Posted by: cardiffmalechoir | February 25, 2017

Spring News

Singing Improves Your Health


When Bass 2 chorister Bryan Webber went for his last asthma check up, the doctor was amazed to tell him that his asthma had virtually disappeared! ‘What have you been doing?’ the doctor asked. ‘Singing in Cardiff Male Choir!’ said Bryan.

Research has shown that singing along to your favourite tunes can ease breathlessness and vastly improve quality of life — and now Britain’s top hospitals are using singing lessons to treat patients.

Research carried out by Tenovus Cancer Care and the Royal College of Music published in ecancermedicalscience, proves that singing as part of a choir for just one hour can boost levels of immune proteins in people affected by cancer. It helps to reduce stress and improve mood, which in turn could have a positive impact on overall health.

Why not come and join us for a sing song and some camaraderie at Cardiff Male Choir?!

In Search of the Physicians of Myddfai


Cardiff Male Choir are very proud to announce that one of our long serving members, Dr David Davies has had a book published.

Retirement gave me the time to discover more about the story of the Physicians of Mydfai. But the more I read and travelled the more there came unanswered questions. Who really were these Physicians ? How might they have acquired their medical knowledge ? Where did their remedies come from? What was their medicinal value ? How authentic were they? And what of their legacies? My book tells the story of a personal odyssey to discover these Physicians and their remedies which were then very much part of European wide medicine that emerged out of a newly discovered Classical – Arabic medical tradition, for centuries almost lost to the western world . And weaving its way through the story are their legendary origins, born as they were to the Lady of the Lake who had provided her sons with the remedies . As Morfydd Owen the eminent Welsh historian has written : a good example of how folktale, tradition and historical fact can become fused together.

D P Davies was a consultant paeditrician and Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Wales College of Medicine in Cardiff . His recently published book ‘ In search of the Physicians of Myddfai (Meddygon Myddfai):discovering a medieval Welsh medical tradition can be purchased (£12) through the publisher’s website

or directly from:

Llanerch Press Ltd., Little Court,  48 Rectory Road , Burnham –on-Sea ,Somerset,TA82BZ

A Busy Start To 2017


Cardiff Male Choir have already had a very busy start to the year. After singing at the wedding of Sarah and Scott in January, the choir helped entertain English and Welsh guests at an event before the long awaited Wales V England Six Nations Match. Please see our testimonials section for a write up on our contribution to their day.

The choir will be hosting a concert at Penllyn Village Hall next Saturday (4th of March) as part of their St David’s Day celebrations and to raise money for a children’s play area in the village. If you would like tickets, please contact Barbara on 01446 772071.

Please see our concerts page for more information on upcoming concerts and events.

Posted by: cardiffmalechoir | January 5, 2017

New Members’ Evening

New Members’ Evening


If you’d like to come along to our open evening and want more information, why not email us.

Christmas at Cardiff Male Choir


As always the Christmas season is our busiest! Our Annual Gala concert sold out once again. We were very pleased to invite Dafydd Chapman to perform for us. As always, Dafydd amazed us with his phenomenal talents!

Cardiff Male Choir performed many of their firm favourites including ‘Ar Hyd Y Nos’, ‘Gwahoddiad’ and ‘The 60s Medley’ as well as some of their newer additions to the repertoire; ‘Were You There’, ‘Yesterday’ and ‘Poor Little Jesus’. The Choir also premiered their latest addition to the repertoire, the Beach Boys’ ‘God Only Knows’.

Singing in the Community


As a registered charity, the choir feel it’s important to support as many local causes and charities as they can, offering their services free of charge. We were privileged to support Velindre Cancer Centre and Cancer Research Wales by singing at Marks and Spencer, Culverhouse Cross and at the gift wrapping station in Queen’s Arcade.

Please follow the links to find out more about how you can support these fantastic charities.

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Posted by: cardiffmalechoir | September 18, 2016

Cardiff Male Choir’s Annual Concert


We are sorry to announce that our annual concert is sold out. Thank you so much for your continued support and we hope to see you there! If you’ve missed out on tickets, then please check out our events page to see what other concerts are coming up in the next year.


Friday the 25th of November, Whitchurch Sports and Social Club, 7:30pm.

Tickets £5 – doors open at 7:00pm                   Bar available all evening


We also have the honour of presenting our solo artist for the evening, Dafydd Chapman. Currently studying in the Royal Welsh College Junior Department, Dafydd is a superb young pianist who has already passed his Grade 8 piano exam and has performed concertos aged only 12. Find out more about his successes here: #RWCMD

Posted by: cardiffmalechoir | July 28, 2016

Summer Celebrations with Cardiff Male Choir

Summer Celebrations with Cardiff Male Choir

Concert with the Royal Naval Association Male Voice Choir


Cardiff Male Choir would like to extend a huge thank you to their friends from Royal Leamington Spa. Our joint summer concert was a huge success and both choirs enjoyed an evening of wonderful male voice singing.

The Royal Naval Association Choir entertained us with naval related repertoire including ‘The Song of the Jolly Roger’ and the Rod Stewart track ‘Sailing’. They also performed some of their latest additions to their repertoire including the infectious ‘Gospel Train’. Cardiff Male Choir also premiered a new spiritual item, ‘Poor Little Jesus’. Both choirs joined together to perform an arrangement of the Paul McCartney track ‘Yesterday’ as well as a specially arranged spiritual for the concert ‘Were You There?’.

We would like to thank everyone who made this joint concert possible; the choir and committee of the Royal Naval Association Male Voice Choir, the choir and committee of Cardiff Male Choir, St Teilo’s Church (especially Helga and Ray), and all of those wonderful ladies and gentlemen who helped bake cakes and serve tea and coffee during the interval.

Summer Wedding Season

Cardiff Male Choir are fully engaged this summer at a number of weddings. In May the choir performed at the wedding of Danielle and Alex at St Joseph’s Church, Penarth.

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Last Saturday, the choir had the privilege of performing at the wedding of Jonathan and Amy Callaghan. Jonathan’s father, John, is one of our finest 1st tenors and it was a real pleasure to perform for John and all of his family on this special day.

Yesterday, the choir performed at the wedding of Harriet and Andrew at St Margaret’s church, Roath.


The choir is now fully booked throughout July and August, but if you would like the choir to perform at your wedding, then why not drop us an email?

Posted by: cardiffmalechoir | April 14, 2016

Cardiff Male Choir Summer Concert

 Cardiff Male Choir and the Leamington Royal Naval Association Male Voice Choir

Summer Concert

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Stephen Height and Emma Laidlaw-Height have been conducting Male Voice Choirs for over 5 years, and this summer their two choirs will be performing in Cardiff.

To have both a brother and sister conducting male voice choirs is unusual, and the choirs have joined together in the past. In March 2012, Cardiff Male Choir travelled to Leamington to help fundraise for the Radford Road Methodist Church organ fund. Not only did the sell out event help to secure the recovery of the organ, the Welsh team were thrilled as Wales secured the Six Nations Grand Slam earlier in the day!

Now RNA MVC are joining CMC in Wales to perform at St Teilo’s Church, Whitchurch, Cardiff. Join us for an evening of Welsh hymns, popular classics and spirituals.

Tickets are available on the door, but it is highly recommended that you book your tickets in advance (due to our sell out Christmas concert).

You can ring Emma on 07985754889 or email her here to reserve tickets.

Saturday 18th June, 7:00pm    Tickets £5

Doors open 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start.

St Teilo’s Church, Old Church Road, Whitchurch, CF14 1AD



Celebrate the Queen’s Birthday with Afternoon Tea

St Faith’s Church are hosting an afternoon extravaganza to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday! Come along and join us for tea, cake and a sing song! Tickets are £10, available from 02920 620838.

Sunday 12th June, 3:00pm

St Faith’s Church, Morris Avenue, Cardiff. CF14 5JW

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Cardiff Male Choir Entertain at Judgement Day

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Judgement Day is an annual Welsh Rugby Union event that takes place at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff and is part of the Pro12 competition. The four regions – Cardiff Blues, Newport Gwent Dragons, Ospreys and Scarlets – join with the Welsh Rugby Union in organising a double-header fixture at the Millennium Stadium.

Cardiff Male Choir were invited to sing as part of the ‘Guinness Fan Zone’, both at the warm up event at Whitchurch Rugby Club on Tuesday the 26th of April, and at the Stadium itself on the day – Saturday 30th of March. The choir enjoyed a photo with Tom Shanklin, as well as singing whilst Wales’s Captain Sam Warbuton waited in the wings at the warm up event.

Crowds of fans joined the choir in choruses of ‘Delilah’, ‘Hymns and Arias’ and ‘Sospan Fach’. Although it was a little cold, the choir had great fun, singing and supporting the rugby.

Cardiff Male Choir may be able to help you promote your event. Why not get in touch with us to find out? Email us here.


Posted by: cardiffmalechoir | February 22, 2016

Open Evening at CMC

Open Evening at CMC

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Whether you have sung with a choir before, or are a novice -come and sing with us! Our evening aims to be a workshop session, so all members of the choir and prospective members will learn new music for the first time. Every member is on the same page, all learning something new together.

If you’d like more information, the why not email us or drop us a line. We look forward to meeting some new members on April the 13th! If you would like to join the choir and are keen to start before April, then let us know and we will arrange for a chorister to meet you at the door.

Recent Concerts and Events

St David’s Day Celebration Choir Raises The Village Hall Roof!

Turn out again was great! For the second year running, Graig and Penllyn welcomed the Cardiff Male Choir to its St David’s Day Celebration Event held in the village hall on Saturday 27th February. The aim of the event was again to give a village focus for recognizing St David’s Day – a tradition that should not be lost. It was also an opportunity for people to get together and enjoy an evening of traditional entertainment in our re-furbished Village Hall and to raise funds.


The evening was made possible by the Penllyn & Craig Penllyn Village committee team who are always looking for a “helping hand” and for people to get involved.  As with all fund-raising activities, the event was only made possible by the ever-needed support from residents and friends including those that gave generous donations.

The biggest thanks for the evening goes to Cardiff Male Choir, who donated their time and effort free-of-charge.  The hosts made sure they were given a very warm welcome.  Founded in 1898, the Cardiff Male Choir is one of the oldest choirs in South Wales and was conducted by its Musical Director, Mrs Emma Laidlaw-Height. Emma explained how the choir support fund-raising activities and how they even make a point of visiting care homes during the early part of the year.

We were treated to a variety of songs, ranging from Welsh favorites and folk songs to ballads and 60’s memories. Their rendition of “Luck Be A Lady” – featured in the musical Guys and Dolls – set the scene for a superbly well-supported raffle.

So the outcome of the evening was a great success, contributing to enhancing and maintaining our village amenities for all residents and visitors.

Thanks to all volunteers again, Penllyn & Craig Penllyn Village committee

Care Home Visits

Cardiff Male Choir have been busy over January and February visiting several care homes in the area. If you would like Cardiff Male Choir to come and entertain you, please give us a call.


Posted by: cardiffmalechoir | January 25, 2016

Spring Arrives at Cardiff Male Choir

Spring Arrives at Cardiff Male Choir

The choir have returned from a long Christmas holiday after a very busy Christmas season. Tickets sold out for the choir’s annual concert on the 27th of November as four new members performed at their first concert after being inaugurated by the Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Cllr David Walker.

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The choir then helped fundraise for the charity ‘Thomas’s Wish To Walk’ in the Capitol Centre in Cardiff. The choir have been helping to fundraise for Thomas over the last few years, and you can do your bit to by donating here.

Donate to ‘Thomas’s Wish To Walk’.

2016 brings a number of new challenges and events. As well as learning some new music, the choir will reunite with The Leamington Royal Naval Association Male Voice Choir to perform a summer concert in Cardiff. Cardiff Male Choir visited Leamington Spa for a joint concert in March 2012 (on the day that Wales won the Grand Slam). A marvellous rugby game, and a smashing concert. We hope to repeat the feeling of camaraderie as two male voice choirs join together, conducted by brother and sister, Stephen Height and Emma Laidlaw-Height.



The choir will also be hosting another open evening to invite new members. The date is currently being discussed, so please watch this space. If you are interested in joining the choir, then why not email us?

Posted by: cardiffmalechoir | October 20, 2015

Join us for our Annual Concert

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Join Cardiff Male Choir as they Celebrate 117 Years Singing

Our Annual Gala concert is being held at Whitchurch Sports and Social Club, Friday 27th of November 2015.

The choir will be performing some popular classics, Welsh traditional items and some new additions to our repertoire.


We also have the honour of presenting our solo artist for the evening, Dafydd Chapman. Currently studying in the Royal Welsh College Junior Department, Dafydd is a superb young pianist who has already passed his Grade 8 piano exam and has performed concertos aged only 12. Find out more about his successes here: #RWCMD

Helping Mary support the Scouts


Early October saw the choir performing at their annual fundraising concert for the Scouts. We celebrated the long service that Mary has contributed to the Scouts, presenting her with a special card and flowers. Mary has been volunteering with the Scouts for 40 years, and this year was presented with a Silver Acorn. Read the article below. Congratulations Mary!


Posted by: cardiffmalechoir | August 23, 2015

New Members’ Evening 2015

New Members Evening

Look out for our volunteers who will be flyering in Whitchurch this September, inviting you to our New Members’ Evening. This informal rehearsal is a chance for you to see what a Male Voice Choir is all about, and to come and workshop some new music with the choir. The choir is particularly seeking members for their Tenor 1 and 2 sections this year. Even if you don’t know if you are a tenor or a bass, come along for a sing!

Many of our members don’t read music, and rehearsal CDs are provided to help you practise your parts. No experience is necessary, and our members are from all walks of life.

If you would like to know more information – then email Emma (Musical Director)

Posted by: cardiffmalechoir | July 15, 2015

Summer 2015

Fundraising Concert at St Teilo’s Church with Sororitas Female Voice Choir

On Saturday, Cardiff Male Choir joined forces with Sororitas Female Voice Choir and entertained a full church at their first Summer concert. Both choirs sang songs from musicals, light classics and popular standards including ‘Do You Hear the People Sing’, ‘Softly As I Leave You’, ‘Luck Be A Lady’ (Cardiff Male Choir), ‘Penny Lane’, ‘Good Morning Baltimore’ and ‘Singing in the Rain’ (Sororitas).

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20150711_201146With our Summer theme, members from the two choirs baked cakes, so we could relax in style during the interval with high tea!

Both choirs are very grateful to St Teilo’s Church, who were able to host the event. Money raised from the concert will enable the choirs to buy new music. Visit our ‘Songs’ page for videos of the event.


Cardiff Male Choir and Driffield Male Voice Choir Join Forces

Cardiff Male Choir travelled to Hull at the end of May, to help Driffield Male Voice choir raise funds for two wonderful charities: Cancer Research UK and PHASE Worldwide (Practical Help Achieving Self-Empowerment). PHASE has currently been working with those affected by the dreadful earthquakes in Nepal.


The concert was a HUGE success, and raised over £3000 for the two charities.

The choir were delighted to perform with Driffield Male Voice Choir, and hope they will join us in Cardiff very soon.

To find out more about Cancer Research UK or PHASE Worldwide, click on the links.

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Can Cardiff Male Choir Help Add That Special Touch To Your Event?


Cardiff Male Choir sing at dozens of weddings, private and corporate events each year. Having a Welsh Male Voice Choir can add some Welsh flavour to your event – whatever it may be!

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For more information, please email us

Photos taken at The Old Custom House, Penarth. Photography courtesy of Composed Images

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