Music Team



Emma Arscott - Director

Emma was brought up in Barry, a pupil at Brynhafren Comprehensive School. She went to London to study for a music degree at Trinity College. After graduating Emma returned to Barry establishing herself as an accomplished teacher, accompanist, conductor and musical director.

Talented Emma is conductor for Barry Community Choir (previously known as Barry Choral Society), accompanist for Barry Male Voice Choir and musical director of Billboard Musical Theatre group.

Emma teaches both privately and at local schools as well as accompanying many pupils for examinations, auditions and concerts.

Emma is settled in Barry, where her close family live and is happily married to Simon. Their beautiful son Thomas Henry was born in April 2014.


Sian Davies - Accompanist

Sian studied at Leeds University where she won the accompanist prize. She subsequently studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, gaining a BA Hons degree in 1999, specialising in piano accompaniment, and won the Friends of RWCMD prize.

Sian studied at Leeds University where she won the accompanist prize. She subsequently studied at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, gaining a B.A. Hons degree in 1999, specialising in piano accompaniment and won the friends of RWCMD prize.

In 1993 Sian became the accompanist for the South Wales Male Choir, Cor Meibion De Cymru, and has performed with them at the Sydney Opera House and on tours in Canada, USA, Germany, France, Scandinavia, Hungary, Poland and Spain.

Sian also toured Russia and the Ukraine with The Richard Williams Singers. She has been the guest accompanist for the Association of Welsh Male Voice Choirs at The Royal Albert Hall and at the Wales Festival of Remembrance at St David’s Hall, Cardiff.

Sian has accompanied leading Welsh artists such as Gwyn Hughes Jones, Donald Maxwell, Rebecca Evans, Sian Cothi, Charlotte Church and Rhys Meirion in concert. She has also accompanied Rebecca Evans and Stuart Burrows in recital and accompanied masterclasses given by Stephen Isserlis, Julian Lloyd Webber, Jac von Steen and Emmanuel Siffert.

Sian has arranged several pieces for brass bands and male voice choirs. She is presently a member of staff at the Wales International Academy of Voice, accompanying the Saturday Academy directed by Patricia O’Neill. She is also a member of staff at Dennis O’Neill’s Academy of Voice.

Sian is currently musical director for the STC Music Society and is also a freelance accompanist. We are much priviledged to also have Sian as the accompanist for the Barry Community Choir.

President, Vice Presidents and Patrons

Bryn Terfel

President

World renowned bass-baritone.

Evelyn Careless

Honorary Vice-Presidents

A former accompanist who worked with Doug Baxter for many years and retired at the same time he did. She taught at Barry Boys School for many years and has played the organ in several Methodist churches in the local circuit of Penarth and Barry, mostly at Porthkerry Methodist and Trinity Methodist in Penarth. Sadly, she no longer plays in public.

Audrey Humphreys

Honorary Vice-Presidents

A former Chair of the choir.

Paul Bliss

Honorary Vice-Presidents

Barry Community Choir’s website designer and staunch supporter of the Choir.

Doug Baxter

Patron

A former conductor for over 20 years and tireless patron and supporter of the Choir. Doug is also an Honorary Vice-President of Barry Community Choir

Haydn Burgess

Patron

Haydn is a former member of the Choir of many years standing- a stalwart in the Bass section - who reluctantly resigned from the Choir at the end of 2016. Haydn is a very active supporter of the Choir and we are privileged that he still wishes to be connected with the Choir.

Mike Righton

Patron

A former longstanding member the bass section of Barry Community Choir.