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David Martyn Jones (born 1964) is a Welsh conductor, composer/arranger and pianist.

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.

He was appointed accompanist of Newport Philharmonic Choir in 1988 at its founding and continues in that role to the present day. Martyn has accompanied the choir on three successful overseas tours and played the piano part in Mozart's concert aria "Chio in Scordi di te" in the Waldorfshalle in Heidenheim, Germany. Martyn has also accompanied many well known singers including Hilary Summers, Wynne Evans, Joanne Thomas and others. He has written many original pieces and many arrangements for the choir. Martyn was appointed Deputy Musical Director of Newport Philharmonic Choir is September 2008. Martyn became full-time (having been part-time for a number of years ) accompanist of Cardiff Philharmonic Choir (Côr Ffilharmonic Caerdydd) in July 2008 and works with the well-known Welsh musician, Alun Guy.

Martyn was accompanist for the National Eisteddfod of Wales Eisteddfod Choir (Cor Eisteddfod) for Newport in 1988 and in 2004 and was also Official Organist for the festival in 2004. He also accompnied the Eisteddfod Choir (Cor Eisteddfod) for Cardiff 2008 and is accompanist of the Eisteddfod Choir (Cor Eisteddfod) for Ebbw Vale 2010.

From 1996 to 2005 Martyn was Musical Director of Christchurch Music Society and conducted 14 productions for them and in 2000 became Musical Director of "We Are What We Are" Musical Theatre Company a post he held for two years and for whom he arranged and conducted two major theatrical revues and many smaller concerts.

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's Gweddi, Stainer's Crucifixion, selections from Brahms' Liebeslieder, Vivaldi's Magnificat Mozart's Regina Coeli and Handel's Messiah. He has also assisted in the preparation of the choir for performances of The Creation, Missa Caellensis and The Seasons by Haydn, Misa Criolla by Ariel Ramirez, Fauré Requiem, Puccini's Messe di Gloria, Mozart's Regina Coeli, Weber's Stabat Mater and John Rutter's Requiem and Mass for the Children. In addition he has conducted many smaller works with the choir including the world première of his own "Ding Dong Merrily on High" a challenging new setting of the famous Christmas carol for SATB a cappella.

Martyn is Director of Music at St Michael's Church, Llantarnam, Capel Ebeneser, Newport and was until recently Musical Director of the popular concert group "Judy and Friends" with which he has helped raise thousands of pounds for charity. He teaches piano and theory of music.

Personal life

Martyn is married to Sian Jones and they live just outside Newport in South Wales.

External links

David Martyn Jones official website (http://www.fortymusic.fusiveweb.co.uk)

Newport Philharmonic Choir (http://www.nptphil.org.uk)

Torfaen Choral Society (http://torfaenchoral.free.fr)

List of works

Original Works

General Use

Our Father (SATB a cappella)

The Lord is my shepherd (SATB and piano or orchestra 0101.0000.hp.1111)

Psalm 150 (SATB Organ or Piano)

Christmas

Away in a Manger (SATB and Organ or Piano)

Ding Dong Merrily on High (SATB a cappella)

Love Came Down (SATB and Piano or Organ)

Welcome Yule (SATB and Organ)

Winter Snow (SATB and Piano)

Arrangements

General

Bohemian Rhapsody(Freddie Mercury and Queen) (SATB and Piano)

Circle of Life (The Lion King) Elton John (Soloist SATB and Piano)

Christmas

Sisialai'r Awel Fwyn (SSA and Piano)

Hannure Binnanun (Korean Carol) (SATB, triangle and Piano

Stille Nacht (SATB a capella)

Spirituals

Just a closer walk with Thee (SATB and Piano)

Steal Away (SATB a cappella)

Swing Low (SATB a cappella)

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