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Preview: Anglo-Welsh Festival of Male Voice Choirs, St David’s Hall, Cardiff

More than 400 choristers will perform at St David’s Hall, Cardiff, on Saturday as part of the Anglo-Welsh Festival of Male Choirs.

The concerts take place every two years, with performances in Cardiff and Birmingham.

They are organised jointly by the Cardiff Arms Park Male Choir and Midlands-based Canoldir.

Other Welsh choirs taking part include Dowlais, Bridgend, Mynyddislwyn, Penybontfawr and Pontarddulais, who have won first place at the Royal National Eisteddfod 15 times. English choirs include Oxford Welsh, Canoldir and Biddulph.

They will be accompanied by the Anglo-Welsh Orchestra and the Arms Park accompanist Jo Scullin.

Also taking part are Llanishen Fach Primary School Choir from Cardiff and renowned violinist Jamie Hutchinson, who is originally from Tenby but is now based in London.

The Arms Park Choir has a longstanding association with Llanishen Fach and  musical director David Last helps the pupils with their practice sessions.

The Arms Park Choir was formed more than 40 years ago to improve the singing at Cardiff rugby matches, and has doubled in numbers over the past few  years

Choir chairman Steve Gunning said: “We are always looking for more singers. Members range in age from the early 20s and come not only from Cardiff but from all over south-east Wales.

“No experience is necessary and you do not need to be able to read music. There is no formal audition.”

The choir sings all sorts of music at a wide range of events – from weddings to charity functions and rugby matches – and has performed with artists such as Hayley Westenra, Charlotte Church and Max Boyce, as well as backing rock band Foreigner at St David’s Hall.

They also appeared live on Grandstand and sang on the BBC series Strictly Come Dancing.

Rehearsals are on Mondays and Thursdays at Cardiff Rugby Club between 7.30pm and 9.30pm. For more information visit www.cardiffarmsparkmalechoir.co.uk


The Anglo-Welsh Festival of Male Voice Choirs is at St David’s Hall, Cardiff, on Saturday at 7pm. For tickets, call 029 2087 8444 or visit www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk

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