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.
Flash back to May 31st 2001. A tribute to the late Glynne Jones, MBE. who for 38 years steered Pendyrus to international fame, taking his beloved Pendyrus Male Choir to heights unimaginable by it’s founder members at their inaugural meeting of May 24th 1924.
The packed audience response from last night’s concert was overwhelming, ending with a standing ovation to the 93-strong Pendyrus Choir, Treorchy school choir and our amazing soloists Shân Cothi, Rhys Meirion, Aled Wyn Davies and Sydney Richards. Particular thanks go to the hard work of Bill Richards, Robert Williams, Cyril Jones and many others for making tonight such a success!
We’ve also been inundated with emails, tweets and Facebook messages today congratulating us on our performance, in particular, many congratulations to Stewart Roberts, Gavin Parry and the 93 strong Pendyrus Male Choir who performed an entertaining and varied programme with great style and precision. The sound was of the highest quality with great balance. Well done to Tony Mullins as compere and Rhys Meirion, Aled Wyn Davies and Shân Cothi who performed magnificently. Sydney Richards sang a Sondheim song with great maturity. She was amazing !. The Treorchy Comprehensive School Choir sang Nick Bristow’s arrangements so sensitively and emotionally. It was hairs on the back of the neck time!
Founded in 1924, Pendyrus is nearly a hundred years old and has just as many members.
This year’s concert sees the return of special favourite Shân Cothi who has teamed up with two of the popular ‘Three Welsh Tenors’, Rhys Meirion who is no stranger to sharing the stage with Pendyrus, and Aled Wyn Davies, to form a vocal entertainment group cleverly called ‘2T’s and a Cothi.’
Pendyrus’ Musical Director Stewart Roberts is a great believer in using the annual Gala to showcase the Rhondda’s wealth of young vocal talent, and so also appearing this year will be the Treorchy Comprehensive Senior School Choir, conducted by Nick Bristow, and one of the Rhondda’s emerging young stars, soprano Sydney Richards.
Stewart also wants audiences to appreciate the wide-ranging repertoire that a top class male choir is capable of. He says, ‘While our listeners expect and will get the traditional fare of great Welsh hymns and favourites, what my predecessor at Pendyrus, the legendary Glynne Jones used to call ‘lollipops,’ it’s important that we tackle unfamiliar but no less enjoyable items, as we are this year, by Leoš Janáček and the contemporary Welsh composers Brian Hughes and Robat Arwyn.
This concert is always a sell out, and this year will undoubtedly be no exception but the few remaining tickets are available from firstname.lastname@example.org
A truly memorable feast of music!
Pendyrus Male Choir, the celebrated performers from Tylorstown in the Rhondda Fach, last visited Llanidloes in 1959. Remarkably, when they returned this weekend several choristers were making the return trip.
The concert in the China Street Chapel involved an unusual formation: the tenors occupied the end of one upper gallery, while the baritones and basses were opposite them in the other. Conductor Stewart Roberts, pianist Gavin Parry plus guest organist and soloists were on the ground floor between them. The programme was introduced by Professor Gareth Williams, a historian and second tenor with the natural timing of a gifted comedian. It included a smattering of familiar Welsh hymns – Myfanwy as ever was a haunting highlight – and stately chorales from Wagner, Gounod and Janacek.
The tone brightened in the second half for a seductive medley from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, arranged by Roberts himself and a Pendyrus staple, a selection of songs from Les Miserables. The star soloist was Tom Richards, who since appearing on The X Factor, has honed his natural instincts for selling a song. One to watch is Sydney Richards, still only 15, who gave a powerful account of Sondheim’s Losing My Mind. Pendyrus, which celebrates its centenary in a few years’ time, still purrs like a finely tuned vintage Bentley.
The long awaited CD ‘Portrait of Pendyrus’ is now released and was available at our Gala Concert tonight.
It will feature timeless Welsh classics like Myfanwy and Llanfair but also include some items from musical theatre and Karl Jenkins “Benedictus” from the “Mass For Peace”.
Also to feature will be a fabulous arrangement of “Tell My Father” by Ryan Wood
You can order yours from our website www.pendyrus.org or contact any Committee Man or Member of Pendyrus
The results of the JUNE ‘400’ Club Draw have been drawn and published and prizes of nearly £900 with a 1st prize of £500 and 2nd prize of £200 and many more have just been won.
There are some numbers unallocated and spare so if you would like to be in with a chance of winning!, please contact the Secretary (Mr Stephen Jones – email: email@example.com), or any Committeeman.
For an outlay of only £1.00 per month, you will be automatically entered into our monthly Draw.
If you join within the next 3 months, you will be eligible for the BUMPER Prize in December ! just ready for Christmas !! NB Draw open to all members and friends of Pendyrus.
Prizes of £50, £30 and £20 are drawn every month, with a BUMPER prize of £500, £200, £100, £50 and £25 in every JUNE and DECEMBER Draw so come along and join to be in with a chance of winning and also help support Pendyrus and the furtherance and continuation of Welsh Male Choral Music at the same time!
Pendyrus and Dowlais Male Choir feature heavily in this excellent programme on the history of male choirs in Wales. Commentary by Professor Gareth Williams, author of recently released “Do You Hear The People Sing”
New book by Pendyrus Chorister, Gareth Williams
‘Do You Hear the People Sing? The Male Voice Choirs of Wales’ was launched with the Pendyrus Male Choir in attendance, at the Heritage Park Hotel, Trehafod on Monday, 7th of December and is available from all good bookshops and online retailers.
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We were delighted to receive the new Official WRU Welsh National Anthem recording today. We recorded this a couple of months ago with the Cory Band, Côr Meibion Pontarddulais Male Choir, Cor Meibion Tâf and CAPMC. This recording will be used all over the world when Wales are playing their away games. A fabulous recording we are proud to be a part of.