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 7.30 PM
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Saturday 13th January 2021 at 7:00 PM
Awards Event Evening for
Croesyceiliog & Llanyrafon Community Council
Woodland Road Sports and Social Centre
Saturday 6th March 2021 at 5:30 PM
Usk Music Festival
Usk Baptist Church
Old Market Street
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
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