Caerphilly Community Chorus was formed in September 2009 to provide an adult mixed choir for the Caerphilly area in South Wales. In September 2011 we added a Children’s Choir to cater for younger singers.
Caerphilly Community Chorus is an open access, muilt-generation choir. We encourage adult members of the community (aged 15 years and above) to join us as we begin to learn new repertoire. We don’t hold auditions for new members, though the ability to sing in tune is obligatory! So just come along and try us for yourself.
The best times of the year to join are September or January, though, if you are an experienced singer, come along at any time of the year.
We rehearse, Fridays, from 7:30pm to 9.00pm in Van Road Church, Caerphilly. More information can be found under the rehearsals menu.
A bit about us
The choir was founded in 2009 by Nigel Jones on his retirement from a career as a high school music teacher and county music service choral animateur. With 55 people turning up at the first rehearsal the choir immediately became established. Nigel directed the choir for just over four years during which time he also re-established the children’s choir. During his tenure, the Community Chorus sang at venues throughout the county – churches and chapels, Caerphilly castle, Blackwood Miners Institute & Bedwas Workingmen’s Hall plus a number of outdoor locations! The culmination came in October 2013 when the choir gave a memorable performance of Nigel’s own “Requiem Cambrensis” written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Senghenydd Mining Disaster.
October 2013 saw the arrival of our new musical director, Rosie Howarth. From her first concert, at Christmas that year, Rosie has developed and extended the choir’s repertoire to include a wide range of styles – from African song to music theatre. She is currently working for a masters degree in choral conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff where she is studying with the UK’s leading choral specialists. We are fortunate to be benefitting from Rosie’s experiences at Wales’ leading Conservatoire.
In July 2015 Nigel retires from choral conducting. Rosie becomes the Artistic Director, overseeing both choirs while continuing as Musical Director of the Community Chorus.
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In June 2014 we learned that Caerphilly Community Chorus & Children’s Choir had won the W.S. Gwynn Williams Award – given, annually, by Ty Cerdd in recognition of the most improved amateur music organisation in Wales over the previous two years. The award is named in memory of the founder of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod which began just after WW2. The result was announced at a special ceremony at the Senedd, Cardiff Bay and we were presented with the award by the Welsh government minister responsible for the arts. We are joint winners of the award with the famous Cory Band. There are over 300 amateur music performance groups across Wales so this is a huge “feather in the cap” for our organisation and shows what can be done in a community that has some vision, drive and capability. Well done to everyone involved!
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