Bridgend Male Choir Competitions
Over the last four decades, the Bridgend Male Choir has won numerous musical competitions and Eisteddfodau including Jersey in 1999 and 2000 in the Island’s Annual International Music Festival.
It can claim to be the only Welsh choir to have scored a remarkable double victory at the 1991 Incontro Internatiozionale Di Canto Carole in Verona – a prestigious European music festival taking in twenty top choirs from six countries. Our Welsh male voice choir returned with two major trophies – silver and bronze cups for the best male classic and best male folk presentation. The performances even gained the Bridgend Choir second-best overall position in the 3-day contest, which was judged by a panel of internationally acclaimed adjudicators.
The Bridgend Male Choir was pleased to be invited once again to that festival in April 2003, and competed this time with 34 choirs from all over the world. The Choir was delighted to be awarded a silver cup for their performance, which established them as the best Male Voice choir in the whole competition.
A very notable accolade for this Welsh Choir came in 2004, winning first prize in the National Eisteddfod in Newport (which the Choir followed up by winning again in 2006!). Following this, for the first time, the Bridgend Male Choir was invited to compete at the 2005 Llangollen International Eisteddfod, where they ended in 4th place overall - a creditable achievement! The comments received from the International adjudication panel included such remarks as "Very good authority in the singing of this fine ensemble".
The Bridgend Choir was also delighted to have been successful at Aberystwyth Arts Centre in the Male Choir Section of S4C Cor Cymru Competition, 2005 - coming away with the 'Best Male Choir' title. The Choir returned to Aberystwyth when next the competition was held in 2007 and reached the final again.
Like a consistently good wine, 2006 turned out to be another successful year for the boys from Bridgend. Winning the Gold Cup at Cheltenham, (only the 2nd Welsh Choir to do so in 89 years of competition), was followed by another success in the Welsh National Eisteddfod. This time the former tin plate works at Velindre, Swansea was the venue to be once again lit up when the Choir succeeded in winning the Fusiliers Cup. In the two most recent entries to the "Eisteddfod", the Choir has not been placed.
In 2008, the Choir set its sights on the Majestic Choir Competition at Torquay coming 3rd at its first attempt. In 2010 a further entry gained supportive comments, but no placeing. Thankfully, 2013 witnessed the runners-up position being achieved and Bridgend Male Choir "back on the road". The Torquay runners up position was further consolidated again later that year with a Joint Runners Up place at the Isle of Man Festival of Choirs Competition.
A number of other successes have been achieved in the years since, details of which appear on the Home Page.