Cardiff Arms Park Male Choir
Cardiff Arms Park Choir
The Cardiff Arms Park Male Choir already have an enviable reputation, having performed with stars as varied as Charlottle Church, Hayley Westenra, Max Boyce, Peter Karrie, Ant & Dec and Goldie Lookin’ Chain, and in venues as prestigious as the Royal Albert Hall, the Millennium Stadium and, of course, Cardiff Arms Park itself. They have even sung live on BBC’s Grandstand. They have travelled extensively, including tours to Poland, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Scotland, France, Germany and the Czech Republic.
If you want to be a part of our future, then why not get in touch! We offer a warm welcome to all male singers, no matter what their age or experience, at our rehearsals on Monday and Thursday nights, 7.30pm – 9.30pm in Cardiff Rugby Club
Choir History: 1966 – 1985
On the first of September 1966, following Cardiff RFC’s 35-0 defeat of Cardiff & District, a group of supporters came up with the idea of forming a choir to improve the standard of after-match singing. The Cardiff Athletic Male Voice Choir first met on the following Monday, 5th September, in the old Skittle Alley at the Rugby Club, and still rehearses at the club on a Monday night. There were twenty-five members present for the first meeting, one of whom still sings with the choir today, Vice President Ray Rees.
The choir made their first TV appearance within weeks of being formed, welcoming the Australian Rugby Team to Wales.
If you have any information about what the choir got up to between 1966 and 1984, please let us know!!
In October 1984, the choir took part in the ninth London Welsh Festival of 1,000 voices at the Royal Albert Hall.
Choir History: 1986 – 2005
In October 1986, the choir made a return journey to the Royal Albert Hall, London, for the tenth London Welsh Festival of 1,000 Voices.
The choir travelled to Scotland in February 1993, and gave a charity concert at Blair Gowrie. Later that year, they participated in the World Choir at the National Stadium in Cardiff.
The choir’s inaugural Annual Concert took place in November 1994, and was followed closely by a trip to Swindon to take part in a multi-choir concert hosted by Swindon Male Voice Choir.
Thirty years of the choir were celebrated with a concert on 2nd May 1997.
1998 was a busy year, with a trip to Ireland in March, which included a concert with Kilkenny Youth Choir in St Candice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny, and a massed choir event in a dome tent on the Arms Park in June, with soloists including a young Charlotte Church.
In 1999, the choir performed with the Elgin Choral Union from the USA in June. Later in the year, the Rugby World Cup was held in Wales, and this was a particularly busy time for the choir, with filming for the BBC, Sky Sports, New Zealand and Australian television, as well as many concerts and events for visiting supporters.
In September 2000 the choir changed its name to become the Cardiff Arms Park Male Choir, helping to raise the profile of the choir and perpetuate the name of the Arms Park. One of the highlights of that year was hosting the Welsh Male Voice Choir of South Africa in a concert at St James’ Church on the 3rd November.
In 2002 the choir sang live on BBC’s Grandstand during the Six Nations, and sang on the pitch of the Millennium Stadium before Wales beat Fiji in the Autumn internationals. They also hosted the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir and gave their Annual Concert at Llandaff Cathedral with Peter Karrie, the Wessex Male Choir and the Llanishen Fach Primary School choir.
The Welsh team performed well at the 2003 Rugby World Cyup, and the choir met them at their Hensol base to welcome them home. Earlier in the year, the choir had performed with Max Boyce at a St David’s Day dinner.
In 2004 the choir opened the Macdonald Holland House Hotel on Newport Road, Cardiff, sang for over 5,000 people at the Millennium Stadium and once more performed at the the Royal Albert Hall. The highlights of the year, however, were the two tours undertaken in May. The first was to the Czech Republic, with concerts in Plzen and Karlstejn Castle, whilst the second (only eight days later) was to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Male Choir of Brittany in Pleyben, France.