Proud MD Stewart Roberts at the Burford Festival

Proud MD.

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:-

Fantastic Closing Concert at the prestigous Burford Festival Sat 15th June 2019

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.

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.

The Stewart Robert’s Era 2009 – 2019

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 ?

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 – 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.

Y Ffynhonnau
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.


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.

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

Rhondda Choir to represent Wales in Festival Interceltique de Lorient 2018

Rhondda Choir to represent Wales in Festival Interceltique de Lorient 2018.

Pendyrus Male Choir has been invited to represent Wales in the biggest Celtic Music
Festival in the world this summer for the ‘Year Of Wales’ at Lorient in Brittany.
Over 65 members of the choir will travel to northern France at the beginning of August to perform for audiences of 1000’s, French television and they will sing at the beautiful Cathedral de Saint-Louis for a concert which will be attended by Welsh First Minister, Carwyn Jones.

Pendyrus is no stranger to this festival, having performed there in 2011. Following this tour
the organisers wrote ‘This is the finest Welsh Choir to have performed at this Festival and
we would very much like them to return for the ‘Année du Pays de Galles’, the Year Of Wales, in 2018.

With a membership of nearly 100, Pendyrus is the largest choir in the Rhondda and indeed
one of the largest in Wales. The choir has in recent years also enjoyed competitive success
having won the Cardigan Semi-National Eisteddfod in 2010,2012 and 2017.
The choir is always looking for new members. They rehearse at the Rhondda Fach Sports
Centre, Tylorstown on Monday and Wednesday evenings between 7.30 and 9.15. A warm
welcome to be guaranteed to all new members and visitors!

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

Report Lorient 2018

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