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HISTORY OF CWMDARE VOICES O.D.A

Our choir history is quite short but very successful. We hope this will carry on for many years to come. I had the idea of forming a choir for many years but only openly spoke of it in April 2012 .I discussed this with a few of my friends and now choristers in the local village pub the “TON GWLYD FAWR”. This led to our first practice in June 2012, which took place at Cwmdare Miners Welfare Club. Twenty two people turned up most stayed, some never returned. In the early days we kept practices going until we were lucky to come across Gwilym Jones a retired music teacher. Gwilym came and gave us direction and put us on the right track.

A little while later we found Jonathan Cooper a head teacher and music teacher. Jonathan took over as musical director, and with Gwilym as accompanist we moved forward quite quickly . Our numbers have grown to forty plus members all from the local area, whose occupations range from miners, council workers tradesmen, engineers and social workers along with a few retired gents.

The choir has performed in a number of events over the last 3 years, some we have arranged and some by invitation. We have been involved in many charity money raising evenings, for Cancer Research, Help for Heroes and MIND. In 2013 we performed at St.Elvan’s church for the inauguration of mayor Ann Crimmins.

We have also sang at two events, sponsored by “Heineken”. One at Bridgend RFC and one at Caerphilly Social Club. Both evenings were very successful. We practice every Tuesday at 7.30pm at The Ton Glwydfawr Inn (Cwmdare).

The choir is always looking to recruit new members, and in the past decided within the choir to practice at different venues throughout the Cynon Valley. Hopefully this would  attract new members. We have quite a busy calendar this year, so come along and watch a show you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

In early January 2015 we welcomed into our choir a new musical director Dr Mike Thomas as Jonathan had to step down due to work commitments.

Just to finish off I would like to thank Gwilym, Jonathan and Mike and all the members of the choir for all their hard work over the last 2 and a half years. looking forward to some great times ahead and to meeting new members and new friendships.

Huw Jones (Chairman).

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Upcoming Events
  1. Cwmdare Voices Christmas concert at Nebo Chapel

    December 19 @ 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
  2. Cwmdare Voices Christmas panto.

    December 29 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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