It was in 1979, with sixteen voices, that the group was established - Pamela Guy as Musical Director and Heather Langdon as Accompanist. Some thirty years on, through their dedication and drive, there are now fifty members with ages ranging from early 20s to early 70s. Today, four of the original sixteen singers still perform with New Harmony - Pamela Guy and Heather Langdon are still Musical Director and Accompanist.
The choir has undertaken successful tours of Germany, America, Italy, France, Ireland, Scotland and Belgium.
The New Harmony Singers are a registered charity but perform regularly for other charities and voluntary organisations. To date the choir has raised in excess of £500,000.00 for those charities. The concert calendar is a busy one and the choir has made several recordings, the most recent of which was released in December 2013.
The good friendship amongst the choir is apparent in performances, and contributes much to the happy atmosphere of the New Harmony Singers’ concerts.
The New Harmony Singers participated in the Majestic Choir Festival in 2012, winning third prize! The adjudicator complimented their rendition of 42nd Street as, “SATB singing at its best with a wonderfully tight ensemble, excellent diction and excellently tuned performance."
MUSICAL DIRECTOR - PAMELA GUY BEM
Pamela was taught piano at the age of nine. Brought up in the Methodist church, it was fitting that she was taught church organ. She became deputy organist at Trinity Methodist Church in her home town of Risca at the age of fifteen. Her music studies continued at the Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff where her forte in piano accompaniment was developed.
Pamela has accompanied many Welsh Opera singers - Ryland Davies, Ann Howells and Beverly Humphreys to name just a few and was accompanist for the Risca Male Choir for a number of years. She has helped several operatic societies in her role as MD but as a founder member she is now totally committed to the New Harmony Singers. Her drive, determination, commitment and demand for perfection, together with Heather’s loyal support have made the choir what they are today - a unique group of singers with a magical blend of voices.
Pamela was honoured for her services to music in the queens birthday honours in 2016. Pamela was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM).