By ThePlayhouse at 15:11 on 28/02/13
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EXPERIENCE the unique sound of the world renowned Treorchy Male Choir from the Rhondda Valley, recognised as one of the greatest choral ensembles of all time.
Choirs have flourished in the Rhondda Valley for more than 150-years and nowhere has this been better represented than in Treorchy.
The unique Treorchy sound has been heard worldwide with regular radio broadcasts, television appearances, commercial recordings, two feature films and overseas tours including Canada, USA and Australia.
The Choir has also shared the stage with some of the world's greatest entertainers during its long and illustrious history including Sir Tom Jones, Dame Shirley Bassey, Ella Fitzgerald, Julie Andrews, Sir Harry Secombe, Burt Bacharach and a host of international stars.
The choir, a registered charity devoted to raising tens of thousands of pounds per year for worthwhile causes, remains bound together and united in the common purpose of the enjoyment of music making and of giving pleasure to others.
Now touring the UK, Treorchy Male Choir, visits The Playhouse in Weston-super-Mare for a night of entertainment not to be missed.
"The master choir of them all" , Sir Anthony Hopkins
The present Treorchy Male Choir was reformed on October 16, 1946, under the baton of John Haydn Davies, who led them on a realm of gold in the space of 20 years, transforming the raw musical recruits into an international institution.
They scaled the peaks of musical distinction in the eisteddfod field by gaining a record eight national wins, making a total of 22 first prizes out of 27 entries.
Treorchy was to become the first male choir to venture into the uncharted territory of popular music and subsequently the Choir has made almost 60 commercial recordings, making it probably the most recorded in the world.
In more recent years their radical attitude to music making included a ground-breaking album of music by Freddie Mercury and Queen, two recordings of music by Bob Marley and in complete contrast they became the first British choir to perform Sibelius' Kullervo Symphony in Finnish.
This group of amateur Welsh singers have even appeared either on stage, screen or in the recording studio with the likes of Dame Gwyneth Jones, Michael Ball, Bryn Terfel, Katherine Jenkins, Iris Williams, Max Boyce, Aled Jones, Charlotte Church, Ozzy Osbourne, Jon Bon Jovi, Sir Cliff Richard, Andrea Bocelli, Russell Watson and Il Divo.
Overseas visits have also played an important role in the on-going success story of Treorchy with an enviable number of overseas tours to Canada and the USA with visits to the White House and performances in San Francisco, Denver, Seattle and the Mid West.
Treorchy has also enjoyed an enduring love affair with Australia, becoming the first Welsh choir to appear at the Sydney Opera House in 1986, as well as taking New Zealand by storm in 2009.
Closer to home, the Choir has become a regular entertainer on the hallowed turf of the Millennium Stadium for various rugby international games, as well as opening the new Cardiff City Stadium.
Now audiences across the country can witness their wonderful harmonies for themselves.
"Treorchy Male Choir" will be at the Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare, on Saturday 2 March, at 7.30pm. Tickets priced £18, Concessions £16.50 are available on 01934 645 544 or online at http://tinyurl.com/ckzqxvr
Treorchy Male Choir
Date: Saturday, March 02, 2013