Wales has the honour this year of being the lead nation for only the 3rd time in the Festival’s 48 year history and Pendyrus Male Choir have been invited to represent Wales at the 2018 ‘Festival Interceltique De Lorient’ in Northern France, they last appeared there in 2011. Pendyrus, who now have in excess of 110 choristers, many of whom are below the age of 21, making them one of the biggest male choir’s in Wales. Their Musical Director, Stewart Roberts said “in as much as Wales is the lead nation at this year’s festival, we are very proud to have received the invitation to appear again”. The last occasion being 2011. The photograph below shows Pendyrus performing in front of some 20,000 in the audience. Stewart Roberts conducts Pendyrus and the massed bands from many Celtic Nations world wide.
Throwback Thursday. May 17th 2009.
Stewart Roberts directs and conducts his first Pendyrus Gala Concert.
The sell out concert was built around the ‘Sound of Music’ which was to star Connie Fisher. 10 days before the event she pulled out of the concert due to continuing throat problems that eventually led her to have urgent surgery.
By this time the Rhondda Fach gala concert was known throughout the musical theatre and operatic fraternity and a personal telephone call from John Owen Jones, who had just finished a run in the lead role of the London production of Les Mis, and some further help from Tim Rhys Evans brought the west end star together with Katy Treharne, saved the day for what was to be one of the best concerts staged in the Tylorstown Venue. It continues to be the biggest cultural event to be staged in our valley each year.
Our patrons can again look forward to 2018 for another star studded concert,
We have secured the release from Scottish Opera of Sioned Gwen Davies, Sioned represented Wales at this year’s Cardiff Singer of the world. In addition, and for those lovers of musical theatre, she will be accompanied by Luke McCall, Luke is currently understudying the lead role of the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s London production of the ‘Phantom of the Opera’.
Pendyrus Tour of Poland, August 21st to 28th 2017.
Fond memories of a magnificent experience, superb concert venues and the truly wonderful City of Krakow.
Tuesday 7th November at the Parc and Dare Theatre, Treorchy commencing 7:15pm.
Following last year’s hugely successful concert, Pendyrus and Lewis Merthyr Band will again join forces for a night of great Welsh music, opera favourites and items from Musical Theatre.
Other Artists include Treorchy Comprehensive School Choir and Côr y Cwm.
Soloist is the very talented soprano, Sydney Richards..
Come along and support this worthy cause – All proceeds in aid of the Rhondda Tunnel Society.
Pendyrus has recorded a number of live videos on normal rehearsal nights including:-
‘Bring Him Home’ from Les Mis
‘Myfanwy’ – Joseph Parry
‘What would I do without my music’ arr. Dr. Alwyn Humphreys
To view, please visit Pendyrus Male Choir Facebook Page and select favourite song from the many Pendyrus recordings available.
1953, 64 years ago, Pendyrus win the Male Voice Choir competition in Rhyl. Under the direction of their charismatic and flamboyant founder conductor, Arthur Duggan. Arthur who so often got carried away in his music, took a turn for the worst when competing in a Semi National Eisteddfod at Treorchy in 1934. The test piece was ‘The Charge Of The Light Brigade’, he got so carried away in the music, fell of the rostrum and down into the audience, the choir continued without him and went on to win the competition. Treorchy Male Choir were placed 2nd. The adjudicators were, Arwel Hughes and Dr. Vaughn Thomas.
Flash back to May 31st 2001. A tribute to the late Glynne Jones, MBE. who for 38 years steered Pendyrus to international fame, taking his beloved Pendyrus Male Choir to heights unimaginable by it’s founder members at their inaugural meeting of May 24th 1924.
The packed audience response from last night’s concert was overwhelming, ending with a standing ovation to the 93-strong Pendyrus Choir, Treorchy school choir and our amazing soloists Shân Cothi, Rhys Meirion, Aled Wyn Davies and Sydney Richards. Particular thanks go to the hard work of Bill Richards, Robert Williams, Cyril Jones and many others for making tonight such a success!
We’ve also been inundated with emails, tweets and Facebook messages today congratulating us on our performance, in particular, many congratulations to Stewart Roberts, Gavin Parry and the 93 strong Pendyrus Male Choir who performed an entertaining and varied programme with great style and precision. The sound was of the highest quality with great balance. Well done to Tony Mullins as compere and Rhys Meirion, Aled Wyn Davies and Shân Cothi who performed magnificently. Sydney Richards sang a Sondheim song with great maturity. She was amazing !. The Treorchy Comprehensive School Choir sang Nick Bristow’s arrangements so sensitively and emotionally. It was hairs on the back of the neck time!
Founded in 1924, Pendyrus is nearly a hundred years old and has just as many members.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.