Our conductor, Andrew Badham, was born in Mountain Ash and educated at Mountain Ash Comprehensive School from where he entered the Welsh College of Music and Drama studying organ under Robert Joyce, organist at Llandaff Cathedral. Andrew also studied choral conducting with Hungarian Celia Vadja, a former pupil of the composer Kodaly. After completing his studies at the WCMD, he moved to Philippa Fawcett College, London, where he gained a teaching diploma.
On leaving college, Andrew entered the Civil Service, and whilst in London was organist and choirmaster at Holy Trinity Church, Upper Tooting. On his transfer to Cardiff in 1982, Andrew returned to live in Mountain Ash. Since returning he has become involved with many musical activities. He served as deputy conductor and accompanist to the Cwmbach Male Choir from 1986 to 1991, when he took up an appointment as deputy musical director to the Treorchy Male Choir. In November 1993, he returned to Cwmbach Male Choir as their Musical Director.
On his return to Wales in 1982, Andrew re-joined the Mountain Ash & District Choral Society having first joined it whilst in school, singing in the bass section. He soon became assistant accompanist and conductor before being appointed conductor in 1991. In 1997, Andrew became Musical Director of the Treorchy Male Choir and successfully juggled a busy schedule of rehearsals, concerts and tours with the two choirs. He currently focuses his attention solely on Mountain Ash & District Choral Society – enough of a job in itself!