The choir were thrilled to be invited back to perform once again at the stunning Tŷ Rhos Chapel in Rhoshill, Pembrokeshire alongside Eleri and Aled Edwards from Llandovery at a concert organised by the chapel community in early July to raise funds for the local Parkinsons charity.
The listed chapel sits on the edge of the hamlet of Rhoshill on the brow of a hill, with stunning views across the surrounding farmland. It was well worth the bus ride from Cardiff, not only for the glorious evening sunset which welcomed the choir, but for the sumptuous chapel tea which was so generously provided by the chapel community for the choristers following the concert.
The choir performed a varied programme for the audience who filled the pretty chapel both upstairs and down, and it was an honour to perform alongside the accomplished and renowned soloists Eleri and Aled.
The choir were delighted to be informed by the Chapel Fundraising Committee that the concert had raised £1623 for the local Parkinsons UK Charity support group. Well done to all involved! We hope we will return to Rhoshill to perform again soon.
Richard Vaughan, Côr y Gleision’s Musical Director has managed to reach the final round of the Cân i Gymru competition after he co-composed the song “Fy Nghariad Olaf I” with Andy Park.
This competition has been broadcasted for over 40 years and has produced Welsh pop classics such as “Y Cwm” by Huw Chiswell and “Gwlad y Rasta Gwyn” by Sobin a’r Smaeliaid.
“It’s an honour as a musician to reach the final, I’ve composed classical choral works for years and it’s great to experiment and compose and write in other styles. Also it’s great to promote and nurture young talent and I’m delighted that Caitlin McKee will be singing the song” says Richard Vaughan
The competition will be broadcasted live on S4C on Saturday the 11th of March at 20:25 where there’ll be an opportunity to choose the winning song.
Vote for “Fy Nghariad Olaf I” on Saturday night by calling 0900 9510 110
(Calls cost 25p from a BT landline. Call costs can vary between suppliers and will be considerably higher from a mobile phone. Don’t call until the lines open as your vote will not be counted. (You won’t be charged for ringing before the lines are open.)
More information to follow by following #fynghariadolafi and @CorYGleision
To conclude the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Cardiff Blues Choir, we held our Christmas concert at Saint Peter’s Church, Roath, on the 22nd of December.
As is customary, all proceeds were in respect of the nominated charity of the Cardiff Blues rugby club, namely Maggie’s; a centre which provides practical and emotional support to cancer sufferers and their families.
We heard a very moving description from Geraint Talfan Davies OBE, of the amazing work they do, and it was therefore wonderful that over £2000 was raised on the night. We must pay tribute to the congregation as well as to Father Tony Furlong for their generosity.
Undoubtedly one of the highlights of the evening was the first performance of ‘Cysga’n Dawel’, written by our Musical Director Richard Vaughan, for choir member Ffion Wynn Watkins, on the birth of her child, including a solo from Ffion herself.
The choir now looks forward to another exciting year of competitions and performances.
On Friday 4th of November, Côr y Gleision secured the first prize in the Open Choir Category at Eisteddfod y Cymoedd beating Côr Godre’r Garth who came second, and Bechgyn Bro Taf and Côr Cwm Ni who came joint third. The adjudicators were Eleri Roberts, Musical Director for Côr Heol y March and Meinir Richards, Musical Director for Côr Llanddarog.
This was the tenth year of Eisteddfod y Cymoedd which was established ten years ago to celebrate the Welsh Language in the Rhymney Valley and held at Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni in Caerphilly.
‘I’m so proud of the choir for winning the competition’ says Richard Vaughan the Musical Director ‘I’m so pleased that we had an opportunity to support an Eisteddfod that develops each year and continues to develop new talent in the valley’
The choir will now be preparing for their annual Christmas Concert which will be held at St Peter’s Church in Roath, Cardiff on Thursday the 22nd of December at 7:30.
At the beginning of October a few members of Côr y Gleision completed the Cardiff Half Marathon. A few of the members who took part had previously run a half marathon but some of the members, including Côr y Gleision’s accompanist Rhiannon Pritchard, signed up for the ‘Alfie’s Angels’ series on BBC Wales where Gareth Thomas, former Wales and British Lions Captain trained a group of people who had never run a half marathon before.
‘It was an amazing experience, I never thought I could run so far, we had a lot of fun but was glad to reach that finish line’ says Rhiannon Pritchard
The group managed to raise £4,500 for their different charities including Beating Bowel Cancer, Cancer Research UK, Ochre (promoting awareness of oesophageal cancer) a Muscular Dystrophy
Congratulations to everyone who took part.
At the end of August 2016, Côr y Gleision travelled to Belgium as part of their ten-year anniversary celebrations, holding cathedral concerts in Bruges and Ghent, and also performing in the ‘Last Post’ ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres. The choir also visited cemeteries as part of the 100 year commemorations of the Great War.
Musical Director, Richard Vaughan, said: ‘It was a great honour to perform at such prestigious venues as the cathedrals. The audiences’ reactions were magnificent, and the choir thoroughly enjoyed the experiences’.
Richard had composed a piece of music especially for the tour, to the words of ‘Rhyfel’ (War), a poem written by the Welsh poet Hedd Wyn, who was killed at the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917. Performing this poignant piece at both concerts was a privilege, and having the opportunity to sing it at Hedd Wyn’s graveside was an emotional experience that will long live in the memory.
The choir and guests were also able to explore and enjoy the wonderful Belgian culture and hospitality at all three locations, as a fitting climax to the anniversary celebrations.
On Saturday 23rd July 2016 Côr y Gleision held their ten-year anniversary concert at Llandaff Cathedral. The choir shared a stage with the British Sinfonietta orchestra as well as the soloists Rhodri Prys Jones and Katy Treharne (‘Christine’ Phantom of the Opera, West End) and the compere for the evening was BBC presenter Iwan Griffiths. The choir performed a number of their popular songs over the last ten years as well as old favourites from the original ‘Codi Canu’ series.
‘The concert summed up ten years of work for us as a choir’ according to Richard Vaughan, the choir’s Musical Director for the past five years. ‘The aim of the concert was to show how we’ve developed as a choir over the past ten years since the first series of Codi Canu and how we continue to go from strength to strength’
‘It was just an amazing experience to sing in such a fabulous place, and the accompaniment of the orchestra and the location brought the music to life, and the sound was a hundred times better’ said Gwenno Williams, one of the original members of the choir and past Chair.
The choir will continue its ten-year anniversary celebrations with a trip to Belgium to hold a number of concerts in Bruges and Ghent as well as performing in the ‘Last Post’ ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres.
The choir managed to secure first prize in the Folk Category at the Cheltenham Festival of Arts on Saturday the 14th of May 2016.
Having competed a number of times over the years at the festival, this year there were also two other choirs from Wales present; Cardiff Ardwyn Singers and Côr Bro Meirion, the former managing to secure first prize in the Sacred Category.
Congratulations to all choirs who had success at the Festival.
This year, the Cardiff Blues Choir will be celebrating 10 years since its formation as part of the Codi Canu series on S4C. To celebrate this milestone in the history of the choir, the choir will be organising a Grand Concert at Llandaff Cathedral with the British Sinfonieta orchestra that will include some of the choir’s favourite songs over the years as well as a number of pieces accompanied by the orchestra. The choir will also be visiting Belgium in the summer as part of their celebrations and will have an opportunity to perform in Menin Gate as part of the events to remember 100 since the First World War.
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