• Croesyceiliog Male Choir

    Côr Meibion Croesyceiliog

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Our President

    We've got a top notch team!

    Gerald Davies

    Great news: I am delighted to report that Gerald Davies has agreed to be the President of Croesyceiliog Male Choir.
    Howard Hicks, Concert Secretary of the Choir reports:
    "Gerald Davies has agreed to become our President; Gerald is of course an Ex Welsh Rugby International and British Lion, a former winger now President of the Welsh Rugby Union and Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Gwent."

  • About the Choir

    The choristers and music team of Côr Meibion Croesyceiliog / Croesyceiliog Male Choir (CMC) have performed , as a group for over 50 years. They have appeared at concerts throughout the UK and also have travelled to European countries . We can boast that we are a choir that includes a fine, talented music team.

    CMC is a registered charity, and as such we raise funds, through or concerts, for not only major charities, but also for local 'good causes'.

    We have recently undertaken a re-branding exercise, and have now a fresh and exciting look to the choir. The choir is open to men, from all walks of life, if you enjoy singing and would like to join a male choir, come to one of our practice nights and try us out! You'll enjoy it. A very warm welcome will be given to all new members. Cewch croeso cynes.

    Practice takes place on a Monday evening at Croesyceiliog Cricket and Rugby Club, The Highway,Cwmbran,Torfaen, practice starts at 7.15 PM

  • Music Team

    Musical Director

    Rodger Appleby BA (Mus) LGSM ATCL

    Rodger has been the choir's Musical Director since 1994, having previously conducted both Caerphilly and Blaenavon Male Choirs.

     

    Rodger was educated at Jones's West Monmouth School, Pontypool and Hull University. He studied piano under John Wheatstone and George Mantle-Childe, and conducting with Laurence Lennard. For the past 40 years, he has been actively involved in professional music making in a wide variety of contexts. For a while he left the choral scene and concentrated on composing music for Radio Wales, he also made frequent appearances as guest accompanist for celebrity concerts. In this capacity, he has twice toured the United States with Blaenavon Male Choir.

     

    Rodger retired from his post as Director of Performing at Croesyceiliog School in 2003, joining the Gwent Music Support Service as a piano and vocal tutor as well as doing advisory work for Newport LEA in the primary sector. He is much in demand as an adjudicator, regularly adjudicating the Caerphilly Young Musician competition and rounds of the Rotary Club Young Musician of the Year.

    Accompanist

    Nicola Coker BEd (Hons) Mus.

     

    Nicola is the Choir’s Accompanist was born into a musical family. From the age of 12 she has accompanied mixed and male choirs and guest soloists such as Ryland Davies, Dennis O’Neil, Patricia O’Neil and Beverley Humphries.

     

    Whilst in secondary school, she accompanied the school choir, orchestra, annual shows and her soloist brother Tim, who currently sings for the Berlin Opera Company.

     

    Later Nicola studied music at Caerleon College gaining BEd (Hons) Mus.

     

    Her children have acquired the same musical talent. Her daughter Angharad studied piano to Grade 8 with Rodger Appleby and Oboe to Grade 8 with Jackie Kershaw. She achieved distinction on both instruments.

     

    Her son Rhys studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, where he achieved a first class honours degree and went on to get his Masters Degree with Distinction.

     

    Whilst a music teacher at Caerleon Endowed Junior School, she established a choir of 100 strong voices and an orchestra of 35 ranging in ages from 8–11yrs.

    She has recently retired as acting headteacher of a local primary school.

     

     

    Deputy Conductor

    Alyson Jones

    LWCMD, LGSMD, PGCE

    Alyson studied voice at the Welsh College of Music and Drama Cardiff, and the GuildhallSchool of Music and Drama London, where she performed lead roles in many operatic productions including Dido and Aeneas, The Coronation of Poppea and Menottis, The Telephone. Whilst at the Guildhall Alyson had the honour of being chosen to sing before H.M. The Queen at Drapers Hall in London.

     

    Alyson returned to Wales and embarked on a career teaching singing in Gwent schools with Gwent Music Support Service. For 18years she has been privileged to conduct children’s choirs in St David’s Hall Cardiff, the Royal Albert Hall and professional concert venues in Tuscany, Poland and Leipzig and most recently conducted a performance as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations for H.M. The Queen and Prince Philip, which was a great honour for the children involved.

     

    Alyson still enjoys a solo career with local male voice and mixed choirs while continuing to pass on her passion for singing to both children and adult choirs in Gwent.

    Deputy Conductor

    Ceri Gifford-Berry BA (Hons)PGCE

    Ceri is the choirs deputy accompanist she studied piano and composition at the Welsh College of Music and Drama ,Cardiff and graduated with an honours degree. She completed her Post Graduate Certificate of Education at the University of Wales Institute ,Cardiff.

    Ceri began her teaching career in 1999 and was a secondary school music and performing art teacher for 13 years.

  • Our Repertoire

     

     

    The Choir has a large repertoire, these are just some of the numbers we perform at our concerts.

     

     

     


    Psalm 23   Composed Eric Jones

     

    Bring Him HomeMusic by Claude-Michel Schoenberg, Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer & Alain Boubil Arr. John Leavitt

     

    Alexander’s Ragtime Band Composed Irvine Berlin ,Arrangement by Denys Hood

     

    Homeward Bound Composed By Marta Keen Arr. Jay Althouse

     

    Anfonaf Angel Music by Robat Arwyn,Lyrics by Hywel Gwynfryn

     

    Do you hear the People Sing? Composed By Claude-Michel Schönberg

     

    Oklahoma Medley     Composed By Rodgers & Hammerstein Arranged by Rodger Appleby

     

    American Trilogy     Traditional Arrangement by M.Newbury ,Choral Arrangement by Alwyn Humphreys

     

    The Prayer Composed by David Foster,Carole Bayer Sager Alberto Testa and Tony Renis.

     

    Amen                Traditional Spiritual Joseph Hairston arranged Alan Simmo

     

    Irish Blessing Composed by Rodger Appleby

     

    All For The Best Composed by Stephen Schwarz

     

    Cwm Rhondda       Arrangement by Arwel Hughes

     

  • Our Audio Files

    Listen to our latest album free. If you are prompted to 'listen in browser' or 'Sound cloud' use the 'listen in browser' option.

  • Upcoming Events

    Find our latest concert information here

    Springfield Singers Annual Concert

    7pm

    18th of June 2022

    Forest of Dean

    Lydney Town Hall

    GL15 5DY

     

    More information will appear on our Facebook page nearer to the time. Click the Facebook link at the bottom of the 'Contact Us' page.

    Usk Choral Festival

    30th June 2022

    7:30pm

    Usk Primary School

    Monmouth Road Usk

    USK NP15 1SE

     

    More information will appear on our Facebook page nearer to the time. Click the Facebook link at the bottom of the 'Contact Us' page.

    Summer Gala Concert

    16th July 2022

    7pm

    Featuring The Springfield Singers

    St Julians Methodist Church

    St Julians Avenue

    Newport

     

    More information will appear on our Facebook page nearer to the time. Click the Facebook link at the bottom of the 'Contact Us' page.

    Annual Concert

    7pm

    8th October 2022

    Featuring The Allegra Singers

    Cwmbran - TBC

     

     

     

    More information will appear on our Facebook page nearer to the time. Click the Facebook link at the bottom of the 'Contact Us' page.

    Joint Concert with

    Linden Singers

    7pm

    26th November 2022

    Cwmbran/Pontypool - TBC

     

     

     

    More information will appear on our Facebook page nearer to the time. Click the Facebook link at the bottom of the 'Contact Us' page.

  • Press and Social Media

    St David's Day Concert

    TORFAEN GRASSROOTS. Monday 17th March, 2020. Photo-Box 2.

    Photo and Text by Mary Barnett.

     

    ST. DAVID'S DAY CONCERT TRIUMPH.

     

    Photo shows two of Torfaen's much loved Choirs uniting in harmony at the finale of their recent concert on Saturday 29th February at St. David's Roman Catholic Church, Cwmbran.

    The ladies of THE LINDEN SINGERS (formed in 2004) joined CROESYCEILIOG MALE CHOIR (formerly Gwent Police Choir formed 1969), in a celebratory concert to raise money for Ty Hafan the Children's Hospice of Wales.

    The concert displayed the tremendous versatility and repertoire of both choirs and in the last two pieces a memorable joint performance was given of Morte Criste---Emrys Jones and appropriately our Welsh National Anthem --Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau. Congratulations to all concerned and to the musical teams.

    The Conductor for these last two numbers was Alyson Jones of the Male Choir. Karen Middle was the Conductor of the Ladies Choir.

    Friends of the New Breast Care Unit

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    Croesyceiliog Male Choir

    20 March at 17:45 ·

    Howard Hicks and Alex Robertson of the Croesyceiliog Male Choir are pleased to present Emma Wilkins of the 'Friends of the New Breast Care Unit - Centre of Excellence', at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr, with a cheque for £200. Many thanks to the audience who turned out in very bad weather in January to support the choirs of Aber Valley and Croesyceiliog at St Gabriels Church in Cwmbrân. A wonderful evening for a worthy cause. Well done everyone and Thank You

    South Wales Argus

    Grassroots

    Social Evening

  • 2022 Itinerary

    Classic Welsh Hymns - Songs from the West End - Ballads - Opera

    Repertoire

     

    All for the Best

    American Trilogy

    And so it Goes

    Anfonaf Angel

    Brighten my Soul

    Bring him Home

    Cwm Rhondda

    Gwahoddiad

    Nirvana

    Oklahoma Medley

    Psalm 23

    Sally Gardens

    Stars

    The Prayer

    The Toreador’s Song

    Vive la Compagnie

    We shall Overcome/Lean on me.

  • Contact Us

    Please contact us by email or submit your query below and we will contact you directly.

     

     

    Croesyceiliog Cricket and Rugby Club,
    The Highway,Cwmbran,Torfaen,Wales
    Monday's 7.15pm - 9pm
    01633 527159
  • FAQs

    A guide for new members

    Croesyceiliog Male Choir – New Starters Guide

     

    • WHEN IS PRACTICE?

    7-9pm at Croesyceiliog Cricket & Rugby Club, The Highway, NP44 2HJ

     

    • DO I NEED TO BRING ANYTHING?

    Enthusiasm, a willingness to learn, a folder for your music, and a pen or pencil for noting your music. Also £1 for the weekly fundraising raffle.

     

    • DO I NEED TO BE ABLE TO READ MUSIC?

    No, although it helps to have some knowledge, it isn’t necessary.

     

    • WHAT IF I DON’T KNOW WHAT MY VOICE RANGE IS?

    Our musical team will be able to assess your range after a few practice sessions and then place you into the appropriate section.

     

    • WHAT KIND OF SONGS DOES THE CHOIR SING?

    We sing a range of numbers, from traditional male voice choir hymns, to songs from the musicals.

    • WHERE DO I GET THE MUSIC FROM?

    We have our own digital library which has copies of the music sheets we use and audio files for the voice parts for all our songs. This is especially useful for practising outside of official Monday practice.

     

    • HOW OFTEN DOES THE CHOIR PERFORM?

    We strive to organise around 10-12 concerts each year, with plenty of advance notice given.

     

    • IS THERE A DRESS CODE?

    Yes, we all wear a specific suit which is organised through Slaters in Cardiff and costs £108 (at the time of writing). Ties, pocket handkerchiefs and badges are provided.

     

    • HOW DO WE TRAVEL TO AND FROM CONCERTS?

    You are responsible for your own travel for local concerts. For concerts further afield, coach transport is provided, which is subsidised by choir funds, but can mean a contribution is necessary.

    • WHAT ABOUT ACCOMODATION FOR CONCERST FURTHER AFIELD?

    Where possible, accommodation costs will be met by choir funds, but if this is not possible, choristers are required to pay for their own accommodation. Costs are always detailed in good time to enable choristers to decide if they are able to attend.

     

    • WHAT IS AN AFTERGLOW?

    An afterglow is a post-concert event, involving impromptu singing, a buffet and drinks. This is usually attended by other artistes or choirs performing in the concert.

     

    • DOES IT COST TO JOIN THE CHOIR?

     

    There is no joining fee, but we do ask for an annual subscription of £120 to help pay for the upkeep of the choir. Each member is also required to become a member of Croesyceiliog Rugby and Cricket Club as the venue allow us to practice in the function room. The cost is £8 for OAPs and £15 for non OAPs. Many members of the choir enjoy a refreshing drink after practice each week.