A Welsh Tradition
Llantrisant Male Choir at the Pontyclun Institute & Athletic Club
years ago …
Our Humble Beginnings …
The origin of the Llantrisant Male Choir can be traced back to a concert at a wax works exhibition in the town of Llantrisant on St David’s Day, 1st March 1898.
Since then, the choir has been in continuous existence, even throughout the two world wars, performing at local community celebrations, charity events, corporate functions and wedding ceremonies.
We continue to figure prominently in local annual services and events throughout the year particularly during the festive season. On Remembrance Day in the town we are proud to gather at the Bullring, Llantrisant with local dignitaries and residents to sing and pay respect to those who have fallen in the great wars.
Like many male choirs in Wales, choir membership has fluctuated greatly from around 100 choristers in the 1930’s to a mere 12 choristers in the 1960’s. In recent years we’ve been able to maintain a membership of around 50 choristers.
Singing songs chosen from the world of opera and musical theatre, traditional Welsh hymns, spiritual and gospel music, love songs and popular current day chart hits.
Apart from Welsh and English we’ve also learned to sing a few songs in French, German, Spanish and Italian!
1966 The Chairman of the Glamorgan County Council invited the choir and members of Castellau Church, Llantrisant, to a dinner in their honour, at the Glamorgan County Hall, Cardiff
The choir in 1978 at the Guild Hall on the Castle Green, Llantrisant.
1978 Concert at the Lecture Theatre, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff. Conductor George Mumford, accompanist Mildred Mumford.
The Opening of the Royal Mint LLantrisant December 1968
We have performed before Royalty on a number of occasions. One of the most memorable and notable being the honour of performing at the opening ceremony of the Royal Mint, Llantrisant on 17 December 1968. The choir performed the National Anthem following the unveiling of a plague to mark the opening by Her Majesty the Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales.
Coronation Celebrations 1953
Our Choir led the Coronation celebrations in the town of Llantrisant in 1953, the unveiling of the War Memorial at Miskin and at the Investiture service in the town in 1969. We’ve also featured at the Morriston Tabernacle Church on the television programme “Dechrau Canu, Dechrau Canmol”.
The Royal Albert Hall April 1979
The Welsh Association of Male Voice Choirs was formed in 1962 by twenty six choirs to collectively address the needs of Male Choirs and has increased in numbers and experience since. The WAMC sponsors the Festival of Massed Choirs at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
As proud members of the association, we enjoy wider choral opportunities participating in the Festival of Massed Male Choirs on nine separate occasions since 1978.
Sadly, the concert scheduled for May 2020 was postponed due to the COVID – 19 health crisis. Whilst no date has been set for the new concert we look forward to the time when we can participate once again.
Town Twinning Events
It was in 1346 that the Llantrisant longbow men, under the command of the Black Prince, defeated the French armies at Crecy, France and in 2013 the choir visited Abbeville and Crecy-en-Ponthieu to forge friendship between the towns of Llantrisant and Crecy.
Because of the long-standing connection between the towns of Llantrisant and Crecy, our Chairman, supported by Geraint Hughes and the Llantrisant Community Council instigated a ‘Friendship Agreement’ signed in the Llantrisant Guild Hall in 2015. Since then regular formal exchange visits have been undertaken spearheaded by Llantrisant Male Choir.
Pontypridd’s twinning with Nürtingen in Baden-Württemberg, southern Germany provided us with an opportunity in 1996 to visit Nürtingen to perform in the impressive Stadthalle Concert Hall. The Mayor hosted a lunch reception for the choir. We also spent time visiting and performing in their local hospitals and schools.
The Choir has travelled extensively throughout the world on many occasions performing in the USA, Germany, Holland, Normandy, Poland, Cyprus, Austria, Jersey, Belgium and Slovakia. Having forged strong beneficial relationships across the choral world, we maintain those connections exchanging choir visits as an outcome of regularly touring.
In 2009, the Llantrisant choir was the Welsh choir chosen to commemorate the 65th Anniversary of the freedom from German occupation of the city of ‘s-Hertegenbosch in Holland.In 2011 the choir was invited to sing at the Salon Varietes Theatre in Fuengirola, Spain. In 2017 the choir toured and performed in Italy and we are currently preparing for our next tour of Malta.
1978 Concert at the Reardon Smith Lecture Theatre, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff. Conductor George Mumford, accompanist Mildred Mumford.
1984 Concert at Salem Chapel, Church Village. Conductor Jeff Ryan and accompanist Jenny Rimmer. Flutists are pupils from Cardinal Newman RC School, Rhydyfelin.
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1983 Group photo at Coed yr Esgob School, Llantrisant. Conductor Jeff Ryan, accompanist Jenny Rimmer.
1989 Coed yr Esgob School, Llantrisant. Conductor John Beddoe, accompanist Jenny Rimmer.