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 30 talented session leaders across the West of 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.
Andy Evans is an ex-Military Musician who has taught music across South Wales since 1999
Born and raised in Cardiff, Anne came to Lampeter to study in 1985 and has been there more or less ever since. The best quality of life decision she ever made.
Whilst studying Applied Drama and Creative writing at the University of South Wales, Newport, Bethan was involved in a number of student productions, on stage and off.
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!"
Born in Carmarthenshire, Emyr graduated from Cardiff University with a degree and masters degree in music.
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.
Jackie is another of our wonderful Session Leaders. She has recently moved to South Wales having lived in West London all her life. For the last 15 years she has worked with the elderly, firstly as a volunteer and then she ran a small charity in West London – supporting the local elderly community, feeding and watering them 2/3 days per week.
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.
“It's brilliant to now be part of the Goldie's Cyrmu family, to be able to meet up with friends, sing and have a laugh, it doesn't get much better than that.”
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.
Sandra recently retired as medical secretary in ENT at the University Hospital of Wales. She is a volunteer for Cardiff Rivers Group and local litter collecting group, Canna Collective, as she likes to do her part in "keeping Wales tidy ". Sandra enjoys singin, meeting new people and visiting different countries.
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.
Tina started working for the Royal Voluntary Service working with the elderly, she found it very rewarding and realised how beneficial singing is to peoples' well-being and state of mind as when you sing you forget about everything else.