To listen to the singing of a genuine Welsh choir is a unique and moving experience.
Welsh Male Voice Choir
The famous Welsh Male Voice Choirs were born of the community spirit forged in the coal mines and ironworks of the South Wales Valleys. These choirs are as active today as the day they were formed. Most choirs welcome visitors to drop-in on rehearsals, which are often as stirring and enjoyable as a full-scale concert, but with the added interest of discovering what goes on behind the scenes.
Here are some of the top Male Voice Choirs in Swansea Bay:
Swansea Male Voice Choir
Regarded as one of the area's top choirs, Swansea Male Voice Choir have performed across the UK and internationally. You can reserve tickets for most of their performances at Swansea Tourist Information Centre on Plymouth Street (opposite the Quadrant Bus Station).
Contact: Robert Davies, Secretary, Mob: 0777 3348198 or www.swanseamalechoir.co.uk
Dunvant Male Choir
Representing the best in traditional and modern choral music, Dunvant Male Choir is the largest and oldest in Wales. Having won many competitions in Wales, it now concentrates on performing all over the world, making itself available to charities and festivals that demand top class performances. Usually rehearsing on Monday and Thursday evenings in Gowerton, Swansea.
Contact: Mr Clive Wilson on 01792 428626 or www.dunvantchoir.org
Morriston Orpheus Choir
The Choir enjoys an international reputation as a leading exponent of male choral singing and regularly undertakes concert tours in the UK and overseas. It also features regularly on TV and on various radio programmes. Usually rehearsing Wednesday and Sunday evenings in Morriston, Swansea.
Contact: Roy Pugh tel: 01639 772370 or www.morristonorpheus.com
Morriston Phoenix Choir
Formed in 2007, we are a Welsh male voice choir - with a difference. Not only do we sing the traditional hymns and songs - Cwm Rhondda, Myfanwy, Gwahoddiad but also a wide range of famous modern songs. Rehearsals 7pm Wednesday and Saturday in Penlan Methodist Church, Penlan, Swansea.
Contact: Mr John Betts, Secretary tel: 01792 419714or http://thephoenixchoir.com
Morriston RFC Male Voice Choir
Founded by members of the Rugby Club 1978, it has grown to become one of the premier Welsh male choirs. We sing a wide range of music for charity in Wales and throughout the UK. Practice nights are Wednesday and Friday in Seion Newydd, Morriston.
Contact: Layton Watkins, Secretary tel: 01639 637932 or www.morristonrfcmalechoir.org
Pontarddulais Male Voice Choir
One of the most successful competitive choirs in Wales, the Pontarddulais Male Choir - Côr Meibion Pontarddulais is also internationally renowned, having appeared in many parts of Europe as well as Canada and the United States. Usually rehearsing on Monday and Wednesday evenings in Pontarddulais.
Contact: 01792 865070 or 01792 884279 or www.pontarddulaismalechoir.com
The Gwalias were founded in 1966 and quickly gained the reputation of being a small, successful choir with a strong sense of 'belonging'. Rehearsals currently held every Tuesday evening at 7:15pm at the Swansea Yacht and Sub-Aqua Club in the Marina.
Contact: Alan Clewett, Secretary 01792 203392 or www.gwalia-swansea.co.uk
Belmont Male Singers
Founded about 40 years ago by Brian Morris, they have a distinctive sound due to the repertoire being mostly in three part harmony. The Choir has about 40 members and is based at St John's Church Odo Street Swansea. Practices take place twice weekly on Tuesday and Thursday from 18:30 to 20:30. Anyone interested is welcome.
Contact: Peter Evans 01792 874918 or email firstname.lastname@example.org