Jeffrey Howard: Music Director
Jeff’s association with Cambrensis goes back to the Choir’s formation in 1982 when, aged 13, he joined as a soprano. Thirty years later, he succeeded Kelvin Thomas as the Choir’s Musical Director. Jeff studied music at Cardiff University and the Royal Academy of Music and last year was awarded an ARAM from the Academy for his services to choral music. He has also received the Joseph Parry Award from the Welsh Music Guild for services to music education and was awarded the British Empire Medal (B.E.M.) in the 2019 New Year’s Honours List. He is active as an arranger, vocal coach, pianist, organist and accompanist, working with some of the country’s most famous singers, choirs and orchestras including Sir Bryn Terfel and Sir Karl Jenkins. Jeff is conductor of the Treorchy Male Choir and Director of Music at St John’s College and Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral. Last year, he conducted the National Eisteddfod Choir at the Wales Millennium Centre.
David Lewis: Orchestra Leader
David Lewis has led the Cambrensis Orchestra from its beginnings over two decades ago. He 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 and Director of the 18th Century Concert Orchestra. His film and theatre credits include “The Madness of King George” and the “Shipwreck Trilogy”.
David holds a diploma from the London School of Theology and is a lay preacher in the Methodist Church of GB.