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About the Choir

A Creative Ensemble

Choirs have flourished in the Rhondda Valley for more than a hundred and fifty years and nowhere has this been better represented than in Treorchy. One of its first male choirs was formed in the inauspicious surroundings of the Red Cow Hotel in the summer of 1883 and developed into a National Eisteddfod winner, culminating in a Royal Command Performance for Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle. Sadly, the Choir later disbanded after suffering from the effects of massive economic depression and two World Wars, but from those ashes arose a male voice choir that would become a household name. 

The present Treorchy Male Choir was reformed on October 16, 1946 under the baton of the immortal John Haydn Davies. This remarkable man led them on “a realm of gold” in the space of 20 years, transforming the raw musical recruits into an international institution.

They scaled the peaks of musical distinction in the eisteddfod field by gaining a record eight national wins (six consecutively), making a total of twenty-two first prizes out of twenty seven entries. The unique “Treorchy Sound” was heard worldwide as they made regular radio broadcasts, television appearances, commercial recordings, two feature films and an overseas tour to Switzerland where they sang for 85,000 people in the Mayor's Parade in Zurich.

Treorchy was to become the first male choir to venture into the uncharted territory of popular music and subsequently the Choir has made almost sixty commercial recordings, making it probably the most recorded in the world. In more recent years their radical attitude to music making included a ground-breaking album of music by Freddie Mercury and Queen, two recordings of music by Bob Marley and in complete contrast they became the first British choir to perform Sibelius’ Kullervo Symphony in Finnish.

The Choir has also shared the stage with some of the world’s greatest entertainers during its long and illustrious history. Television programmes with Sir Tom Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Julie Andrews, Sir Harry Secombe and Burt Bacharach were only the beginning of their long association with major celebrities and now their list of performances reads more like a “who’s who” of international stars. This group of amateur Welsh singers have since appeared either on stage, screen or in the recording studio with the likes of Dame Shirley Bassey, Dame Gwyneth Jones, Michael Ball, Bryn Terfel, Katherine Jenkins, Iris Williams, Max Boyce, Aled Jones, Charlotte Church, Ozzy Osbourne, Jon Bon Jovi, Sir Cliff Richard, Andrea Bocelli, Russell Watson and Il Divo.

Overseas tours have played an important role in the ongoing success story of Treorchy. Since the early 1980s the Choir has undertaken an enviable number of overseas tours beginning with two successful visits to Canada and a performance at the Strasbourg Cathedral for its congregation of almost 6,000 people. 

A series of four successful tours of the USA followed, with visits to the White House and performances in San Francisco, Denver, Seattle and the Mid West. Treorchy has also enjoyed an enduring love affair with Australia, becoming the first Welsh choir to appear at the Sydney Opera House in 1986.

The Choir has made three further visits “down under” appearing in Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, and Melbourne while making two triumphant returns to the Opera House in Sydney. During their visit in 2009 they visited New Zealand with concerts in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington.

In 2012 members of the Choir sang at the prestigious World Money Fair in Berlin at the invitation of the Royal Mint. Closer to home, the Choir has become a regular entertainer on the hallowed turf of the Millennium Stadium for various rugby international games and in 2009 they opened the new Cardiff City Stadium. One of their most prestigious engagements came on St David's Day 2013 when they received a standing ovation at the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo before a royal audience including Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco along with special guest Dame Shirley Bassey. Such was the success of the visit that the Choir returned to Monaco in March 2014 and once again performed at the Hotel de Paris and in the private apartments of the Prince at his Palace.

The Choir embarked on a weekend concert tour of Guernsey in 2015 thanks to the financial support of Specsavers founder Dame Mary Perkins. A year later and they were honoured to perform in the Centenary Commemorations of the Battle of Mametz Wood.

The Treorchy Male Choir, a registered charity devoted to raising tens of thousands of pounds per year for worthwhile causes, remains bound together and united in the common purpose of the enjoyment of music making and of giving pleasure to others. Long may this continue.

Dymuniadau gorau!
David Phillips
Publicity Officer

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Junior Musician of the Year

Treorchy Male Choir Junior Musician Of The Year Competition

The Treorchy Male Choir Junior Musician of the Year Competition was established in 2006 by choristers Tony Davies and Ian Reynolds to promote music making amongst the young people of the Rhondda Valleys.

The competition has since become a hugely successful annual event. Well over a thousand primary schoolchildren have since taken part, with the some winners enjoying all-expenses paid trips to Paris and the USA along with visits to the West End theatre.

Roy Noble & Beverley Humphreys with the winnersThe success of such a high-profile musical contest has attracted interest from the world of entertainment with many famous supporters helping to promote the event including Sharon Osbourne, Katherine Jenkins, Cliff Richard, Will Young and McFly.

To date a number of well-known Welsh musicians and celebrities have joined the adjudication panel at each of the Grand Final events. In fact, such is its fame that the internationally-renowned Welsh bass baritone Sir Bryn Terfel MBE is its Patron.

Each year up to twenty primary and junior schools have signed up to the competition coming from throughout the Rhondda valleys and beyond.

The aim of the competition is to encourage children to participate in a musical activity and enjoy performing as soloists. It also allows school children an extra incentive to rehearse and improve their standards of singing or playing an instrument. Hopefully such a competition will lead them to enjoy a lifelong love of music - either as a pasttime or indeed a career.

2012 Junior Musician FinalistsEach of the schools hold their own auditions before a series of preliminary heats are held in each of the schools, adjudicated by members of the Choir itself. From there the winning singer and the instrumentalist from each of the schools enters the Semi Final competitions and a Grand Final is held at Treorchy Comprehensive School.

The Grand Final has also traditionally welcomed BBC Broadcaster Roy Noble, actress Ruth Madoc, singers Sophie Evans and Beverley Humphreys and the legendary Max Boyce to present the trophies to the lucky winners.

All entrants who perform in the heats receive a certificate. The finalists receive a certificate and a trophy. The two winning finalists of one singer and one instrumentalist each receive £200 prize money. They also receive the Treorchy Male Choir Trophy to be retained by their school for one year and have the opportunity to share the stage with the Treorchy Male Choir at the Good Friday Concert in the Park & Dare Theatre.

Financial support for the Competition is problematic. The original sponsorship deals of Coca Cola and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council have long-since disappeared and organisers have attempted to secure funding elsewhere, such as local businesses and organisations. The Junior Musician Competition has become a highlight in Rhondda's musical calendar.

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Meet The Winners

Treorchy Male Choir Junior Musician Of The Year Competition



Singer - Shona Evans (Penyrenglyn Community Primary School)
Instrumentalist - Bryony White (Penyrenglyn Community Primary School)


Singer - Callum Richards (Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Bronllwyn)
Instrumentalist - Sophie Davies (Treorchy Primary School)



Singer - Ffion Wilde (Treorchy Primary School)
Instrumentalist - Charlotte White (Maerdy Primary School)


Singer - Jack Johnson (Treorchy Primary School)
Instrumentalist - Charlotte Lewis (Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Ynyswen)



Singer - Katie Leigh Jones (Alaw Primary School)
Instrumentalist - Charlotte Lewis (Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Ynyswen)


Singer - Ffion Jones (Treorchy Primary School)
Instrumentalist - Rachel Bonner (Treorchy Primary School)



Singer - Katie Leigh Jones (Trealaw Primary School)
Instrumentalist - Ellie Smith (Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Bronllwyn)


Singer - Mia Edwards (Ton Pentre Primary School)
Instrumentalist - Megan Gillard (Parc Primary School)



Singer - Amber Davies (Parc Primary School)
Instrumentalist - Carys Lewis (Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Ynyswen)


Singer - Emily Richards (Tonyrefail Primary School)
Instrumentalist - Grace Jones (Oaklands Primary School)



Singer - Frances Taylor (Parc Primary School)
Instrumentalist - Grace Jones (Oakdale Primary School)


Singer - Morgan Stoddart (Parc Primary School)
Instrumentalist - Seren Roberts (Pentre Junior School)



Singer - Francis Taylor (Parc Primary School)
Instrumentalist - Kayleigh Lewis (Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Ynyswen)


Singer - Kadi-Lee Street (Alaw Primary School)
Instrumentalist - Twm Pike (Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Evan James)

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Singer - Jonathan Evans (Treorchy Primary School)
Instrumentalist - Amiee Chen (Parc Primary School)

The Treorchy Male Choir Young Musician Competition 2021-2023

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic (Covid-19), the Treorchy Male Choir temporarily paused the Treorchy Male Choir Young Musician Competition.

The Treorchy Male Choir looks forward to re-convening the Young Musician Competition in the near future.

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