William Reynolds

William Reynolds was appointed Organist & Director of Music at St Mary's in 2002; he combines this with work as a freelance musician, and is Education & Training Officer for the Royal School of Church Music in the Swansea & Brecon Area. He studied music at University of Wales, Bangor, where he gained the degrees of BMus, MA and PhD. He has had some of his research published in the Journal of the British Institute of Organ Studies, and Welsh Music History, with Cathedral Press recently publishing some of his performing editions of seventeenth-century anthems. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, and holds performance diplomas from Trinity College of Music, London, and the Royal Schools of Music. Among his organ teachers have been Andrew Goodwin, David Gedge, Huw Tregelles Williams, Jane Watts and Martin Souter. Before moving to Swansea he was Organist at Christ College, Brecon, Sub-Organist at Cardiff Metropolitan (RC) Cathedral, and Organ Scholar at Bangor Cathedral. He has an interest in composition and has written several works for choir. William has recorded as an organ accompanist on the SAIN label, and is active as an organ recitalist; in 2009 he gave a solo recital tour of Italy. Earlier this summer William participated in an international organ masterclass week at the Prins Claus Conservatoire in Groningen, Holland, with the privilege of playing numerous organs dating from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In May 2012 at St Davids Cathedral he was presented with The Archbishop of Wales' Award for Church Music for his services to church music in Wales and at St Mary's.
In August 2012 William completed ten years service directing the music at St Mary's. During this time he has developed and enhanced the reputation of the choir, expanding its repertoire significantly, with Choral Eucharist and Choral Evensong now the staple fare every Sunday, and the more recently founded St Mary's Boys' Choir singing Choral Evensong on Tuesdays. St Mary's Choirs have sung at Bangor, Llandaff, St Davids, Exeter, Gloucester, Southwark cathedrals, and St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Mary Redcliffe, Tewkesbury Abbey, and Malvern Priory, and broadcast on Real Radio FM, BBC Radio Wales, and BBC Radio 4. They have performed with the Cambrian Consort of Viols, Baroque Strings, West Glamorgan Youth Symphonic Brass, West Glamorgan Youth Brass Band, the Chamber Orchestra of Wales, and Swansea Community Orchestra, and taken part in numerous RSCM events. Many of its members have progressed through RSCM Voice for Life Awards, gained success at ABRSM singing and organ exams, achieved membership of the National Youth Choir of Wales, and received preparation for gap-year cathedral choral scholarships. Closer links have been established with Swansea University with co-funded choral scholarships available to students in St Mary's Choir. The St Mary's Summer Organ Series is firmly established (William has organised over 100 of these recitals during the ten years), and the organ now benefits from the addition of a 32' Contra Trombone in celebration of the St Mary's Golden Jubilee 1959-2009.

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