In north Wales the name of Colin Jones is synonymous with music. Especially choral singing. After 60 years of conducting, Colin announced his retirement in 2008. However, his retirement has turned out to be temporary.
Colin Jones Gifted Musician
Born and bred in Rhosllanerchrugog (Rhos), Colin possessed exceptional musical talent from a young age.
From the age of six success came his way at numerous piano competitions, including winning at the Urdd National Eisteddfod when aged 11 years.
Furthermore, he won the prestigious open piano competition at Llangollen International Eisteddfod at the tender age of 14.
Rhos Male Voice Choir
Three years later he became accompanist to the Rhos Male Voice Choir. At the age of 21 he became Musical Director.
Notable success was attained at the national eisteddfod. For a quarter of a century the competition had been dominated by two choirs from south Wales, namely Morriston Orpheus and Treorchy. It all changed in 1962 at Llanelli.
Despite being 130 voices strong the Rhos choir was still regarded as the north Wales David’s to the Goliath’s of south Wales.
Four hundred Rhos people travelled to cheer their choir to an emphatic victory. This became a habit for the choir and Colin Jones.
His partnership with accompanist John Tudor Davies lasted 30 years and took the choir to unprecedented success.
After leaving Rhos MVC in 1987 Colin was very much in demand as a guest conductor and accompanist. Eminent soloists such as Sir Geraint Evans, Stuart Burrows and Bryn Terfel sought his services.
Cantorion Colin Jones
In 1991, on the request of 3 members of Rhos MVC, Colin Jones was asked to form his own choir.
One of the members was David Jones, now a member of Denbigh and District Male Voice Choir.
David Jones was chairman of Cantorion Colin Jones for ten years. He has kindly provided most of the detail for this article.
Cantorion Colin Jones composed of singers whom Colin had taught and conducted previously in choirs across North Wales.
After a long and successful period as its original founder and choral architect Colin retired in November 2008. The choir is now called Cantorion Gogledd Cymru.
Corws Colin Jones Emerges
After another recess from conducting Corws Colin Jones Chorus emerged in 2015 to enthrall audiences far and wide, including a mediterranean cruise ship.
Our own choir conductor, Arwyn Roberts, an original member of Cantorion Colin Jones, is now also a member of Corws Colin Jones, describes Colin as:
“unassuming and undemonstrative, possessing a wealth of experience and musical talent.
What Colin Jones doesn’t know about choral singing is not worth knowing. He is the Maestro.”
Brother Geraint Roberts, also a member of our choir and Corws Colin Jones, states that:
“It’s such a thrilling experience to sing with Colin Jones. He earns total respect from every choir member because he knows exactly what he wants from a choir.
He achieves it all with minimal and subtle movements of his hands.”
Come and see and hear another Colin Jones creation. You will not be disappointed.