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Canoldir Male Voice Choir

Canoldir Male Voice Choir

Canoldir Male Voice Choir


Canoldir Male Choir are a Premier Choir based in Birmingham formed in 1966 when a small group of Welsh exiles and some English friends decided to establish a male voice choir. The name CANOLDIR is Welsh for 'the Middle Land'; our crest shows the Dragon of Wales and the Lion of England and we are very proud of this joint heritage both in our membership and in our musical repertoire. The choir has a proud history which spans more than 45 years, during which we have performed in many prestigious events and venues both in the UK and abroad. Read more on Last.fm
Canoldir Male Choir are a Premier Choir based in Birmingham formed in 1966 when a small group of Welsh exiles and some English friends decided to establish a male voice choir. The name CANOLDIR is Welsh for 'the Middle Land'; our crest shows the Dragon of Wales and the Lion of England and we are very proud of this joint heritage both in our membership and in our musical repertoire. The choir has a proud history which spans more than 45 years, during which we have performed in many prestigious events and venues both in the UK and abroad. We continue to work to raise money for charities through our concerts and also make it a priority to encourage the musical youth of Birmingham by giving them a platform from which to showcase thier talents. As such many of our concerts include talented young musicians and singers from local schools and also up and coming stars from The Birmingham Conservatoire. We perform our annual concert at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham and over the years have worked with guest artists including Bryn Terfel, The Opera Babes, Aled Jones and Elin Manahan Thomas. In 1966, a St. David’s Day celebration at Birmingham Welsh Rugby Club inspired a group of Welsh exiles together with some English comrades to form a choir.

They decided that the Choir would be called ‘Canoldir’, because the name translates from Welsh as ‘Middle Land’. One of the group, D. Clive Griffiths, was asked to be Musical Director, and he has been the Choir’s inspiration ever since We started to rehearse in the Birmingham Welsh Rugby Clubhouse: a wooden structure with, here and there, daylight streaming through slits in the wall planking, which tended to make the piano damp, so that the "action " had to be removed and dried out over a radiator before it could be played. About two dozen men and a lady pianist assembled. The conductor, pianist and a brass player were musicians; a few of the choristers had previous musical experience, others were raw material.

But the bar was open, throats could be 'oiled' at half time break; hot dogs cooked to order, all producing a warm welcoming reception for newcomers, and creating a bond of brotherhood. We had gathered together because we loved to sing and that was the thing; the rest followed naturally, and with the aid and hard work of good men and women off stage, it still continues. Canoldir still cherishes the Welshness of its origins, although the original membership has now been augmented by choristers from all parts of the UK and beyond, and the magical blend of these voices has given the choir its own unique sound. We continue to produce new recordings to join our impressive collection of CDs. Our recordings are on sale at concert venues and via this website. We took part in the interval entertainment of the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest, and in 2000 we were proud participants in the London Welsh Millenium Festival at the Royal Albert Hall. An enjoyable Spring Bank Holiday in 2001 was spent in Normandy and tribute was paid to the fallen at Cimetiere Americain, Omaha Beach, the United States war cemetery. Also in 2001 we sang the National Anthems at the Ryder Cup. In 2006 Canoldir won the prestigious Jenner Trophy awarded for the best individual item at the Jersey International Music Festival. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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