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Côr Meibion Caernarfon Half A Century Exhibition

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50th Anniversary Concert, Galeri, Caernarfon
Friday 14 July 2017

Photos: Geraint Thomas, Panorama-Cymru)

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New CD - Hanner Can Mlynedd ar y Brig

Côr Meibion Caernarfon Celebrate their 50th Anniversary

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Gweithgareddau 2017 (Welsh only available)

21.01.17 Cinio Blynyddol. Gwesty’r Celt, Caernarfon

25.02.17 Cyngerdd RNCM Manceinion

21.03.17 Cyfarfod Blynyddol

27.04.17 - 01.05.17 Taith Cernyw

25.06 17 Capel y Drindod, Llandudno

14.07.17 Cyngerdd Penblwydd 50, Galeri, Caernarfon

12.08.17 Yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol, Bodedern, Môn

24.09.17 Santes Fair, Betws y Coed

15.10.17 Cyngerdd gyda Cor Treverva, Cernyw yn Ysgol Brynrefail

10.11.17 Cinio Dathlu Penblwydd 50, Gwesty’r Celt, Caernarfon

01.12.17 Cyngerdd Nadolig, Santes Fair, Caernarfon

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06.02.17 - CÔR MEIBION CAERNARFON – 50 NOT OUT!

Throughout 2017 Côr Meibion Caernarfon will be celebrating the male voice choir’s 50th anniversary.

Said choir Chair, Bryn Griffith from Llanllyfni, “We first met in the canteen of the Ferodo Brake Lining Factory on the banks of the Menai Straight on 5 November 1967. The factory has long since closed but the choir sings on!

“We have performed at leading UK venues and have toured extensively in Europe and North America. We have won many competitions, including nine victories at the National Eisteddfod of Wales.

“Over the years we have had nine musical directors and six accompanists. Three of the original members still sing in the choir.

“Our current musical director is Delyth Humphreys, music lecturer in the Education Department of Bangor University. Her predecessors include Menai Williams, Gareth Huws Jones, Bill Evans and the late Haydn Wyn Davies. Like Delyth, they have all made their mark and achieved high standards.

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18.07.16 £785 raised for the British Heart Foundation Cymru

Côr Meibion Caernarfon have donated all the proceeds of a successful joint concert with the Lakewood Choral Society from Michigan USA to British Heart Foundation (BHF) Cymru.

At this week’s rehearsal in Galeri, Caernarfon. Tudor Ellis, Chair of the local branch of BHF Cymru, received a cheque from Alwynne Jones, treasurer of Côr Meibion Caernarfon.

Tudor Ellis said, “The concert in St Mary’s Church, Caernarfon, raised a magnificent £785 to help our work locally and boost important research into heart disease – Wales’ biggest killer.”

Bryn Griffith, Chair of Côr Meibion Caernarfon, added: “The packed audience gave both choirs a rousing reception and a worthy local cause also benefitted. It was a win, win for all.”

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Presenting a cheque for £500 to Macmillan – left to right: Edwin Williams, Gareth Thomas, Eleri Brady (North Wales Fundraising Manager, Macmillans), Douglas Williams, Delyth Humphreys (Musical Director) and Mona Meirion Richards (Choir Accompanist)

07.06.16 Choir raises £500 for Macmillan Cancer Support

This year’s Côr Meibion Caernarfon annual dinner at the Celtic Royal Hotel raised £500 for Macmillan Cancer Support. At a recent choir rehearsal Eleri Brady, their North Wales Fundraising Manager, received a cheque for that amount.

The annual dinner auction and raffle was organised by top tenors Douglas Williams and Gareth Thomas, helped by baritone Edwin Williams.

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Another table – having a great time!

Thanking the choir, Eleri Brady said, “Every penny will go towards Macmillan’s work in North Wales. Taking everything into account, it costs around £27 an hour to employ a Macmillan nurse and we have over 50 nurses working in North Wales, as well as our Information Centre in the foyer of Ysbyty Gwynedd.”

Said Delyth Humphreys, Côr Meibion Caernarfon’s Musical Director, “Doug, Gareth and Edwin work hard every year to ensure that one of the highlights of our social year also raises money for good causes. This year we acknowledge the excellent work of Macmillan Cancer Support.

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The fund raising items included a beautiful model of a cart, hand crafted in wood by top tenor Dei Ellis
Officers’ table – including the choir’s Musical Director, President, Secretary, Accompanist and Chair

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07.06.16 Two continents united in song in aid of the British Heart Foundation

On Sunday evening 19 June 2016, the Lakewood Area Choral Society from Michigan USA will give a concert in St Mary’s Church Caernarfon in aid of British Heart Foundation (BHF) Cymru. The concert starts at 7.30pm. It will be the American choir’s only performance in Wales.

The event is being hosted by Côr Meibion Caernarfon, who will also perform at the concert. All profits go to British Heart Foundation Cymru to boost their important research work.

Lakewood Area Choral Society are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. In an entertaining and varied repertoire they aim “to promote learning and enjoyment of choral music and provide for our audiences superior performances of choral music.”

Around 60 American choir members and friends are on tour. They will stay for one night in Caernarfon and visit several tourist attractions, including Caernarfon Castle and the Welsh Highland Railway.

Lakewood Choir Conductor, Bob Oster, said “We are all looking forward to visiting Wales and will be travelling to Caernarfon from Dublin, Ireland before moving on to Penrith in the North of England and then on to Scotland.”

He added, “We appealed for a local choir to arrange a concert for us in the area and Côr Meibion Caernarfon kindly volunteered to make the arrangements. It’s an added bonus that a very worthy local cause will also benefit.”

Tudor Ellis, Chair of the local branch of BHF Cymru, urges members and friends to come to the concert. “The tickets are keenly priced at just £5 each. If we can fill the church, we will raise several hundred pounds towards funding vital scientific research into heart disease – Wales’ biggest killer.”

“Tickets can be obtained from BHF Cymru local branch members, members of Côr Meibion Caernarfon and at the door on the evening of the concert. Please come in droves!”

Bryn Griffith, Chair of Côr Meibion Caernarfon, added: “The concert will showcase Welsh and American singing at its best. We look forward to uniting two continents through the common language of music.”

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Dafydd Jones, Ruth Gilford & Bryn Griffith with a bucket containing £935 for Hospice at Home Gwynedd and Anglesey

10.12.15 - £935.00 presented to Hospice at Home Gwynedd and Anglesey

This year’s charity Christmas concert by the choirs of Caernarfon and District at St. Mary’s Caernarfon was a resounding success with every ticket sold and not a spare seat in the church.

All the proceeds went to Hospice at Home Gwynedd and Anglesey and, at Côr Meibion Caernarfon’s final rehearsal before Christmas, a bucket of money containing £935.00 was presented to Ruth Gilford the local organiser of the charity.

Said Ruth Gilford, “I want to thank everyone who took part – Côr Meibion Caernarfon, Côr Cofnod, Côr Dre, the flautist Megan Hunter, the organist Steven Parry and the readers. The money raised will help us care for patients with cancer and life limiting illness.”

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Bryn Griffith, Chair of Côr Meibion Caernarfon said, “When the town’s Rotary Club closed during the year we took over the arrangements and our Vice Chair, Dafydd Jones, worked exceptionally hard to make sure the popular concert continued.”

Said Dafydd Jones, “Raising almost one thousand pound for Hospice at Home made the effort all worthwhile.”

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09.11.2015 - Côr Meibion Caernarfon steps into the breach to safeguard a town tradition

It has been a tradition in Caernarfon for many years to hold a Charity Christmas Concert at the beginning of December in the beautiful St Mary’s Church which forms part of the ancient town walls. The concert has always been arranged by the town’s Rotary Club but, with that branch now closed, there was a danger that the event would fall by the wayside.

Fortunately, Côr Meibion Caernarfon stepped into the breach and it can be announced that the Christmas concert will be held once more this year – on Friday 4 December at 7.30pm.

Taking part will be Côr Meibion Caernarfon, Côr Cofnod and Côr Dre, together with talented young flautist Megan Hunter and readings in the Christmas spirit. Tickets cost £5 with all the proceeds going to Hospice in the Home – Gwynedd and Anglesey. Tickets are available from members of the three choirs, and will also be for sale at the event.

Said Bryn Griffith, Chair of Côr Meibion Caernarfon, “It would have been a shame for Caernarfon to lose this tradition. Fortunately our Vice Chair, Dafydd Jones, has worked hard to arrange this year’s concert in our name, as he did many times for the Rotary.

“This year’s pattern will be similar to past concerts, but in the future I would like to see the choirs and societies of Caernarfon and district taking it in turn to arrange the event, putting their own stamp on this popular concert.”

Said Dafydd Jones, “I’m glad that Côr Meibion Caernarfon have taken on board and rescued this year’s charity Christmas Concert so that tradition continues. For many, it is the real start of our Christmas celebrations.”

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09.11.2015 - Two choirs sing in harmony once again

On Saturday 30 May there was a very successful joint concert at Theatr Seilo Caernarfon by Croydon Male Voice Choir and Côr Meibion Caernarfon with all the proceeds given to local children’s cancer charity, Gafael Llaw.

The return leg , so to speak, takes place on Saturday 21 November 2015 with Côr Meibion Caernarfon singing in the lovely church of St. Johns, Old Coulston, Croydon. Once again, both choirs will perform several pieces together.

Bryn Griffith, Chair of Côr Meibion Caernarfon, said: “Over 50 choir members are travelling to Croydon and we will be staying for two nights in the area. It’s great to see so many new young members on this trip, as there were at our recent concert in Northwich, Cheshire.

“Croydon Male Voice Choir describe themselves on their website as “Southern England's most exciting male voice choir”. This will certainly be an exhilarating weekend for us all!

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24.08.2015 - Choir Thrills The World!

Côr Meibion Caernarfon got a rousing reception and two encores at the official opening of the Gul Fireball World Championship 2015 at Plas Heli, the Welsh National Sailing Academy in Pwllheli.

They were invited to entertain the sailors, their families and friends at the opening evening of the Championship last Saturday evening 22 July. The championship has attracted competitors from all over the world to the Llŷn Peninsula.

Said Gareth Roberts, Events Manager at Plas Heli and a first tenor with the choir, “We were keen to give our international guests a taste of Welsh culture and the response of the audience of approximately 300 was enthusiastic – they would not let the choir leave the stage!”

Gareth added, “This was the second choir to sing here and the first time for me to try out the acoustics by singing with the choir. It felt really good – not unlike singing in a church.

“Plas Heli will be a great venue for musical events, such as the Mynediad am Ddim concert in September of this year and the national Cerdd Dant Festival booked for November 2016.

Said Bryn Griffith, Chair of Côr Meibion Caernarfon, “We thank Gareth and Plas Heli for inviting us to take part in the official opening of the championship. It was a great honour, and I’m so pleased with the response of the audience.”

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12.07.15 - Grand Summer Concert in Llangengan Church
Saturday 25 July 7.00pm

The amazing sound of a Welsh male voice choir will fill the ancient and beautiful church of Llanengan on Saturday 25 July. There will also be three soloists – three Jones’ as it happens – Raymond, Annest and Glesni.

Said Dewi Roberts, one of the concert organisers, “We can expect a popular programme ranging from Welsh hymns to West End show stoppers. The proceeds will go to two very deserving causes, the Bardsey Island Trust and Bro Enlli Parish.”

“Llanengan Church is one of the most beautiful churches in Llŷn, looking over Porth Neigwl (Hells Mouth) towards Bardsey Island. The acoustics are excellent and the audience are in for a treat.”

He added, “The concert starts at 7.00pm. Tickets are £10 each from Abersoch Post Office and the Sun Inn, Llanengan, or telephone 01758 713893.”

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05.06.2015 - Bryn yn parhau…(welsh version only)

Yn wahanol i arweinwyr ambell blaid wleidyddol, mynnodd aelodau Côr Meibion Caernarfon fod eu cadeirydd poblogaidd, Bryn Griffith, yn parhau yn ei swydd am gyfnod estynedig!

Bu Bryn o Plas Felin Gerrig, Llanllyfni – Bryn Plas, fel y mae pawb yn ei adnabod - yn aelod o’r côr ers dros ugain mlynedd.
Meddai, “Ers imi ymddeol o’m gwaith fel Rheolwr Datblygu gyda Chymdeithas Tai Eryri mae gen i fwy o amser i ganolbwyntio ar fy niddordebau eraill - ffarmio, canu a bod yn daid i ddau o blant.
Dan gadeiryddiaeth Bryn bu cynnydd sylweddol yn nifer yr aelodau ac mae’r côr yn nesau at ei 50fed penblwydd yn 2017 mewn hwyliau da dros ben.

Meddai, “Bu’n fraint cael arwain criw mor ymroddedig dros y ddwy flynedd ddiwethaf dan arweiniad ardderchog Delyth Humphreys a’n cyfeilydd, Mona Meirion Richards.

“Mae datblygiadau diddorol ar y gweill a ‘dwi’n benderfynol ein bod yn dychwelyd i’r brig cystadleuol a chyngherddol. Bydd denu mwy fyth o aelodau newydd – yn arbennig cantorion profiadol – yn ein helpu i wneud hynny.

…a Dafydd yn dychwelyd!

Is Gadeirydd newydd Côr Meibion Caernarfon yw Dafydd John Jones. Ers ymddeol fel plismon sawl blwyddyn yn ôl, bu Dafydd yn aelod gweithgar o sawl sefydliad yn nhre’r Cofi, yn cynnwys y Rotari a’r Clwb Golff. Bu’n gadeirydd y côr ddwy waith o’r blaen.

Meddai, “Ers dyddiau Ferodo, mae’r côr wedi rhoi Caernarfon ar y map am bron i 50 mlynedd. Mae’n cynnig llawer mwy na chanu – sef cyfeillgarwch. Ar dripiau pell ag agos, mewn cyngherddau mawr a bach, mae’r hwyl a’r boddhad yn donic!”



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14.05.15 - Two choirs sing in harmony for a great cause

Theatr Seilo Caernarfon will host two male voice choirs on Saturday 30 May with all proceeds going to the local children’s cancer charity, Gafael Llaw. The choirs are Croydon Male Voice Choir and Côr Meibion Caernarfon.

Said Iwan Trefor Jones of Gafael Llaw: “Our charity was formed in June 2013 to support children in their fight against cancer. We donate the money we raise to Dewi Ward, Ysbyty Gwynedd, Alder Hey Hospital and the cancer charity Clic Sargent.

He added: “Tickets for the concert are keenly priced at just £5, and can be obtained from Gafael Llaw, Palas Print Caernarfon and members of Côr Meibion Caernarfon. Please come in droves to enjoy good singing and boost our important charity work.”

The concert will appeal to all musical tastes and will include choruses from well known musicals, English and Welsh hymns, American spirituals and popular contemporary pieces. The two choirs will perform some songs together.

Bryn Griffith, Chair of Côr Meibion Caernarfon, said: “We are delighted to support the excellent work of Gafael Llaw and Croydon Male Voice Choir can expect a warm Welsh welcome in Caernarfon. In November, they will be hosting us on a return visit to South London.”

Said Croydon Male Voice Choir Chair, Kim Ormond: “Our party of almost 90 people, including wives and partners, are all looking forward to staying in Caernarfon. On our way to North Wales, we will be singing in Chester Cathedral on the afternoon of 29 May.”

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02.02.15 - WELSH CHOIR IN NORTHWICH VALENTINE’S EVENING CONCERT

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One of Wales’ most successful choirs will sing at the Valentine Evening Concert on Saturday 14 February in St Helen’s Church Northwich as part of the inaugural Hearts of Northwich Community Festival.

Nine times National Eisteddfod of Wales winners, Côr Meibion Caernarfon, will sing a varied and popular programme including Welsh classics and West End show stoppers, led by conductor Delyth Humphreys and accompanist Mona Meirion Richards.

Also taking part will be Meinir Wyn Roberts, a talented young soprano from Caernarfon. She recently graduated with first class honours at the Royal Northern College of Music. In 2014 she won the prestigious Osborne Roberts Blue Ribband Award as best young soloist in the National Eisteddfod of Wales. She is now continuing her studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

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Said Caernarfon Choir Chairman, Bryn Griffith, “On St Valentine’s Day we aim to win the hearts of the people of Northwich and hope that the town’s new two day festival will be a huge success!

“The concert starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 from Hearts of Northwich Festival Organisers, Gordon and Angela Atkinson heartsofnorthwich@gmail.com and Julian Williams on 07919921708.”

18.11.14 SINGING FOR THEIR SUPPER – A SUPPER FOR THEIR SINGING!

The members of Côr Meibion Caernarfon do much more than sing for their supper. Having just returned from a very successful visit to Galway in Ireland two members of the choir are now busily arranging the choir’s annual dinner early in the new year.

They are Douglas Williams from Bontnewydd and Gareth Thomas from Llanrug, both from the choir’s first tenor section.  Helped by Edwin Williams from Brynsiencyn, one of the choir’s first bases, they are old hands at arranging the annual dinner.

And it’s not just the location, the food and the entertainment they have on their plate. As part of the event they raise a great deal of money for good causes.

Said Gareth, “This year we donated £328.65 to the British Heart Foundation. Last year and the year before we gave similar sums to the Wales Air Ambulance and Cancer Research.”

Doug says, “We are very grateful to everyone donating items to be raffled and those who buy the tickets. We will soon be asking for your help again to support our 2015 charity.”

Choir Chairman Bryn Griffith said, “These events arranged under the leadership of Gareth and Doug are a good example of the social life as well as the singing and concerts enjoyed by choir members.

He added, “Côr Meibion Caernarfon would like compete in the big choir section of the National Eisteddfod held in Meifod, Powys next August. We are therefore keen to increase our numbers by around ten. No large choir from this area has competed in the big choir competition for a while, and it’s time for that to change.”

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14.10.14 A feast of Welsh music / Féasta de cheol na Breataine Bige.

50 Welsh male voice singers and a harpist with a €60,000 golden harp will provide a feast of entertainment at the Town Hall Theatre, Galway on Friday 31 October, starting at 8.00pm.

Côr Meibion Caernarfon will sing a varied and popular programme led by their conductor Delyth Humphreys and accompanist Mona Meirion Richards. The 9 times National Eisteddfod of Wales winners last appeared at the Town Hall 12 years ago.

Said choir Chairman, Bryn Griffith, “Caernarfon in north west Wales is a World Heritage Centre because of our magnificent castle. The choir members come from a variety of occupations, including lawyers, teachers, mechanics, farmers, administrators and retired people. Every member speaks Welsh.”

Bryn added, “We have fond memories of the great Irish welcome we received on our previous visit to Galway city including a standing ovation and several encores at the concert.

“Performing with us this time will be the gifted harpist, Dafydd Huw. His golden harp is worth €60,000, but his musical talent is priceless. He will be playing music from the traditional to the modern, from Welsh folk-songs to musical show favourites.”

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15.09.14 A good year... and even better to come!

During the last twelve months a dozen new members have joined Côr Meibion Caernarfon. There are now 60 members on the books. But as the choir reconvenes this autumn, the door is still open to new members – both tenors and bases.

Says Choir Chairman, Bryn Griffith, “Under the guidance of Delyth Humphreys and Mona Meirion Richards, the choir is in very good spirits. It’s encouraging to see so many new faces – young and not so young – in our two hour Tuesday night rehearsals in Galeri, Caernarfon.

“However, we’re not resting on our laurels. If you like singing, join our ranks and experience the pleasure first hand! You’ll receive all the help you need to settle in and learn the choir’s popular repertoire. The first year membership is free for new members.”

Bryn added, “There are exciting years ahead for Côr Meibion Caernarfon as we approach our 50th anniversary. We have trip to Ireland at the end of October and discussions are well advanced about a possible visit to Holland next year.

“Most of our members come from Caernarfon and the nearby villages. Others travel from places further afield such as Dwyfor and Ynys Môn. Several members sing in more than one choir.

“We have members from most walks of life. As well as singing, it’s an excellent place to get advice about anything under the sun!

“To join, come to our Tuesday night practice at 7.45pm in Galeri, Caernarfon, talk to any member of the choir, ring me on 01286 880291 or visit our website www.cormeibioncaernarfon.org  You won’t regret it!”

Photos and quotes from three new members - Emyr Davies, Rhun Dafydd and Gruff Lovgreen:

Emyr Davies from Anglesey, but now living in Caernarfon. He is a partner in the NFU Mutual Insurance office in Llangefni and Regional NFU Officer for Ynys Môn. A guitarist in a Welsh group, he is also a photography and travel enthusiast. He is currently busily arranging a round the world honeymoon holiday to take place after his wedding in January.

Says Emyr, “ I joined with Gruff Lovgreen at the beginning of the year and have enjoyed getting to know the colourful characters of the choir, socialising after choir practice and learning new songs to sing loudly on rugby trips in Britain and abroad! The choir needs more young people so if you enjoy singing, travelling and socialising, pop into Galery on a Tuesday night.”

 

Rhun Dafydd from Groeslon is Production Manager with Gwasg Dwyfor, Penygroes – a busy local printing firm which employs four people. As well as singing with the choir, Rhun is a keen football supporter and has just returned from seeing Wales’  2-1 win in Andorra with Hogia Dyffryn Nantlle.

Rhun says, “I’ve now been a member of the choir for almost a year. My advice to anyone wishing to join is to come to Galeri on a Tuesday evening. You will receive a warm welcome while singing under the professional and friendly guidance of Delyth and Mona, and of course while socialising after the rehearsal. I’m looking forward to my first trip abroad with the choir in the Autumn.”

Gruff Lovgreen from Caernarfon works for television company Cwmni Da in their state of the art headquarters in Victoria Dock.

Said Gruff, “ I’ve now been a member of Côr Meibion Caernarfon for almost a year and I am enjoying the experience greatly. We sing a wide variety of songs – old and new – and the social life of the choir is excellent. I’m looking forward immensely to our four day trip to Galway next month. I would encourage anyone who likes singing to join the choir!”

 

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17.02.14 - CHOIR’S SUCCESSFUL RECRUITMENT DRIVE

Eight new members have joined Côr Meibion Caernarfon over the past two months raising the total number of singers to almost sixty.  The choir is currently recruiting members in every section.

“But, says Chairman, Bryn Griffith, “though the initial response has been most encouraging, our Musical Director, Delyth Humphreys is still looking for more members to strengthen each section, in particular for bottom bases and top tenors.”

Bryn added, “It’s great to see so many young people joining the choir.  The first event for most of them will be the Charity Concert of the Chairman of Gwynedd Council, Councillor Huw Edwards – a long serving choir member – at Galeri, Caernarfon on Saturday evening 8 March 2014.”

The new members are Rhun Dafydd from Groeslon, a printer at Gwasg Dwyfor, Penygroes (base); Siôn Inch, an apprentice plumber from Penygroes (baritone); Malcolm Williams from Penygroes, a mobile maintenance officer with Cymdeithas Tai Eryri (tenor); Ian Pierce from Caernarfon, a retired headteacher (second tenor); Gruff Lovgreen from Caernarfon, a member of staff of television production company Cwmni Da (base) and Emyr Davies from Tregaian Anglesey, Regional Secretary with NFU Cymru (top tenor).

Retired GP, Dr Huw Roberts, the Choir’s President, has joined the baritones after many years of service in the background.  And Now Parry from Caernarfon – one of the founding members of Côr Meibion Ferodo –has made a welcome return to the ranks of the second tenors.
In appealing for yet more new members, Bryn Griffith added, “Côr Meibion Caernarfon is a great place to sing and socialise.  If you are interested in joining just come along to one of our rehearsals at 7.45pm in Galeri Caernarfon.  Or contact us through our website www.cormeibioncaernarfon.org 

 

September 2013 - Epsom audience “bowled over” by Caernarfon choir performance

Côr Meibion Caernarfon received a standing ovation at the end of a very successful concert in Epsom Playhouse, Surrey last Saturday 21 September. Tickets were at a premium in the 450 seat Surrey theatre and the audience included many expatriate Welsh people and members of local choirs.

It all started when Gwen Saxby, a voluntary steward at Epsom Playhouse, attended a Caernarfon choir rehearsal in Galeri while on holiday in the town. So enthusiastic was her praise when she returned to Surrey that theatre manager Elaine Teague invited the choir to perform a one off concert in the town.

Elaine Teague said “Gwen was bowled over by the choir and thought it was a great shame their choral music tradition could not be shared with a Surrey audience. I am delighted that Côr Meibion Caernarfon accepted the invitation to sing in our lovely theatre. Their show was immensely enjoyed by all.”

After the concert, Gwen Saxby had no regrets about persuading the theatre manager to book the choir. “It was wonderful and I wish their performance had lasted another hour!”, she said.

Under the baton of musical director Delyth Humphreys with Mona Meirion Richards on the piano, the choir sang a varied programme of music in Welsh, English and Africaans. Additional items were given by accomplished harpist Dafydd Huw Jones.

Said choir Chair, Bryn Griffith, “We stayed for two nights at a Weybridge hotel and the trip was a social as well as a musical success. Everyone was kind and welcoming and we would love the chance to do it again.”

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June 2013 - Two choirs and an international reunion in Criccieth on Sunday 7 July

On Sunday 7 July 2013 at 8pm in Criccieth Memorial Hall there will be “A Feast of Singing” in an international concert by Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir and Côr Meibion Caernarfon.

The concert will be particularly emotional for Gwyn Roberts, founder of the Canadian Choir. He comes from Y Fron near Caernarfon and spent 22 years as a member of Côr Meibion Caernarfon, ten of them as its Chairman.

Because of his unique contribution on both sides of the Atlantic, Gwyn Roberts has been made an honorary life member of both choirs.
He says, “I spent almost 40 years working in the health service in Wales before moving to Canada. Because of my “hiraeth” for Wales and choral singing I called together a group of like minded individuals of Welsh heritage to kindle the spirit of traditional Welsh male voice singing in our adopted country. Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir (TWMVC) was formed in 1995.

“Although many of the current members still lay claim to Welsh connections, we now have members from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds. Our regular Wednesday evening rehearsals are held in Dewi Sant Welsh United Church Toronto.”

Gwyn adds, “Our six concert tour of Wales is the result of many months of planning. Criccieth on 7 July is the first. We then sing in the “Stiwt” Rhosllanerchrugog on 9/7 and Ysgol y Berwyn Bala on 11/7.
“Afterwards we travel to South Wales to sing on 14/7 in Tredegar, 16/7 in Pendyrys and 19/7 in Llantrisant – sponsored by the local male voice choir in each case.”

Says Bryn Griffith, present Chairman of Côr Meibion Caernarfon, “We look forward to our reunion with Gwyn. He made a distinguished contribution to this choir before moving to Canada. He then worked hard to ensure the success of our Canadian tour a few years ago.”

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May 2013 - International spring for Côr Meibion Caernarfon

Spring is very much an international affair for Côr Meibion Caernarfon.
Says Choir Chairman, Bryn Griffith, “Our May concert in Theatr Seilo with the Royal Hengelo Male Voice Choir from the Netherlands was a huge success followed by a very enjoyable social evening.

“At the beginning of June, we will be singing to visitors as part of a series of concerts in St John’s Church, Llandudno. We then sing with a choir of young people from the United States in Caernarfon Catholic Church in mid June. During the first week in July, we look forward to welcoming the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir. Gwyn Roberts, the Canadian choir’s founder, is a former Chair of Côr Meibion Caernarfon.
“To continue the international theme, our weekly Tuesday night rehearsal at Galeri, Caernarfon are well attended by appreciative visitors. We receive regular requests to attend via our website.

“A group of American tourists comes every week and they were joined last week by another group from Germany.

“Male voice choirs are a popular tourist attraction and it is a pleasure to give a taste of Welsh culture to visitors from all over the world. After buying our CDs they take home fond memories of their visit to Caernarfon.”

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May 2013 - Côr Meibion Caernarfon is seeking new members

Côr Meibion Caernarfon wants to recruit new members in every section – especially top tenors and bottom bases.

Says Choir Chairman, Bryn Griffith, “We are inviting singers of all ages, experienced and inexperienced, from near and far to join the choir. It does not matter if they have not sung in a choir before, as long as they have a decent singing voice. Experienced singers are welcome to join us in addition to their existing choir.

“Our rehearsals take place every Tuesday night in Galeri, Caernarfon from 7.45pm for approximately two hours led by our Musical Director, Delyth Humphreys and accompanist Mona Meirion Richards.

Bryn Griffith adds, “You will receive a warm welcome and make good friends in Côr Meibion Caernarfon. Since I joined the choir, I’ve had the pleasure of singing with world renowned soloists in the best concert halls in the UK, including the Symphony Hall Birmingham, St David’s Hall Cardiff and the Albert Hall in London. The choir has experienced many eisteddfod successes and travelled widely in the UK, Ireland, continental Europe and North America.

“Our members include craftsmen, teachers, policemen, farmers, local government officers, solicitors, builders, accountants, factory workers and quite a few who have retired. It’s a place where you can receive help and advice about every matter under the sun!

“The years ahead will be exiting for Côr Meibion Caernarfon as we approach our 50th anniversary. To express an interest in joining please phone me on 01286 880291 or leave a message

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April 2013 - Dutch male voice choir sings in Caernarfon

It’s not only flowers that will be coming to Wales from Holland this spring. A famous Dutch male voice choir will also be visiting Caernarfon in early May.

Koninklijk Hengelo Mannenkoor (also known as KHM) (the Hengelo Royal Male Voice Choir) was established over 125 years ago in 1886. Its 70 members sing a wide repertoire ranging from operatic pieces and musical show arrangements to folk songs and carols.

Says Dafydd Les Hughes, Secretary of Côr Meibion Caernarfon, who is arranging this part of the visit, “Hengelo Choir and family members will be here from 2-6 May. They will perform in a “Feast of Singing” concert at Theatr Seilo, Caernarfon on Saturday 4, starting at 7.30pm. There are over 100 people the Dutch party. We look forward to welcoming them all, and to sing and socialise together. Tickets for the concert are bound to be in short supply so order them quickly from Palas Print Bookshop Caernarfon or any member of Caernarfon choir. The price is £5.

Dafydd Les added, “The town of Hengelo is in east Netherlands close to the German border. With a population of over 80,000 it is strategically located on the A1/E30 Euroroute from Amsterdam to Moscow. The centre was heavily bombed during the second world war but the town’s many shops and cultural centres are flourishing once more.”

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April 2013 - Côr Meibion Caernarfon elects new chair

The new Chair of Côr Meibion Caernarfon is Bryn Griffith of Plas Felin Gerrig, Llanllyfni – Bryn Plas as he is known to all. He has been a member of the choir for over twenty years.

Bryn said, “Since retiring from my work as Development Manager with Cymdeithas Tai Eryri, I have more time to devote to my other interests – farming, singing and being a grandfather of two.”

He added, “In the baritone section I’ve learnt lots of classical and popular pieces and have travelled widely in the UK and abroad. Just as importantly, the choir has been an excellent place to make new friends. I was warmly welcomed from day one.”

“It’s a great honour to be elected Chair of such a successful choir. I wish to thank my predecessor, Dafydd Jones for filling the post with dignity and humour over the past two years.”

 

Sunday September 23 2012
We had our first concert following the Summer break at St Mary's Church Betws y Coed in front of a full and enthusiastic audience. The cocnert is the last of the series of concerts held at the Church each year between July and September to entertain visitors to the area and it ihas been our privilege each year to close the series. Each year we have been inviting the winner of our Caernarfon Young Musician of the Year (which is sponsored by the Choir) to accompany us but this year we gave the young singer from Paradwys, Anglesey Lucy Kelly (www.lucy-kelly.com) to sing with us. She sang a total of ten songs in Welsh and English, including a number of hits from the West End, and these were warmly received by the audience.

The Choir practises every Tuesday evening at the Galeri Caernarfon - there is a warm welcome for both new members and visitors to join us at 7.45pm

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Dates for your diary:

September 23rd at 8pm Concert at St Mary's Church , Betws y Coed

December 7th at 7.30pm Rotary Club Annual Christmas Concert, St Mary's Church Caernarfon

 

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