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The Glam is a non-profit organisation supporting youth music across South Wales. The aim of The Glam is to launch, develop, engage in and support youth music opportunities across South Wales. 

The Glam is made up of 50 years of members of the former Glamorgan Youth Orchestra and Choir and the Mid Glamorgan Youth Orchestra and Choir all of which received a free music education, experiences and opportunities.

Our fund raising arm of the organisation supports The Jeffrey Francis Foundation: Many generations of Mid Glamorgan youth musicians were mentored by Jeffrey Francis and remember his enthusiasm for youth music.

The Glam Youth Choir launched in May 2015 in Merthyr Tydfil, Treforest and Bridgend offering free singing opportunities to age 10 and above. The Glam Youth Choir now meet in St. David’s Uniting Church, Pontypridd once a month for a workshop singing day and perform all over South Wales. The choir is free. Please contact us if you would like to join


To further promote the Glam Youth Choir, we launched GlamCamp in August 2015, a free summer program providing 90 free places to 5-18year olds to work on Music and the Arts culminating in a performance with the Glam Reunion Choir and Orchestra at St David’s Hall in Cardiff. GlamCamp2016 is open for registration. Register now and secure your place.


We have also launched The Instrument Bank, a free loan facility for children across South Wales interested in learning an instrument and developing their interest in youth music. Donated or loaned instruments in the instrument bank are available for young musicians to loan for free to help develop their music potential.


So, what’s it all about? The Glamorgan Youth Orchestra was formed in September 1949 by Founder and Conductor Russell Sheppard (1914-1999) from Mountain Ash, and by 1960 it had grown to a full symphony orchestra of 116, with a “reserve” of more than 200 players who were accommodated and given experience in Junior Orchestral Courses. In addition, there were three sectional orchestras from which ‘The Glam’ drew its players; they provided weekly opportunities for orchestral playing. Each met at regional centres - the East at Pontypridd, the Mid at Bridgend and the West at Neath. Some members of the orchestra went on to play with The National Youth Orchestra of Wales.

In September 1974 the baton was passed from Mr Russell Sheppard (on his retirement) to the then string tutor and ex-player Mr Jeffrey Francis who continued in this role until 1998. Along with a new conductor came a new authority – Mid Glamorgan. Players and singers from places such as Neath and Gowerton now performed for West Glamorgan, and players and singers from Penarth or Rhiwbina now performed for South Glamorgan. Fortunately Mid Glamorgan still had its jewel, Ogmore camp! It was here that the orchestra and choir continued to flourish through Junior, Transitional and Senior courses.


In 1977 there were more changes to the authority boundaries and once again a name change to The Glamorgan Valleys Orchestra and Choir with Mr Francis still at the helm up to his final concert in 1998. In July 1998 the baton was passed to the third conductor Dr Kevin Adams (another product of the Glam and Mid Glam), who took the organisation into the new Four Counties Orchestra and Choir era, with the addition of the Four Counties Windband founded by David Williams and David Hughes. The Glam produced among its many hundreds of successes, Sir Karl Jenkins CBE who was at the Gala Concert 2015 as our guest conductor.




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