David Martyn Jones     GLCM, LLCM(TD), ALCM, Dip.Lit. Wales
Born in Pontypool in 1964, David Martyn Jones was educated at London College of Music where he studied piano with Richard Deering, organ with Margaret Phillips and conducting, and University College of Wales Aberystwyth. Further studies included piano with the late Geoffrey Buckley and Voice with Jeanette Massocchi.
Martyn was appointed accompanist of Newport Philharmonic Choir at its formation in 1988, a post he shared with Leslie James, and held until Autumn 1989. While studying for his diploma in Information and Library Studies he remained a member of the choir and he returned full-time as a chorister in the summer of 1990 and was re-appointed accompanist the following year. He accompanies the choir in rehearsals and concerts and also plays in the orchestra when required. Martyn also deputises for the Musical Director and takes sectional rehearsals when needed also. He has accompanied the choir on 3 successful overseas tours and played the piano solo in Mozart's concert aria "Thio in scordi di te" in Germany in 1998. He has had several original works and arrangements premiered by the choir.
An experienced choral and orchestral conductor, Martyn was appointed assistant conductor of Torfaen Choral Society in 2001, and has conducted the choir in performances of Schubert's Mass in G, Arwel Hughes' Gweddi, Stainer's Crucifixion, selections from Brahms' Liebeslieder and Handel's Messiah. He has also assisted in preparation of the choir for performances of Creation and The Seasons by Haydn, Missa Creola by Ariel Ramirez, Fauré Requiem and Rutter Requiem. In addition he has conducted many smaller works with the choir including the world premiere of his own "Ding Dong Merrily on High" a challenging new setting of the famous Christmas carol for SATB a capella. Later this year he will conduct the choir on tour to France, and the Fauré Requiem in Newport.
Martyn is Director of Music at St Michaels Church, Llantarnam, Cwmbran, Deputy MD & Accompanist of Newport Philharmonic Choir and Musical Director of the popular concert group "Judy and Friends". He teaches piano and theory of music.