The Cymric as it is affectionately known is one of the oldest choirs in Wales having been established in 1911 by Mr John Bowen Davies.
During the 1920’s and 30’s it competed regularly in local Eisteddfodau and during this period it sang at some unusual and interesting venues. In 1927 it fulfilled a week’s booking at The Palace Theatre Blackpool for the princely fee of £75.00, and in 1935 was invited by Randolph Hearst the newspaper magnate to sing at St Donat’s Castle in South Wales for celebrities of the film and newspaper world....
The choir has had the privilege of appearing at The Royal Albert Hall in London in the presence of the Queen and HRH Prince Phillip and is extremely proud of the fact that during a concert tour of Deeside Aberdeenshire in 1990 the choir was invited to sing at Crathie Church Balmoral when both the Queen and HRH Prince Edward were in attendance. The Queen expressed her delight at the choirs singing and subsequently invited Choristers to Balmoral Castle.
In May 1991 Rita Macneil , made a concert tour of the UK ,and during her appearance at St David’s Hall Cardiff she invited the Cymric on stage where she expressed her delight at the ‘Cymric’s rendition of her song ‘The Working Man’ and subsequently graciously allowed the choir to perform additional items.
Since its inception the Choir has only had five musical directors. Mr John Bowen Davies the founder conductor passed away in 1957 to be succeeded by Mrs Iris Evans who held the post until her death in 1973, at this juncture Mr Roger Chilcott assumed responsibility until his regrettable early passing in 2001.
Mr Gareth Sims held the position up to 2005.
Our present Musical Director is Mrs Mair Jones who is also the M/D of Porthcawl MVC with whom we have developed some close links
The Cymric has seen a gradual increase in choristers over the past couple of years and now has a membership in excess of fifty choristers with a repertoire varying from popular Welsh Hymn tunes, Folk songs, and Ballads, to sturdy male choruses from the world of Opera along with songs from popular stage musicals.
The Choir continues to perform for local, national and indeed International charities and over the past few years has raised significant revenues for Save the Children, Breast Cancer, TheAlzheimer’s Society the local Diabetes Trust, The premature baby unit at Singleton Hospital and many other charities.
The highlight of the Cymric’s Musical year is of course The Annual Celebrity Concert and during the past few years, Stuart Burrows, Ian Caddy, Guang Yang, Jason Howard, Dennis O’Neil, and Rebecca Evans, have appeared as our ‘Guest Artistes’ all of whom have been accompanied on the piano by Ingrid Surgenor the Internationally renowned ,and long term friend of the choir.
The Cymric visits abroad, which are always inclusive of our respective wives and partners, have now become a yearly pilgrimage and over each of the past six years we have visited, Holland, Belgium, Italy on two occasions, Canada, France, and Spain.
Prior to this the choir has visited, America Germany, Hungary, Ireland, and also participated in Celtic Festivals in Brittany and The Isle of Man.
The Choir’s year usually concludes during the Christmas festive period with Carol Services at various homes for our local Senior Citizens and the less fortunate.
The Cymric is a family institution and not a group of individuals and we are ever willing to help a worthy cause