MUSICAL DIRECTOR ~Joy Amman-Davies, B.Mus, LTCL.
Joy Amman Davies was born in Glanamman, Dyfed. Whilst still at school, she won a scholarship to have piano tuition at the Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, before entering the University of Wales, Bangor, where she studied with the Czech pianist, Jana Frenklova.
Joy is in constant demand as accompanist for soloists, vocal and instrumental, and has been guest accompanist with the Ardwyn and Polyphonic choirs in Cardiff. She has accompanied many famous Welsh singers, including Bryn Terfel, Rebecca Evans, Katherine Jenkins, Gwyn Hughes Jones, Rhys Meirion and Rhydian Roberts of X Factor. She has been one of the official accompanists at the Urdd National Eisteddfod and has performed as a concerto soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Wales, performing Mozart’s famous ‘Elvira Madigan’ in the very popular candlelight concerts. She has also appeared several times on S4C’s ‘Dechrau Canu, Dechrau Canmol’ series accompanying Elin Manahan Thomas, Leah Marian Jones and Adriano Graziani.
She was appointed Accompanist to the Morriston Orpheus Choir in 1991 and her expertise in that role has been widely recognised. Beyond the United Kingdom, she has accompanied the Choir and its guest soloists in Australia, Canada, Eire, New Zealand, Oman, Poland, Spain, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates and the USA, including performances at the Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall, New York. For three years, Joy was in charge of choral activities at Elm Tree House School, Cardiff, during which time she conducted them to victory at the Bath and Mid-Somerset Music Festival on several occasions
In 2004, Joy was made a Life Member of the Morriston Orpheus Choir in recognition of her outstanding contribution and commitment. After 16 years as Accompanist, she was appointed Musical Director in June 2007.