About the Choir
Pontnewyd Male Choir was founded in 1904 in the Bush Inn Upper Cwmbran by men working in the local industries of coal, steel and on the railway. They were bound together to sing and enjoy music.
Today it still attracts local men who wish to sing for pleasure and benefit from long lasting friendships.
In 1918, it moved to Pontnewydd Mission Hall to practice and has been associated with Pontnewydd since this date.
By 1924, it has become so recognised for the quality of its singing it was invited to the Royal Albert Hall and has been making regular visits to take part in concerts ever since. In 1930, the choir changed its name to the Pontnewydd United Male Voice Party. It has been in continuous existence through two dark World Wars economic depression, social upheaval and recession.
By 1972, it changed again to be known as Pontnewydd Male Choir, a name now known well in many parts of Europe. It has performed every year in many UK venues in mass choir concerts and special events.
As a registered charity the choir has raised thousands of pounds for worthy causes both locally and nationally. Charities and good causes are encouraged to contact the choir to seek our support in the form of a concert to help raise funds.
The choir has also benefitted from various international tours singing in many prestigious events and in concert with foreign choirs. The choir has toured extensively in Europe and Canada. It has more tours planned in the future.
The choir has recently returned from a very successful tour of Normandy to commemorate both World War One and Two.
The choir also attracts other choirs who wish to sing alongside us. Many joint concerts have been performed across the UK. These help form strong long lasting friendships through music.
Since 1904 the choir has always attracted outstanding musical directors. It has only has four since 1904. The present Musical Director, Pauline Carey follows in esteemed footsteps. She is determined to lead the choir with flair, innovation and enthusiasm. She has great plans for the choir to take it forwards in all aspects. She is supported by a music team, Keith Jones assistant conductor and Annette Williams, pianist. Pauline and her team demand high standards of performance from everyone in the choir. She is determined to be the best of the best.