of a ‘foodie’ love cooking and will experiment with different foods.
Enjoy a Pint now and again, like a glass of wine too and can be a bit ‘nerdy’ about whisky or whiskey as I’ve a collection of 100 or so different malts from around the world.

Hi, my name is Mick Fisher
Rehearsals June 2015

Rehearsals June 2015

I was born and raised in Birmingham but have lived and worked in several places across the UK. I am married with three grown up children (two boys and a girl). My working background is in learning disability and mental health nursing, being a nurse teacher in Oxfordshire prior to moving to Barry in 1995. I was employed by Healthcare Inspectorate Wales until I took early retirement at the age of 55. Since retiring I have worked part-time driving a school minibus.
Away from the choir I have been a member of a local cricket club for many years and am currently the club’s secretary. Being from Birmingham my football allegiance is to Aston Villa (but that’s my problem!) I also enjoy watching live music, with my favourite being traditional folk, but I enjoy a wide variety of music, too.
I joined the choir in response to the recruitment campaign in 2014. I have enjoyed every minute of it so far and my one regret is that I didn’t join earlier. Being in the choir has enabled me to meet plenty of interesting and friendly people and to do something that I love on a regular basis – singing.
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