Dr Mike Thomas PhD, MA
Mike was born in Tonmawr, a small village in the hills above Neath. He has been involved in music all his life: as a member of the West Glamorgan Youth orchestra and choir, a church organist, a soloist with various Operetta Societies and, for the last 25 years, Musical Director of the Pelenna Valley Male Voice Choir based in his home village of Tonmawr.
Another of Mike’s other passions is rugby. He gained 6 school boy caps as captain of the Welsh Schools rugby team, went on to captain Loughborough Colleges and is now the President of Tonmawr RFC.
A Craft teacher by profession he worked at Blaengwawr Comprehensive School for 31 years, retiring in 2014 as deputy headteacher. Mike was passionate about his subject as means of engaging all pupils in learning. This theme formed the basis of his Doctorate awarded from Loughborough University in 2008.
Mike is married to Margaret and they have two sons: William, a former organ scholar at Oxford, and Jac, who has recently been awarded a scholarship to study trumpet at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. It is a musical family underpinned by Margaret’s unerring support and understanding.
Retirement has brought opportunity to pursue his musical interests. He was invited last year to conduct the recently formed Cwmdare Voices. Mike is honoured and delighted to have been invited to assist Cwmbach Male Choir and hopes that his involvement will make a positive contribution to Cwmbach’s proud history of music making.