A truly memorable feast of music!

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.

Jasper Rees

Pendyrus ‘400’ Club Draw

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: stevejpendyrus@hotmail.co.uk), 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!

History of Male Choirs in Wales

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”


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.

Please click on link below for further details :-

Do You Hear the People Sing press release

Pendyrus to be heard all over the World

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.