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On the 22nd November 1965, the world became a better a place.

Michael was born……….Son, Brother, uncle, cousin, partner, friend.

James Michael Jones was the second son to Raymond and Ronwen Jones and was born and raised in Aberystwyth along with his brother Philip and sister, Helen. In his early years, naturally influenced by the beautiful seaside town in which he lived, Michael developed a passion for the sea and all things maritime. Growing up, he spent a considerable amount of time down at the harbour – usually just watching the boats coming in and out of the port but also, watching the fishermen unload their catch. Even at a young age, Michael was well known and a very familiar figure to the local boat owners. He would use all the persuasive powers known to a child to gain a free boat trip around the bay.

Michael was educated through the medium of Welsh at Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg in Alexandra Road followed by Penweddig Comprehensive School.

Influenced by his mother’s love of music, he began at an early age to learn the piano. He sang in th school and church choirs and went on to become the organist and choir master at St Michael’s Parish Church.

After gaining a Bachelor of Music degree in 1987 from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Michael accepted a place to study pianoforte accompaniment with Jeanette Massocchi at the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.

Following a brief return to Aberystwyth to gain a post graduate certificate in education, Michael again moved south having secured a teaching post in Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg, Aberdar, a role he loved, in which he excelled, and one that spanned his entire teaching career of some thirty years. A rough calculation suggests that in the last three decades, Michael has formally taught more than nine hundred pupils, but has touched the lives of hundreds more across the school through his engagement in musical activities. A committed, passionate and enthusiastic teacher, Michael was appreciated and respected by pupils and parents alike. All who had the privilege of being taught by him recognised his talent, zeal, flair, creativity……..and they loved him! His was the voice on the school answerphone, his was the name known to pupils across the primary age range, his was the face of the public performances of the school choir, soloists and instrumentalists, the face of the local and regional eisteddfodau.

The South Wales valleys were the richer for Ceredigion’s loss. From 1987, Michael immersed himself in all things musical. Having set up home in Cwmdare, a home in which he would live throughout his adult life, and later share with his partner, Matt, Michael committed his enormous talent to Music making. In 1992, he assumed the role of deputy accompanist to a local male choir, and later went on to become the choir’s musical director. Almost at the same time, he was invited by Colstars Operatic and Dramatic Society to become accompanist for their production of ‘Irene’; in 1996 he became their Musical