Australian Welsh Male Choir

Shwmae i chi, Croeso i safle wê Côr Meibion Cymreig Awstralia; welcome to the website of the Australian Welsh Male Choir

We are a male voice choir of over 60 members ranging in age from 40 to 90(+) years.

 

We all share a love of music, the pleasure of singing together to other people and the camaraderie of being part of a great group of men.

 

Our repertoire consists of a wide variety of music including many Welsh favourites (e.g. Men of Harlech, Calon Lan ) , popular songs (e.g. You raise me up, American trilogy ) songs from the “shows” (e.g. Les Mis, Carousel, South Pacific ) gospel music, well-loved Hymns and some comedy items. (see our CD page on this website for more examples).

 

We sing in Welsh, English, Latin, African and Russian, where appropriate, at many venues in Victoria; both city and country ( see our current concert schedule) and also tour interstate & overseas. Our concerts have proved to be an excellent opportunity for many organisations and charities to raise funds for their particular needs.

 

If you would like the AWMC to sing at a special occasion such as an anniversary, birthday, memorial service or business function, we are available to provide small groups (soloist, octet) part or full choir representation. Please contact the Secretary to enquire about a booking.

 

The beginnings of the Choir can be traced back to Christmas 1973 when a group of predominantly Welsh expatriates, who loved singing, gathered together at the Frankston Pines Soccer Club. They formed a Choir known as the “Cambrian Singers”. They later became known as the Frankston Welsh Male Choir. The first performance of this choir was on the 20th October 1974 at the dedication service for the Chapel at the Victoria Police Academy, Glen Waverley. This occasion also marked the first live outside broadcast in colour by ABC television who were covering the service. On the 24th June 1980 the name was changed to The Victoria Welsh Male Choir and new colours were presented to the Choir by Patron Mr. Sidney Baillieu Myer. In April 1985, the name was finally changed to the Australian Welsh Male Choir (AWMC).

 

In 1984, the Choir toured the United Kingdom and became the first Choir from outside Wales to sing at the 1000 Voice Festival of Male Choirs at the Royal Albert Hall in London. During the tour, members of the Association of Welsh Male Choirs were so impressed by the Choir’s singing of traditional songs in the Welsh language, that the Choir was invited to become a member of their Association. In doing so, it became the first Choir from outside Wales to be offered such membership.

 

In 1988, the Australian Welsh Male Choir was again invited to represent Australia in the 1000 Voice Festival. At this event, in celebration of the Australian Bicentenary, they gave a solo performance of Peter Allen’s “I Still Call Australia Home”. To date, no other Choir has performed solo at this festival. A highly successful tour of Wales followed, during which the Choir was given a number of civic receptions and won many accolades in the Welsh media.

 

 

Upcoming Performances

 The Australian Welsh Male Choir will be touring England, Wales and Ireland during May 2015. During this tour the Choir will be performing at the Royal Albert Hall along with 1000 voices from other Welsh Choirs. On Saturday 9th May 2015 the Australian Welsh Male Choir is participating in the Festival of Massed Male Voices at the Royal Albert Hall, London. The massed choir is made up of 25 choirs from North and South Wales along with two choirs from England and two choirs from overseas. The choirs taking part are: Abertillery Orpheus, Australian Welsh, Beaufort, Caerphilly, Abercynon, Aberystwyth, Bro Dysynni, Cm Rhondda, Cwmann, Cor Meibion Cymru De Affrig (South Africa), Dowlais, Mynydd Mawr, Talgarth, Flint, Haverfordwest, Morriston RFC, Ogmore Valley, Oxford Welsh, Pontypridd, Port Talbot Cymric, Porthcawl, Snowdown Colliery, Swansea, Tonna and Whitland. The man at the helm will be Dr. Alwyn Humphreys MBE ably assisted by Caradog Williams on the piano and the Association President, Huw Tregelles Williams on the organ.

Make a Booking

If you are interested in having the Australian Welsh Male Choir sing at your function  or venue please contact the Secretary  on 0425725525

 

 

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