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Pendyrus 2017 Gala Concert – Fri 28th April

We are often told that the Welsh choral tradition is in decline but in the Rhondda Valley, historically one it’s strongholds, they will have none of it. The Rhondda can still boast five male choirs, and by far the largest and the one with the longest unbroken tradition is the famous Pendyrus choir in the Rhondda Fach.
Founded in 1924, Pendyrus is nearly a hundred years old and has just as many members.
On Friday 28th April  at 7:15pm in the Rhondda Fach Sports Centre in Tylorstown, where the choir is based, they will be holding their annual Gala Concert which has become one of the highlights of the Rhondda’s musical calendar. Recent guest artists have included major attractions like Rebecca Evans, Katherine Jenkins, John Owen Jones, Rhydian, Lesley Garrett, Gwawr Edwards and Paul Potts.
This year’s concert sees the return of special favourite Shân Cothi who has teamed up with two of the popular ‘Three Welsh Tenors’, Rhys Meirion who is no stranger to sharing the stage with Pendyrus, and Aled Wyn Davies, to form a vocal entertainment group cleverly called ‘2T’s and a Cothi.’
Pendyrus’ Musical Director Stewart Roberts is a great believer in using the annual Gala to showcase the Rhondda’s wealth of young vocal talent, and so also appearing this year will be the Treorchy Comprehensive Senior School Choir, conducted by Nick Bristow, and one of the Rhondda’s emerging young stars, soprano Sydney Richards.
Stewart also wants audiences to appreciate the wide-ranging repertoire that a top class male choir is capable of.  He says, ‘While our listeners expect and will get the traditional fare of great Welsh hymns and favourites, what my predecessor at Pendyrus, the legendary Glynne Jones used to call ‘lollipops,’ it’s important that we tackle unfamiliar but no less enjoyable items, as we are this year, by Leoš Janáček and the contemporary Welsh composers Brian Hughes and Robat Arwyn.
This concert is always a sell out, and this year will undoubtedly be no exception but the few remaining tickets are available from billjrichards@sky.com
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A truly memorable feast of music!

A truly memorable feast of music!

Pendyrus Male Choir, the celebrated performers from Tylorstown in the Rhondda Fach, last visited Llanidloes in 1959. Remarkably, when they returned this weekend several choristers were making the return trip.
The concert in the China Street Chapel involved an unusual formation: the tenors occupied the end of one upper gallery, while the baritones and basses were opposite them in the other. Conductor Stewart Roberts, pianist Gavin Parry plus guest organist and soloists were on the ground floor between them. The programme was introduced by Professor Gareth Williams, a historian and second tenor with the natural timing of a gifted comedian. It included a smattering of familiar Welsh hymns – Myfanwy as ever was a haunting highlight – and stately chorales from Wagner, Gounod and Janacek.
The tone brightened in the second half for a seductive medley from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, arranged by Roberts himself and a Pendyrus staple, a selection of songs from Les Miserables. The star soloist was Tom Richards, who since appearing on The X Factor, has honed his natural instincts for selling a song. One to watch is Sydney Richards, still only 15, who gave a powerful account of Sondheim’s Losing My Mind. Pendyrus, which celebrates its centenary in a few years’ time, still purrs like a finely tuned vintage Bentley.

Jasper Rees

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New CD ‘Portrait of Pendyrus’ released at our Gala Concert Fri 22nd April

The long awaited CD ‘Portrait of Pendyrus’ is now released and was available at our Gala Concert tonight.

It will feature timeless Welsh classics like Myfanwy and Llanfair but also include some items from musical theatre and Karl Jenkins “Benedictus” from the “Mass For Peace”.

Also to feature will be a fabulous arrangement of “Tell My Father” by Ryan Wood

You can order yours from our website www.pendyrus.org or contact any Committee Man or  Member of Pendyrus

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Pendyrus ‘400’ Club Draw

The results of the JUNE ‘400’ Club Draw have been drawn and published and prizes of nearly £900 with a 1st prize of £500 and 2nd prize of £200 and many more have just been won.

There are some numbers unallocated and spare so if you would like to be in with a chance of winning!, please contact the Secretary (Mr Stephen Jones – email: stevejpendyrus@hotmail.co.uk), or any Committeeman.

For an outlay of only £1.00 per month, you will be automatically entered into our monthly Draw.

If you join within the next 3 months, you will be eligible for the BUMPER Prize in December ! just ready for Christmas !! NB Draw open to all members and friends of Pendyrus.

Prizes of £50, £30 and £20 are drawn every month, with a BUMPER prize of £500, £200, £100, £50 and £25 in every JUNE and DECEMBER Draw so come along and join to be in with a chance of winning and also help support Pendyrus and the furtherance and continuation of Welsh Male Choral Music at the same time!

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History of Male Choirs in Wales

Pendyrus and Dowlais Male Choir feature heavily in this excellent programme on the history of male choirs in Wales. Commentary by Professor Gareth Williams, author of recently released “Do You Hear The People Sing”

http://www.s4c.cymru/clic/c_level2.shtml…

Do you hear the people sing ?

New book by Pendyrus Chorister, Gareth Williams

‘Do You Hear the People Sing?  The Male Voice Choirs of Wales’ was launched with the Pendyrus Male Choir in attendance, at the Heritage Park Hotel, Trehafod on Monday, 7th of December and is available from all good bookshops and online retailers.

Please click on link below for further details :-

Do You Hear the People Sing press release

WRU Welsh Anthem

Pendyrus to be heard all over the World

We were delighted to receive the new Official WRU Welsh National Anthem recording today. We recorded this a couple of months ago with the Cory Band, Côr Meibion Pontarddulais Male Choir, Cor Meibion Tâf and CAPMC. This recording will be used all over the world when Wales are playing their away games. A fabulous recording we are proud to be a part of.