History

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We are trying to identify the members of the Newport Male Voice Choir in this picture. It was taken about 50 years ago on the steps of the Civic Centre, Newport. If you can identify anyone in this picture please call our Vice Chairman Peter Cox on 07900 316778.

Please help us identify the past members in this photo
Please help us identify the past members in this photo

 

Established in 1943 as a means of relieving the tensions of the latter war years, Newport Male Voice Choir started with a membership of 25, with rehearsals in the front room of a house in Colne Street, Newport, under the direction of singing teacher Agnes White, the choirs first Musical Director.

After the end of the war, membership increased and the Choir made rapid progress in fulfilling BBC radio engagements, competing at Eisteddfodau and giving public concerts.

We participated in many music festivals and represented Wales in the “Four Countries” recording at the Reading Music Festival.

Successful European Tours followed and on, and on  one occasion a concert was held in the  British Embassy Paris, Newport being the first choir to achieve this Honour.

On several occasions we performed at The Royal Albert Hall as part of the “1000 Voice Choir”. We performed during the UK visit of the Japanese Emperor at Cardiff Castle and, with the arrival of the 2nd Millennium, have seen successful tours to Canada and Germany and together with other members of the Welsh Association Of Male Voice Choirs, performed with many world renowned soloists at Remembrance and Commemorative Services at Cardiff Castle’s Coopers Fields, St David’s Hall and Oxfords Sheldonian Theatre.

Right up to date with a Concert at St David’s Hall, with eleven other choirs, singing to a packed house where the beneficiaries of that particular concert were the SADS Charity (Sudden Adult Death Syndrome).

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