Cwmbach Male Choir

Founded in the Heart of Aberdare - Queen of the Valleys


Mr Ray Davies

Ray Davies (formerly of the Bass Section) passed away on Saturday 9th July aged 87 after a long illness. He joined the choir in 1988 and became its Compere and MC not long afterwards. He had a dry wit and a sharp sense of humour, and brought a lot of his material with him from his time in the Merchant Navy. He was an expert on the sinking of the Titanic and was invited to many organisations to provide his informative and enlightening insight into the famous loss of the ship. ...He was a long-standing Rotarian, and is credited with starting the “Aberdare Talking News for the Blind”, a service he continued to lead until his recent ill-health prevented him from continuing.

Ray represented the choir on the Welsh Amateur Music Federation, served as Bass Section Leader for many years, and served a term of three years as Vice Chairman. Ray enjoyed many overseas tours including Canada, the States, South Africa and all over Uk and Europe. He fronted the choir when it appeared on the first series of “Britain’s Got Talent”, and when asked about the average age of the choir by Simon Cowell, quickly replied “103”which brought great laughter and applause from the sell-out audience at the Wales Millenium Centre. Ray was also a faithful, long-term chorister with Mountain Ash Choral Society.

We extend our condolences to his wife Shirley and their daughter, and will advise you of the funeral arrangements once they are known. We will remember Ray with affection and gratitude.