The Victories 1960s
“Treorchy is one of the greatest choirs of its kind in the world”
As the winds of social change blew throughout the 1960s, so too changes developed within the world-famous Treorchy Male Choir. Following a decade of exceptional success, this new era would be one of further victory, tainted with a little sadness and following yet another national triumph the end of Treorchy’s life as a competitive choir.
John Haydn Davies and his choir of more than a hundred voices had indeed reached the pinnacle of their musical accomplishment. The record of success was unequalled with five consecutive first prizes at national level and they continued to conquer not only their rivals but new genres of music as they endeavoured to reach the very epitome of musical and technical excellence.
Royal National Eisteddfod, Rhos, 1961On August 12th, 1961 they once again journeyed north for the keenly contested National Eisteddffod of Wales being held in Rhosllanerchrugog. The village had produced such fine musicians as composer and conductor Arwel Hughes, who was about to become the Head of Music at the BBC and his brother John, was the organist at Noddfa Chapel, Treorchy.
Departing from Stag Square at 7am with lunch in Smarts Café on Church Street, Oswestry, the Choir held a rehearsal in the Memorial Hall on Smithfield Street before reaching Rhos. Accommodation was booked at either Ruan Grammar or Johnstown Schools and a third coach travelled home.