About Us

Internationally renowned, this premier Welsh Choir has performed in many European countries including Norway, Germany, France, Poland and Estonia; and has twice toured Canada.

In the UK the Choir has appeared in such prestigious concert venues as; The Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, De Monfort Hall Leicester and The Millennium Centre and St David’s Hall both in Cardiff.

The Choir has also performed in some notable religious venues including; York Minster, Bradford Cathedral, Selby Abbey, Doncaster Minster and St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. The Choir is also proud to have sung in its three seats of political power; the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the Palace of Westminster in London and the home of the Welsh Government the Senedd in Cardiff. Making its first visit to Jersey in 2013 the Choir gave a Grand Charity Gala Evening in the island’s magnificent Opera House.

The choir rehearses in the Choral Suite at the Greenacre Motel, North Cornelly each Monday and Thursday evenings. Visitors who would like to come along between 7.30pm and 9pm to see the choir at work, in the preparation of their music, will be assured of a very warm welcome.

Chairman – Paul Burnell
Secretary – Tony Ulberini
Treasurer – Gwyn Hodges
Vice Chairman – Terry Thomas
Assistant Secretary – David Wanklyn
General Committee – Duncan Matthews, Tony Evans, Clive Langdon, Steve Reece, Dennis Keogh

Weddings

We are available to perform at weddings and civil partnerships. The choir have performed at prestigious venues all over Wales and the UK, as well as more intimate spaces.

We enjoy performing at a range of events and have worked on smaller weddings directly with private clients, as well as high-end VIP/confidential weddings and events, and are happy to perform at traditional religious weddings and non-traditional ceremonies/events.

If you would like to discuss Kenfig Hill & District Male Voice Choir performing for your big day please contact us!

Important note – we do not perform at funerals.

History

Founded originally in 1890, disbanded in 1949, the Choir was re-formed in Dec 1971.

Choral singing in Kenfig Hill can be traced back as far as 1890 when the Kenfig Hill Male Voice Party won competitions from as far as the lovely Vale of Glamorgan to the distant coastal town of Swansea. Since those days, many choirs under the Kenfig Hill banner have come and gone. The predecessor to the present choir was forced to disband through lack of public support in 1949.

For more than 20 years the male choral vacuum remained unfilled, until in December 1971 a small band of hopefuls from the village met at the local rugby club and formed the present choir. It started life with just 18 members and has since grown to over 70.

OUR MUSICAL TEAM

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Rhian Jenkins
(Musical Director)

Rhian took over the Musical Director role in October 2019. She was born in Bridgend and is a graduate of the Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she won the coveted John Ireland Piano Prize.

Rhian is Head of Music at Pencoed Comprehensive School, having previously been Head of Music at Maesteg Comprehensive.

Rhian is very much at home conducting Male Voice Choirs, children’s choirs, mixed choirs and massed choirs. She is also a accomplished accompanist and is in great demand with opera singers and choirs alike.

The Choir feel that we are very lucky to have a musician of such great calibre.

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Alex Jenkins
(Accompanist)

Hailing from Maesteg, Alex studied at the university of Nottingham in September 2011. In July 2010 he graduated with a BA(Hons) in music – also from the University of Nottingham – achieving a 2:1.

As part of his MA programme he performed an hour-long solo recital, playing pieces of FRSM standard. Alex also trained with Simon Lepper at the Royal College of Music.

He is a professional staff accompanist at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and works with singers and instrumentalists for auditions and masterclasses all over the UK.

JOIN THE CHOIR

“Friendship Through Singing”

We are a group of men from all walks of life with a love of singing, and always look to welcome new members to share our joy of singing through our concerts, rehearsals, social events and tours.

Our rehearsals:

Rehearsals take place each Monday & Thursday evening from 7.00pm to 9.00pm in the choral suite, Greenacres Motel, North Cornelly CF33 4LH.

If you are interested in joining the choir, or just wish to ‘sit-in’ at one of our practices (to check us out), please contact us using one of the methods below, or come along before rehearsals begin (around 7.00pm) and make yourself known – you will receive a warm welcome!