Choir bucks trend with popularity
WITH many male voice choirs struggling to maintain numbers or stay alive at all, this Cynon Valley group claims to be bucking the trend.
That’s because the Cwmdare Voices group, based in the Cynon Valley, now boasts a contingency of 38 singers, also having recently completed its first foreign trip, which was to Germany.
According to the choir’s Dave Manning, it has gone from strength to strength, having initially performed local concerts and gradually building with tours further away from South Wales, before its trip to Wolfenbüttel in northern Germany.
Explaining how the choir was started five years ago, Mr Manning said: “It began life when a group of friends wanted to improve on their late night sing-songs held after a few pints in the local pub, the Ton Glwyd Fawr Inn.
“The word soon got out and their numbers began to increase until eventually they grew too large for the pub, so a regular practice night was established in the local Miners’ Welfare Club.”
Earlier this year, on the tour to the German town, which is near Hannover and twinned with Rhondda Cynon Taff, they performed at a music festival, and received “outstanding acclaim”.
Mr Manning explained: “The concert was held in the packed church of St Trinitatis – a beautiful, spacious and airy church.
“The choir performed an initial set on their own which included some modern popular numbers as well as the more traditional Welsh pieces.
“The boys had even learned a few German songs to include in their repertoire which went down very well with their audience.
“For their second set the boys were joined by the local mixed gender choir, Musikschule, and together they performed some memorable numbers.
“They certainly made an impression as they made the front page of the local newspaper on the following morning.”
The concert was followed the next morning by a performance during a service in the town’s church, where again they were “praised” for their singing.
Mr Manning added: “After such an amazing visit and some incredible feedback from all concerned the choir have now set their sights on more overseas tours in the future.”
The choir practises at the Cwmdare Welfare Club on Tuesdays at 7pm.
The Cwmdare Voices group, based in the Cynon Valley, now boasts 38 singers, also having recently completed its first foreign trip to Germany
St Trinitatis Church in Wolfenbüttel, Germany, where the choir performed