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.
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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Rhondda Choir to represent Wales in Festival Interceltique de Lorient 2018.
Pendyrus Male Choir has been invited to represent Wales in the biggest Celtic Music
Festival in the world this summer for the ‘Year Of Wales’ at Lorient in Brittany.
Over 65 members of the choir will travel to northern France at the beginning of August to perform for audiences of 1000’s, French television and they will sing at the beautiful Cathedral de Saint-Louis for a concert which will be attended by Welsh First Minister, Carwyn Jones.
Pendyrus is no stranger to this festival, having performed there in 2011. Following this tour
the organisers wrote ‘This is the finest Welsh Choir to have performed at this Festival and
we would very much like them to return for the ‘Année du Pays de Galles’, the Year Of Wales, in 2018.
With a membership of nearly 100, Pendyrus is the largest choir in the Rhondda and indeed
one of the largest in Wales. The choir has in recent years also enjoyed competitive success
having won the Cardigan Semi-National Eisteddfod in 2010,2012 and 2017.
The choir is always looking for new members. They rehearse at the Rhondda Fach Sports
Centre, Tylorstown on Monday and Wednesday evenings between 7.30 and 9.15. A warm
welcome to be guaranteed to all new members and visitors!
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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.
From the archive.
As part of the 1951 festival of Britain. Pendyrus perform a concert in the Kodak Hall & Granada Cinema, Harrow, London, in the presence of famous Hollywood actress Lana Turner, ( some of you may remember her!!!) her autograph is just visible in the top right corner.
She performed alongside so many well known actors, the likes of Ray Milland, Humphrey Bogart, Bing Crosby Frank Sinatra to mention a few.
Lana Turner (/ˈlɑːnə ˈtɜːrnər/; born Julia Jean Turner; February 8, 1921 – June 29, 1995) was an American actress who over the course of her nearly 50-year career achieved fame as both a pin-up model and a dramatic actress as well as for her highly publicized personal life.
Turner was discovered in 1936 at the Top Hat Malt Shop in Hollywood, California. At the age of 16, she was signed to a personal contract by Warner Bros. director Mervyn LeRoy, who took her with him when he moved to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1938. Turner attracted attention in her first film, LeRoy’s They Won’t Forget (1937), and she later starred in featured roles, often as an ingénue. Her auburn hair was bleached blonde for a 1939 film at MGM, and she remained blonde for the rest of her life, except for a few film roles.
During the early 1940s, Turner established herself as a leading actress in such films as Johnny Eager (1941), Honky Tonk (1941), Ziegfeld Girl (1941), and Somewhere I’ll Find You (1942). She appeared in the 1941 horror film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and her reputation as a glamorous femme fatale was enhanced by her performance in the film noir The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946). Her popularity continued through the 1950s in such films as The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) and Peyton Place (1957), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.
Media controversy surrounded Turner in 1958 when her daughter Cheryl Crane stabbed Turner’s lover Johnny Stompanato to death in their Beverly Hills home during a domestic struggle. Turner’s next film, Imitation of Life (1959), proved to be one of the greatest financial successes of her career, but onward from the early 1960s, her roles were fewer. Turner spent most of the 1970s and early 1980s in semi-retirement. In 1982, she accepted a much publicized and lucrative recurring guest role in the television series Falcon Crest, affording the series the highest rating it ever achieved. Turner made her final film appearance in 1985, and died from throat cancer in 1995, aged 74.
Pendyrus Male Choir performing Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau, 12th March 2018.
Audio and Video recorded and edited by Ian Bostic.
Pendyrus Male Choir performing La Marseillaise, 12th March 2018.
Audio and Video recorded and edited by Ian Bostic.