Choir to per­form at sta­dium for in­ter­na­tion­als

Cynon Valley - - NEWS -

A CYNON Val­ley choir is set to per­form at the Prin­ci­pal­ity Sta­dium dur­ing this au­tumn’s rugby in­ter­na­tion­als – just six years af­ter be­ing formed.

Cwm­dare Voices will be singing as part of the pre-match en­ter­tain­ment at the sta­dium for Wales verses South Africa on No­vem­ber 24, and for the 40-strong choir it’s a dream come true. Sec­re­tary Matthew Bur­ford said: “The choir was founded by a group of reg­u­lars who all en­joyed a week­end sing-song af­ter a few pints at the Ton Gl­wyd­fawr pub in Cwm­dare.

“But what started as a bit of fun quickly de­vel­oped and we have gone from strength to strength un­der the lead­er­ship of our mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Dr Michael Thomas.”

The choir has been busy singing at venues as di­verse as churches and con­cert halls both at home and as far afield as Wolfen­but­tle in Ger­many, and in the very near fu­ture is booked to tour Aus­tralia.

“It’s all a far cry from the early days in 2012 when we used to jok­ingly re­fer to our­selves as Only Drunks Al­lowed,” said Matthew. “But in the back of our minds we al­ways had this dream that one day we might be in­vited to per­form at the Prin­ci­pal­ity Sta­dium.

“We’re all in­cred­i­bly ex­cited and it just goes to show what can be achieved with a bit of com­mit­ment and ef­fort.”

Cwm­dare Voices

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