Cwmbach Male Choir

Founded in the Heart of Aberdare - Queen of the Valleys

 

Vikki Howells A.M. takes on Role as Vice President

The choir is delighted to announce that, Vikki Howells, Welsh Assembly Govenment Member for Cynon Valley has taken on the role of Vice President of Cwmbach Male Choir.

Vikki is a lifelong resident of Cynon Valley, and was educated at St John Baptist Church in Wales High school, Aberdare, before attending the University of Wales, Cardiff where she gained a Bachelors Degree in International and Welsh History, and a Masters Degree in Modern Welsh History. Whilst studying at Cardiff, Vikki received the Charles Morgan award in recognition of her contribution to the field of Welsh History.

As someone who was born and raised in Cwmbach, Vikki has always taken a keen interest in the Choir and has attended many of our concerts over the years. Indeed, just a few months ago her daughter had the experience of singing with us at the Coliseum as part of the Cwmdare School Choir.

Choral singing, drama and art has long been a rich part of the history of the Cynon Valley, and we hope that together we can help sustain and grow this very important part of life in the Valleys. The are undoubtedly many challenges in the future, however, we hope that the partnership with Vikki will help us face them head-on.

Welcome aboard Vikki...... see you in rehearsal soon.

   
   

Live broadcast of Massed Voices Charity Concert

Hosted by Nick Servini, this fabulous concert took place on Saturday 20th May 2017 at St. Elvan's Church Aberdare and featured the combined voices of Cwmbach Male Choir, Cwmdare Voices, Pelenna Valley Male Voice Choir and Mountain Ash RFC Singers. The guest artistes were Mackie Brass. Conducted in his inimitable style by Dr. Mike Thomas and accompanied by the wonderful Jayne Thomas on piano and Will Thomas on organ. The concert was to raise funds for The Stroke Association. The concert starts here at around 8 minutes and there is is a 20 minute interval. Follow this link to YouTube https://youtu.be/YLx-nkUarYQ 

Live St Davids Day.

John Merriman

Cwmbach Male Choir is saddened to learn of the death of John Merriman, a faithful chorister and former Chairman and Vice Chairman of the choir.

John , on returning with his wife Jenny to live in Aberdare, rejoined the choir after a gap of many years, and loved not only the singing, but the friendship, social activities and tours.

 Our thoughts go out to Jenny and their families. He was a true gentleman and will be fondly remembered  by everyone connected to the Choir.

 

Johns' funeral will be held on Monday 19th June at 2.15pm at Llwydcoed Crematorium. Choristers please be at the Crematorium for 1.50pm.

Remembrance Day – Cwmbach at Cardiff Central Station

On Friday 11th November the choir was truly honoured to be a small part of a Remembrance Service at Cardiff Central Railway Station. Arriva trains Wales transported the choir down from the top of the Cynon valley to the Capital City where we sang Morte Christi and Gwahoddiad prior to the two minute silence at 11am. A huge thank you to Sheridan George and Bob Thomas who travelled independently to set-up the piano and sound system and to our MD Dr Mike Thomas for conducting the choir in the bustling and challenging environment. Special thanks to the boys from Mount Rugby Choir who also travelled with us and contributed to the rich sound that echoed throughout the hall and tunnels at Cardiff Central.