Cwmbach Male Choir

Founded in the Heart of Aberdare - Queen of the Valleys


News Archive 7 - May 2007 - May 2009

13 JUNE 2009 COURTYARD HEREFORD On Saturday 13th June the choir returned to the Courtyard Theatre, Hereford. We were joined in concert by Cellist Marged Jones who is at present completing her second year in the Royal College of Music in London. During the evening Marged played a brilliant selection of accompanied and unaccompanied music including pieces by Bach, Saint Saens and Rubinstein, Marged was accompanied by both Jayne and Emyr. We once again used our Sound Shell and Staging to enhance the experience, and the Courtyard’s own sound engineer remarked on the resulting high quality of our performance! The choir were pleased to see in the audience some supporters from Aberdare, who joined the Choir for an after concert sing at Hereford Welsh Social Club. Another excellent evening was enjoyed by all!
14 MAY 2009 EYCA CONFERENCE CARDIFF The Choir sang at the opening dinner of the European Youth Card Association’s 25th Annual Conference. We were greeted with rapturous applause from the youngsters representing countries from all over Europe. The audience were treated to a mixture of Welsh songs, songs from the shows and some popular music as the Choir performed on the grand central staircase of

Read more: News Archive 7 - May 2007 - May 2009

News Archive 6 - June 2009 - September 2010

18 SEPTEMBER 2010 FIGHT A KILLER WITH MUSIC Once again we took part in a Charity Concert on behalf of the Cardiff Branch of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, taking place once again in Bethany Baptist Church. We were joined for this very special concert by soloist Rhiannon Llewellyn, born in Swansea yet with a world wide experience finally about to enter her final year of study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff. Her repertoire was varied and included the traditional Welsh song The Ash Grove sung “A Cappella”. Rhiannon was accompanied by the talented Nathaniel Mander, a performer in his own right! The Choir sang from their wide repertoire including some new pieces - “Cylch o Emyn-donau” and Y Darlun” to name but two. The choir was led by our very own director Emyr Wynne Roberts and accompanied by Jayne Thomas. Ken Jones our ampere brought his own brand of Welsh humour to round off the proeedings. There was a brilliant end to the evening

Read more: News Archive 6 - June 2009 - September 2010

News Archive 3 - September 2011 - July 2012

10 JULY 2012 WHEN HANDS MEET - CONCERT What an amazing night for the capacity audience at the Coliseum Theatre, Aberdare. This was part of a short tour by Cenestra within a visit to the Choir of the World Competition In London. Cenestra wanted to visit our part of Wales and particularly Cwmbach and “The Land of Song’ from which the inspiration for the Cenestra Male Choir had sprung following a meeting with Cwmbach Choir in Cork. This had been the start of the great friendship shared between the two Choirs ever since. This was one evening in a busy week filled with music and local culture. Visits had included Big Pit Cardiff Bay, Ferndale and the Mayor’s Parlour, Pontypridd. In the Coliseum, Cenestra delighted us all with the quality and variety of their repertoire - from The Holy City to the Maskandi Medley. As well as performing some new pieces for the audience, Cwmbach Male Choir had the great privilege to join with Cenestra Male Choir to sing Morte Christi, Gwahoddiad and the very tuneful Shosholoza. It was certainly a night that none of us will ever forget!

Read more: News Archive 3 - September 2011 - July 2012

News Archive 5 - September 2010 - January 2011

22 JANUARY 2011 WHAT A NIGHT! We were joined for our Concert for Christmas on Saturday 22nd January 2011 by the children of Aberdare Park Primary School. The concert had been delayed due to December’s poor weather conditions. It was a night well worth waiting for - we were treated to brilliant singing from the children, including some very modern part-singing and solo work which was a real treat for both the audience and the Choir. The Chair sang a mixture of items including some pieces recently added to our repertoire including the Theme from Exodus. Our Chairman Brian Williams made two very special presentations during the concert:- Gwyn Evans has achieved Life Time Membership after many years of loyal service to the choir. Norman Harris has been particularly supportive of the Choir in his role of Deputy Musical Director for many years, Brian once again remembered Kerry Griffiths - a loyal and hard-working member of the Choir over many years, sadly missed by everyone.

Read more: News Archive 5 - September 2010 - January 2011

News Archive 2 - July 2012 - November 2012

NOVEMBER 2012 OUR SCOTTISH TOUR   We left Aberdare on Thursday 1st November with our usual tour driver John from Thomas’s of the  Rhondda, and headed up to Glasgow, arriving in the evening at our hotel, the Ibis. Some choristers and  the Musical Team were already in the hotel having flown up from Bristol. On the Friday we went to  spend some time in the capitol Edinburgh, which was the first visit for a few of the boys. On the scenic  return journey to the hotel we stopped at Loch Lomond to admire the views. The following morning  allowed us free time to explore Glasgow which has quite an exceptional City Centre and of course we

Read more: News Archive 2 - July 2012 - November 2012

News Archive 4 - February 2011 - September 2011

17 SEPTEMBER 2011 CHARITY CONCERT Once again we returned to Bethany Chapel, Rhiwbina, to help raise money for Leukemia Research. It is with great pleasure that we help to raise money for a cause that is very close to our hearts. We have for several years now been committed to supporting this work not only locally, but as far away as London. It was a delight to share the stage for the evening with some talented youngsters.
16 JULY 2011 LEGACY 90th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT Well this truly was an incredible night. The audience thrilled as the evening panned out - Cwmbach Male Choir, Only Aberdare Boys Aloud, Roy Noble entertained us with background stories on our theme, and our very own Brian Williams made this a very special evening indeed! With the use of

Read more: News Archive 4 - February 2011 - September 2011

News Archive 1 - November 2012 - March 2013

2013 Time to Celebrate!!
Many congratulations to our fabulous second tenor, Mr Jack Palmer on his 90th birthday! Believe it ornot Jack has been singing with the choir for 63 years, a fantastic achievement, we are all very proud of him. Have a great Birthday Jack.

Thursday 28th March 2013
Annual General Meeting at Abercwmboi Rugby Club The AGM was well attended this year with a large proportion of members contributing to a sometimes lively debate. The Registrar (Mr Alan Davies) and Treasurer (Mr Richard Rosser) gave their reports for the year, and took questions. The Chairman, Mr Brian Williams, gave a detailed report of the choirs’ activities over the last year and we took time to remember those members, their family, friends and supporters who sadly passed away during 2012/2013. Brian also passed on thanks to the numerous individuals, committee members etc. who contributed to the success of the choir. A written report from the musical team was distributed to attendees, and the election and re-election of committee, officers and vice-presidents took place. Full details are available on the main page. We then looked forward to a full and exciting programme in 2013/2014 with a growing membership and continuing expanding musical programme.

Read more: News Archive 1 - November 2012 - March 2013