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Côr Merched Tybie at the Conference

In June 2014, the Wales Millennium Centre resonated with live music performances given by Tŷ Cerdd Society members, who travelled to Cardiff Bay for the inaugural Tŷ Cerdd conference. Cor Merched Tybie. web

The conference provided a platform for members to participate and enjoy practical workshops, illustrated talks and seminars. The sessions were presented by experts in their field, such as Paul Mealor – Contemporary Choral Music, Kate Woolveridge – Vocal Workshop, Adrian Partington – Come & Sing Haydn’s Creation and Howard Snell – Secrets of a successful career, and attracted members of the public who also attended these seminars.

Alongside the workshops, seminars and master classes there were multiple performance opportunities across the weekend. They began at the opening reception held at the Senedd with City of Cardiff Brass Band (Melingriffith) Youth Ensemble, Pendyrus Male Voice and Tredegar Town Band. The following day saw the Glanfa Stage occupied from start to finish with performances from 12 of Tŷ Cerdd’s affiliated societies, from folk bands to clarinet choirs. The conference concluded with a Cymanfa Ganu in the Glanfa area of the Wales Millennium Centre, and was recorded by BBC Radio Cymru for future broadcast.

There was an opportunity to enjoy a showcase performance on the Saturday evening with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in BBC Hoddinott Hall. This concert was a showcase of works from Tŷ Cerdd’s archive and was a delightful addition to the weekend.

All this was available to affiliated society members for £5.00 only! If you didn't attend, you certainly missed a wonderful experience. Such an event expands knowledge and perception of the world of music and the quality of talent in our principality.

Congratulations must be extended to Gwyn Williams and his team at Tŷ Cerdd for organising a successful inaugural conference. It fully encompassed their mission statement – to support, develop and promote the music of Wales.

We look forward to the next!

Desna Pemberton
Cor Merched Tybie