Gwyn Roberts

Gwyn Roberts

Album Cover

Album Cover

2000…

Gwyn Roberts, a founder member of the reformed Cor Meibion Colwyn in 1972, was appointed as Musical Director in 2000. Under his direction the choir has developed close connections with the local community as well as undertaking a range of concert tours in England, Ireland and Spain.

In 2001, we had a very successful tour of the Lake District, culminating in a concert at St Johns Church Keswick. We have built up links with Bands in Lancashire and choirs in Yorkshire and have undertaken a number of short tours. We have also undertaken a range of commercial bookings and conference concerts for a wide range of organisations, including an International event at the Leeds Armoury Museum.

A new CD was recorded in 2003 called ‘O Gymru’ (O Wales), featuring 17 songs from the choirs repertoire, and is available to buy directly from the choir.

The choir went on a tour of Catalunya, Spain in 2004 singing in Barcelona, Bescano, Roses and Castello d`Epuries. Special highlights of the 2004 were a concert with the Preludi Ladies Choir in Bescano near Girona and in Barcelona in the Sant Pere de Pel-les Church in the old Gothic quarter of Barcelona, close to Las Ramblas and in the centre of Barcelona.

In 2005 we were the only UK based choir to be invited to sing at the International Festival of Male Voice Choirs in Barcelona.

Later in the concert we were joined on stage by the Cor Santa Lucia from the Basque Region of Spain and the Spevacky Slovak Teacher’s choir from Slovakia.

Special highlights of the tour included :

  • Concert at The Palau de la Musica Catalana in the centre of Barcelona
  • Concert at the World Heritage abbey in Montserrat
  • A number of concerts were given also in neighbouring towns and we also visited and sampled the Cordoniu Cava vineyard
  • Filming for two Catalan TV programmes

This is the finale of our concert in this wonderful concert hall, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Centre in 1997. The Palau de la Musica was designed by Lluis Domenech I Montaner and completed in 1908 and hosts concerts to over 500,000 concert goers a year.

In 2006 we had a very successful tour of the Lake District with a concert in Keswick, gave a concert in Venue Cymru (1400 seat North Wales theatre). Other highlights included recording for Italian TV and BBC Wales TV, as well as Joint concerts in the Rhyl Pavilion Theatre. Also in 2006 we sang at Y Faenol, near Bangor .. the venue made famous by the series of concerts given by Bryn Terfel and international guest artists.

In December 2006, we invited the Preludi Ladies Choir to return to sing to with us in Old Colwyn.

The choir at the 11th century Basilica Church at Castello d'Empuries

The choir at the 11th century Basilica Church at Castello d'Empuries

After our concert at the Palau de la Musica Catalana in central Barcelona

After our concert at the Palau de la Musica Catalana in central Barcelona

Standing ovation for the concert at the Palau de la Musica Catalan

Standing ovation for the concert at the Palau de la Musica Catalan

Relaxing after singing at Y Faenol, Bangor

Relaxing after singing at Y Faenol, Bangor

Cor Meibion Colwyn and Cor Preludi at St John's Church, Old Colwyn

Cor Meibion Colwyn and Cor Preludi at St John's Church, Old Colwyn

Joint Concert with the Burry Port Band at St John’s Church Llandudno

On Saturday the 5th of August the choir had the pleasure of being part of a joint concert with the renowned Burry Port Town Band from South Wales. This band has an outstanding pedigree and showed this to be the … Read More

Our next outing is for the Male Voice Choir Competition at the National Eisteddfod in Anglesey

Having already competed in the entertainment competition for choirs above 20 in number on Sunday at this years National Eisteddfod in Bodedern in Anglesey, not in the top three of 18 choirs but having thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We now prepare … 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