Treorchy Male Choir Collections
Treorchy Male Choir has amassed a tremendous amount of gifts from various organisations over the years. These range from trophies and shields to cups, banners, ties, paintings, certificates and sculptures.
The Choir has an over-full trophy cabinet which is kept at its rehearsal room in Glyncoli Road, Treorchy. The cabinet is filled with items dating back over forty years which have been received by the Choir from organisations all over the world. One of the most interesting objects in that collection is a Silver Disc presented to the Choir for its award-winning album, “Christmas From The Land Of Song”. There is also the actual flag flown over the US Capitol to commemorate the Choir’s visit to Washington D.C. in 1991.
Other special objects include the Key to the City of Cupertino, a large carved wooden beaver from Canada and very many trophies from their overseas tours to Australia. A large number of the items are actually from various military establishments who have hosted the Choir over the years. The Sergeant’s Mess at Pirbright, Sandhurst and also at RAF Lyneham have warmly welcomed the choristers following concert performances or for special fundraising events. This association has led to many gifts being presented to the Choir which are greatly treasured by its members.
As a registered charity, the Choir also receives many gifts from the organisations who have benefited from their performances.
This collection is undoubtedly the largest in the Choir’s Archives where so many items are stored due to shortage of room in the actual trophy cabinet.
The Cabinet itself was unveiled in 1981 during a special ceremony held in the rehearsal room.
It was dedicated to the memory of the late Choir Secretary W.J. “Donna” Griffiths, Treasurer Gwynne Williams JP and Accompanist Tom Jones and was officially unveiled by Conductor Emeritus John Haydn Davies, Choir President Clifford Taylor and Conductor John Cynan Jones.
Throughout the years the Choir itself has also presented gifts to organisations as a mark of appreciation. The specially designed Choir shield now has pride of place in buildings around the globe, from churches to military academies and hospitals to schools.
Some of the most important collections in the Treorchy Male Choir Archives are the comprehensive Minute Books kept by each of the successive Secretaries since 1946. The Minute Books provide a fascinating insight into the mechanics of the Choir as they detail every Committee Meeting held throughout the decades.
Find below the first few pages of the original Minute Book which gives you in detail how the Treorchy Male Choir was reformed following World War II.
From the earliest years of the reformed Treorchy Male Choir, the organisation has always enjoyed a busy social life off-stage. During the past six decades the Choir has been involved in more social events than can possibly be catalogued, but one of the traditional occasions has always been the Dinner and Dance evenings. Held at various locations throughout South Wales and boasting first-class Guest Speakers, the Dinner and Dance events have been an ideal opportunity for the choristers and their wives to meet other “choir couples” on a social basis.
During the 1940s support was given to the fledgling choir by managers of the nearby Polikoff clothing factory where a number of the choristers worked. Polikoffs became the venue for subsequent fundraising “go as you please” evenings of entertainment (attracting more than four hundred guests a time!), several annual dinners and numerous concerts and broadcasts during the early years. It was a time when enthusiastic young choristers bonded in the most magnificent way, with “all hands on deck” to raise funds for their organisation. Memories remain vivid for some choristers who attended some of the dances held at the British Legion Hall in Pentre from 1947 onwards when Ron Lewis would drive around collecting sandwiches, cakes and pies made by chorister’s wives and mothers to be sold during the dance at a buffet overseen by Trevor Protheroe.