• Côr Meibion Croesyceiliog Croesyceiliog Male Choir

  • 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 Groeso Cynnes !

    Practice takes place on a Monday evening at Croesyceiliog Cricket and Rugby Club, The Highway,Cwmbran,Torfaen, practice starts at 7.30 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.

     

    Currently, Nicola is Deputy Head teacher at High Cross Primary School with a choir of 90 strong and an orchestra of 11 – both of which is still growing.

    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

  • Upcoming Events

    Saturday 5th October 2019 7.00pm

    Concert with Pontewydd Ladies Choir

     

    Millenium Hall, Top Road,

    Garndiffaith

    Pontypool

    Monday 14th October 2019 7.00pm

    Open practice Evening

     

    Croesyceiliog Cricket & Rugby Club,

    The Highway, Croesceiliog,

    Cwmbran

    Saturday 23rd November 2019 7.00pm

    Concert with guest choir Hereford Rail MVC

     

    St Julians Methodist Church,

    St Julians Avenue,

    Newport

    NP19 7JT

    Wednesday 11th December 2019 7.00pm

    Grants Awards Evening for Croesyceiliog & llanyrafon Community Council

     

    Woodland Road Sports & Social Centre,

    Croesyceiliog,

    Cwmbran

    NP44 2DZ

    Friday 13th December 2019 7.30pm

    Annual Concert with Abergavenny Borough Band

     

    Borough Theatre,

    Abergavenny

    Saturday 25th January 2020 (Time to be Confirmed)

    Concert with Aber Valley MVC

     

    St Gabriel's Church,

    Old Cwmbran

    NP44 3LS (TBC)

    Sunday 1st March 2020 (Time to be Confirmed)

    St David's Day concert with linden Singer Torfaen

     

    TBC Cwmbran

    Saturday 28th March 2020

    (Time to be Confirmed)

    Concert on Behalf of Trowbridge Rotary Club

     

    Holy Trinity Church,Church Street,Bradford on Avon ,BA15 1LW

    Saturday 6th June 2020 (time to be Confirmed)

    Concert with The Springfield Singers

     

    St Julians Methodist Church,

    St Julians Avenue,

    Newport

    NP19 7JT

    Saturday 20th June 2020 8.00pm

    Concert with Greater Manchester Police Choir

     

    St John's Methodist church,

    53-55 Mostyn Street,

    Llandudno,

    Conwy

    LL30 2NN

    Saturday 11th July 2020 (time to be Confirmed)

    Concert with Rhymney Silurian MVC

     

    Rhymney Comprehensive School,

    Abertysswg Road,

    Tredegar

    NP22 5XF

    Saturday 5th December 2020 (time to be Confirmed)

    Concert with The Springfield Singers

     

     

     

    Forest of Dean

  • Contact Us

    Chairman: Phil Humphreys 01633 718415, 07758653198

    Vice Chairman: Stuart Ashdown 01633 272883, 07527719679

    Secretary: Chris Lewis 01633 867339, 07971827955

    Concert Secretary: Howard Hicks 01633 527159, 07984971763

    Treasurer: Richard Bevan 01633 421092

    Music Librarian: Phil Harries 01633 891879,07929237899

    Publicity Officer: Colin Bartlett 01633 660999, 07850533221

    Registrar:Roy Berry 01633 793076, 07444699605

    Dave Green 01633 412374, 07533744884

    Recruiting Officer: Allan Jones 01633 482606, 07977931496

    Croesyceiliog Cricket and Rugby Club,
    The Highway,Cwmbran,Torfaen,Wales
    Monday's 7.30pm - 9pm
    01633 527159