Aled Maddock (B.Mus)
Aled attended Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera before graduating in Music at Bangor University. He is a former pupil of Madame Eileen Gethin-Jones and the Czech pianist Jana Frenklova.
After graduating in 1990 Aled was appointed as Musical Director of Craig y Nos Castle where he was responsible for arranging numerous musical events held at the famous Patti Theatre. During this time, he also began his association as accompanist with Neath and District ladies Choir, Côr Meibion Onllwyn who performed with Côr Meibion Llanelli at the Brit Awards at Alexandra Palace and Bryncoch Male Voice Choir.
He was appointed Musical Director of Tonna Male Voice Choir in 1998 a post he held until 2002 forming his own mixed choir “Côr Al” in the Swansea Valley.
He has conducted the popular S4C religious programme “Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol” on several occasions from Ystradgynlais , Resolven , Ystalyfera and the Christmas service broadcast from St David’s Church Neath in 2015.
After obtaining his PGCE in 1994, Aled was appointed to his current post as Head of Music at his former school Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera. He is particularly proud of the musical achievements of many past pupils , some of which grace our TV screens and concert halls throughout the world.
He has toured extensively with the performing arts faculty visiting Canada , South Africa , Malaysia and Singapore and has been Musical Director for two Urdd National Youth Productions , the most memorable being the revival of the Rock Opera “Jiwdas” which was performed in the open air in the ruins of the former Gnoll estate in Neath .
Aled enjoys composing and arranging particularly for youth choirs and ensembles. He lives in Cross Hands with his wife Manon and son Iestyn Rhys.