Zak Roynon Griffiths
Zac joins us from Abergavenny Borough Band. 15 year old Zak is one of Wales’s up and coming talents in the percussion world. Other offers have been made to him recently, but being with Llwydcoed and the excellent directorship of Christopher Turner, gives Zak a fantastic opportunity to continue his development in a nurturing environment. Welcome onboard Zac.
Faye, from Aberdare, began playing the piano at the age of 5. Through her love of piano and classical music, Faye has had the opportunity to try out new instruments and join different ensembles. Faye started playing tuned percussion 2 years ago, and was due to sit her grade 8 however her exam was postponed as a result of the pandemic. Faye is currently a member of the Rhondda Symphony Orchestra, Rhondda Cynon Taf youth orchestra, Four Counties youth orchestra and she occasionally accompanies for Dare To Sing Choir. She has previously helped out for the Hibernian Brass Band, in Mountain Ash and plays the organ at St Winifreds Church in Penrhiwceiber, too. Faye is thoroughly excited to begin playing with Llwydcoed band and is grateful for the opportunity.
James is a drummer and percussionist who believes strongly in the power of music to shape and transform lives. As an educator, he has worked as drum kit and percussion tutor at Dartington College of Arts, as Head of Instrumental Studies at Taunton School and as Head of Music and Performing Arts at Buckswood School. James was the Music Curriculum Specialist for the Ministry of Education in the UAE where he was responsible for designing the music curriculum. He teaches students at all levels and prepares students for Trinity College London drum kit and percussion exams as well as conservatoire auditions. One of his students recently achieved a 90 per cent distinction in his ATCL Drum Kit Diploma.
James is also a music examiner for Trinity College London and has worked in more than 25 countries all over the world.
Highlights of James’ performance career include playing as guest principal percussion with Oper Graz in Alban Berg’s Lulu. He was principal percussionist with Ensemble Zeitfluss and has also played with the Recreation Orchester, the Grazer Philharmoniker and Harnoncourt’s Styriarte Festspiele. James plays drums in the Fly Quartet and has played with the Neil Burns Trio, Louise Parker Trio, Charlie Hearnshaw, Scott Stroman and in many shows. James joined Llwydcoed Band during Corvid-19 Lockdown.
Rhian was introduced to brass banding from a very young age, attending her first contest at just three months old! It wasn’t until Rhian was 11 that she began to play percussion for Ynyshir Band, where she continued to play until leaving home to study in Liverpool in 2018. Also, since it’s formation in 2014, Rhian has been a member of Rhondda Fach Youth Band, leading the percussion section in many contests, winning a few Best Percussion Section awards along the way! Rhian is looking forward to playing with Llywdcoed, and will hopefully further develop her skills as percussionist.
Joshua is a multi-talented musician from Newport who is qualified in strings and percussion. His roots in brass banding are from Gwent Music and Newport Borough Brass Band.
He is a percussionist with the National Youth Brass Band of Wales and a violinist with the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. At the age of 17, he already has 10 years experience in live music-making and performing with numerous county ensembles, including Gwent Youth Orchestra, Gwent Big Band, Gwent Brass Band, and Gwent Youth Wind Orchestra. He has performed at the Royal Albert Hall twice and at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on numerous occasions. Having recently achieved a distinction at Grade 8 on drum kit, he is currently studying for Grade 8 on orchestral percussion and violin. He intends to study percussion at conservatoire, and has set his sights on a musical career. He is extremely excited to have the opportunity to work with Chris Turner and Llywdcoed Brass Band.