Dublin Male Voice Choir

organised a massed choir event at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on Saturday 17th September. 150 Choristers took part with 5 Welsh Choirs joining the Dublin Choir - Builth, Neath, Glyn Neath, Carmarthen and of course Rhayader. The soloist was the acclaimed soprano Elin Manahan-Thomas and the conductors were Geraint Waters and the great Haydn James. The Choir sang a mixed repertoire including traditional Welsh Hymns, Welsh and Irish Lullabies and songs from the shows. We sang Delilah and were privileged to have the composer in the audience - he actually joined us on stage to sing it (I think he knew the words!). The 1200 capacity audience greatly appreciated the event giving us a standing ovation at the end. Rhayader MVC sent 8 Choristers and Builth MVC kindly invited us to travel with them. After much deliberation we concluded Irish Guinness is better than British Guinness!



Last week The Rhayader and District Male Voice Choir returned home from a very enjoyable and successful visit to the city of York and the surrounding area. During their four-day stay in Yorkshire the Choir performed at three different venues.

On Saturday evening the 3rd of September in front of a very large audience the Choir presented a grand concert at St Denys Church, Walmgate in the City of York. And the following evening on Sunday the 4th the choir once again in front of a very large audience presented another concert, this time at Holy Trinity Church in Elvington just outside York. The Choir were well Received on both occasions by the two respective audiences and in return entertained both with a combination of Traditional Welsh Male voice numbers together with a selection of Songs from the Shows and other Classical pieces. The two enthusiastic Yorkshire audiences both warmed to The Mid-Wales Choir's performance.

The Choir were once again under the Baton of their Musical Director Mr. David Hatton and their accompanist on this occasion was Mrs. Ann Bufton who is normally the resident accompanist to the Builth Wells Male Voice Choir but who on this tour was kindly assisting the Rhayader Choir.


The Compere on both occasions was local Radnorshire Farmer Mr. Philip Gayther, who with his renowned wit and humour entertained the Yorkshire audiences in the absence of a recognised Artiste. Throughout this tour the choir were also joined by two members of Builth Wells Male Voice Choir namely Mr. Colin Bufton and Mr. Rob Shelton. During their stay in Yorkshire the Choir were accompanied by their Wives and several friends who made the journey. The highlight of tour came on the Sunday when the Choir and party Attended the Allied Forces Memorial Open day at the famous Elvington Air Museum near York and where the Choir once again entertained the enormous crowd with a taste of a little more traditional Welsh Singing.

This week Spokesman for the Choir Mr. Miah Lewis told our reporter that the whole tour had been a great success and an enjoyable experience during which time they had made many new friends.

Report By Graham Benbow (Press Officer).


About Angharad Gough


I am a 19 year old student studying music at Bath Spa University. I have been singing since I was 4 years old where I would compete in the Urdd and the local Llandrindod Wells Eisteddfod. I went on to study at Builth Wells high school through the medium of welsh and specialising in Music, Drama and Design technology at A level. I have achieved a merit at grade 8 singing which is why I  have chosen a degree specialising in performance and I am thoroughly enjoying it.


On Sunday the 19th of June A very special event took place in Aberedw, the occasion was a Grand Charity Concert that had been organised on behalf of Cancer Research UK and was held in a beautiful Marquee at the Hendre Farm with kind permission of Mr and Mrs Mervyn Davies following the wedding of their granddaughter the previous day.  A large crowd had turned up to support this charitable event which had been organised at short notice. Appearing in concert were the popular Rhayader and District Male Voice Choir and as usual under the baton of their musical director, Mr David Hatton, together with their Accompanist, the talented Bethan Rees.

The Choir thrilled the appreciative audience with a combination of traditional Welsh Male Voice numbers together with a selection of songs from the Shows and Negro Spiritual Numbers. The guest artiste’s were two delightful young ladies, both Metzo Soprano’s the first was Morgan Field from Builth Wells whose voice and performance under her

Accompanist and Mentor, Mrs Eleanor Madog Davies, gets better with each performance she gives. Well done Morgan!

The second Artiste was Holly Richards from Llandegle, another Metzo Soprano and a delightful young lady who under the guidance of her accompanist, Mr Bev Nethercot, is fast becoming a confident and capable performer. Well done Holly!

Completing the trio of Artiste’s was the veteran Alwyn Morgan, the popular local butcher from Builth Wells, who never fails to delight local audiences with his rich and powerful voice.

Compere' for the evening was the popular and incomparable Mr Philip Gayther from Llanbister Road who never fails to amuse audiences throughout Mid Wales with his own style of local country wit and humour.

During the Interval a prize of Six large bottles of Whisky were raffled and which had been donated by Mr Alwyn Morgan, in memory of his late brother.

The vote of thanks was proposed by Mrs Eleanor Madog Davies on behalf of Cancer Research UK and to who the total profit of the evening was donated and which amounted to the grand sum £2065-45p.A wonderful effort Indeed !!

Mrs Davies also thanked all the people concerned who had helped to make the evening such a success. A kind donation of £200-00 was made by The Rhayader and District Male voice Choir to the charity event.

The Report by our Press Officer Graham Benbow


Eardisland Concert

Last weekend the Rhayader and District Male Voice presented a grand gala concert in the beautiful Herefordshire village of Eardisland. The occasion was the conclusion of a week’s celebration in the village to mark the Royal Ninetieth Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and was organised by the members of the local church of St Mary the Virgin and where the concert was held.

A large crowd turned out to welcome the popular Mid Wales Choir who certainly did not disappoint the enthusiastic audience with a combination of traditional Welsh male voice songs together with a selection of popular songs and negro spiritual numbers.

The Choir as usual were under the baton of their musical director Mr. David Hatton and on this occasion the choir were assisted as accompanist by Val Wiston who is currently the accompanist of the Talgarth Male Voice Choir.

The guest artiste for the evening was the delightful soprano Emma Powell from Kington who once again thrilled the audience with her enchanting voice. Emma is currently studying Music at Bristol University and is a Granddaughter of the famous former Welsh Amateur International and Kington Footballer Brindley Powell. A very bright future is forecast for Emma in the music world.

The compère for the evening was Mrs. Heather Jones who once again amused the audience with her delightful stories and incomparable wit.

The whole evening was a wonderful occasion enjoyed by everyone and which raised a substantial sum to assist the church funds.



Last weekend the Rhayader and district Male Voice Choir once
again went underwater beneath the depth of The Pen-y- Garreg
Dam in The Elan Valley. The occasion was the wedding of
Kirsty Procter and Phil Coley, a couple from Gloucestershire
who had decided to Tie the Knot and travel to Mid Wales and
the beautiful setting of The Elan Valley to get married.

The marriage ceremony took place on the top of the famous dam
whilst underneath in the concrete Bowels of the dam the
wedding party were entertained with traditional Welsh songs and
music by the local Rhayader and District Male Voice Choir.
The choir in fact were repeating a similar performance to another
Wedding they attended in 2014.

The large wedding party who had travelled from many parts of the
country were very impressed with the Choirs contribution to the
occasion and the spectacular scenery of the Mid Wales countryside.
The Pen-y-Garreg Dam is of course now Licensed to perform such
marriages and is fast becoming a popular Venue for these occasions
with couples throughout the UK and which can only prove of benefit
to the Tourist Industry Across Mid Wales.

Later this month on the 27th of April the Choir commence
their summer season of concerts at the Glen Usk Hotel in Llandrindod
Wells where they will be entertaining the many visitors that visit the
beautiful countryside of Mid Wales throughout the summer months.

The choir are very keen to recruit new members to the choir and
welcome anyone who is interested to come along to our rehearsals
which are held on a Tuesday evening at 7-45pm in the community
hall at Cwmdauddwr Rhayader.

Report by Graham Benbow (Press Officer)
Rhayader and District Male Voice Choir


The Rhayader and District Male Voice 

Choir held their annual charity concert at the Rhayader Leisure Centre on Easter Sunday and which attracted a very large audience.

The choir performed under the baton of their musical director Mr David Hatton and their accompanist was as usual the talented Bethan Rees. 

The choir was in good voice and thrilled the very large audience with a varied programme of Traditional male voice numbers together with a selection of modern songs from the shows. The guest artiste this year was Gemma King (Soprano) from Ludlow together with local favourites brothers Ian and Roland Davies from Llidiart-Y-Waun. Compere for the evening was local farmer Philip Gayther from Llanbister Road.

The proceeds of the evening achieved a profit in excess of £ 1400.00 Of which £1000.00 was presented to its chosen charity, the local branch of the Macmillan Cancer Support Group. The cheque was presented to the groups chairperson Mrs Elizabeth George by the Choirs President Mrs Evelyn Davies.

Report By Graham Benbow. ( Choir Press Officer).


12th of March '16

This coming weekend on Saturday the 12th of March The Rhayader and District
Male Voice Choir are in concert in the School Hall at BRYNTIRION School Rhayader.
The choir will be supported by the two children,s choirs of both BRYNTIRION
And NANTMEL Primary schools. All proceeds are in aid of both School funds.
The concert commences at 7pm and Doors will be open at 6-30pm.
So please come along and support your local Primary Schools in the area
And enjoy a musical evening,s entertainment for a worthy cause.



The Rhayader and District Male Voice Choir recently held its Annual General Meeting
which was very well attended. The chairman Mr Eirwyn Williams opened the meeting
and welcomed its President Mrs Evelyn Davies. He also informed those present that
the President herself would be chairing the meeting that evening.

The chairman in his report thanked everyone concerned for the wonderful support he
had recieved throughout the year and with special mention to the Musical Director,
the Accompanist and the Officers who had served on the committee with him.
He also expressed his thanks and appreciation to the Comperes and guest artistes
who had also appeared with the choir during the past year. Special mention was also
made to the passing of two faithful choir members Mr Rhys Jones and Mr Roger Price
both of who would be sadly missed within the choir.

The choir once again he said had been very active with various concerts and weddings
throughout Mid Wales and the Border Counties. Several new members had joined the
choir during the last twelve months which was very encouraging.
Throughout the year the choir had helped to raise many thousands of pounds for local
and other charities.

The Treasurer Mr Will Cook presented the annual accounts for the year with A healthy
balance sheet and was thanked thanked for his informative work.

The Secretary Mr John Thomas informed the meeting that the arrangements were
well in place for the choirs forthcoming annual concert on Easter Sunday at the
leisure centre in Rhayader. As he was now standing down as Secretary of the choir
after a period of four years Mr Thomas was thanked for his excellent service.

Mr John Whittal Williams was appointed the new choir secretary and Mr Miah Lewis
was appointed the new vice chairman of the choir. Mr Colin Mills was also appointed
the new Choir Marshall of the choir.

Mr Adrian Jones on behalf of the Music Committee gave A very full and detailed report
on the new Music the choir would be singing this coming year.

The election of officers for 2016 were as follows-:

PRESIDENT Mrs Evelyn Davies
CHAIRMAN. Mr Eirwyn Williams
Vice-Chairman. Mr Miah Lewis
Treasurer. Mr Will Cook
Secretary. Mr John Whittal Williams
Musical Director. David Hatton
Accompanist. Bethan Rees
Librarian. Adrian Jones
Uniform Officer. Lynn Davies

Website Co-Ordinator Will Cook
Press Officer. Graham Benbow

Publicity and CD Sales. Henry Thomas and Graham Benbow.

The Choir were now looking forward to another busy year with many concerts and
weddings already booked.

To conclude the evening the President Mrs Evelyn Davies, addressed the the
meeting and congratulated the choir on yet another successful year. And wished
them every success for the future.
the Choir are very keen to recruit new members to ensure its future success.

The choir meets every Tuesday evenings at 7 45pm in the community centre
Cwmdauddwr Rhayader.



Next Week On Tuesday the 1st of December 2015,

the Rhayader and District Male Voice Choir
present a Grand Welsh Gala night Concert at the Glen Usk Hotel in Llandrindod Wells.
The occassion marks the visit of a large delegation of overseas visitors from Estonia.
The party are spending several days in the United Kingdom studying our Agricultural
methods,and most of this will be in the Mid Wales Area. During their time they will be
visiting several farms in Radnorshire,including a visit to the Elan Valley Dam Complex.
Their visit to Mid Wales will also include their attendance at the Royal Welsh Show
Winter Fair where they be the guests of the U K Salers Cattle Society and where they
will be able to witness at first hand the quality of the Salers Breed in difficult climates.

Their visit will conclude on the Tuesday with the Grand Welsh Gala Concert at which a number of local farmers and business people will be present and which will be preceeded by a Dinner.

The Rhayader Male Voice Choir will provide the evenings entertainment and will be accompanied by local guest artistes Greg Varney(Baritone) from Boughrood And the popular local girls party The Llanbadarn Girls.

The whole tour and visit has been organised by former well known business man Mr Paul Campbell Of Caleb Roberts Insurances Services Ltd and who is now living in France.

It is very much hoped that the Estonian Delegation will enjoy an informative insight into the rural and agricultural life of Mid Wales And at the same time enjoy the musical talent the area is able to offer.



Praise Indeed!

'We would like to say a big thanks to you and the choir for singing at our wedding. All our guests have said that you were the highlight of the wedding and you made a lot of our guests very emotional! You were all fantastic!'

Sian & Mike Hurley after The Choir sang at Gregynog Hall for their wedding



Presentation of Cheques to Rhayader, Knighton & Presteigne Community Support groups

Prior to the concert at the Glen Usk, Llandrindod, the three Community Support groups, Rhayader, Knighton & Presteigne were all presented with £300 each from our Easter Concert in April this year. The Choir continues to make money for  charitable purposes and is very glad to be able to present this money to enable their good works to continue.



This weekend on Saturday the 28th of February the eve of St Davids Day The Rhayader and District Male Voice Choir will be in concert at the Memorial hall in Presteigne. Tickets are £8 each.

The evening commences at 7pm when those attending will be treated to a traditional bowl of Welsh Cawl and a bread roll and a welshcake before the concert starts at 8 o,clock.

The choir making a welcome return to Presteigne will be accompanied by guest artiste Greg Varney from Boughrood ,who has appeared with the choir on many occasions and with his rich baritone voice has thrilled audiences across the country.

The choir once again will be under the Baton of its musical director Mr David Hatton and its Accompanist as usual the talented Miss Bethan Rees.

A wonderful night of musical enjoyment will be had by all, so please come along and support this worthy charity event.




Next weekend on Sat the 18th of October the Rhayader and District Male Voice Choir will be among those taking part in a Grand Charity Concert to be held at Radnor Valley CP School in New Radnor.

Other artistes will include Emma Bradford (the well known local mezzo soprano), the Llandrindod Wells Ladies Choir (Ffrindiau) and the Radnor Valley School Choir.

The concert will commence at 7:30 pm, tickets are priced at £7.50 and are available in advance on telephone no 01544 350203 or can be purchased at the door on the night.

All proceeds for the concert will be donated to the Friends of Radnor Valley CP School for the benefit of the school children.

So please come along and support a very worthy cause and enjoy a wonderful evening of musical splendour


Report by Graham Benbow

Having had a very busy year, the Rhayader and District Male Voice are now getting ready for the run-up to Christmas. 

Last weekend the choir recorded their new cd album which is going to be released early in the new year and which consists of a mixture of popular male voice choir favourites together with a number of songs old and new from the west end shows to suit everyone.

Tonight, Friday the 12th of December the choir are entertaining at the Lynhales nursing home in Kington and on Wednesday next the 17th December the choir can be seen in concert at the Crosfield house nursing home in Rhayader together with popular local artiste Paul Dark.

On Tuesday 23rd December the choir conclude their programme for the year with firstly a visit to entertain the residents and staff at the Wylesfield nursing home in Llandrindod wells at 7pm followed by a grand gala concert at 9pm in the Metropole Hotel, entertaining the many guests and visitors who are visiting Mid-Wales this Christmas.

This week spokesman for the choir Graham Benbow, told our reporter that 2014 had been a very busy year for the choir with appearances at many concerts, weddings, and other events. Highlight of the year was no doubt the invitation by the lady president, Mrs Rhian Duggan to entertain the thousands of people attending this years Royal Welsh Show.     

The choir are looking forward to next year with many functions already booked. Rehearsals start early again in January and new members are very welcome.  So from everyone in the Choir a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year

Prestigious Award For Local Male Voice Choir

The Rhayader and District Male Voice Choir have recently received great news that they have been chosen to receive a prestigious award of recognition from P.A.V.O., which is the Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations, for the contribution they have made over many years to community life in Powys.

The award comes under the Powys Volunteer Award of the Year 2014 but is also in recognition of the many charities the Choir has supported in raising funds over many years for many organisations.

This week spokesman for the Choir Graham Benbow told our reporter that the choir were very proud to receive this award and the certificate and its citation would hang very proudly in the choir rehearsal room. The Choir would also continue to entertain audiences throughout Mid Wales, the border counties and much further a field for many years to come and thereby hopefully raising many more thousands of pounds for charity.


Concert in Rhayader at the Leisure Centre.

A wonderful concert was held at the Leisure Centre, Rhayader on Sunday 28th September.

Gwawr Edwards (Soprano), Rhys Meirion (Tenor) and Iwan Wyn Parry (Bass Baritone) were supported by The Rhayader and District Male Voice Choir in an evening of musical entertainment that had items from Handel to Gilbert and Sullivan and some very well known male voice choir pieces. All were accompanied by the RMVC very accomplished pianist, Bethan Rees.

Dilwyn Thomas and his family arranged everything and did a fine job of raising funds for the Air Ambulance, Rhayader Surgery Equipment Fund and St. Cynllo's Church, Nantmel. Dilwyn and Mollie Thomas of Llwynbaedd Welsh Lamb Ltd have raised £30,000 for various charities over the past 6 years.


Royal Welsh Agricultural Show 2014

See the pictures


The Choir sing in Pen Y Garreg Dam

On Saturday the 21st of June 2014 the Rhayader and District Male Voice Choir broke new territory when they attended a wedding at the Elan Valley dams near Rhayader.

The wedding of Clare Thomas and Craig Gibbs took place on the top of the Pen y garreg dam and the Rhayader & District Male Voice Choir who were in attendance at the wedding entertained the large number of guests with their singing in an area deep into the mouth of the dam.

This is reported to be the first time any event like this has taken place in the country, and the only occasion a male voice choir has performed under the surface and in the bowels of such a large dam, although full safety precautions were carried out.

The choir performed a comprehensive programme of traditional Welsh Male Voice numbers together with a few modern songs from the shows, which delighted the guests. See pictures here


Scotland February-March 2014

The Choirs trip to Scotland was a great success.

We started on the morning of the 27th of February with a very long journey ahead of us, but with plenty of stops along the way we finally arrived at Gartmore House Hotel at 7pm ish. Everyone was pretty tired but happy and after we were settled in and we had dinner we repaired to the lounge and spent a quiet, well quiet for us! evening until bedtime.

The next day we had a trip to that very Scottish of establishments a Distillery! Everyone was off to a fine start with free whisky and the mood, having been good to start with was even better by the time the tour of that place ended.

In the evening we were to sing in Glasgow at the 70th anniversary of the Glasgow-Islay Choir. Our choir was received very well and we ended with an encore of 'Amen'

Saturday the 1st of March being St. Davids Day saw the choir travel to Stirling Castle where we were to sing half a dozen songs. I don't think anyone was prepared for the reception we got. Apparently when we started singing, everyone in the Castle could hear and with the acoustics being so good, we sounded like 60 instead of the 25 we were. Everybody who was outside came in to listen. It was a wonderful experience, one that we wont forget.

The evening came and we joined in with a concert for St Davids Day which had been arranged in a building adjacent to the hotel, where we were joined by a local choir and several artists. Lots of people did party pieces after the main event and a very enjoyable evening was had by all.

On Sunday the 25th we set off for home arriving in Rhayader around 6:30. Everyone was well satisfied after an excellent 4 days away.  


Ann Bufton & Eirwyn Williams The Chairman, Eirwyn Williams presenting a Welsh Crystal bowl to Mrs Ann Bufton in thanks for stepping in and playing the piano for the choir during the absence of our usual pianist Bethan Rees.