RHUTHUN & DISTRICT CHOIR
Cor Rhuthun a’r Cylch was one of the first of a new generation of choirs which challenged the superiority of the male choir tradition in Wales. The new mixed choirs tended to have younger members and a fresh approach to their repertoire.
In 1980 Morfydd Vaughan Evans brought a group of girls together to form a singing party to compete in the Urdd Eisteddfod in Abergele. Soon after its success, Morfydd decided to bring on the boys, and in 1981 Côr Aelwyd Rhuthun – later to become Côr Ieuenctid Rhuthun (Rhuthun Youth Choir) and then Côr Rhuthun a’r Cylch (Rhuthun and District Choir) – was born under Morfydd’s leadership with Beryl Lloyd Roberts as the accompanist.
The choir has won the main competition for mixed choirs in the National Eisteddfod six times. In 1996 it won the third prize in the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen, and in 2006 brought home the first prize in the Choral International Festival in Sligo, Ireland. There have been many appearances on television and radio over the years, as well as the release of 7 recordings and CDs.
One of the choir’s great assets is that it had amongst its members one Robat Arwyn, who is now one of Wales’ leading choral composers, and who took over the baton after Morfydd Vaughan Evans passed away. Two of the choir’s most notable recordings were of Robat Arwyn’s song cycles “Atgof o’r Ser” (with Bryn Terfel and Fflur Wyn) and “Er Hwylio’r Haul”.
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