Concert for the Rotary Club of Royal Wootton Bassett.
21st March 2015, St Bartholomew's and All Saints Church,
The High Street, Royal Wootton Basset, Wiltshire, England.
Côr Y Gyrlais are a highly successful and renowned male voice choir from the heart of the Welsh Valleys. Singing in both Welsh and English languages, our vast repertoire and outstanding live performances have seen us strongly into our 53rd year. We are proud both to raise money to support numerous charities, but also to keep the tradition of Welsh male voice choir singing alive and for the enjoyment of all.
It was a highly enjoyable evening at Ystradowen Community Centre for their Christmas Concert for 2014. Local guest artistes, soprano's Grace Adams and Laura Stevens (pictured) delivered outstanding performances, along with the choir who were again in fine voice. As well as being part of the entertainment, we ourselves felt thoroughly entertained! Wishing you all associated with Ystradowen Community Centre a very Happy Christmas from Côr Y Gyrlais.
Ystradowen Community Centre Christmas Concert
18th December 2014.
Côr Y Gyrlais brought some festive cheer to shoppers at Tesco's in the final run up to Christmas with some carols and Christmas songs to raising funds to promote music in the Swansea Valley. The extremely kind people of Ystradgynlais generously donated in excess of £250 during an hour of singing - Thank you from Côr Y Gyrlais.
Christmas Carols at Tesco's Ystradgynlais
23rd December 2014.
Following the success of our recent concert with local schools, "Ages of Song" in November, Chairman Richard Morgan and members of Côr Y Gyrlais have spent this week visiting all the participating schools to present each one with a cheque of £200 raised from ticket sales on the evening. It was an absolute delight to meet the students and staff of Ysgol Y Wern, Ysgol Bro Tawe, Ysgol Gymraeg, Ysgol Maesydderwen, Ysgol Y Cribarth and Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera where we were made to feel very welcome in their assemblies and hear some songs beautifully performed for us. Its been a very enjoyable week and we wish all the students and staff a very Happy Christmas!
"Back to school for Côr Y Gyrlais!"
15-19th December 2014, Local Schools.
Côr Y Gyrlais were proud to present "Ages of Song" which was a magnificent evening of music delivered with a number of talented students from local schools in the Upper Swansea Valley. The event had a great turn out, and we hope has raised valuable funds from ticket sales that will be shared among the participating schools. Thank you to all who came and supported both us and the schools on the evening.
"Ages of Song"
28th November 2014, The Welfare, Ystradgynlais.
Here are some pictures of members of the choir doing a 'surprise' performance at the 90th birthday party of Vice President Mrs Annie Dickson of Glasgow. She, and her guests were absolutely blown away by the surprise and an excellent adhoc performance ably directed by Peter Kirk and beautifully orchestrated by Chairman, Richard Morgan.
Côr Y Gyrlais wish Vice President Annie Dickson Happy Birthday!
8th November 2014, The New Tredegar Arms, Cwmtwrch.
It was a 'gold' performance rather than a silver one at St Mary's Church in Clydach when we teamed up with the 'CGC Silver Band' to deliver a series of pieces to commemorate this very special Armistice Day. The bands rendition of the 'Dambusters' theme tune and 'Abide with Me' were eloquently delivered and a fitting tribute to mark the occasion. Côr Y Gyrlais' member and accompanist, Chris Lewis had his work doubled playing as a member of both the choir and the band this evening but naturally was in his element. The concert was brought to a momentous end in the final number, "Gwahoddiad" with the mighty sound of Côr Y Gyrlais accompanied by the impressive and thunderous sound of the full CGC band - absolutely spectacular! Thank you to all who came to share the evening with us.
A Gold performance in Clydach with the 'CGC Silver Band'
7th November 2014, St Mary's Church, Clydach, Swansea.
REGISTERED CHARITY No: 505614
Patron: Dame Shan Legge-Bourke DCVO
Those who endured the bad weather of the week and of the night in the Grand Marquee were treated to a intimate performance from Côr Y Gyrlais. The Welsh weather did its best to dampen spirits but did not get the better of the team who worked tirelessly and against all odds to ensure the night went ahead and that the marquee held its ground (with flood barriers in place!). Monies raised were to support the Mini and Junior sections of Cwm Wanderers AFC.
An evening of song with Côr Y Gyrlais and Guest Artistes
28th June 2014, Cwmtwrch.
Côr Y Gyrlais travel to Hampshire to sing at the wedding of their newest chorister!
19th July 2014, St Mary's Church, Monxton, Hampshire.
A great day was had by all who braved the (very) early start to make the 300 mile round trip to Hampshire to sing at the wedding of chorister Mike and Louisa, in the small but stunning setting of Monxton village. As well as celebrating the occasion, we were delighted to receive such lovely feedback from a new audience, many of whom have not heard a Welsh male voice choir in appearance before. Louisa and her mother were overwhelmed to be walked down the aisle with our own arrangements of the Bob Dylan classic, 'Make you feel my love'. The occasion and warm welcome we received from the vicar and the people of Monxton village, made for a very special and enjoyable day.
The choir had a memorable evening at The Welfare in Ystradgynlais for a sell out fundraiser performance. Côr Y Gyrlais were as powerful as ever, led by Musical Director Huw Parkman. New and elegant arrangements of "Unchained Melody" and "Make you feel my love" gracefully balanced the illustrious favourites, "Myfanwy", "Benedictus" and flawless "O Gymru". Compere Alun Wyn Bevan hosted a packed line up with superb accompaniment from all our guest artistes. Cellists Carwyn and Osian Jones, brothers from Cwm Tawe, wowed the audience with their exceptional talent beyond their years and off the back of their recent success featuring on the soundtrack of the film "Jack to a King". No less, the upbeat, eclectic guest choir 'Cor Twrw Tawe' did us proud with a fine performance, showcasing the future of choral singing and entertaining us all. Cor Y Gyrlais would like to thank all who came for their valued and continued support and our exceptional guest artistes for making it an evening to remember.
Our 51st Annual fundraiser concert raised the roof!
24th September 2014, The Welfare, Ystradgynlais.
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Côr Y Gyrlais welcome 'Rustavi Ensemble' from Georgia.
12th October 2015, The Welfare, Ystradgynlais.
With hits on our website from as far afield as Moscow, Beijing and from many major cities in the USA (in the last month alone!) we are not shy to advertise our BBQ as 'world famous' and put Cwmtwrch on the global map of great BBQ's! Côr Y Gyrlais chorristors did an amazing job of running a hot and tasty BBQ grill and also in kicking off an enjoyable evening's entertainment with some songs in accapella; a prelude to great evening of comedy, music and dancing. It was heartwarming for us as a choir to be in the exceptional company of 35 of our Vice Presidents for the BBQ evening as well as friends and family of Côr Y Gyrlais. For us it is the best and only way to draw choir practises to a close for a short summers break. See you on the 1st August for our concert with the Gurkha's in Brecon!
The 'World Famous' Côr y Gyrlais BBQ! 11th July 2015
Côr Y Gyrlais travelled 70 miles north across the Brecon Beacons National Park to Leominster for a wonderful night of music and entertainment hosted by Kingsland Bowls Club. We were delighted with the warm and hospitable welcome we received and touched with the comments about our music from the audience, many of whom had lived or had strong connections with Wales and our music brought back fond memories. All funds raised from the concert, supper and raffle were for the benefit of the club. A memorable evening!
The choir performed twelve piece's from our repertoire, opening with the trio, 'Anthem from Chess', 'Psalm 25' and 'American Trilogy'. The upbeat 'Senzinina' and Welsh love song 'Myfanwy' followed, displaying the unique and distinct sounds of Cor Y Gyrlias. An encore of 'You'll Never Walk Alone' with the audience joining us in the chorus was an outstanding way to end the show, leaving the audience and choir on a high. The warm welcome we received again from the people of Royal Wootton Bassett Town, along with the Rotary Club made the evening one to remember and a milestone for Côr Y Gyrlais of ten years of a very special relationship with the people of Royal Wootton Basset town.
We were invited by the Rotary Club of Royal Wootton Bassett Town and District to perform for our tenth consecutive year at St Bartholomew's and All Saints Church, to yet another packed audience. This was a fundraising evening to support the nominated charities of the Rotary Club for 2015 and hosted by our President, Mr Ray James, an honorary member of the Rotary Club. Also in the line up were the vibrant 'Cotswold Voices' who we thoroughly enjoyed, along with an impressive piece on the fiddle from our very own chorister and Scotsman, Mr Brian Hastie. Our accomplished Musical Director Mr Huw Parkman, reminisced of his previous performances at Royal Wootton Bassett when he was once the piano accompanist to the choir; by playing a charming piano medley that delighted the audience.
Côr Y Gyrlais were invited again this year by St Cynog's Church to take part in their annual community carol service. Led by Canon Dewi Roberts, the service included a number of carols in both English and Welsh and also included spectacular festive repertoire by the Ystradgynlais Band. Unfortunately our soloist was unable to make it on the evening, however the choir still performed to its best delivering three pieces, including a special version of 'Silver Bells'. It was great news that all seats for the service were sold, raising funds for St Cynog's Church Organ Restoration Fund.
Annual St Cynog's Church Community Christmas Carol service
22nd December 2014, St Cynog's Church, Ystradgynlais.
The stunning Gurnos Chapel in Ystalyfera was the perfect location for a concert with a local audience this week, and the first of its kind since the re-opening of the chapel. Helping to breath some life back in to the building we performed a full set including two remarkable solo pieces by choristers Doug and Dewi. As a choir we were pleased to support Synergedd, but also to perform in such a beautiful building. You can see more of our performance on the evening here
Côr Y Gyrlais play first musical concert at the Gurnos Chapel since it's re-opening.
20th August 2015, Gurnos Chapel, Ystalyfera.
We had an amazing evening on the 1st August at the Brecon Guildhall in concert with 'The Band of The Brigade of Gurkhas' for the Mayors Charity concert in aid of the Nepal Earthquake Appeal and the Children's Mental rehabilitation Centre, Dulikhel, Nepal. The Gurkha Band opened the show and for the first half of the evening entertained us greatly with their music, native dancing and renditions of music inspired by their world travels, which to everyone's surprise even included 'Gangnam style'!. Côr Y Gyrlais took stage after the interval with the bar set high to impress with members of the audience from as far afield as Australia, with a set including 'Tell My Father', 'Anthem' from Chess, 'Myfanwy', 'Comrades in Arms', 'American Trilogy', 'Gwahoddiad', 'O Gymru', 'Llanfair' and (with encouragement from our Musical Director, Huw Parkman) some audience participation for 'You'll Never Walk Alone'. The night concluded with both the Gurkha Band and Côr Y Gyrlais uniting on stage for the National Anthems of Wales and England. For this very special cause we are delighted that every single penny raised from the evening goes directly to the charity, who are providing aid to the people of Nepal following the series of massive and devastating earthquakes that hit the region in April 2015. Brecon is home to a large Gurkha community who are have worked tirelessly for this cause. We really enjoyed the Gurkhas, learned some new dance moves and had a great evening!
Concert for Kingsland Bowls Club,
Leominster. 18th April 2015
The (very) busy month of September began with the choir attending a 'singing festival', a concert at the Wern Chapel, Ystalyfera that was to mark the end of the celebrations of the 150th Anniversary of the chapel. Later the same week we travelled to Cwmbran, to the beautiful St.Mary's Church in Croesyceiliog, where the choir performed a full set directed by Huw Parkman. All proceeds from the concert were to raise vital funds for the repair of the church roof and was a very successful evening. We found ourselves very well rehersed by the time the big one came, the Cor Y Gyrlais Annual Concert on the 28th September at one of our favourite venues, The Welfare, Ystradgynlais. It was again an honour to be joined for this very special event by such a high calibre artists as the sensational soprano Sophie Kirk and the Cwmtawe Community School #B Choir, both of whom had great stage presence and entertained the audience. A very enjoyable evening and a fantastic end to our very busy month of September!
Brecon Mayor's Charity Concert: Côr Y Gyrlais & The Band of the Brigade of Gurkha's
1st August 2015, Brecon.
Côr Y Gyrlais and a very busy September!
Cor Y Gyrlais and the people of Ystradgynlais were delighted to extend a warm welcome to the highly acclaimed 'Rustavi Ensemble', a 9 peice male Georgian choir in a stunning performance at The Welfare on the 20th October. The performance was part of an extensive cultural program for The Rugby World Cup and Rustavi Ensemble were keen in their short time in Wales to experience the very heart and soul of Welsh Male Voice Choir singing. The night before the performance both choirs gathered in the pub (of course!) to meet, mingle and reherse for the following nights performance and we were blown away by Rustavi whose unique sound could be heard streets away throughout Ystrad! The following evening at The Welfare both choirs told their cultural story through song and music, with a climatic ending to the evening with the choirs joining together on stage for a song from each of the choirs reportoire. It was an incredible weekend and Rustavi Ensemble left Ystradgynlais as friends, moving on to London for a performance at the London Barbican. See our facebook page for music clips of the evening and also to see our standing ovation!