History of Pendyrus at Cardigan Eistedfod
One of Wales’ premiere male voice choirs has claimed the first prize at the Cardigan Semi-National Eisteddfod for the fifth time!
Rhondda-based Pendyrus Male Choir – which was founded way back in 1924 – swept the boards in the heated competition held at Theatr Mwldan.
Pendyrus performed under the baton of Musical Director Stewart Roberts to fight off the opposition from four other award-winning choirs.
“We had significant opposition in the form of four talented choirs who have won at the National Eisteddfod and competitions such as ‘Côr Cymru’,” he explained.
“I’m glad to say that after months of tireless training and with total dedication and commitment, Pendyrus was named the victorious choir for a staggering fifth time!”
Pendyrus Male Choir beat Côr Ar Ôl Tri, Côr Meibion Tâf, Bechgyn Bro Tâf and Dunvant Male Choir to win the prize.
Pendyrus gave a performance of Bardos’ energetic ‘Dana Dana’ and a first public performance of a newly-commissioned piece for the choir by Gareth Glyn entitled ‘Ffynhonnau’, Streams.
Pendyrus Male Choir won the competition in 1958, 2010,2012 and 2017.
The choir now travel to Llanrwst in August for the National Eisteddfod when 15 choirs from all over Wales will compete for the Welsh Fusilier’s Cup.
So pleased with Pendyrus’ performance at the closing concert of the Burford Festival last night.
St. John The Baptist Church was a wonderful venue for the concert and the choir was complimented by the stunning voice of soloist, Sophie Gregory. Lovely to see an old friend from the Mid Glam Youth Orchestra, Rachel Gardner in the audience too! a very memorable evening 🎶
For more information on the prestigous Burford Festival, please visit the website:- www.burfordfestival.org
Peter Radford – a brief profile.
Those who were at the concert on Saturday will have heard the Prof talking about Peter during the concert. Peter and his wife were instrumental in getting us the closing concert of the Burford Festival on Saturday and provided the platform for one of the best concerts we’ve had in recent years.
Here’s a bit of info re. Peter who is of course a great friend of our very own Morgan Thomas.
Peter was a highly successful athlete in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s specialising in the 100 metre sprint and the 4 x 100 metres relay. He was a gold medal winner in the Commonwealth Games held in Cardiff in 1958 and again in Perth in 1962. In the European Championships in Stockholm in ‘58 he won a silver and bronze medal and in the Olympic Games in 1960 he won 2 bronze medals – one in the relay and one in the 100 metre solo sprint. Quite a glittering career and unbelievably all this following a few years in a wheelchair as a child due to a serious kidney illness.
In 2001 he wrote a biography of the Scottish athlete Robert Barclay Allardice and in 1993 he was Chairman of UK Athletics. He lectured in Sports Science at Glasgow University and Brunel University
West End Star Tom Richards will be joining Pendyrus Male Choir and others, for this year’s Gala Concert to be held in the Rhondda Fach Leisure Centre, Tylorstown.
Tom who has toured extensively playing leading roles In Les Misérables and other memorable musicals.
This spectacular event will be held on Friday April 26th starting at 7:15pm. With very few tickets available, those that need to take advantage of obtaining them should contact Mr. Bill Richards on 01443 730099 or any Pendyrus chorister urgently.
Throw Back Sunday.
The Stewart Roberts Era, 2009 to 2019.
Monday January 21st 2019 will be a landmark date for Pendyrus Male Choir, their dedicated and inspirational Musical Director, Stewart Roberts stood in front of the choir for his first ever rehearsal on that date in 2009. He was officially appointed as full time director on February 22nd 2009
Late 2008, their then Music Director, John Samuel was going through substantial health problems, added to this was chorister numbers where falling. Prompted by the late great Bryan Davies, the committee were reminded that there was a young man out there that would have the ability to turn things around, he of course was, Stewart Roberts.
Over these 10 years Stewart has transformed Pendyrus to their rightful place as one of the leading amateur choral organisations in the UK.
A brief look at those achievements is worth recording. with a look back with pride
Two concert tours on board ship for the Fred Olsen Cruise Line, a land mark concert in Helsinki and the church in the rock. Two tours in Northern France on behalf of the Welsh Government for the Interceltica Festival. A tour of Cumbria and perhaps more important, Poland.
The production of three new CD’s and a unique concert in a marquee on the Rhigos mountain top to mark the official opening of the Pen Y Cymoedd wind energy farm.
Significantly Stewart has returned the choir to competing in Eisteddfodau, in 2010 they competed at the National Eisteddfod in Ebbw Vale. after an absence of 42 years, they where placed a creditable 3rd. They have gone on to win the Cardigan Semi National Eisteddfod on three occasions, 2010, 2012 and 2017.
Having built Pendyrus up to a choir of over 100 choristers, many of whom are under the age of 21, they look forward to a hectic 2019. Apart from a full concert programme, they will again be competing at the Cardigan Eisteddfod and more significantly, the National Eisteddfod, being held this year in Llanrwst, North Wales. As part of their music programme, they will perform a new piece of music commissioned by the composer, Gareth Glyn, which is dedicated to Pendyrus and the industrialization of Rhondda.
We look forward to the next decade under Stewart’s direction, as a choir and community of Rhondda Fach, we are grateful for the humour, expertise and dedication you bring to the rehearsal room, also to continuing to raise the standard of music throughout Rhondda.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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