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.