Cwmbach Male Choir

Founded in the Heart of Aberdare - Queen of the Valleys


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.


9th March 2013
Bethany Baptist Church, Rhiwbina, Cardiff The annual concert in support of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research proved once again to be a great success with the attentive audience enjoying a spirited performance from the choir. Following the win over Scotland earlier in the day the performance started with an old favourite in Tydi a Roddaist, and the first quarter concluded with a rousing rendition of Men of Harlech. The guest soloist was the highly talented harpist Llewellyn Ifan Jones. A native of Aberaeron, the 22 year old has achieved national success winning many competitions and in June 2010 won the Nani Richards Scholarship. Now a student at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama he performed flawless renditions of Yr Hyd ref and the Overture from Suite with Harp by Britten. The choir continued the first half with an American section concluding with the famous Elvis song An American Trilogy. Following a short interval the audience was entertained by an eclectic mix of tunes ranging from a Dirty Dancing medley to the old Welsh hymn Gwahoddiad before closing with Hen Wlad fy Nhadau. Many thanks to our Musical Director, Andrew Quick and accompanist, the legendary Jayne Thomas for their ever present support and direction. The concert was compered by the incomparable Mr Brian Williams, the Choir Chairman who proved to be as entertaining and informative as ever. The after concert reception was hosted at Rhiwbina Rec Club who again were fabulous hosts. An informal sing along was interspersed with drinks and curry and chips and our thanks go to all involved.

2 MARCH 2013 St
DAVID’S DAY CONCERT - What a night 2nd March was’ The Choir were joined once again by Rhiannon Llewellyn (with whom we had the pleasure to sing last October in Hereford). She certainly entertained the very enthusiastic audience with a variety of songs (including French and of course Welsh songs). Cwmbach aired songs from a traditional Welsh repertoire while including some new material in the form of “Wherever You Are”, “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and also “Finlandia”. It gave the Choir another chance to sing and “move” (well some did) to Dirty Dancing! All in all a great night!

15 DECEMBER 2012
OUR CHRISTMAS CONCERT The Choir were joined at the The Coliseum Theatre by children from Caegarw Primary School for our annual Christmas Concert. Our selection for the evening included some of our well known and recent pieces for male voices. This performance was complemented by the children’s delightful rendering of a Christmas selection. All in all this was a lovely evening shared by all who were there. The evening finished with a buffet and festive social event for choristers and their friends and families at the nearby Harlequins Club.

17 NOVEMBER 2012
SUPER SATURDAY! The Choir enjoyed a great “Double Header” last Saturday (17th November) when we sang at the wedding of Maria and Mark at St. David’s Church, Merthyr in the afternoon, and then at the Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury in the evening. We were delighted to provide the musical background for the very happy couple in Merthyr, and proud that we joined them in a “team” photo! We wish them all the best for the future and hope that we were able to add something to their special event. In Tewkesbury we were again joined by the children of John Moore Primary School, ably led by Head-teacher Sally King. The audience ¡n a packed-house seemed to enjoy the whole occasion, and children and choir brought the house down by singing “Jacob’s Ladder” together. We then moved on to a “Triple Header” when we crossed the road from the Roses into the Old Black Bear, where we were generously hosted by Steve and his wife, and ate, drank and sang until midnight. Another great day out!

DIRTY DANCING! What an experience to sing at the Press Launch of ‘Dirty Dancing” as it made its debut in Wales! We had been asked to appear in the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay, and sang a variety of traditional and “show songs” including a Dirty Dancing Medley to a very warm and responsive audience who were all there to see the show. You could say that we had “the time of our lives”!