Meet The Choir

Meet The Choir

Cardiff Male Choir’s members come from all walks of life. Some of our members answered a few questions about the choir, why male voice singing is important and why Cardiff Male Choir might be the choir for you!

20150923_214839-polaJohn Brown Bass 1

1. Your age and occupation (past occupations)

68, retired Police Officer. I then worked in the National Health Service for 12 years.

2. Had you sung before joining Cardiff Male Choir?

I sang in school and church choirs, but I didn’t sing after I left school (except for at home). I was out buying a fridge one day (in Comet), and I bumped into one of the choir’s members. When it emerged during a conversation that I liked singing, he asked me to join the choir.

3. Why did you want to join a male voice choir?

My wife persuaded me because I was singing all the time at home – along to the radio and in the shower! The meeting with a chorister in ‘Comet’ was how the ball got rolling. It was opportune – and I’m very glad that someone introduced me to the choir, said he would wait for me outside the rehearsal venue and walk into the first rehearsal with me.

4. Your favourite things about the choir, and your favourite pieces.

Camaraderie and banter within the sections is always fun, but the choir also offers a huge support network. After I had a car accident, the choir were wonderful, and the friendship is so important. The afterglow after concerts is always fantastic too.

5. Why you think other people would enjoy coming along to one of our open evenings.

If you enjoy singing – come along and give it a go, but stick with it! It does take a few weeks to feel your feet.

John Callow, Bass 220150923_214756-pola01

1. Your age and occupation (past occupations).

72, and was an accountant before I retired

2. Had you sung before joining Cardiff Male Choir?

I always sang in school, and once a year the boys and girls schools joined together to sing Oratorio including Britten’s St Nicholas.

3. Why did you want to join a male voice choir?

When I left school, I wanted to join a Male Choir because I liked the sound and wanted an outlet for my singing. One day a painter came to paint the house, and told me he had to leave early to go to choir practise – and that was it! When I joined I was the youngest member in the choir.

4. Your favourite things about the choir, and your favourite pieces.

The chance to go places I would never have gone without the choir. We’ve travelled to Holland, Denmark, France and Germany. We’ve sung at Badminton House for the Duke of Beaufort – things I’d never have done without the choir.

5. Why you think other people would enjoy coming along to one of our open evenings.

Well, it does give your wife some peace on a Wednesday night! But do come and give it a go – it takes courage to come to a first rehearsal, so stick with it and you will enjoy it!

Andy Morris (Vice Chairman) Tenor 120150923_214933-pola


1. Your age and occupation (past occupations)

65, retired. I worked in the Fire Service for 30 years, and then 19 years as a Driving Instructor.

2. Had you sung before joining Cardiff Male Choir?

I started singing at 5 years of age with the church choir, followed by the school choir. When I left school I sang with the Police Choir and Cor Meibion Morlais, and the Richard Williams’ Singers before joining Cardiff Male Choir.

3. Why did you want to join a male voice choir?

It’s a local choir, and myself and 2 friends joined at the same time.

4. Your favourite things about the choir, and your favourite pieces.

Camaraderie – I like the banter! My favourite piece is ‘Band of Brothers’ which is very moving, but I like to sing anything.

5. Why you think other people would enjoy coming along to one of our open evenings.

If you are free on a Wednesday night, then we’re for you! But seriously, If you have a song in your heart, life is so much happier.

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