Leading Goldies CYMRU in South Wales is Rachel Parry (pictured left). Born and brought up in Cwmbran she travelled the globe in her early twenties and returned to her studies in the 90’s attending Coleg Harlech to study English and Sociology. Rachel then took a degree in English Literature and Drama at Aberystwyth University. She has worked in Family Mediation for the past 15 years helping separating couples and is the lead singer of a 70s Disco Band.
Cheryl originally comes from Aberdare, where she developed her skills on voice and piano and performed throughout South Wales.
Sir Cliff Richard OBE is Patron of the Golden-Oldies Charity. He is a much loved singer, musician, performer, actor and philanthropist. He is the third-top-selling singles artist in the United Kingdom's history, with total sales of over 21 million units in the UK and has reportedly sold an estimated 250 million records worldwide.
Grenville is well-known and respected as one of the leading choir conductors in the UK. He has appeared on Radio and TV across the world through his work with Goldies and his growing reputation of getting people of all ages to sing! In July 2012 he received an honorary doctorate from Bath Spa University in recognition of his reputation for bringing music to all age groups. Grenville is proud of the fact that Goldies now has a team of over 60 talented session leaders across England and Wales.
Russell was Born in Llandrindod Wells, Radnor and attended school there before leaving for University. His father hailed from Montgomeryshire and his mother from Breconshire.
Russell retired from HSBC Bank in 2008 after a 38 year career and, as he says, jumped at the opportunity of being involved with Golden-Oldies by becoming part-time Finance Officer. Russell reports to the chief officer Grenville Jones and the Chair of the Trustee Board, accountant Mike Richardson.
Meet our Brilliant Session Leaders
If you would like to be a session leader for Goldies Cymru as we develop our work across Wales then please contact Rachel Parry.
Music is a massive part of her life and she is involved with a various musical ensembles in the local area.
Bill is a retired secondary school teacher who has mainly taught Physical Education, History, (particular interest in WW1) Religious Education and Lifeskills, as well as having a Senior Pastoral Position. He has always had an interest in singing from being a boy chorister in a church choir.
Carol lives in Blaenau Gwent and music has been a big part of her life. Since the age of 11 she has been in a choir which has brought herself and others much joy.
"I feel the one way we can all connect is through music. It is so uplifting and such fun!"
Claire has always enjoyed singing and has been a member of various choirs over the years.
Geoff is a retired engineer who has lived with his family in Cardiff for 27years. As a keen amateur musician he plays guitar, enjoys singing and is a member of Cardiff City Voices Choir. In 2013 he completed a tutor’s course run by Community Music Wales which he hopes will help his contribution to Goldies Cymru.
Originally from Yorkshire, Kate has been living in Cardiff for the past 13 years. She has had a varied career within Theatre and Television and is a devoted member of Superchoir Cardiff.
Maurice was born in Penarth but lived in Dinas Powys for 40 yrs
Naomi is a busy mum of 4, who lives in Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen, having moved to Wales from Bristol 14 years ago to enjoy a country life and raise a family.
Richard has lived and worked in Wales all his life. He is a historian and has a lifelong love of music playing in bands since a teenager (a long, long time ago) and plays guitar, ukulele, banjo and dulcimer (just started learning the mandolin) .
Sarah returned to Cardiff 11 years ago. Music is the heart and soul of Wales, with a musical family this is what I love.
Sian is the Library Officer at her local Community Hub and loves a good sing along. ‘I’ve been running rhyme time sessions through my 15 years working in libraries singing away to all the nursery rhymes, now I get to sing all the best pop songs!’
Steve is originally from London but now lives in Llannon. He is a retired police officer and loves music.
Susanna runs a library but this doesn't stop her singing at work. She was already running sing-a-longs at several residential homes and an evening 'Singing for Pleasure' session at the library when she heard about Goldies and contacted us to get involved.