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Recent Events

Following a highly successful concert at Mountain Ash in aid of the local YMCA on 17 June,  Pendyrus has been involved in less formal but exceptionally well-received events in Pontyclun (27June) and Pencoed Hall (8 July). At Pontyclun Athletic Club the choir sang for the assembled delegates of the RMT Union who were holding their summer  conference in Cardiff. Introducing the choir, compere Gareth Willams reminded the delegates that they were the descendants of the Triple Alliance of trade unionists of a hundred years ago comprising the railwaymen, dockworkers and miners. The RMT clearly know their own history and gave a rapturous reception to the fact that Pendyrus come from what was then one of the storm centres of the British coalfield when the red flag flew above the collieries of Tylorstown, Ferndale and Maerdy, ‘little Moscow.’ The choir sang a well-chosen programme beginning with ‘Men of Harlech’ that won the acclaim of the predominantly non-Welsh audience, who preferred to listen to Pendyrus than watch an inept England failing to overcome the might of Iceland. As Gareth pointed out, they would have struggled to beat Tescos and Poundstretcher on that showing. The 2-1 triumph of Iceland rounded off a  superb evening.

On Friday 8 July the choir entertained the guests at the wedding in Pencoed Hall of Lisa and Stephen, son of chorister Mike Chapman. Not only are father and son doctors but Mrs Mike Chapman has recently become one too. Christine Chapman stood down from the Senedd as Assembly Member for the Cynon Valley, but can now substitute for AM the letters Ph.D. Since she began the research for her doctorate under the supervision of Professor Gareth Williams the choir was linked to the Chapman family at this happy event at several levels. The choir, under Stewart and Gavin, sang during the civil ceremony and afterwards. Their varied programme was greatly appreciated, and apparently two of the guests were anxious to book the choir for their own weddings. Since one of these lived in Oxford, and the other was yet to find a girlfriend, it was difficult for the choir to make a commitment. Again, a hugely enjoyable occasion at which the contribution of Pendyrus was regarded as the highlight of the day.