Bridgend Male Choir - Welcome

This almost 100 strong Welsh male voice choir has been established since 1960 in South Wales, when it was originally named the Bridgend Police Choir. The name was changed on the 1st May 1987 to the Bridgend and District Male Choir. In 2006 it simplified its name to Bridgend Male Choir (Cor Meibion Penybont).
The Choir has adopted and is committed to an Equal Opportunities Policy.

In 2010, the Choir celebrated its 50th Birthday. The Golden Celebrations got off to an excellent start when the Choir was awarded a Citizenship Award from the Mayor of Bridgend County Borough Council for 50 years of fundraising, generating in the region of £1M for charity and for being ambassadors for Bridgend. Most pleasingly, its then Chairman, Mansel Abraham received a similar award for serving 36 years in the role. Further civic acknowledgement came at its Annual Concert in 2013, when Choir Patron; Assembly Member for Bridgend & First Minister, Carwyn Jones commented "Another wonderful Concert combining the traditional with the new. Great credit has to go to everybody involved with the Choir for performing difficult numbers with great aplomb. Well done everybody!"

Bridgend Male Choir is also proud that this website has been registered with the National Library for Wales having been included in the UK Web Archiving Consortium as "an important part of Wales' documentary heritage".

New: buy Choir recordings online!

You can now purchase the latest Bridgend Male Choir CD, "CLASSIC MALE" (released to celebrate the Choir's 50th Birthday in 2010), online. Go to the Choir Recordings Page to listen to samples from the CD and buy it online. The CD can also be purchased at Porters Estate Agents, Nolton Street; Siop Yr Hen Bont, The Old Bridge and at the News Shop, Dunraven Place, all in Bridgend.

Bridgend Choir's competitive successes

The quality of singing is reflected in the choir's regular Competitive Successes, notably its Llangollen success in 2014 & prior to that including the Welsh National Eisteddfod - first in Newport, Gwent in 2004, where the Bridgend Male Choir won first prize and were presented with the Welsh Fusilier’s cup; then when the Choir went on to repeat this success at the "National" in Swansea in 2006.

The Bridgend Male Choir also achieved 'Best Male Choir' in S4C's Cor Cymru 2005 competition and again reached the final in 2007. It came 4th overall in it's first entry in the hugely prestigious International Music Eisteddfod, Llangollen in July 2005. As well as the Swansea Eisteddfod success, 2006 saw the Choir compete in England winning the Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival of Music Performing Arts (see the Competitions Page)

This South Wales choir in fact has a long history of competition successes, and can claim to be the only Welsh choir to have scored a remarkable double victory at the 1991 Concorso Internazionale Di Canto Corale, a prestigious festival held in Verona and taking in 20 top choirs from 6 countries. A further invitation to the festival for the Bridgend Male Choir came in April 2003 and resulted in an award of another silver cup, for the quality of the Choir's male voice singing. It then reached the semi final of the 2008 Radio Cymru Andante Competition.

Regrettably, the Choir did not finish in the top three at the Cardiff based Eisteddfod in 2008 or at Ebbw Vale in 2010, but it was in the prize money at the Majestic Competition at Torquay's International Centre in early 2010. It finished second at a further appearance at Torquay in Spring 2013. The Choir was then Joint Runner Up six months later at the Isle of Man Festival of Choirs Competition.

Then the big one! Choristers were delighted to win the Male Choir section at Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod in July 2014 going one step further than their last two competitions. Summary comment excerpts from the three adjudicators proudly included "A Choir that sings with energy & understanding"; "Congrats to the Choir! Your singing spirit is so much appreciated" & "Very nice Choir! I really liked your choice of repertoire and your contrasting program"

Bridgend Choir Repertoire & Concerts

Despite regularly winning choral competitions, the Bridgend Male Choir see themselves first and foremost as a concert choir; with an ever-expanding repertoire of classical and folk pieces, traditional Welsh anthems, spirituals and popular songs from the shows.

Visits abroad have expanded the Bridgend choir's repertoire in many languages, and include three visits to Bridgend's German twin town Langenau, two to Berlin, one to Canada, one to France, two to Jersey and two to Italy. More recently a 2004 tour to Eire, 2005 to Spain, 2006 to the German cities of Stuttgart and Ludwigsburg and the towns of Shwieberdingen and Weissacht-Flacht; 2007 to Northern Ireland, including Belfast, Craigavon and Dunmurry and in 2008 to the Nederlands' city of 's Hertogenbosch to participate in its Liberation celebrations. All were resounding successes. The Tour to celebrate the 50th Anniversary in 2010 was to the north west of England, with concerts on the Wirral and at Burnley. July 2011 saw the Choir touring in the Scottish Highlands, based at Perth with concerts in Comrie and Crieff. In 2012, the Choir travelled to north Wales giving concerts at Llandudno's St John's Methodist Church and at St Asaph Cathedral. October 2013  witnessed the Choir's first ever visit to the Isle of Man where it performed at the Villa Marina in the IOM Music Festival. The Choir is extremely proud to have been invited to return to the Netherlands to participate in the 70th WW2 Liberation Concert at 's Hertogenbosch, coincidentally also the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War 1.  

The Bridgend Male Choir are always interested in organising choir tours, so please do Contact Us if you would like to discuss possibilities of this Welsh Male Choir visiting you.

The majority of the concerts the Bridgend Male Choir performs are in aid of deserving charities. The total raised through these choir concerts since 1960 amounts to a figure in excess of a £1million pounds, helping those less fortunate than ourselves. If you would like to discuss arranging a choir concert with the Bridgend Male Choir for your charity, please contact us. If you would like guidance in staging & organising a concert, please follow this link. There is also a great willingness to take to the professional stage, none more so than the most enjoyable sequence of concerts with Wales' national treasure Katherine Jenkins during 2006 and Max Boyce in both 2008 and 2010. The Choir performed with soprano, Shan Cothi and tenor Dennis O'Neill in 2009. Operatic bass/ baritone, Sir Willard White has performed with the Choir during 2010 and a Choir Patron, the Bridgend born Journalist and BBC Broadcaster, Huw Edwards compered the Choir's Re-enactment of its Inaugural Concert at Pontycymmer in January 2011 and appeared at the same venue with the Choir in May 2012. Singer & entertainer, Mike Doyle shared the stage with the Bridgend choristers in a successful venture at Cowbridge in 2014.

Weddings

The choir is also available for a limited number of wedding bookings per year; please contact us to discuss your requirements. You can view a list of our repertoire and listen to the choir singing some popular choices for weddings, on the repertoire page.

Choir Musical Direction, Committee & Soloists

The Bridgend Male Choir has excellent Musical Direction from Rhiannon Williams-Hale, supported by an excellent music team. Rhiannon succeeded the late John Jenkins in 2012. John had enhanced the Choir's profile during the 10 years prior to his death, testament being receipt of no less than 10 applications for the position which he had held with great distinction. You can read more about the music team by clicking the Musical Direction link above. The Choir is also lucky to have dedicated Patrons, President and Vice Presidents, plus Energetic Officers & Committee - and a number of very talented Soloists, all living in South Wales.

The choir have made a number of choral recordings over the years, which are available to purchase as CDs. You can download a purchase form and also listen to some samples of the Choir singing, on the Choir Recordings page of this website.

Choristers practice each Thursday evening, creating an opportunity for visitors to the Town from near and far to sit in at the final hour of practice from 8.30pm. The Visitors Book details much of the enjoyment given. Visits to Practice can be arranged with the Choir Secretary on 01656 862037.

The choir are also very grateful to each of our Sponsors.

A number of Links to appropriate websites can be viewed on the Bookings Page.