Our Director of Music is Tom Lazell who commenced the role in January '18. Tom is a graduate of Bangor University School of Music, and is currently a second year Choral Conducting masters student at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Tom is also a student choral scholar with the BBC National Chorus of Wales, and is alumni of the National Youth Choir of Wales
In terms of performance experience, Tom has had a wide range of performance experience, from choral to solo work. This includes performing at the BBC Proms in the Albert Hall on several occasions with the BBC Proms Youth Choir, The National Youth Choir of Wales and the BBC National Chorus of Wales, as well performing as a soloist on several different occasions, more recently with Côr Meibion y Traeth as part of the Beaumaris Festival.
Tom also leads several choirs, one being the Palestrina Singers of Cardiff University, who are an auditioned chamber choir in the university, and he has also been chorus mastering the RWCMD Opera Gala Chorus, for the Winter Opera Gala, conducted by Carlo Rizzi. Tom has taken on the Lisvane Singers since January 2018 and is thoroughly enjoying every minute. They are a great group of singers, and love making wonderful music.
Gwen graduated from Cardiff University with a BMus in 2015 and with a Masters in Performance in 2017. She performs regularly with the BBC National Chorus of Wales as well as in ensembles and as an accompanist, ranging from venues in Port Einon, Cardiff and Oxford.
As well as performing, Gwen is also a private piano and voice teacher. She has established her own Music School and teaches piano and voice peripatetically in schools for the Cardiff and Vale Music Service. She has a DipABRSM and LRSM in piano and will be sitting her DipABRSM in singing in 2019.
She began working as the Llysfaen Singer’s accompanist in January 2018 and says she is really enjoying working with the choir, and is looking forward to playing more great pieces.