Cwmbach Male Choir

Founded in the Heart of Aberdare - Queen of the Valleys


Vocal Chords

The Choir recently took part in a major news series on RTE Lyric FM.Vocal Chords is a five part music documentary series for The Lyric Feature on RTÉ lyric fm presented by one of Ireland’s most acclaimed sean-nós singers Iarla Ó Lionáird. 

In a global exploration Iarla explores the question whether singing is mankind’s primary means of communication and why we sing in both times of joy and sorrow.  In a vocal landscape from the sean nós tradition in Ireland, to the Zulu Mbube music of South Africa. Iarla talks to outstanding performers like Peter Gabriel, Sinéad O'Connor, Maria Pomianowska and, of course, Cwmbach Male Choir ,to uncover the story behind song, singing and the  unique vocal styles of the world.  This series takes listeners on a rich audio experience  while addressing the simple but vital question, ‘What happens when you sing and why do we sing?’

You can listen to the series by following this link and get more information on the making of the series here Please take the time to listen to the whole hour. In series 2 at 29 minutes in you can hear a particularly interesting piece about the Choir's relationship with Paul Robeson including an interview with our choristor Jack Palmer who sang with him in a concert for Africa Freedom Day in 1960. Our Vice Chairman Denzil Boaler also provides an interesting perspective on the relationship between mining in South Wales and The Choir. There is also a potted history of our very special relationship with Cenestra Male Choir in an interview with their charismatic leader Elijah Themba Madlopha