Lorient 2018 – to be shown on S4C Tuesday 11th September 2018 at 8:00pm
Dyma yw wyl Geltaidd fwya’r byd, ac eleni aeth y fraint o fod yn ‘Wlad Arhydeddus’ i Gymru.
This is the world’s biggest Celtic festival, and this year the privilege of being the honoured country was Wales, and Pendyrus Male Choir is also honoured to represent Wales at this prestigious Festival.
Pays de Galles : invité d’honneur 2018
Le Festival Interceltique de Lorient est heureux d’annoncer pour la 3e fois de son histoire la venue en tant que Pays à l’Honneur : le Pays de Galles
Please press play below to view Le Grande Spectacle au Festival Interceltique de Lorient 2018 including all the various artistes and Pendyrus Male Choir are very pleased to represent Wales in the Festival in the year l’année de Pays de Galles 2018
NB Pendyrus Male Choir can be viewed around 1 hour and 35 minutes into the Grand Spectacle.
Please press play below to view Amazing Grace in the final moments from Pendyrus Male Choir and various Celtic Artistes during the Festival Interceltique de Lorient 2018
Pendyrus awards local man with Honorary Membership after decades of support.
Maerdy Community Concert – 13 July 2018
Pendyrus Choir awarded Cyril Jones Honorary Membership of the Choir at a recent concert in Maerdy Community School.
This award is in recognition of decades of support for the choir.
Once a member of the choir in the late ‘50’s and 60’s, Cyril remembers winning the Cardigan Semi-National Eisteddfod in 1959.
Due to work and health reasons, unfortunately Cyril had to give up singing with the choir but his support has never wavered. He has been the driving force behind the Annual Gala Concerts in Tylorstown, the biggest cultural event to be held annually in the Rhondda Valley. He has managed to bring world-renowned soloists like Lesley Garrett, Katherine Jenkins, Gwawr Edwards, Jon Owen Jones, Paul Potts, Rebecca Evans, Shân Cothi and Rhys Meirion to perform at this event. In addition to this, he and his team have acquired sponsorship and donations amounting to £1000’s for lighting , sound equipment and staging. This has come from generous grants and sponsorship from companies like Costain, Vattenfall, RCT Homes and the National Lottery.
Cyril has great communication and interpersonal skills and has used these to ensure that the future of the Gala Concert is here for many years to come. The choir is very grateful to Cyril for his efforts and there is undoubtedly no one more worthy of this award of Honorary Membership.
Congratulations Cyril and diolch yn fawr.
Pendyrus Male Choir
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I’ve had so much positive feedback from members of the audience at the Concert that you hosted in memory of David. My work colleagues and people from David’s work, who did not expect to enjoy themselves, were simply blown away by the spectacle and the sound. There really was something for everyone in the programme crafted by the talented musical directors. Eleri, Heledd, Nick and Jen (David’s children) and I were honoured to be part of the musical extravaganza. You all have a fan club in North Wales. Stewart & Ryan, your invitation for choristers in the audience to join the massed choirs for the performance of Gwahoddiad touched the hearts of so many. It was an emotionally charged evening.
Donations and proceeds from ticket/programme sales are now in excess of £3,700. The ladies at the door did an amazing job and I am very grateful to them. Cardiomyopathy UK are overwhelmed by the generosity of so many contributors and would like to contact the Choirs, Beverly, Rhian, Ashley, accompanists & MDs to thank them directly for their invaluable support. With this in mind I’m writing to request addresses where the certificates/letters can be sent.
Currently, we’ve raised £7,320 for Cardiomyopathy UK, over half of this came from the Memorial Concert. I can’t thank you enough!
Diolch or’r galon
Saturday 5th May 2018 – Review by Nick Wayland-Evans
Pendyrus Male Choir Annual Gala Concert
Special Guests Sioned Gwen Davies, Luke McCall, Cor Y Cwm and Charlotte Lewis
Compere: Shelley Rees-Owen
Friday 4th May 2018 at Rhondda Fach Sports Centre
An evening spent in the Rhondda celebrating Welsh talent
The range of performers on stage at the Rhondda Fach Leisure centre yesterday evening can only be described as first class, and worthy of the international stage.
An abundance of talent, including choral and solo voice, and instrumental repertoire, combined with expert compering and strong musical leadership, can only strengthen what I consider to be one of the best evenings in recent years of celebrating Welsh culture.
Pendyrus Male Choir have been in existence for nearly a century, and this is testament to the strength of leadership and musical excellent of their superb musical teams past and present, namely, in this instance, Stewart Roberts (MD) and Gavin Parry (Accompanist).
Stewart and Gavin, ably assisted by Ryan Wood on the organ, guided us through an evening of thrilling, rousing, gentle, nostalgic, and thoroughly entertaining programme of choral music. The skill and high level of musicianship of this talented team is reflected in the precision, musicality and dynamic of this excellent choir.
The evening started with a rousing performance of Laudamus, arranged by Daniel Protheroe. Then came a Welsh translation of the Janacek piece Orani (ploughing) – called Aredig – with strong lines and excellent dynamic range; and, finally in this first section by the choir, Men of Harlech (arr. John Guard), performed with strong determined phrases and emphasis on the text of this classic piece of Welsh choral tradition, and showing the diverse range of music this choir are capable of performing to a very high standard.
This really was an evening to suit all musical tastes. The guest artistes performed a range of music from opera and classical to contemporary choral music and musical theatre.
Welsh mezzo-soprano Sioned Gwen Davies delighted us with Bizet’s ‘Habanera’ from Carmen, Meirion Williams’ beautiful piece ‘Y Cymro’, followed by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Pie Iesu’ (with cello accompaniment by Stewart Roberts) showing how versatile a singer needs to be to perform on the concert platform as well as the opera stage. Sioned showed off her acting skills and created an inviting atmosphere, drawing in the audience to her various dramatic roles and creations.
Luke McCall is a celebrated young Welsh musical theatre performer currently performing in the West End in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. He didn’t fail to impress the audience with performances of Music of the Night from Phantom and Tell My Father from Civil War, bringing home to Wales taste of the skill and high standards required to be in the West End.
The Rhondda has a strong tradition for nurturing young talented musicians and a great number of performers past and present work in the profession on the international and world stages. The other guest artists performing in the concert have promising futures ahead of them.
Charlotte Lewis, from Treorchy Comprehensive, gave an impeccable performance of the 2nd movement of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez on the Flugel Horn. The award-winning choir Cor Y Cwm demonstrated strong musicianship skills and sensitive performance ability in their musically challenging pieces.
A highlight for me was their performance of Ola Gjeilo’s Ubi Caritas, a piece I distinctly remember them performing for the 2016 Choir of the Year, which they won in the category of Youth Choir. The Choir was led by Elin Llywelyn-Williams (MD) and Gavin Ashcroft (Accompanist).
Being in a choir is like being part of an extended family. All families have their ups and downs, happy times and sad times. The choir performed a very touching tribute in memory of two choristers – David Thomas and John Wiggam – with the Matt Monro classic ‘Softly as I leave you’. This warm performance was a particularly beautiful moment which I know was appreciated by the capacity audience.
This Gala Concert had everything! The second half brought more delights from all the performers including joint items between the choir and soloists and a full company rendition of ‘Unwaith Eto Nghymru Annwyl’ as the finale – all linked together professionally and charismatically by Welsh actress and compere for the evening, Shelley Rees-Owen.
Thank you Pendyrus, I look forward to the next one!
Rarely if ever does a Welsh male choir appear on the BBC’s rarefied Radio 3 channel. However, on Wednesday 25 April Pendyrus were visited by Richard Dennison (producer) and Kate Molleson (presenter) of R3’s weekly ‘Music Matters’ programme. They recorded the choir singing (they were overwhelmed) and interviewed Carl Bowen, Joshua Kelland and Gareth Williams. The item, on ‘Music and Language’, will be broadcast on Radio Three on Saturday 5 May at 12.15 p.m., repeated on Monday 7 May at 10.15 p.m.
Thanks to Cyril Jones for providing article from his Archive.
In 1928, 80 years ago, the National Eisteddfod was held in Treorchy. The competition for male choirs in excess of 100 choristers attracted 10 competitors and was performed in front of an audience of 20,000. The test pieces; Songs of the Spirits over the Waters, (Schubert) sung in eight part harmony, and Cán I’r Eos, (J. Owen Jones).
Pendyrus preparation for the competition was interrupted by them having to prepare for a prestigious 2 day concert event in Cardiff Castle, it was the occasion of the coming of age of the Earl of Dumfries, The son of the Marquis of Bute.
They were joined there with the band of H.M Welsh Guards, the party was attended by some 2,000 guests.
Although then being in their infancy, and of course their first ever National Eisteddfod attempt, they came a creditable 3rd. behind, Swansea & District and Morriston United who were joint 2nd with Dowlais.
The photograph is of the 1928 choir.