We are very privileged and proud to have as a member and deacon our very own organist, Mr Peter
David. Peter was brought to Smyrna at an early age by his grandmother, Mrs Arianwen David, a life-
long member of Smyrna.
Peter tells us that he had one year of formal piano lessons as a seven year
old, which he then rejected. Fortunately for the community and us he became a self taught pianist and
organist much sought after by many churches and chapels in the area for weddings, funerals, gymanfas
and concerts. At the age of sixteen he became very interested in playing the organ at Smyrna. At the time Mr James
Dare was struggling to play the organ for the Sunday service and was only too pleased to hand the job
over to this young man. He has gone on to serve Smyrna faithfully for the past thirty-four years.
September 5th, 1998, Peter was awarded an honorary Fellowship of the National College of Music for
services to music, for which he has the right to feel very proud.
At present we have a small choir at Smyrna, which until the end of the year 2004 was lead by Mrs
Mary Brace a hard working member and friend to everyone at
Smyrna. Mary who was a former
teacher at Tondu Primary school sadly passed away on February 28th 2005 after a courageous battle
against her illness. She is missed by everyone at Smyrna but most of all by the choir who loved her
and the fellowship we shared at choir practice with her and Peter.
Peter and the choir promised Mary that we would keep the choir going and we will do so in her memory, but for Peter and the choir
members it will never be quite the same.
Previous organists were Mrs Vi Lloyd, as mentioned in the
Bi-Centenary report. Then came Mr Rees
Thomas who also formed a choir from the congregation at the time. This was around 1930 - 1940.
His niece, Mrs Gwen Thomas who played from the 1950's - 1960's, took his place. The years
between the 60's and the start of Peters post were filled, when available, by Miss Audrey Draper and
her mother, Mrs Beatrice Draper, followed by Mr James Dare. These organists played on the old pump or pedal organ, the last one being presented to the chapel by
the late Mr & Mrs Llewellyn of Ogmore Vale, in memory of their son, who was killed in the Second World War.
Mr Llewellyn was a brother of Mrs Gladys Thomas, who was a deaconess at Smyrna for
many years, until her death in 1976. That organ was replaced by the existing pipe organ in 1976.