Choir History

“I have been with Cantorion since 1981 when we were a mixed choir, loved it then and love it now as a ladies choir.”

Cantorion Pontyclun was first established as a mixed choir in 1977 and had an excellent record of achievement over a long period of time, raising thousands of pounds for numerous charities at home and abroad. The choir has also won prizes at numerous Eisteddfodau and performed in concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and Wales’ own St David’s Hall. In September 2002, the choir became an all – female choir in part due to the falling number of male members,and so the choir was reformed in its current format: Cantorion Pontyclun Ladies Choir. The choir has performed in a variety of venues including the Wales Millennium Centre and the St David’s Hall.

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Its main function has been to raise funds for charities including amongst others, Kidney Research, The Brain Injury Trust, The British Heart Foundation, Bridgend Young Carers, Alzheimer’s Society, Touch Trust, SCIPS (Special Care Infant and Parent Support – Neo Natal Unit at University Hospital Wales), Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research – (our Charity for 2015).

The choir also supports the “Cwm Rhondda Village” Project, which was founded in 1995 during a visit to Kisumu, Kenya by Patricia Hughes and Diane Price of the Emmanuel Christian Fellowship Church in the Rhondda, where they sought the help of a local Pastor and his wife in setting up the project, which provides widows and orphaned children with a loving family environment but with the emphasis on retaining their own culture..

The choir has toured in Bratislava and Vienna (2008) and in 2011 had a memorable tour to Krakow, where it sang in several large Cathedrals, the Salt Mines and at Auschwitz, an unforgettable and moving experience. The choir has also shared the stage with the Bridgend Male Choir,  Ynysowen Male Voice Choir. Pendyrus Male Choir  and Llantrisant Male Voice Choir. Under the baton of the Musical Director , Helen Allen, the choir is going from strength to strength offering a wide selection of music.