M A R G O T M O R G A N
B I O G R A P H Y
In 1976, she returned to
Swansea where she studied for a BA, raised two children, and earned
her living as a teacher while developing a parallel musical career.
She also developed others interests, including acting and writing
(she has an MA in Modern Welsh Writing in English and has published
articles in journals such as Planet: the Welsh Internationalist
and Agenda, the journal of the Institute of Welsh Affairs).
When family commitments finally allowed, she became part of a
successful folk trio, performing at various venues, including the
main stage at Pontardawe Folk Festival. Margot has sung and
performed with numerous drama and music groups, among them the Tŷ
Llen Theatre Workshop and the Staggering Players (at the Dylan
Thomas Centre, Swansea), the Boiled String experimental poetry
group, The Idrisiaid (a poetry and folk group), National Theatre
Wales, and the Community Chorus of Welsh
Margot was invited by Jen Wilson, founder of Women in Jazz (now under the umbrella of Jazz Heritage Wales), to be the singer for the organisationís various shows and groups. Among them were Wilson & Morganís Café Society Ensemble, Roots Trio, and the Jen Wilson Ensemble which in 2011 released the critically acclaimed Twelve Poems: the Dylan Thomas Jazz Suite. Margot is currently developing her repertoire on the Jazz Performance MA at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
As Jazz Heritage Walesís sole vocalist, Margot went on to train Elissa Evans, lead singer of the All Stars band, the first all-women big band in Swansea since 1945, for which Margot has also led a series of workshops. She trained as a Natural Voice Practitioner in 2007 and, as a member of the NVP network, she is a freelance singing teacher.
Margot founded the Brynmill Uplands Community Choir, meeting weekly
and aiming to present some three concerts a year. Their premier
performance, of songs by the Fisk Jubilee Singers, attracted a full
house and the choir is looking forward to presenting programmes of
madrigals, lesser-known Christmas carols, and arrangements of
twentieth-century popular songs.
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