VIV LLEWELLYN (MUSIC DIRECTOR) was born in Porthcawl, South Wales and was an Eisteddfod competitor as a boy soprano as well as singing in church and chapel choirs. He came to Australia in 1973 to continue his career as a teacher of music and drama, undertaking further music studies at UTS. Viv is an accomplished musician, singer, actor and director of musical theatre. He became Music Director of the choir in 2003.
DAVID SHORT (ACCOMPANIST) joined the choir in October 2005. After completing his studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, David began his career teaching music in NSW secondary schools, conducting choirs, directing stage musicals and running a variety of music groups. He is widely sought after as an accompanist on piano and organ, and has accompanied choirs, instrumentalists and vocalists since he was 13 years old. He is currently organist at St Matthews Uniting Church at Baulkham Hills, and until recently a secondary school Principal.
BRIAN LEWIS (ASSISTANT MUSIC DIRECTOR / ASSISTANT ACCOMPANIST) is an accomplished musician and is President of the choir. He studied piano for 8 years to 7th Grade and has been an organist and pianist at Wesley Uniting Church, Castle Hill since 1967. Brian has also been accompanist and musically directed a number of shows for EUC Musical Society, Eastwood. He is currently the Musical Director of the Mirrabooka Singers, a ladies choir which sings in aged care facilities in northern Sydney.
BRONWYN HENDY (ASSISTANT MUSIC DIRECTOR/ASSISTANT ACCOMPANIST) joined SWC in 2017 after moving from Canberra. She has conducted numerous choirs including Canberra Children’s Choir and Youth Choir, church choirs and school choirs. With the support of SWC, she set up “Good Life Chorus” a dementia-friendly, daytime community choir in West Ryde. Bronwyn lived in Cardiff while doing a Master’s degree at the University of Wales, and sang in the University choir.
CHERYL PRIEST (SOLOIST) has an extensive musical background as a soloist of church and classical music as well as musical comedy. She teaches languages at Newington College, is a soloist with the school Chapel Choir and is a regular guest soloist with the Sydney Welsh Choir.