Mid Glamorgan Mixed Choir is based in Pencoed and has been together in its current format for over 35 years. The choir originated as a ladies choir in 1945 and became a mixed choir in 1979. Throughout its history the Choir has supported local and national charities with frequent fund raising concerts. In the past years the Choir has raised monies for Help the Heroes, The Chloe Bigmore Trust, Rhiwceiliog Chapel, Y Bwthyn, Cymorth I Cerys and Pencoed Primary School our chosen charity for 2015/16. Our charity for 2016/17 is Croesti Primary School to help to play equipment for their outdoor area in the Foundation Phase.
We have supported Gilwern United Reformed Church in raising £2500 for a number of charities which have included Lifeblood – The Thrombosis Charity, Wales Air Ambulance, British Heart Foundation and last year The Oncology Unit in Neville Hall Hospital, Abergavenny.
Under the twinning arrangements between Pencoed and Pluzanne France, and Waldsassen Bavaria the Choir has been invited to sing in both towns. We provided entertainment this year to our friends from France and Germany.
The Choir has performed in The Royal Albert Hall, St David’s Hall, The Wales Millennium Centre and at the Millennium Stadium for the opening ceremony of the Ryder Cup.
We are a very informal choir who sing for enjoyment. There is a wide age range from people in their twenties up to very active ninety year olds!! There is a lot of laughter during rehearsals but we do take a lot of pride in the finished result.
If you had thought about joining a choir but weren’t sure, why not come along to a practise. You can sit and listen or if you feel comfortable join in. There are no auditions and you won’t be expected to sing in front of the choir. If you aren’t sure which section you fit into Alec will listen to you and let you know. Once you know what section you are in the section leader will make sure you feel welcome and informed of what you need to know.
Practices take place in Pencoed Bowls Club on a Thursday evening 19:15 to 21:15.