Alexander Thacker, Acting Conductor
Alex has been appointed Music Director of the Llandaff Cathedral Choral Society (LCCS) having been Associate Conductor since 2012. Originally from Leicester, he is currently completing his studies under Sarah Tenant-Flowers and Adrian Partington at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD). In 2011, Alex graduated in composition at the RWCMD, winning the Mervyn Burtch Composition Prize. His carol A Babe is Born was performed at the choir’s Christmas Service in December 2013.
Alongside LCCS, Alex is Director of Music at the Church of St Andrew and St Teilo in Cathays and Conductor of Cavatina in Penarth. He has regularly worked as a guest conductor for the Cardiff University Chaplaincy Choir, Llysfaen Singers, Canton Chorus and Llandaff Cathedral itself. Alex has also sung for Opera Ddraig, Pocket Opera.
A graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Phil now occupies a variety of musical roles around South Wales: accompanist to a number of choirs, pianist to the Triptych Trio (alongside Kirsten Miller, cellist, and Rachel Marsh, soprano) and outreach musician employed by Live Music Now & Music in Hospitals. He is also a private piano tutor based in Cardiff and is employed periodically by the Welsh National Opera Youth Department.
Dominic Neville, Principal Conductor 2007-2017
A Message from Dominic Neville:
I am deeply honoured to have been part of the LCCS family since I was appointed Conductor of Llandaff Cathedral Choral Society in 2007. I cherish very much the special camaraderie and warm friendship I have with the choir and the generous support we receive from our loyal audience at Llandaff Cathedral. I am especially proud of the concerts we have given together, particularly Handel Messiah and Haydn Creation including the family concerts with Catherine Bott, MacMillan’s Seven Last Words, Monteverdi Vespers, Verdi Requiem, Bach St Matthew Passion, Fauré Requiem on Bastille Day at Fauré’s own church, the Madeleine, in Paris, and the rousing standing ovation after Parry I was glad in Bruges Cathedral. It was particularly special also to sing the role of Evangelist for LCCS in Bach St John Passion, a work that means so much to so many of us.
I would only leave my roles in Cardiff for something exceptional: I will be moving to west London to direct the music at Tiffin Girls’ School in Kingston upon Thames, one of the UK’s premier schools with a reputation for academic brilliance and sector-leading musical excellence. The school gives a superb programme of concerts each year, including collaborations with the world’s leading ensembles and conductors. Last year the choir sang at the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall and my first project in the Autumn will be a collaboration with the LSO and Sir Simon Rattle.
I will miss LCCS more than I can express in written word but I will cherish for decades to come the many wonderful highlights, conversations, and friendships during these very special ten years.
Thank you and with fondest wishes,