People

Jeff Howard: Music Director

Jeffrey Howard joined Cambrensis as a soprano at the age of 13 when the choir was formed. He studied music at Cardiff University and then went on to the Royal Academy of Music in London. Since graduating he has pursued a free lance career as an organist, pianist, singer, coach and conductor. He has accompanied leading international singers including Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Bryn Terfel, Sir Willard White, Dennis O’Neill and Rebecca Evans. A Welsh learner, he is official accompanist at the Royal National Eisteddfod for Wales and . His skills as an arranger of music are in great demand, and he has recently been apppointe Director of Music at John’s Academy, Cardiff. He has trained the large choir for the big St David’s Praise events for a number of years, and took over the role of conducting Cambrensis in 2012.

Anne Brown: Assistant Music Director

Anne has been with Cambrensis almost from the outset, and worked with Kelvin Thomas and now with Jeff. She conducts the Cambrats, the Promise of Christmas Youth Choir and Cambrensis, and trains part of the large choir. She is also the administrator that keeps Cambrensis running, working from her home in Porthcawl. Like Jeff, she studied music in Cardiff (though a ‘few’ years earlier!). As administrator she oversees all Cambrensis activities including the sale of CD’s, the organisation of events large and small and making sure Jeff meets his deadlines.

David Lewis: Orchestra Leader

David studied at the Royal College of Music, London and is an experienced and versatile performer. The early part of his career was spent with the orchestra of the Welsh National Opera, and he has been a guest leader with miniature opera companies such as Operabox, Crystal Clear Opera and New London Opera.A parallel career in the world of Early Music has seen him perform Baroque Violin in Europe and further afield with groups such as the Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Handel Orchestra and the Cambridge Baroque Camerata. He is Leader / Director of the 18th Century Concert Orchestra and his film / theatre credits include “Madness of King George” and the Shipwreck Trilogy performed at RSC Stratford.

David holds a diploma from the London School of Theology and is a lay preacher in the Methodist Church.