Musical Director

Ieuan Davies

As well choral singing, Ieuan learned piano, recorder, flute and trumpet before settling on the horn as his main instrument, aged twelve! He studied with Ralph Hall of the Hallé Orchestra, before going to the Welsh College of Music and Drama, & then completing his teaching qualifications on the specialist music course at Bretton Hall College of Education, Yorkshire.

Ieuan has been a successful teacher of horn and brass in a wide range of schools in Dorset and has been director of both Christchurch and Bournemouth Music Centres. He has a wide experience of conducting ensembles of all styles, ages and abilities, including orchestras, brass, wind & jazz bands, choirs and percussion ensembles.

His first memories of Gilbert and Sullivan are seeing a professional production of The Mikado in Manchester and then appearing on stage as Gianetta in The Gondoliers at his all boys secondary school! However, some of the well-known songs were probably percolating around the family home well before this. He has since played in all of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas on numerous occasions throughout his career.

Although no longer teaching, he maintains his musicmaking, performing with numerous Orchestral & Choral Societies and Opera Companies across the south of England, as well as regularly directing ensembles and adjudicating at music festivals.

Having waved his truncheon over the music for Pirates of Penzance last year, the company is delighted to welcome Ieuan back. With spirited efforts, he has transformed us into something far better than motley crew of frustrated bridesmaids and disembodied ancestors!