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Visit to Germany

One of the highlights of 2011 was the choir’s visit to Germany between 26 July and 1 August. There were three successful concerts, one of them in the church where Johann Sebastian Bach got married. The choir were invited to central Germany by visitors who came to a choir rehearsal in Galeri, Caernarfon. As well as the concerts, the choir visited Berlin and the infamous Colditz Castle.

 

September 2010

After many months of discussions, at last the choir’s new website is ready to be launched.
The choir would like to thank Delwedd, ( www.delwedd.co.uk  ) a website design company from Caernarfon for sponsoring the choir by creating and hosting the new website at no cost to the choir. .

After this year’s summer break we had our first concert on the 10th of September at Venue Cymru, Llandudno, when we entertained students and lecturers from Coleg Menai, and from a number of other colleges in a presentations evening.  A number of the choristers followed this with a fine curry and a couple of Cobras at one of Llandudno’s best Indian restaurants !


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May 2010

On May 15th 2010 we enjoyed a very successful concert in Wordsley, near Birmingham.  This was the third time we had been invited to sing in Wordsley, and as usual the church was full, and the audience was very enthusiastic.  At least a dozen CDs were sold on the night.  The majority of the choir stayed the night and a very enjoyable one it was.

March 14 2009 
Concert in Caernarfon with Kidderminster Choir

September

A New Conductor for the Choir

On the 2nd of September Delyth Williams from Groeslon near Caernarfon started as the choir’s new conductor. Delyth is 29 years of age and is a music teacher at Ysgol Eifionydd, Porthmadog. We hope that her experience of teaching small children will be of great use when trying to keep control of a room full of our choristers ( some people have said that it should not be very different !!!! )

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July

Last Concert with the Choir for Menai Williams

The concert in Landerne and the recording with Bryn Terfel were the last time for Menai Williams to conduct the choir. Menai has decided to retire from the post of conductor after a period of 15 years conducting Caernarfon Male Voice Choir. We are very grateful to her for what she has achieved with the choir, including winning at the National Eisteddfod several times, but also for raising the musical standard of the choir quite considerably. Under her leadership Caernarfon Male Voice Choir has become famous for the quality of sound it produces, and we look forward to hearing the fruits of her labour on the new CD.


Recording with Bryn Terfel, Caernarfon

To bring the choir’s season to an end in the Summer of 2008 we recorded a song with Bryn Terfel as the soloist. We recorded the song in our practice room at Galeri, Caernarfon and it will be on the television sometime this Autumn.


Veterans Day Caernarfon

As last year the choir was invited to sing at the ‘Veterans Day’ celebrations in Caernarfon, which is a special day to remember and celebrate our armed forces.


Trip to Brest and Landerne in Brittany

Between the 10th and 14th of July the Choir went on a trip to Brittany, visiting the city of Brest and the town of Landerne which is twinned with Caernarfon. We were staying in Brest and we went to Brest2008 which was a large maritime festival with hundreds of boats and ships of all sizes, and was very interesting, and then we took part in a festival of singing and dancing through the streets of Landerne before singing in a concert in a church in Landerne ( we went on stage at 11.45 at night !!! ) During the concert the choir sang the national anthem of Brittany, which is sung on the same tune as Land of My Fathers.

http://www.brest2008.com/ - website about the festival – in French and possibly in Breton
http://www.brest2008.fr/en/34-history - partly in English
http://cy.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landerne

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March to July

Recording the new CD

During the year the choir has been recording songs for a new CD which will be released shortly.

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June

Concert with the Rhos Ladies Choir

On the 21st of the month a concert was held ar St. Mary’s Church, Caernarfon with the Rhos Ladies Choir from Rhosllannerchrugog. The Rhos Ladies Choir is a very special choir and there was great praise for the concert, but it has been a bit difficult finding any information about them on the Internet – it’s high time they had a website !! A very enjoyable evening followed at the Sailing Club in Caernarfon.

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May

Concert in Wordsley

Another opportunity for a concert in Wordsley. The choir has had several invitations to this area to sing and as usual the church ( and the car park ) were full to overflowing. We had a very interesting night thereafter in a local pub with a mountain to chips to eat.

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April

Concert for the Samaritans

As one of the choir’s members works with the Samaritans, he arranged a concert to support them, and the choir took part with the Gwynedd and Anglesey Youth Brass Band, a very impressive young band, of a very high standard.

http://www.gwynedd.gov.uk/gwy_doc.asp?cat=5817&doc=21222 - details about the band.

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March

Concert in Swindon

A very successful concert was arranged in Swindon with the Swindon Male Voice Choir and afterwards both choirs enjoyed a night of singing at a local hotel, before we started the long journey home the following day. Swindon Male Voice Choir are coming to Caernarfon to sing in 2009

http://www.swindonmalevoicechoir.co.uk/

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February

Concert in Shrewsbury

A concert was arranged in the Music Hall, Shrewsbury on the 23rd of February to celebrate St. David’s Day. The soloists were the tenor Robin Lyn Evans and the soprano Gwawr Edwards, with her sister Menna Rhys Griffiths accompanying. This was followed by a very enjoyable evening in the company of the Welsh people of Shrewsbury and also the notable tenor Dafydd Edwards, who is Gwawr and Menna’s father.


Concert celebrating the Choir’s 40th Birthday

To celebrate the choir’s 40th birthday a concert was arranged in Galeri, Caernarfon on the 2nd of the month with top class soloists, namely David Kempster, Baritone and Sarah-Jane Davies, Soprano and the exceptionally talented accompanist Annette Bryn Parry.

Born in South Wales, Sarah had her early education in Caernarfon. She is a soprano with a glittering career ahead of her and she represented Wales in the ‘Cardiff Singer of the World’ competition in 2007.

David Kempster comes from Chirk in North Wales and he has also represented Wales at the y ‘Cardiff Singer of the World’ in 1999 and recently he was singing in a concert to celebrate the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen.

The choir knows the accompanist Annette Bryn Parry well as we have been performing on the same stage as her several times, and she is one of the best accompanists in the country.

The concert was a great success, and we are now looking forward to the concert to celebrate our 50th !!!

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January

A Dinner celebrating the Choir’s 40th birthday

On the 19th of January everyone connected with the choir came together at the Celtic Royal Hotel in Caernarfon to celebrate the choir’s 40th Birthday. We had a very successful night with excellent food, and afterwards certificates were presented to members who had been with the choir since the start, and to the Conductor and Accompanist. The guest speaker was Winstone Roddick C.B., Q.C. who is one of the choir’s Vice Presidents. Ath the end of the night after they had finished their own concert at Galeri, Caernarfon we were joined by the Ruthin Mixed Choir and we all enjoyed a night of singing to celebrate our birthday.

December

Rotary Christmas Concert, Caernarfon

On the 7th of December we sang at a concert to celebrate Christmas arranged by the town’s Rotary Club. The audience was entertained also by Cor Cofnod, a ladies choir from the Caernarfon area and by the soloist.

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October

Entertaining a Conference at Venue Cymru, Llandudno

On the 2nd of October the choir entertained about 400 people from the tourism industry who were attending a conference at Venue Cymru, Llandudno on the invitation of the Welsh Assembly.  There were people from all over the world there and they were very interested in learning more about the choir and about Wales' choral tradition.

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September

Concert at St. Mary’s Church, Betws y Coed

On the last day of September we performed at the annual concert at St. Mary’s Church, Betws y Coed to bring to a close their series of choral concerts, and as usual the church was full, including visitors from 14 countries such as Australia. America, New Zealand and many others. Thanks go to our soloist Meinir Roberts, a young singer with an exceptional voice. See the photographs page, and for those of you who are not familiar with the beautiful countryside around Betws y Coed here are a few webpages describing the area.


Concert with the Tennessee Mens Chorale

On the 22nd of September our choir sang in an excellent concert with the Tennessee Mens Chorale in the Pritchard Jones Hall, Bangor. Their choir includes members from across the state of Tennessee and even though they only rehearse about 4 times a year they had a very special sound. Their choir is touring North Wales for about 10 days, singing in chapels and in another two concerts with Cor Meibion yTraeth and Cor Meibion y Rhos. Our members were amazed to hear their organiser talking to our choir in fluent Welsh even though he was an American, and then to see that the programme and the cover of their CD were both bilingual – Welsh and English – good for him ! ( see photographs ) and for more :-

or for even more:- http://www.tmcwales.blogspot.com/

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July

‘Veterans Day’ in Caernarfon

On the 14th of July the town of Caernarfon was full of ex-members of the armed forces who were celebrating a special ‘Veterans Day’ to remember all those who have been in the forces over the years. An open air Service was held in the prescence of the Mayor of Caernarfon and numerous other invitees, before moving on to a large marquee on Slate Quay where the choir entertained the audience ( see the Photographs page )


Concert with Cor L’Essenelle from Belgium

On the 13th of July the Cor L’essenelle choir from Esneux near Liege in Belgium came to sing in St. Mary’s Church in Caernarfon. This choir was established in 1961 and in 1977 became part of “A Coer Joie” and chose the name L’Essenelle. The choir sings a mixture of classical, religious, folk, traditional and jazz music. After the concert we heard more from the choir whilst singing with our members at the town’s Sailing Club and many thanks to the club for preparing such a wonderful buffet. ( see Photographs page )

Concert with the Band of the Welsh Guards

On the 28th of June our choir performed for a packed house in a joint concert with the Band of the Welsh Guards at Galeri, Caernarfon. The concert was part of the ‘Welsh Guards Band Kape Tour’ and was very well received by the audience. You can learn more about the tour from the Band’s website - click here


June 2007 - Social Evening at Vernon's place

On the 16th of June we held a social evening for the choir at 'Vernon's place', namely Llain Meddygon and we must extend our thanks to Vernon ( second Tenor ) for cleaning out the sheep shed and providing such a suitable location.

We had excellent food ( Hog Roast ) and entertainment from Hogia'r Bonc who are a group of singers from Bethesda, North Wales who entertain by singing traditional and popular Welsh songs. Click on www.hogiarbonc.com to find out more about them. Thanks also to Walt (second tenor in our choir and a member of Hogia'r Bonc ) for bringing the lads to sing.

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Evening of Song

At the beginning of May a mixed choir from Langhus in Norway visited Britain and their first visit was to the town of Caernarfon. They had asked to meet our choir and that night we all had a very enjoyable night of singing at the Stables Hotel, Llanwnda. Who knows, perhaps we will get an invitation to Norway one day ( click here to see photographs ).

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A new Committee and Chairman for the choir

Following the Annual General Meeting recently a new Committee and Chairman for the choir were elected.

Chairman – Owain Wyn

Owain Wyn ( Baritone ) was elected Chairman for the next two years.

Originally from Anglesey, Owain Wyn was trained as a Town Planner and is now self employed in Caernarfon as a Business Consultant. The Owain Wyn Consultancy Service offer “ a range of consultancy services for business, voluntary sector and public bodies including strategic planning, marketing and project evaluation”.

email – owainwyn@globalnet.co.uk

He has been a loyal member of the choir for many years and now has two busy years in front of him as the choir is celebrating 40 years since its formation and we have many celebratory events planned over the next two years.             


Officers of the Choir

 

The Committee

  • Irfon Roberts,
  • Dafydd John Williams,
  • Wynford Lloyd Davies,
  • Richard E. Jones,
  • Gwynfor Alun Jones,
  • Dafydd Les Hughes,
  • Ieuan Williams.
  • Douglas Williams,
  • Wilfred Jones,
  • Donald Roberts,
  • Owain Wyn,
  • Dafydd John Jones,
  • Alwynne T. Jones,
  • Robin Griffiths,
  • Vernon Jones

 

Pwyllgor Y Côr

 

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St. David’s Day Concert

On St. David’s day this year we held a concert at the new Llanwnda Community Centre which was built recently. It was a very successful evening when the choir sang with two soloists Casi Wyn and on the harp. We were given a very warm welcome and an excellent feast by the officers of the centre after the concert.

Following the success of this evening the choir has decided to try and arrange a number of Community Concerts in local halls around Caernarfon.

 

 

Sweden Trip

The choir recently returned from a very enjoyable trip to Linköping and Stockholm in Sweden, where we sang in a concert at the Missionskyrkan centre in Linköping. The choir were assisted by guest accompanist Sioned Webb and by Dafydd Huw the renowned harpist who also performed solo items on the harp. The choir would like to thank both for their excellent performances, and Sioned in particular for helping out at the last minute.

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October 2006 Choir wins many Plaudits

The Choir’s reputation has gone one notch higher following recent public performances. On April 1st the Choir appeared with Bryn Terfel, Catrin Finch and others to help celebrate the official opening of Y Galeri (see galericaernarfon.com). The performance included its recently commissioned piece Caernarfon -celebrating the town’s unique contribution to Wales and the world. And on Saturday April 30th the Choir again sang the song on S4C’s Noson Lawen.