Born and brought up in Pontarddulais, Eric Jones was educated at Gowerton Boys’ Grammar School before graduating in Music from the University of Wales Cardiff. He started his teaching career in Llanelli, and subsequently became Head of Music and Creative Arts at Mynyddbach School, Swansea. After a period as Deputy Headmaster at Ysgol Gyfun Gŵyr, he became in 1997 Headmaster of Ysgol Bro Myrddin, the Welsh medium comprehensive school at Carmarthen, retiring in 2006. He holds both the Licentiate and Fellowship diplomas of the Trinity College of Music, London, and a Masters degree of the Open University. He adjudicates frequently at the National Eisteddfod in vocal and composition competitions, and was admitted as an honorary member to the Ovate Order of the Gorsedd of Bards in 1996 for his services to music in Wales.
In 2010 he was further honoured with admission to the Druid Order for long and distinguished service to the Eisteddfod and the Gorsedd. As a composer he has published six volumes of songs and a large number of choral works. In 2007 Gomer Press published Maestro, his biography of the choir’s founder conductor, Noel Davies. As part of the fiftieth anniversary celebrations in 2010 he completed a history of the choir entitled Brothers Sing On, published by Y Lolfa. He became President of Côr Meibion Pontarddulais in 2004 having been the Accompanist of the choir for a period of eighteen years between 1973 and 1991.
The Secretary, Pontarddulais Male Choir,
53 Woodville Street, Pontarddulais, Swansea, SA4 8SH Wales, United Kingdom
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