professional choirs. We're here to enjoy ourselves!
However, we do perform in public and thus have to maintain some standards of singing and general management.
So a few things to note:
You may be required to do an informal audition (if it's true that anyone can sing, it's not true that everyone can sing in tune well enough
harmonise with others). If you've been in other choirs, this won't be needed.
You don't have to be Welsh (but it helps). The usual challenge for people is the language. Most of us are not Welsh speakers; we go through the
words for each new song and the rest we pick up over time.
Just remember that most choirs sing in some foreign language or other from time to
time. We'll give you help as we go along, but do ask
when you're not sure. We can also arrange coaching sessions before or after practices.
(The main two things to remember are dd = th and ll is like the German ch with an L thrown in - shape your mouth to say an L and then
The choir is not a religious ensemble, but Welsh music is historically closely tied to church hymn-singing (even if it's at a rugby match!),
regardless of your personal convictions, you should be prepared to bellow forth the occasional song about Calvary and Christian soldiers.
Music, accompanists, uniforms and publicity all cost money, so there is a membership fee. Currently this is $1.00 to have member voting rights
and two payments a year of $50 each time.
(This is about the same as most choirs, though others have a weekly rate or a concert-based rate.)
Uniforms can be bought - sometimes
we have second-hand ones. See Pat for details. (Jackets, shirts and red ties for men, red tops for women;
there's a fancier ¹formal' outfit, and
a casual polo shirt, but we use these less often.) You will need black shoes and trousers or a skirt as
Until you are sure you will be a regular member, you can borrow copies of the music at each rehearsal.
Please remember to return them before you leave.
The full set will be two solid ring binders, one of Welsh and one of English songs.
They are filed more or less in alphabetical order. There are
also separate sets for Christmas and for hymn-singing events. For concerts,
you will need to buy a black A4 folder with lots of clear plastic
Music for the occasion goes into this, then gets filed back in the full set folders.
Concerts. We try to have something happening each month. Sometimes these are large paid performances,
sometimes they are ¹Cymanfa Ganu'
(pronounced: "Gumanva Garni", traditional hymn-fest sing-alongs at churches), sometimes charity events,
and usually there's a folk festival each year that we are part of.
Generally, events are on a Sunday; if you need transport, let us know.
People to talk to:
President: Michael Sweeney-Knapp
Vice President: Paul Sharrad
Secretary: Pat Little
Treasurer: Bruce Robertson
Musical Director: Andrew Hunt and Michael Sweeney-Knapp
Welsh coach: John Jones
Uniforms: Pat Little