Rhondda Symphony Orchestra


Jeff Lloyd

Jeff Lloyd, a former Leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales and the Glamorgan Youth Orchestra, studied the violin at University College Cardiff with Stanley Popperwell and chamber music with Alfredo Wang. Following over twenty years as an instrumental teacher in the Rhondda, during which time he founded the Rhondda Symphony Orchestra, in 1982 Jeff was appointed the first Head of Strings/Orchestral Studies to the former South Glamorgan Education Authority.

During his period as conductor of the prize-wining South Glamorgan Youth Orchestra, Jeff was invited to conduct in all of the UK’s major concert halls and toured extensively with the orchestra in Europe and the USA. He also established the South Glamorgan Youth Chamber Orchestra which won the Outstanding Performance Award at the 1985 Festival of Music for Youth at London’s Festival Hall.

As a freelance violinist Jeff has played professionally with the orchestras of the BBC, WNO, HTV and the Welsh Chamber Orchestra, of which he was a founder member, performing regularly with internationally distinguished artistes of contrasting styles, from Sir Geraint Evans, Stuart Burrows and Kiri te Kanawa to Jack Jones, Neil Sedaka and Gene Pitney being equally at home in either genre. Jeff has also been much in demand as an orchestra leader and fixer for choral societies throughout Wales. Having returned to the violin in his semi-retirement he was invited to lead the Welsh Philharmonic Orchestra; but he still allows himself plenty of time to thoroughly spoil his two young grandchildren with whom he is unashamedly besotted!

Now enjoying total retirement following a stroke suffered in 2003, Jeff still manages to do some conducting for his ‘baby’ RSO, of which he is now proud president.