Singing Development Leader, Nia Llewelyn Jones

Our first ever Singing Development Leader

Nia Llewelyn Jones is currently Singing Development Leader at Gloucester Cathedral, a position that she became the first to hold in 2014. Her remit is to enthuse and encourage the children of the diocese to sing. She has revitalized the Cathedral Junior Choir, significantly growing the membership. Nia is responsible for the Music Department’s termly Junior Voices Project where, to date, she has coached in excess of 2,000 school children to sing as part of the Cathedral’s mission. She is also the inaugural Conductor of the Girl Choristers, following the historic admission of girls to the Cathedral Choir in November 2016.


Nia was recently appointed an Associate Director of the London Symphony Chorus, and frequently directs the CBSO Chorus.  Most recently, she was chorus master to the London Symphony Chorus in a performance of Mahler 8 at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, under Marc Albrecht.  Nia has also conducted off-stage choruses in the symphonic repertoire for a number of renowned conductors including Adrian Partington, Sir Andrew Davis and Mark Wigglesworth.      


Nia is regularly involved in youth and educational ventures.  She has worked with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales on education projects, including conducting a series of concerts about the Symphony Orchestra, which were subsequently broadcast on the Welsh children’s television network, CYW on S4C. Nia conducted the South-West contingent of the massed children’s choir for Children in Need 2015, which was broadcast live throughout the country. Elsewhere, she has been invited to work with The Sage, Gateshead’s Education division, the CBSO’s various choral forces and Learning and Participation department.


Nia was conductor of the National Youth Choir of Wales in 2015, and directed the choir on tour in Argentina as part of the monumental Patagonia 150 celebrations.  She also directed the National Youth Training Choir of Wales in 2016. 


Nia enjoys writing music for the young people with whom she works.  She has written a sung-through musical Nativity play, Glory to God, for the Cathedral Junior Choir and has published other liturgical compositions with Chichester Music Press. 


Nia grew up in North Wales where singing and choral music played a central part in her musical upbringing. After reading music at Robinson College, Cambridge, she won a full scholarship to study with Simon Halsey on his collaborative course between the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the University of Birmingham.

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