Aelodau’r Côr

Am hanner canrif prin y disgynnodd nifer yr aelodau o dan dros gant a mwy. Un tro fe lwyfannodd y côr 161 o gantorion mewn gyngerdd yn Ferndale yn 1939. Erbyn hyn mae ychydig o dan gant ar y llyfrau. Rhoddir  ‘Aelodaeth am Oes’ i gantorion sydd wedi cyflawni 21 mlynedd o wasanaeth, a dynodir rheini sydd yn  dal ar y Cofrestr presennol gyda seren *. Caiff rheini sydd yn aelodau ers 50 mlynedd  eu dynodi â dwy seren**. Mae rheini yn perthyn  i ‘Glwb 50+’ arbennig iawn.

Tenoriaid 1af

Liam Butler; Jordan Davies; **Stanley Davies; Anthony Evans; *Barrie Evans; Graham Giles; Gareth Haines; *Gareth Jones; Sidney Jones; Joshua Kelland; Tom Lawthom; Keith Loveday; David Madge; Gwilym Powell; Gareth Rees; Ashley Richards; William Richards; **Glenville Roberts;  Dione Rowles; Wayne Rowles; Michael Thomas; *Robert Williams; Steven Williams.

Ail Denoriaid

Christopher Britton; **Alun Davies; Colin Dudson; Steven Edmunds; Frank Evans; *Edward Griffiths; Stephen Groves; *Malcolm Hobbs; **Malcolm James; Nicholas Jenkins; Dewi Jones; Stephen Jones; *John Leat; *Mal Long; John Lowes; **Rhydfen Morgan; Michael Mortimer; Nigel Pearce; Samuel Pearce; *Paul Richards; David Smith;  *Howard Stephens; *Alan S Thomas; John Wathan; Gareth Williams.

Baritoniaid (Bâs 1af)

*Paul Adams; **Carl Bowen; Michael Chapman; Allan Coomber; Emlyn Davies; *Edmund Duffy; Rob Forester; Dewi George; Richard Gardiner; Denzil Gough; John Harman; Terry Hale; Alan Jones; **David Jury; *Creighton Lewis OBE;  Owen McCarthy; Rhys Mynott; Merlin Port; Richard Roberts, Peter Skinner; *David Smith; Morgan Thomas; *Bryn Williams.

Baswyr (Ail Fâs)

Mike Bostic; Anthony Cartwight; Andrew Charles; *Graham Clarke; Raymond Davies; Clive Drakeford; *Allen Edwards; Barrie Edwards; Howard Evans; John Evans; Ronald Eveleigh; *Brian Fry; Bill Hodgson; Michael Hopkins; Jefferey Hunt; Keryl Jones; *Vivian Jones; Thomas Morgan; Peter Murphy; *Allan Parry; Ryan Rees; Graham Thomas.

Wyn Williams

Llywydd y Côr ers 2008
Ei Anrhydedd Syr Wyn Williams Kt., QC
Ganed Wyn Williams yn Ferndale yn 1951, yn fab i Ronald Williams a fu’n gadeirydd Côr Meibion Morlais. Cafodd ei addysg yn Ysgol Ramadeg Sirol y Rhondda, Coleg Corff Crist, Rhydychen, ac Ysgol Gyfraith Neuaddau’r Frawdlys. Galwyd ef i’r Bar (y Deml Fewnol) yn 1974, a bu’n bargyfreithiwr yng Nghaerdydd a Llundain. Cafodd ei benodi’n Gwnsler y Frenhines (QC) yn 1992, yn Farnwr Arbenigol y Cylchdaith Siawnsri yn 2004, ac yn Farnwr yr Uchel Lys yn 2007. Y flwyddyn honno cafodd ei urddo’n farchog gan y Frenhines.
Mae Syr Wyn Williams yn byw yn y Porth yn y Rhondda ac yn mwynhau cyswllt agos â Chlwb Rygbi Tylorstown lle bu’n chwaraewr rhwng 1969 a 1985, yn aelod o’r pwyllgor 1985-98, ac yn gadeirydd 1991-95. Mae’n ymddiriedolwr y clwb ers 1998.
Roedd Pendyrus ar ben ei ddigon pan dderbyniodd Syr Wyn y gwahoddiad i fod yn Llywydd, sef dim ond y pedwerydd yn hanes y Côr.

GwynneChoir President 1966-2008
Dr. Ieuan Gwynne
My connection with Pendyrus goes back to their first tour of the USA and Canada way back in 1965. I had not been interested in the ‘Male Voice sound’, but their new conductor, a brash man called Glynne Jones was turning the repertoire upside down, what with 16th and 17th century church music, and songs sung in many strange languages, not to mention pieces by contemporary composers.
They were planning something almost unheard of, a tour of Canada and the States, depending on local Welsh societies, and paying their way by ‘singing for their supper’. As GP to a lot of the choir, I offered to do their (then necessary) smallpox vaccinations free of charge. Believe me, the best ‘loss-leader’ ever! Iwas invited to join them on their 1971 tour of the States (San Francisco to New York via Vancouver and the States/Canadian border: a tour memorable for many mishaps!) It soon became clear to the choir that I was no orator, so my duties were confined to providing some medical advice when needed. Also, I think I perhaps helped by taking the side of the ‘ordinary’ chorister as opposed to the committee’! I even had the temerity at times to criticise the choir’s repertoire when, I thought their use of dissonant modern pieces impaired their ability to sing ‘sweetly’. Anyway, they have put up with me, and it was with sadness that I didn’t join them on their latest tours, to California and Canada. So now its God bless Pendyrus under the baton of John Samuel.
Extracted from notes in Dr. Gwynn’s Diary. He was the longest serving president of the choir

Will MainChoir President 1943-1966
William H Mainwaring MP Rhondda West Constituency
William Mainwaring who became an active member of the South Wales Miners Federation at an early age, and was part of the Cambrian Combine, miners lodge. Pre 1914 he was a member of the Unofficial Reform Committee who’s programme was outlined in a famous, militant, explosive pamphlet called The Miners Next Step. In this, the authors not only advocated a minimum wage of eight shillings for a seven-hour day, but also aimed at getting into the hands of the workers, the control and ultimately the ownership of the mines. Ironically, although in a different form, the mines were eventually Nationalised in 1947 with its slogan, managed on behalf of the people.
William went on to be elected an MP. representing the Rhondda East constituency in 1933 and served the people for a further 26 years until his retirement in 1959. He was invited to become the choir’s second recorded president in 1943 and continued in that role until 1966 when he eventually stood down because of failing health. During his term of office he always made an effort to attend the final rehearsal prior to the choir competing at an important Eisteddfod at which, he delivered an encouraging and inspirational speech.

Choir President 1934-1943
Thomas John, MA. JP.
It seems that Thomas John was the first person to be appointed President.
Other than the dates of his office 1934-1943 no further background information on him is readily available, other than, he was the miners agent for Rhondda, and later became a Justice of the Peace.

Mae gan y Côr dros hanner cant o Is-Lywyddion, yn cynnwys nifer o gyfeillion sydd â chysylltiadau ers llawer dydd gyda Phendyrus. Mae yn eu plith gynrychiolwyr o fywyd dinesig, diwylliannol, proffesiynol a byd busnes y DU, Awstralia, Seland Newydd a’r UDA. Maent i gyd yn cyfrannu’n werthfawr i fywyd a gwaith y Côr trwy gynnig cyngor, cymorth neu nawdd, a mae hyn i gyd yn cael ei werthfawrogi’n ddiolchgar.

Vice Presidents & Past Officials updated

TREASURERS (to 4.6.1967)
1933 Thomas J HUGHES (d 1940/41)
1941 Thomas R WILLIAMS (see Vice-Chairmen)
1949 Morris THOMAS (B1; Choir Rep 1935-37 & 1939-40; Contributions Sec 1967-70; LM
pre1962; d28.4.1973)
4. 6.1967 (office abolished)
FINANCIAL SECRETARIES
1924 D.T.Morgan
1933 Levi PHILLIPS
1938 William PRICE (B2; Choir Rep 1936-37; d 1956)
1956 Mervyn Handel MORGAN (T1; LM 1974;
[Assistant 1973-79: Rhys JONES (B2) (resigned 3.12.1979)
[Assistant 1980-81: Glyn BREWER (B2)
[Assistant 1981-85: Leonard NEILL (T2)
24. 3.1985 Leonard NEILL (T2; b 30.6.1938; Asst Financial Sec 1981-85; LM 1984; d 29.9.1996)
[Assistant 1985-86: Malcolm HOBBS (T2) (elected 31.3.1985)
[Assistant 1986-96: Howard STEPHENS (T2)
16.10.1996 Meirion Wyn HARRIES (B2; b 25.5.1955; LM 2000;
[Assistant 1996-2002: Howard STEPHENS (T2)
24. 2.2002 Alun Gwyn DAVIES (T2; b 21.3.1942; LM 1982;
[Assistant 2002è: Howard STEPHENS (T2)
2013 Anthony Evans:
(Assistant Howard STEPHENS; (T2) LM 1982
2015 Phillip JONES (T2)
(Assistant David Prior (B2)

Garfield Bendrey 1976-2000
Glyn Brewer 1962-09 [Chairman 1981-87; VP 1987]
Leslie Cutter 1978-2011
Eben Davies 1958-2009
Idwal Davies 1969-2000
Ivor Davies 1959-2011
Meirion Harries 1978-2004 [Financial Secretary 1996-2002]
Michael Hawkins 1966-2002
**Glyndwr Jones(1950-2011)
**A. Gwyndaf Jones (1961-2011)
D. Gwynfryn Jones 1962-68 & 1974-2009
Dennis Lawley 1978-2000
**Edward Lewis (1956-2011)
John Lewis (1965-2011; General Secretary since 1966)
Ian Macleod 1962-2006 [Chairman 1980-81]
Neil Macleod 1966-2002
Ivor Mainwaring 1960-66 & 1978-2000
Edward Morgan 1962-2006 [Stage Manager 1973 -2003]
Trevor Parcel 1969-90
Ivor Phillips (1985-2011)
**Byron Seldon 1959-92 & 1997-2000 [Librarian since 2001]
Peter Walker (1988-2004 & 2009-2011)
Douglas Williams 1972-2003
Russell Willis 1956-78

Mae gan y côr hefyd Glwb 400 sydd yn ffynhonell incwm bwysig. Mae aelodau a ffrindiau o’r tu allan yn perthyn iddo a mawr yw dyled a gwerthfawrogiad y côr am eu cefnogaeth. Os oes gennych ddiddordeb gallwch ymuno â’r clwb am ddim ond punt y mis, gyda gwobrau blynyddol o £500 a rhai misol yn ymestyn o £50 i £6. Ceir manylion gan Phil Jones, David Pryor neu ein hysgrifennydd diflino Steven Jones