Bereavement – Brian Owens – 2nd Bass

It is with great sadness and regret that I have to announce the death, on Saturday, of one of our choristers, Brian Owens.

Brian joined Pendyrus in 1959, made a life member in 1980, and devoted many years to Pendyrus, firstly as a baritone until 1992 and then he graduated to the 2nd Bass section. He was a member of our elite 50 plus club.

Our sincere condolences go out to Brian’s family.

 

Want to sing with a world renowned Choir ?

Want to sing with a world renowned Choir ?

Just come along to our open evening on Wednesday 10th October and give it a go !

All are welcome.

DON’T WORRY if you missed or were unable to make it on the 10th October, just come along to our rehearsals at Tylorstown Sports Centre on Monday or Wednesday evenings 7:30 – 9:00 pm and you will be more than welcome.

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From the Archives – The story of Y Ffynhonnau.

From the Archives,
It is ironic that Pendyrus have been commissioned to perform a new work by Gareth Glyn, written and composed by one of Wales leading present day composers. Gareth has dedicated it to Pendyrus and indeed to the history of Rhondda.

This is not the first occasion that Pendyrus have been involved with the story of Y Ffynhonnau, The photograph Below from 2003 was taken on Penrhys mountain in May of that year when Pendyrus provided the music for the film of the same name.

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This was a film shot entirely in the Rhondda, and particularly around the village of Penrhys. It was the story of Rhydwen Williams, author and poet, and indeed his poem Y Ffynhonnau (The Fountains). He was born in Pentre and educated at Pentre Grammar School before moving on to Swansea and Bangor University. Rhydwen won the crown at the National
Eistedddfods in Mountain Ash 1946 and Swansea in 1964. He wrote many novels including one on the Merthyr Riots of 1831, which was dramatised by the BBC, a new novel on the Senghenydd mining disaster and Mabon’s Day., Mabon is the bardic name of William
Abraham, the first ever Member of Parliament for Rhondda elected in 1885. He was awarded an honorary MA for his contribution to literature. Pendyrus played a significant part in this film, not only background music but also on vision. The film was made by Green Bay Media, and had its premiere at the Parc & Dare Theatre, Treorchy, in May 2003.

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Le Grand Spectacle au Festival interceltique de Lorient 2018

Pays de Galles : invité d’honneur 2018
Le Festival Interceltique de Lorient est heureux d’annoncer pour la 3e fois de son histoire la venue en tant que Pays à l’Honneur : le Pays de Galles

 

Please press play below to view Le Grande Spectacle au Festival Interceltique de Lorient 2018 including all the various artistes and Pendyrus Male Choir are very pleased to represent Wales in the Festival in the year l’année de Pays de Galles 2018

NB Pendyrus Male Choir can be viewed around 1 hour and 35 minutes into the Grand Spectacle.

Amazing Grace from final moments of the Festival Interceltique de Lorient 2018

Please press play below to view Amazing Grace in the final moments from Pendyrus Male Choir and various Celtic Artistes during the Festival Interceltique de Lorient 2018

 

 

 

Choir honours Cyril Jones

Pendyrus awards local man with Honorary Membership after decades of support.

Maerdy Community Concert – 13 July 2018

Pendyrus Choir awarded Cyril Jones Honorary Membership of the Choir at a recent concert in Maerdy Community School.
This award is in recognition of decades of support for the choir.
Once a member of the choir in the late ‘50’s and 60’s, Cyril remembers winning the Cardigan Semi-National Eisteddfod in 1959.
Due to work and health reasons, unfortunately Cyril had to give up singing with the choir but his support has never wavered. He has been the driving force behind the Annual Gala Concerts in Tylorstown, the biggest cultural event to be held annually in the Rhondda Valley. He has managed to bring world-renowned soloists like Lesley Garrett, Katherine Jenkins, Gwawr Edwards, Jon Owen Jones, Paul Potts, Rebecca Evans, Shân Cothi and Rhys Meirion to perform at this event. In addition to this, he and his team have acquired sponsorship and donations amounting to £1000’s for lighting , sound equipment and staging. This has come from generous grants and sponsorship from companies like Costain, Vattenfall, RCT Homes and the National Lottery.
Cyril has great communication and interpersonal skills and has used these to ensure that the future of the Gala Concert is here for many years to come. The choir is very grateful to Cyril for his efforts and there is undoubtedly no one more worthy of this award of Honorary Membership.
Congratulations Cyril and diolch yn fawr.
Pendyrus Male Choir

 

To view, download full report including photographs, please click on link below:-

Cyril Jones Report 2018

The David Thomas Memorial Concert.

Dear Friends

I’ve had so much positive feedback from members of the audience at the Concert that you hosted in memory of David. My work colleagues and people from David’s work, who did not expect to enjoy themselves, were simply blown away by the spectacle and the sound. There really was something for everyone in the programme crafted by the talented musical directors. Eleri, Heledd, Nick and Jen (David’s children) and I were honoured to be part of the musical extravaganza. You all have a fan club in North Wales. Stewart & Ryan, your invitation for choristers in the audience to join the massed choirs for the performance of Gwahoddiad touched the hearts of so many. It was an emotionally charged evening.

Donations and proceeds from ticket/programme sales are now in excess of £3,700. The ladies at the door did an amazing job and I am very grateful to them. Cardiomyopathy UK are overwhelmed by the generosity of so many contributors and would like to contact the Choirs, Beverly, Rhian, Ashley, accompanists & MDs to thank them directly for their invaluable support. With this in mind I’m writing to request addresses where the certificates/letters can be sent.

Currently, we’ve raised £7,320 for Cardiomyopathy UK, over half of this came from the Memorial Concert. I can’t thank you enough!

Diolch or’r galon

Anwen

Fabulous review of our Gala Concert on Friday 4th May by Nick Wayland-Evans of Only Men Aloud

Saturday 5th May 2018 – Review by Nick Wayland-Evans

Pendyrus Male Choir Annual Gala Concert

Special Guests Sioned Gwen Davies, Luke McCall, Cor Y Cwm and Charlotte Lewis

Compere: Shelley Rees-Owen

Friday 4th May 2018 at Rhondda Fach Sports Centre
An evening spent in the Rhondda celebrating Welsh talent

The range of performers on stage at the Rhondda Fach Leisure centre yesterday evening can only be described as first class, and worthy of the international stage.

An abundance of talent, including choral and solo voice, and instrumental repertoire, combined with expert compering and strong musical leadership, can only strengthen what I consider to be one of the best evenings in recent years of celebrating Welsh culture.

Pendyrus Male Choir have been in existence for nearly a century, and this is testament to the strength of leadership and musical excellent of their superb musical teams past and present, namely, in this instance, Stewart Roberts (MD) and Gavin Parry (Accompanist).
Stewart and Gavin, ably assisted by Ryan Wood on the organ, guided us through an evening of thrilling, rousing, gentle, nostalgic, and thoroughly entertaining programme of choral music. The skill and high level of musicianship of this talented team is reflected in the precision, musicality and dynamic of this excellent choir.

The evening started with a rousing performance of Laudamus, arranged by Daniel Protheroe. Then came a Welsh translation of the Janacek piece Orani (ploughing) – called Aredig – with strong lines and excellent dynamic range; and, finally in this first section by the choir, Men of Harlech (arr. John Guard), performed with strong determined phrases and emphasis on the text of this classic piece of Welsh choral tradition,  and showing the diverse range of music this choir are capable of performing to a very high standard.

This really was an evening to suit all musical tastes. The guest artistes performed a range of music from opera and classical to contemporary choral music and musical theatre.

Welsh mezzo-soprano Sioned Gwen Davies delighted us with Bizet’s ‘Habanera’ from Carmen, Meirion Williams’ beautiful piece ‘Y Cymro’, followed by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Pie Iesu’ (with cello accompaniment by Stewart Roberts) showing how versatile a singer needs to be to perform on the concert platform as well as the opera stage. Sioned showed off her acting skills and created an inviting atmosphere, drawing in the audience to her various dramatic roles and creations.

Luke McCall is a celebrated young Welsh musical theatre performer currently performing in the West End in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. He didn’t fail to impress the audience with performances of Music of the Night from Phantom and Tell My Father from Civil War, bringing home to Wales taste of the skill and high standards required to be in the West End.

The Rhondda has a strong tradition for nurturing young talented musicians and a great number of performers past and present work in the profession on the international and world stages. The other guest artists performing in the concert have promising futures ahead of them.

Charlotte Lewis, from Treorchy Comprehensive, gave an impeccable performance of the 2nd movement of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez on the Flugel Horn.  The award-winning choir Cor Y Cwm demonstrated strong musicianship skills and sensitive performance ability in their musically challenging pieces.
A highlight for me was their performance of Ola Gjeilo’s Ubi Caritas, a piece I distinctly remember them performing for the 2016 Choir of the Year, which they won in the category of Youth Choir. The Choir was led by Elin Llywelyn-Williams (MD) and Gavin Ashcroft (Accompanist).

Being in a choir is like being part of an extended family. All families have their ups and downs, happy times and sad times. The choir performed a very touching tribute in memory of two choristers – David Thomas and John Wiggam – with the Matt Monro classic ‘Softly as I leave you’. This warm performance was a particularly beautiful moment which I know was appreciated by the capacity audience.

This Gala Concert had everything! The second half brought more delights from all the performers including joint items between the choir and soloists and a full company rendition of ‘Unwaith Eto Nghymru Annwyl’ as the finale – all linked together professionally and charismatically by Welsh actress and compere for the evening, Shelley Rees-Owen.

Thank you Pendyrus, I look forward to the next one!

Nick Wayland-Evans
5/5/2018

Pendyrus on Radio 3 – Sat 5th May 2018 12:15 pm

Radio3Rarely if ever does a Welsh male choir appear on the BBC’s rarefied Radio 3 channel. However, on Wednesday 25 April Pendyrus were visited by Richard Dennison (producer) and Kate Molleson (presenter) of R3’s weekly ‘Music Matters’ programme. They recorded the choir singing (they were overwhelmed) and interviewed Carl Bowen, Joshua Kelland and Gareth Williams. The item, on ‘Music and Language’, will be broadcast on Radio Three on Saturday 5 May at 12.15 p.m., repeated on Monday 7 May at 10.15 p.m.

Choir awards Dr Haydn James with Vice-Presidency Of Pendyrus

Choir awards Dr. Haydn James with the Vice-Presidency of Pendyrus in recognition of the tremendous help and support he has given to the Choir over many years. The award was presented to Dr. Haydn James by Pendyrus  Musical Director, Stewart Roberts.

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