Derry Prothero - Musical Director
Maureen Prothero - Accompanist
Derry Prothero was brought up in Merthyr Tydfil. He studied Music at Dartington
College of Arts before returning to Wales to teach as Head of Music at
Pontllanfraith and Bedwellty Grammar Schools, and later at Cyfarthfa High
Maureen comes from Weston-Super-Mare. She also studied at
Dartington College of Arts, where she met and subsequently married Derry. She
taught music at Cyfarthfa High School and Bishop Hedley RC High School before
moving to Heolgerrig Primary School where she taught for many
In 1966 Derry became organist and choirmaster of St. David’s Church in Merthyr; a position he held for 32 years. Ably assisted by Maureen, they built the choir to a size and standard that enabled them to sing major works from the choral repertoire including Messiah (Handel), The Creation (Haydn), Gloria (Vivaldi) and Requiem (Faure), as well as major anthems from the church repertoire. Such was the standard of the choir that they often sang the services in Llandaff Cathedral when the cathedral choir was on holiday.
Maureen and Derry were always willing to help other choirs when they needed a conductor and accompanist. This included a week long tour of Germany with the Lindsey Singers and participation, with Dowlais Male Choir, in the Celtic Festival in Paris.