The Society was formed in 1983 when a group of enthusiastic singers decided it was time that Cowbridge had a mixed choir. Iwan Guy (the conductor at that time of Cowbridge Male Voice Choir) became Conductor and within six weeks of the first rehearsal, the first concert – a performance of J H Maunder’s Olivet to Calvary – took place at Holy Cross Church, Cowbridge. A number of choral works were performed under Iwan
Guy’s direction then David Cynan Jones took over as Conductor. Mrs Carole Lloyd, having joined as a alto, has been the conductor since 1996.
In recent years, the Choir has expanded its repertoire in that as well as performing choral works, we also sing music from shows and light classical music.Four concert tours have been undertaken abroad.
Concerts performed in recent years are as follows:
In April 2005 we performed Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man (A Mass for Peace) in Holy Cross Church and later on in the year joined four other choirs in a ‘Voices for Hospices’ concert, singing Verdi’s Requiem. 2006 was a busy year as for our Easter concert we performed Puccini’s Messa de Gloria and Franz Schubert’s Mass in G Major. We also took part in a concert held in Ystradowen Village Hall in aid of Kidney Research and then, as usual the choir sang carols at the Over 60’s Christmas Party. In 2007 the Choir sang Karl Jenkins Requiem at St. Illtud’s Church Llantwit Major, and later on in the year the choir took part in a concert in Llantwit Major, when visitors came from Le Pouliguen (twinned with Llantwit Major) as guests of the Twinning Committee.
In November we joined with Pontypridd Choral Society to sing Mendelssohn’s Elijah at the Hawthorn Leisure Centre Treforest. In March 2008 we will be singing Stainer’s Crucifixion in Holy Cross Church Cowbridge.
In May 2009 the Choir sang Karl Jenkins’ Stabat Mater at the Bradenstoke Hall, St. Donat’s Castle, Llantwit Major which was enjoyed by both Choir and audience.
Do you enjoy singing ? Then why not join us ?
Membership of Cowbridge Choral Society is open to all who enjoy choral singing and can promise a regular commitment. The ability to read music would be an advantage but is not essential. The Society rehearses weekly at the Cowbridge United Free Church (opposite the Police Station).