Choir to entertain Royal Windsor.

Next weekend The Rhayader and District Male Voice Choir are leaving for a four-day tour to Royal Windsor. During which time they will be visiting the famous Royal Castle where of course the two recent Royal Weddings have taken place this year. Also during their stay at Windsor, the Choir will be entertained to a trip on an amphibious boat known as a Duck on the nearby River Thames.

Their wives, partners, and several of their loyal supporters will accompany the Choir. Also accompanying the choir will be their President Mrs Alma Davies from Llanidloes. During the four days the Choir will spend in Royal Windsor, they will perform two concerts.  The first one in the large Ashford Baptist Church Ashford near Windsor on the Friday evening the 26th of October and the second concert will take place on Saturday the 27th of October in St Hilda’s Church Ashford near Windsor.

The Choir as usual will be under the Baton of their Musical Director Mr Jonathan Pearce and their Accompanist will be the talented Mrs Bethan Rees-Thomas.

This week Choir Chairman Mr Miah Lewis told our reporter that the choir had been
looking forward to this exciting visit to Royal Windsor for some time.




The Rhayader and District Mail Voice Choir recently held their Annual General Meeting which was well attended.
The Chairman, Mr Eirwyn Williams, opened the meeting and welcomed everyone.
In his annual report he thanked everyone concerned for the wonderful support he had received throughout the year, with special mention to the Musical Director, Mr Johnathan Pearce, and Accompanist, Bethan Rees. He also thanked the Officers of the Choir who had served with him on the committee throughout the year and also the Compares and Guest Artistes who had appeared with the Choir.
The Choir, once again, he said had been very active with various concerts, weddings and with other events throughout Mid-Wales and the border counties.
Highlight of the year had been the 4-day tour of Belgium and the choirs performance at the famous Menin Gate in Ypres where the Choir performed an appropriate tribute in the form of a Hymn entitled ‘100 Years from Passchendaele’. Written and composed by Adrian Jones and Bethan Rees, two members of the choir.
Several new members had joined the Choir during the year which as very encouraging and throughout the year the Choir had once again helped to raise many thousands of pounds for local and other charities.
Mr Adrian Jones, on behalf of the Music Committee, gave a very full and detailed report on the music the Choir would be singing this coming year.
2017 had been a very special year for the Choir during which they celebrated their 60th Anniversary since its formation in 1957. This had been celebrated by many events throughout the year concluding with a Grand Gala Dinner and the Metropole Hotel last October.
Mr Miah Lewis was appointed the Choirs new Chairman to succeed Mr Eirwyn Williams who was standing down as Chair after 10 years service to the Choir. The Vice-Chairman appointed was Mr Terry Pritchard.
The Choirs President, Mrs Evelyn Davies, was also standing down after many years in office and was appointed a Life Vice-President.
Mrs Alma Davies of Llanidloes was appointed the new President of the Choir.
The elections of offices for 2018 were as follows:

President - Mrs Alma Davies
Chairman - Mr Miah Lewis
Vice-Chairman - Mr Terry Pritchard
Treasurer - David Washington
Secretary - John Thomas
Musical Director - Johnathan Pearce
Accompanist - Bethan Rees
Librarian - Adrian Jones
Uniform Officer - Lynn Davies
Press Officer - Graham Benbow
Publicity & CD Sales - Henry Thomas & Graham Benbow
Choir Marshall - Colin Mills
The Choir are now looking forward to another busy year with several concerts and weddings already booked and the Choir are always keen to recruit new members to ensure its future success.
The Choir meet every Tuesday evening for rehearsals at 8pm in the Community Centre at Cwmdauddwr, Rhayader.

Report by Graham Benbow, Press Officer


At a recent Social Evening held at The Conservative Club in Llandrindod Wells
The Rhayader and District Male Voice Choir announced the release of their
latest CD Entitled “We Few From Hill And Vale”.  The Disk contains a number of
Sixteen Selected Male Voice Numbers including Traditional Songs of Male Choirs
Together with a selection of Popular “Songs From The Shows”. Also included is a
very moving number entitled “ 100 Years From Passchendaele.”   This Piece was
Written and Composed to music by two of the Choirs members namely—
Adrian Jones and  The Choirs talented accompanist Bethan Rees. It was written to
Commemorate The Battle of Passchendaele which took place 100 years ago
during The Great War, And was first performed by the Choir at the famous
Menen Gate in Ypres in Belgium which The Choir visited last November.

Also included in the Disk is a delightful PIANO duet by Bethan and Kaye Rees
(Mother and Daughter) Entitled-“  Wedding Day At Troldhaugen”.

The CD has been released to celebrate The Choirs 60th anniversary since it’s
formation back in 1957.

The Choir performs under the Baton of its Musical Director Johnathan Pearce
And it’s accompanist is Bethan Rees.

The CD is priced at £8-00 (Eight Pounds) And can be purchased by phoning The
Choir Chairman Mr Miah Lewis on (01597851259).

The Choir are next in concert at Hopton Castle (Bucknell) on Wednesday 4th July,
Commencing at 7-pm


Last weekend on Easter Sunday The Rhayader and District Male Voice Choir presented their annual charity concert to a full house at The Rhayader Leisure Centre. This year was a very special occasion as it is the year the choir celebrate their SIXTIETH anniversary since their formation in 1957.Many people travelled from far and wide to hear this popular choir perform on this very special occasion and we're not disappointed with the evenings entertainment. Throughout the evening the choir entertained the large audience under the baton of their new conductor Johnathon Pearce with a mixed programme of Traditional Male voice numbers together with a selection of popular spiritual songs for the occasion. 

The guest artiste for the evening was the popular soprano and rising star from  Pembrokeshire Jessica Robinson, who has recently been thrilling audiences throughout The World with her cultured soprano voice.   She certainly pleased the Rhayader audience with a combination of operatic and other well known favourite numbers.  An extra treat for the evening was the appearance of brother and sister Eifion and Eleri Davies from Rhayader itself. Aged only Thirteen Eifion has recently won the award for the best individual performer at the Young Farmer's clubs Entertainment competition with his talented performance of Drums medley. Eleri is only aged Eleven and thrilled the audience with her talented performance on the Piano. The accompanist for the whole evenings entertainment was the talented Bethan Rees who takes everything in her stride in accompanying both the choir and the artiste's. Compare for the evening was Heather Jones who never fails to please with her traditional humour and wit. Doormen for the evening were Edgar Price, Emrys Price, John Humphreys and Tudor Ingram. A special raffle was organised in the interval and carried out by the ladies of The Rhayader Cancer Research Team. Chairman of the Choir Mr Eirwyn Williams also announced that this year the total profits of the evening which a mounted to just over One Thousand Pounds (£1000-00) and a further one Hundred pounds (100-00) donated by Mr Miah Lewis (Choir Vice-Chairman) from his recent Eightieth Birthday. Would be donated to the local Prostrate Cancer (Wales).  The presentation was made on behalf of the choir by Mrs Alma Davies(Vice PResident) and was received by Mrs Liz Lewis Rhayader Cancer Research) on behalf of Prostrate Cancer (Wales) The evening concluded with supper being provided by The wives of the Choir Members and helpers.



Above: Presentation of the cheque of over (£1000.00 one Thousand Pounds) y Mrs Alma Davies (Vice President of the Choir) and Received by Mrs Liz Lewis of Rhayader Cancer Research and on behalf of Prostrate Cancer (Wales) together with the members of The Rhayader and District Male Voice Choir, their Conductor Mr Jonathon Pearce and Accompanist Bethan Rees.



This year the Rhayader and District Male Voice Choir are celebrating their 60th Anniversary since the Choir’s formation as a male voice choir back in 1957.

Throughout the year the Choir have been participating in several events leading up to the end of October when the Choir will conclude with a short tour to Ypres in Belgium and a performance at the Menin Gate.

It all started back in April on Easter Sunday when the Choir presented a Grand Gala Concert at the Rhayader Leisure Centre which was attended by a large audience.  

In June the Choir were honoured to perform at the Ladies British International Bowling Tournament held at Llandrindod Wells. 

More recently the Choir arranged and hosted a six choir Gala Concert for all the Male Voice Choirs in Breconshire and Radnorshire held in the Morganwg Hall at the Royal Welsh Show Ground at Llanelwedd and which was attended by a very large audience.

Throughout the year the Choir have continued to complete their domestic concerts throughout Mid-Wales and the Border Counties together with a series of summer concerts at the Glen Usk Hotel in Llandrindod Wells.

On October 7th the Choir will hold a Grand Celebration Banquet at the Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod which will be attended by all Choir Members, Partners and as many Ex-Members who have served the Choir since its formation back in 1957 as can make it. 

The highlight of the year’s celebrations will come at the end of October when the Choir will engage in a short tour of Belgium.

During this tour the Choir will be honoured to sing at the famous Menin Gate in Ypres which will co-inside with the famous Last Post Ceremony which is held every evening of the year.

This year is of special significance as it commemorates 100 years since the end of the 1914 – 1918 Great War.

To honour this special occasion the Choir will perform a particular song appropriate for the event and written and composed by two of its own members. The song is entitled ‘100 Years from Passchendale’. This has been written by its Music Committee Chairman, Mr Adrian Jones, and composed to music by its talented Accompanist, Bethan Rees.

To commemorate this special year in the Choir’s history the Choir have also produced a special 18 page glossy souvenir brochure which includes a number of photographs of the Choir down through the 6 decades and also A Brief History of the Choir researched by former Chairman and present Press Officer, Graham Benbow. Leading up to the end of the year the Choir are involved in several concerts throughout the County and during December will be visiting several of the local Nursing Homes to entertain the residents, concluding on December 23rd with a Grand Gala Concert in the Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Well in entertaining the many visitors who spend Christmas in Mid-Wales.

It can only be hoped that it will be another 60 years that this famous little male voice choir will continue to entertain audiences throughout Mid-Wales, the Borders and further afield.

Report by Graham Benbow, Press Officer


At the recent woman's British International Bowling Festival held at Llandrindod Wells the respective team members of each country together with their officials and supporters were entertained by the Rhayader and District Male Voice Choir to a selection of traditional Welsh Male Voice singing including a number of songs popular throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland. The selection of music was well Received by everyone present prior to the traditional opening ceremony of the event.

During the opening Ceremony itself the five participating nations including Wales, Scotland, England, Ireland and the Channel Islands were welcomed on to the Rinks by a Rousing Rendition of their Respective National Anthems by The Rhayader Choir and which was enthusiastically Received by the large crowd.

The Choir were later thanked by the respective team officials for the support they had given the event commenting that they had not Received such a welcome at previous International Tournaments as they had here in Mid-Wales.

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.










Local school girl Eleri Davies, who played the piano at our Annual Easter concert, has recently competed at the National Eisteddfod in Bridgend, having got to the finals where she came a creditable third. A big congratulations from Rhayader & District Male Choir.


At their last weeks rehersal the members of The Rhayader and District Male Voice Choir stood in silent tribute to honour those who lost their lives and the injured in the aftermath of the recent bomb disaster at the Manchester Arena. It was only a few years ago that the Choir themselves performed at the same Arena in Manchester on the occasion of the festival of 1000 voices. It was therefore felt a poignant and heartfelt act to remember all those who had lost their lives and the injured in this tragic and senseless disaster.

The Vice-Chairman of the Choir, Mr Miah Lewis, this week told our reporter that all our thoughts and prayers were with the city of Manchester and in particular the families of those who died and the injured survivors.