Côr Meibion Colwyn was amongst the sporting stars at the pre-match warm up for the Wales V Argentina game at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.On Saturday the 16th November they joined two other choirs to make 138 male voice choristers in unison on the hallowed turf. With the Welsh Guards Band the choir performed a number of traditional Rugby songs to entertain the 46,000 crowd, including Cwm Rhondda and Delilah, to rouse the supporters. Also the two National Anthems of Argentina and Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau before the match commenced. The later anthem with most of the stadium singing was overwhelming; it surely even brought a tear to the eye of the Mascot Billy the Goat.
“It was not only a great honour to be asked to perform at the match but something that I will never forget as long as I live” said Bradley Jones who at 15 is one of the youngest members of the choir. Steve Loughborough, another member of the choir said “It’s a great honour for the area that we were invited and as a Yorkshire man I never dreamt I would enjoy Welsh rugby so much”
The Choir were invited to perform in part due to the recognition of the work they have done to support the U20 International Rugby matches with pre-match entertainment at Parc Eirias in Colwyn Bay, which is the home of the Welsh under 20’s squad. We now look forward to further opportunities to perform in next year’s Home Internationals at Parc Eirias and possibly the opportunity to sing at both venues in the future.
“The choir has recently grown in reputation as well as numbers so we are very proud to be invited to represent North Wales at such a prestigious event. The hard work by all the choir members is starting to pay off and the look of pride on their faces as they stepped onto the pitch as a North Wales choir made all the effort worthwhile”, said Aled Wyn Edwards Musical Director of the choir.
It was an honour to share the occasion with Côr Bro Aled and Côr Dyffryn Aman whom will have enjoyed the occasion just as much as we did.
At 56 members, the choir was the largest of the three choirs performing at the match and with ages ranging from 15 to 86. The choir it attracts and welcomes experienced choristers as well as novice members from the community and surrounding towns to join. This event demonstrates the rich rewards that can be gained from being a member of the choir.