Rarely 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.
From the archive.
As part of the 1951 festival of Britain. Pendyrus perform a concert in the Kodak Hall & Granada Cinema, Harrow, London, in the presence of famous Hollywood actress Lana Turner, ( some of you may remember her!!!) her autograph is just visible in the top right corner.
She performed alongside so many well known actors, the likes of Ray Milland, Humphrey Bogart, Bing Crosby Frank Sinatra to mention a few.
Lana Turner (/ˈlɑːnə ˈtɜːrnər/; born Julia Jean Turner; February 8, 1921 – June 29, 1995) was an American actress who over the course of her nearly 50-year career achieved fame as both a pin-up model and a dramatic actress as well as for her highly publicized personal life.
Turner was discovered in 1936 at the Top Hat Malt Shop in Hollywood, California. At the age of 16, she was signed to a personal contract by Warner Bros. director Mervyn LeRoy, who took her with him when he moved to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1938. Turner attracted attention in her first film, LeRoy’s They Won’t Forget (1937), and she later starred in featured roles, often as an ingénue. Her auburn hair was bleached blonde for a 1939 film at MGM, and she remained blonde for the rest of her life, except for a few film roles.
During the early 1940s, Turner established herself as a leading actress in such films as Johnny Eager (1941), Honky Tonk (1941), Ziegfeld Girl (1941), and Somewhere I’ll Find You (1942). She appeared in the 1941 horror film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and her reputation as a glamorous femme fatale was enhanced by her performance in the film noir The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946). Her popularity continued through the 1950s in such films as The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) and Peyton Place (1957), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.
Media controversy surrounded Turner in 1958 when her daughter Cheryl Crane stabbed Turner’s lover Johnny Stompanato to death in their Beverly Hills home during a domestic struggle. Turner’s next film, Imitation of Life (1959), proved to be one of the greatest financial successes of her career, but onward from the early 1960s, her roles were fewer. Turner spent most of the 1970s and early 1980s in semi-retirement. In 1982, she accepted a much publicized and lucrative recurring guest role in the television series Falcon Crest, affording the series the highest rating it ever achieved. Turner made her final film appearance in 1985, and died from throat cancer in 1995, aged 74.
Pendyrus Male Choir performing Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau, 12th March 2018.
Audio and Video recorded and edited by Ian Bostic.
Pendyrus Male Choir performing La Marseillaise, 12th March 2018.
Audio and Video recorded and edited by Ian Bostic.
Wales has the honour this year of being the lead nation for only the 3rd time in the Festival’s 48 year history and Pendyrus Male Choir have been invited to represent Wales at the 2018 ‘Festival Interceltique De Lorient’ in Northern France, they last appeared there in 2011. Pendyrus, who now have in excess of 110 choristers, many of whom are below the age of 21, making them one of the biggest male choir’s in Wales. Their Musical Director, Stewart Roberts said “in as much as Wales is the lead nation at this year’s festival, we are very proud to have received the invitation to appear again”. The last occasion being 2011. The photograph below shows Pendyrus performing in front of some 20,000 in the audience. Stewart Roberts conducts Pendyrus and the massed bands from many Celtic Nations world wide.
Throwback Thursday. May 17th 2009.
Stewart Roberts directs and conducts his first Pendyrus Gala Concert.
The sell out concert was built around the ‘Sound of Music’ which was to star Connie Fisher. 10 days before the event she pulled out of the concert due to continuing throat problems that eventually led her to have urgent surgery.
By this time the Rhondda Fach gala concert was known throughout the musical theatre and operatic fraternity and a personal telephone call from John Owen Jones, who had just finished a run in the lead role of the London production of Les Mis, and some further help from Tim Rhys Evans brought the west end star together with Katy Treharne, saved the day for what was to be one of the best concerts staged in the Tylorstown Venue. It continues to be the biggest cultural event to be staged in our valley each year.
Our patrons can again look forward to 2018 for another star studded concert,
We have secured the release from Scottish Opera of Sioned Gwen Davies, Sioned represented Wales at this year’s Cardiff Singer of the world. In addition, and for those lovers of musical theatre, she will be accompanied by Luke McCall, Luke is currently understudying the lead role of the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s London production of the ‘Phantom of the Opera’.
Pendyrus Tour of Poland, August 21st to 28th 2017.
Fond memories of a magnificent experience, superb concert venues and the truly wonderful City of Krakow.
Tuesday 7th November at the Parc and Dare Theatre, Treorchy commencing 7:15pm.
Following last year’s hugely successful concert, Pendyrus and Lewis Merthyr Band will again join forces for a night of great Welsh music, opera favourites and items from Musical Theatre.
Other Artists include Treorchy Comprehensive School Choir and Côr y Cwm.
Soloist is the very talented soprano, Sydney Richards..
Come along and support this worthy cause – All proceeds in aid of the Rhondda Tunnel Society.
Pendyrus has recorded a number of live videos on normal rehearsal nights including:-
‘Bring Him Home’ from Les Mis
‘Myfanwy’ – Joseph Parry
‘What would I do without my music’ arr. Dr. Alwyn Humphreys
To view, please visit Pendyrus Male Choir Facebook Page and select favourite song from the many Pendyrus recordings available.
1953, 64 years ago, Pendyrus win the Male Voice Choir competition in Rhyl. Under the direction of their charismatic and flamboyant founder conductor, Arthur Duggan. Arthur who so often got carried away in his music, took a turn for the worst when competing in a Semi National Eisteddfod at Treorchy in 1934. The test piece was ‘The Charge Of The Light Brigade’, he got so carried away in the music, fell of the rostrum and down into the audience, the choir continued without him and went on to win the competition. Treorchy Male Choir were placed 2nd. The adjudicators were, Arwel Hughes and Dr. Vaughn Thomas.