By Carl Llewellyn

The Dowlais Male Choir were invited to perform at the reception of the Mayoral Inauguration of His Worship the Mayor Councillor David Isaacs.

The choir, under the direction of its Musical Director Darya Brill-Williams and accompanist Michael Jones, entertained the Mayor’s guests on the ornate staircase as they entered the Old Town Hall ( Red House). The back drop where the choir stood had been recently refurbished, with its three panelled stained glass window commemorating the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897. The centre of the middle panel has a picture of Queen Victoria.

The Mayor and his former choir

The Mayor and his former choir

While the Mayor’s invited guests and dignitaries arrived, the choir sang a selection of Welsh hymns and light hearted pieces from their repertoire. When the Mayoral party arrived, David’s face beamed with delight at receiving such a musical welcome. His Worship the Mayor Councillor David Isaacs has an affinity with the Dowlais Male Choir as it was 33 years ago when he sang in the second tenor section of the choir, and to this day he still remembers the lyrics of the “Dowlais Sound”, put to music by the television series in the 1970s called “Vandervalk”.

While the Mayor, along with Councillor Allan Jones (a former second tenor of Dowlais Male Choir) and the choir’s president Professor Sir Mansel Alyward were enjoying the choir performing, the choir’s musical director Darya Brill-Williams seized the hands of the three men and positioned them in front of the choir. They were summoned to assist the choir in singing a medley of ‘Songs from the First World War’, starting with “Its a long way to Tipperary”. When the choir’s performance had ended, the Mayor, Mayoress and their guests were left to enjoy the celebrations.

David Isaacs, 53, was elected Mayor of Merthyr Tydfil and its first citizen for the period 2015/2016. David has represented the Penydarren electoral ward as a labour party councillor for the last three years, while his Deputy Mayor Margaret Davies represents the Cyfarthfa Ward. 

David was brought up by his parents Bryn and Betty along with his two brothers Geraint and Huw at the family home in Brynmorlais Street, Penydarren. He attended Penydarren Infants School before transferring to Gwaunfarren Infants School followed later by County Grammar School and finally Pen-y-Dre High School.

In his youth ,David attended Horeb Sunday School, where his fellow Penydarren councillor Allan Jones (Salty) is an elder.  Horeb Chapel is proud to announce David as the fifth Mayor of Merthyr Tydfil to have an association with the Chapel. The other Mayors were Lewis Jones, Stanley Lloyd, Albert John and Allan Jones. 

David began his working life in ASDA, but ambition made him seek a more lucrative career and so he finally chose to be a Paramedic when in his 20′s.

The Mayoress is David’s wife Debbie and they have been happily married for 17 years. They have five children, Brenig, Rhys, Caitlin, Dafydd  and Ffion.

With local politics taking up much of David’s leisure time, he does finds time to watch his son play Rugby.

David also has another connection with Dowlais Male Choir as he is a relative of the choir’s stage manager Richard Cole. 

Dowlais Male Choir, its Musical Director and Accompanist send our congratulations to both of you as Mayor and Mayoress of Merthyr Tydfil on such a prestigious occasion.

We wish you both a successful and exciting year and we hope you will achieve many great things during your year of office.

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