Australian Welsh Male Choir

Musical Director

Tom Buchanan

 BMus(Hons), LL.B, GDLP, GradDipEd

 Tom is a well-known and highly regarded Melbourne-based choral conductor, currently directing the Australian Welsh Male Choir, Excelsis and the Mornington Peninsula Chorale.  In addition to conducting, Tom is also an experienced and award-winning concert pianist, chamber musician and accompanist.  In recent years he has given performances around Australia and internationally in New Zealand, Indonesia, the Philippines, England, Wales and Ireland.

 Further to his various performance roles, Tom teaches piano at some of Melbourne’s most prestigious schools, privately at his home studio, and is also a published choral composer and arranger.

 Before commencing as the Musical Director of the Australian Welsh Male Choir in June 2015, Tom was the choir’s Principal Accompanist (2007-2015).  Since he started working with the choir, Tom has participated in countless performances, numerous festivals and three international tours.  He has also enjoyed the opportunity to work with some of the world’s most eminent Welsh conductors.  In his role as Musical Director, Tom’s aim is to work with the Australian Welsh Male Choir to showcase and promote the rich Welsh choral tradition, both in Australia and abroad, and to share the joy of singing with choristers and audiences alike.

Principal Accompanist

Michelle Nguyen

MMus, BMus(Hons), LMusA, AMusA 

Michelle Nguyen graduated from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in 2013 having completed her Bachelor of Music (Honours) and Master of Music (Performance). During her studies she was the recipient of a number of scholarships including the Gardiner, Grace Funston, Faculty Merit and John Hellyar scholarships. Following her studies, Michelle was awarded the Robert and Elizabeth Albert Piano Fellowship with The Australian Ballet where she spent the year working with the company in Melbourne and Sydney. Her overseas engagements include accompanying ballet classes in Houston Ballet’s Summer Intensive (2015) and touring with the Australian Welsh Male Choir on their tour to Asia in March this year. She became their Principal Accompanist in June 2017. Her musical profile also includes teaching piano, accompanying the Mornington Peninsula Chorale, ballet and music theatre productions.