Posted by: cardiffmalechoir | March 15, 2015

A Trip to London

A Trip to London

Cardiff Male Choir perform at dozens of weddings each year in South Wales, but do travel across the county to perform. On Saturday, we travelled to London to perform at the wedding of Mark and Alana. As well as adding that special touch to their day, the choir had fun on their coach trip – with a brief stop to Abbey Road! We hope you enjoy our little ‘Live at Abbey Road’ videos! Even the Musical Director couldn’t resist!

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Posted by: cardiffmalechoir | February 20, 2015

St David’s Day Weekend

Penllyn Village Hall Concert

From the Village Newsletter:

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It has been a few years since the village has played host to a male voice choir to celebrate the St David’s Day weekend. The Joint Residents & Village Hall Committee decided to organize a fund raiser event for Saturday 28th February. The great musical evening with the Cardiff Male Choir on St David’s Day Eve was held in the re-furbished Penllyn Village Hall, and included a light buffet, raffle and bar. Of course singing is a thirst-making occupation but choir members showed great control in only having a cup of tea during the intermission – under their own rule for not attending the bar until the presentations were over. Great control for thirsty Welshmen – especially after a famous win by Wales over France earlier in the evening.

The Cardiff Male Choir (formerly the Canton Male Voice Choir) was actually founded in 1898, making it one of the oldest choirs in South Wales. They are well known for their extensive repertoire including Welsh hymns and rousing arias, Jazz classics, gospel numbers, songs from the shows, choruses from the great operas and ever-favourite traditional songs. The founding of the choir stretches back to the end of the reign of Queen Victoria when a group of men met in a back room of the “Old Barley Mow”, later renamed “The Exchange”, a public house on Cowbridge Road. The current Musical Director Emma Laidlaw-Height is a trained singer with an enthusiasm for music of all genres. Emma assumed her duties in 2010 and led the St David’s Day Eve event with great skill, drawing great choral performances from the choir. The choir meets at Whitchurch Sports & Social Club, Velindre Road, Whitchurch every Wednesday between 7.30pm and 9.30pm and welcomes new members of any skill level (call Brenda Manley on 02920 255656).

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As a registered charity the choir lends its efforts to community fundraising and events. So our village was very fortunate to be able to secure their support for our village projects that need a flow of funding to keep the village as a place we can be proud of and helps to serve the needs of residents. The audience showed their great appreciation for their efforts and professional approach. It was noted that there were some quite good voices in the audience when everyone was invited to sing along – clearly a village with hidden talent! A special thanks to Sir Brooke Boothby of Fonmon Castle, in the Vale of Glamorgan, who made a personal donation towards the success of the evening. Finally, thanks must go to everyone who supported the event and all of the village helpers who made the evening a success, especially: preparing the intermission buffet, stocking of the bar and donations for the raffle and also many thanks for donations from the audience – and of course thanks to everyone who helped with the inevitable clean-up. We hope to return this traditional celebration to our regular calendar of events. Why not arrange to come with a group of friends – so watch this space for St David’s day celebrations for the coming years.

Barbara Smith

Come and Celebrate St David’s Day with Cardiff Male Choir

The choir will be busy performing a selection of Welsh hymns to celebrate St David’s Day at two concerts over the weekend.

Saturday 28th February, Penllyn Village Hall, Cowbridge, CF71 7RQ

Doors open from 7pm, and the event is raising money for a Defibrilator for Penllyn.

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Sunday 1st March, St Faith’s Church Llanishen, Cardiff, CF 14 5JW

The choir return to St Faith’s for the 3rd year in a row to help raise money for church funds. This concert is always packed to the rafters with a fabulous buffet served.

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Cardiff Male Choir help to add a little Welsh flavour to

‘Steak of the Art’

“Steak of the Art, Cardiff was officially launched on 12 February with members of the Cardiff media scene and local businesses coming along to a VIP event. The evening had a deference towards the Welsh culture and included a local harpist and members of Cardiff Male Choir singing some traditional Welsh songs to the guests.”

From the Steak of the Art website.

If you would like Cardiff Male Choir to perform at your event, why not get in touch?

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Posted by: cardiffmalechoir | January 3, 2015

Join us in the New Year!

Is joining a choir your New Year’s resolution?

Then come and join Cardiff Male Choir this January! We are holding an open evening where we will workshop some new music for the choir’s Spring season. There is no obligation to join the choir, just an opportunity to come along and find out what Cardiff Male Choir is all about.

Cardiff Male Choir’s Open Rehearsal

Wednesday 7th January, 7:30pm

Whitchurch Sports and Social Club, Velindre Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff, CF14 2TG 

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The choir enjoyed a very busy festive season, opening with their annual concert, attended by the Lord Mayor of Cardiff Cllr Margaret Jones. The Lord Mayor inaugurated two new members to the choir, Vaughan and Mick, presenting them with their choir ties. The choir performed some new material including ‘Softly As I Leave You’, and ‘Do You Hear The People Sing’ from the musical ‘Les Miserables’. We’d like to thank everyone who attended the concert, making it a huge success for the choir.

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The choir then helped fundraise for George Thomas Hospice’s ‘Light Up A Life Appeal’, and enjoyed a visit from Mickey and Minnie!

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Finally, the choir performed at the wedding reception of Jenna and Ben, Pencoed House. It was a beautiful wedding Reception, full of festive spirit.

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Posted by: cardiffmalechoir | October 10, 2014

Annual Gala Concert

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Annual Gala Concert

Join Cardiff Male Choir as they celebrate 116 years singing!

The choir will performing a set including new repertoire for their annual concert, hosted at Whitchurch Sports and Social Club.

There will also be a selection of Welsh traditional items, spirituals and a little seasonal flavour!

Why not join us by booking your ticket on 07985754889 or emailing us.

Friday 28th November, 7:30pm (doors open 7:00pm)

Whitchurch Sports and Social Club, Velindre Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff CF14 2TG

There will be a bar available all evening.

Autumn Events

Cardiff Male Choir have had a busy few weeks, singing at charity concerts across Cardiff and at number of weddings.

Last Saturday, we travelled to Merthyr Tydfil to perform at the Wedding of Sharon and Robert. A very special guest appeared at the wedding – an owl! Ruby the owl delivered the weddings rings with her talons to the best man, sweeping across the congregation. The choir were lucky enough to have a photo with her at the end of the service.

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The choir performed a concert to raise funds for the Scouts last Friday. The choir are invited every year to perform and are privileged to assist Mary with her fundraising for the scouts.

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And finally, Cardiff Male Choir performed at St Augustine’s church to raise money for Guide Dogs for the Blind. The concert was a huge success and it was lovely to see so many canine audience members!

Posted by: cardiffmalechoir | September 19, 2014

A Very Special Wedding

 A Very Special Wedding

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On a wonderful sunny day, one of the choir’s newest choristers walked his daughter down the aisle. The choir were delighted to sing at the wedding of Cath Webber and Richard Matthams on Saturday 13th of September.

The choir performed Welsh traditional items before the service, and were later joined by the Father of the Bride. Our Chairman even joked that he had ‘turned up late, but finally made it to sing for the signing of the register!’.

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Many commented on the choir’s addition to the service…

‘I love singing, and nobody does it better than a Welsh Male Voice Choir’.

‘I’m not religious, but when I heard all of the hymns being sung so powerfully, I cried’.

The Bride: ‘I can’t wait to see the DVD of all of the choir singing because everyone raved about them – and I missed it all!’.

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If you would like Cardiff Male Choir to sing at your wedding, why not email us.

Posted by: cardiffmalechoir | August 18, 2014

Preparing for the Autumn Season

Preparing for the Autumn Season

After a busy summer season and a well deserved break, Cardiff Male Choir resume rehearsals this Wednesday to prepare for their Autumn season. September and October will see the choir singing at several charity events, raising money for Guide Dogs for the Blind and the Noah’s Ark Appeal (more information to follow). The choir also have several wedding engagements.

Would You Like To Join Us?

Whether you have sung with a choir before, or just like to sing in the shower, we would be glad to have you on board! September is the perfect time to join the choir as we are about to start a new set of music ready for our Autumn/Winter concerts.

For more information on how to join, email us or pop along to our rehearsal venue:

 Whitchurch Sports & Social Club, Velindre Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff CF14 2TG  every Wednesday between 7.30pm and 9.30pm

Cardiff Male Choir’s Summer Events

Cardiff Male Choir joined football teams from across the UK at a parade at Cardiff Bay in early August. The choir sang traditional Welsh Male Voice items as the football teams paraded in front of the Senedd: The National Assembly for Wales. The event was attended by John Griffiths AM, The Minister for Natural Resources, Culture and Sport.

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The choir sang a number of show songs at George Thomas Hospice’s ‘Vintage Fayre’. George Thomas Hospice Care provides specialist home based nursing and practical advice, emotional and spiritual support, medical equipment, therapies, treatments and day care activities and bereavement counselling. For more information, visit their website: George Thomas Hospice Care.

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And with the glorious sunshine came a number of weddings, including the wedding of a chorister’s daughter! The choir also learned a number of Australian songs for an Australian groom! If you would like to add that special touch to your wedding day, why not email us.

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Posted by: cardiffmalechoir | June 25, 2014

Appearance on S4C’s ‘Heno’ Programme

Cardiff Male Choir Feature on ‘Heno’

 

Cardiff Male Choir were invited to take part in the book launch of ‘Call Them To Remembrance’, which was featured as part of S4C’s ‘Heno’ programme on Wednesday 18th of June.

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  Gwyn Prescott’s sensitive and fascinating book, the product of over ten year’s research and study, recovers the memory of these thirteen multi-talented and courageous Welshmen who gave their lives in the Great War of 1914-18, detailing their playing and military careers.

Follow this link for more information on the book, and to purchase it from amazon.

Cardiff Male Choir sang ‘Men of Harlech’, ‘Calon Lan’ and ‘Band of Brothers’ – which was featured in the broadcast which you can watch below.

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Posted by: cardiffmalechoir | June 5, 2014

Cardiff Male Choir welcomes Stithians Ladies Choir

Cardiff Male Choir welcomes Stithians Ladies Choir

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A wonderful concert took place last Friday at St Teilo’s Church, Whitchurch as Cardiff Male Choir welcomed Stithians Ladies Choir from Cornwall. The concert was part of the ladies’ tour of Cardiff over the weekend.

Stithians Ladies Choir performed a variety of songs including ‘Where is Love?’, ‘The Lord Bless You and Keep You’ and ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. Cardiff Male Choir complimented their performance with spirituals and Welsh choral items including ‘Laudamus’, ‘Joshua Fit The Battle of Jericho’ and ‘Cwm Rhondda’.

Cardiff Male Choir would like to thank Stithians Ladies Choir for joining them in song, for their beautiful gifts to the choir and for raising money for St Teilo’s Church.

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Posted by: cardiffmalechoir | June 1, 2014

Life Membership Award

Life Membership Award

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In recognition of 25 years’ service to Cardiff Male Choir, Andrew Dodge was presented with a Life Membership award at a recent rehearsal. Congratulations Andy!

Here are a few photos of Andy from the last 25 years.

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Posted by: cardiffmalechoir | April 19, 2014

Cardiff and Cornwall Voices Unite

Together in Harmony

Cardiff Male Choir and Stithians Ladies Choir

Friday 30th May, 7:30pm, St Teilo’s Church, Cardiff, CF14 1AD

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As part of their tour to Cardiff, Stithians Ladies Choir will be performing in a joint concert hosted by Cardiff Male Choir.  CMC has many links with Cornwall, including their own tour to Redruth last year.

Both choirs will be performing a variety of popular classics, anthems and show songs. There will also be guest artists performing during the evening.

The concert will be raising funds for St Teilo’s church. Tickets are £5, to include a glass of wine or a soft drink. Tickets available on the door, or can be reserved by ringing 07985754889.

Finding St Teilo’s:     Map to St Teilo’s Church

To read more about Stithians Ladies Choir, visit their website:    Stithians Ladies Choir

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