Try machine Tom James returns to take his place on the wing as Cardiff Blues face Zebre Rugby in the opening game of the Guinness PRO12 season at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday afternoon (kick-off 2.30pm).
The Choir was formed in 2006 from rugby fans of all ages, singing abilities and walks of life from the Cardiff Blues rugby region for the purpose of a Welsh television series, Codi Canu, produced by the Welsh channel 4, S4C.
The concept of the series was to promote singing on rugby terraces across Wales. Whilst many members had never sung in a choir before the experience was so positive that when the series ended in 2008 the Cardiff Blues Choir continued to grow, attracting new members and developing its repertoire, singing on the Maes at the National Eisteddfod, in local Eisteddfodau, community events and at International and Regional rugby matches under the leadership of dedicated Musical Directors. The choir rehearses weekly under the musical direction of Richard Vaughan and assistant musical director / accompanist Rhiannon Pritchard which has ensured the choirs continued development and has seen our repertoire become more diverse and challenging.
It includes classical and contemporary songs in many languages (including Welsh, English, Latin, French, African, Spanish and Maori). The choir currently has over 100 members with membership open to all regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, with no requirement to have sung in a choir before. The choir is funded by members' subscriptions and this is used to pay for equipment, rehearsal venues, fees for musical directors and pianists, travelling to events and maintaining a music library.
The choir won first place in the mixed choir class at the North Wales Choral Festival in Llandudno in 2007 and second prize in 2009, and in between the choir won second place at the Pontrhydfendigaid Eisteddfod in May 2008, whilst securing third place at the Cardigan Eisteddfod in 2010. In November 2011 the choir again won first in the mixed choir class at the North Wales Choral Festival. Most recently the choir competed at the prestigious Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts, in May 2012, winning the Mixed Choir class against very good competition.
We are committed to giving something back to the wider community and in addition to performances at many public events we also raise monies for charitable causes. In the last few years, for example, we held a concert raising over £1100 for a charity supporting children with arthritis; performed at the SWALEC stadium at a charity dinner raising funds to support families and children with learning difficulties. We have held Christmas Concerts with Shân Cothi (Phantom of The Opera etc) as a special guest, and raised £1128 and £1600 for a local cancer charity. In 2010 and again in 2011 the Christmas concert raised c £1600 in aid of Ty Hafan childrens hospice. In May 2012 the choir performed a concert in aid of The British Lung Foundation helping to raise over £1500. Most recently in September we performed a concert in aid of CRY (Cardiac Risk in The Young).
This is at the very heart of the choir and also our affiliation to the Cardiff Blues. We regularly sing at home and away games and have performed at away matches at Harlequins and Newcastle Falcons where we were very well received by the home supporters who were singing along with songs they recognised with great enthusiasm. We actively seek to foster links with English Premiership Clubs and to add to the atmosphere and occasion of cross border matches. We have performed formally, at The Wales v England match in August 2011 at The Millennium Stadium, The ERC Amlin Cup Final in 2011 in Cardiff, at Twickenham at the EDF Cup Final in 2009 which was also very well received, on that occasion we also arranged for a Gloucester Choir to perform alongside Cor y Gleision. We are also invited to perform in venues around Cardiff on international match days, including the wales Millennium Centre, restaurants and 'hostelries'!
The Choir may be Contacted by email on email@example.com.
Cor y Gleision
Narrative CV June 2012