Gwilym Davies

Gwilym Davies

Neville Owen

Neville Owen

Jefferson Thomas

Jefferson Thomas

1972 – 1986

The present Côr Meibion Colwyn was formed in November 1972 when a group of sixteen former members of the Old Colwyn Aelwyd (i.e. youth) Choir joined together with Gwilym Davies as their conductor.

Once established the choir took part in local concerts raising funds not only for themselves but also for local and national charities. With increasing popularity, and a rapidly expanding repertoire, the choir decided to raise funds for the provision of uniforms and started entering in choral competitions. The choir was noted for its good balance of voices, and steadily gained reputation as one of the leading choirs in North Wales.

Sadly in November 1975 Gwilym Davies passed away and the choir baton was taken up by Neville Owen, at that time a music master at Prestatyn High School. Under his leadership the choir grew in stature and gained many notable awards at competitions.

In 1976 the choir won the Class ‘C’, under 40 voices, competition in the Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales in Cardigan. The National Eisteddfod is held annually and is the major music and arts festival in Wales with audiences of over 100,000. In 1979 the choir membership grew to over 100 and the choir won the premier Class ‘A’ (more than 60 voices) in the National Eisteddfod at Caernarfon. Travelling overseas for the first time in 1979 to Ireland it returned home having won first prize in the Male Voice competition in the Cork International Music Festival.

Concluding a successful year it also took first prizes in the Vale of Conwy Eisteddfod and the local Colwyn Eisteddfod. In March 1980 it had the honour of taking part as the special invitation choir at the St David’s Day Festival in the Royal Albert Hall in London. After the 1980 concert the choir has sung at the Royal Albert Hall a number of times with other choirs in the Thousand Male Voice concerts. However, nothing can compare with the invitation to sing as the single guest choir in 1980.

An early choir line-up in 1972

An early choir line-up in 1972

The choir's winning performance at Cardigan National Eisteddfod, 1976

The choir's winning performance at Cardigan National Eisteddfod, 1976

Another winning performance at Caernarfon National Eisteddfod, 1979

Another winning performance at Caernarfon National Eisteddfod, 1979

The choir on tour in Germany

The choir on tour in Germany

The choir closed the year with these events in December.

The month of December was both an enjoyable and emotional month of events for Colwyn choir. It began on Sunday the 8th with the Llandudno Lifeboat’s Annual Carol service held in the boathouse itself. The event was supported with a … Read More

Rehearsals and concerts suspended for now due to Covid – 19

Unfortunately due to the difficult situation we find ourselves at this time the choir in line with government advice has suspended all rehearsal and concerts for the immediate future. Unfortunately event organisers have had to make the difficult decision to … Read More

Simplicity

The choir rehearses each Sunday and Wednesday evening between 7.30 pm and 9.00 pm at the Old Colwyn Community Centre behind the Plough Inn on the main street. If you have a genuine interest in choral singing then you are more than welcome to come along and meet us ... Read More