Rhos Male Voice Choir is from the village
of Rhosllannerchrugog (Rhos), some five miles south-west of Wrexham, North
Wales. Formed in 1891 the choir has, since then, been in the forefront of
male voice singing. It is widely recognised as being one of Wales' foremost
choirs and its record in the competitive field is second to none.
"It was once said that
if blood could sing, it would have to be out
of someone from Rhos."
Ever since Richard Mills formed
Rhos Male Voice Choir in 1891 it has given pleasure to countless thousands who
have heard the unique sound of the choir. Its recordings have reached
a wide audience the world over and, coupled with many overseas tours,
the choir's name has become synonymous
with male voice choir singing of standing.
Rhos has a population of about
9,000 people and singing has always played an important part in
village life. The village still has two male voice choirs, a mixed choir,
a ladies choir and each of its schools has a choir - singing to
the people of Rhos is most important. It was once said that
if blood could sing, it would have to be out of someone from
Over the years the choir has undertaken
many overseas tours taking their music to countries such as America,
Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. They have performed
at many well-known venues, namely the Chicago Opera House, the Liederhalle
in Stuttgart, Birmingham Town Hall, the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
and London's Royal Albert Hall to name but a few.
In the competitive field, Rhos
Male Voice Choir has achieved first prize at the National Eisteddfod
of Wales many times, won at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod,
twice won the BBC Radio Choir of the Year competition, been successful
in the HTV Festival of Welsh Choral Music and won the Gold Award for
the best choir at the Glarner Music Festival in Switzerland where they
defeated 112 other choirs. Last February the choir won the inaugural
Melody Music Golden Nightingale Male Choir Competition at the Bournemouth
International Centre. They received a cheque for £3,500, a cup
and the specially commissioned "Golden Nightingale" statue.
Rhos Male Voice Choir has
appeared before Royalty on many occasions and has taken part
in a Royal Command Performance.
Rhos Male Voice Choir is heard
frequently on Classic FM and were featured in a recording released by
the radio station not so long ago. Television appearances have been many
and the choir has performed with artistes such as Bryn Terfel, Katherine
Jenkins and Gwyn Hughes Jones. In addition they have sung with the Royal
Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Baerum Symphony Orchestra from
Norway and with most of Britain's top Brass Bands. They have also
released many recordings of their own and were also featured on a disc to
publicise the 1999 Rugby World Cup which was distributed to 240 radio
From the comments choir officials
and members receive following concerts it is evident that the choir
has a warm place in the hearts of music lovers over a very wide area
- both in Britain and abroad. The aim is the same whether it be in a
small village chapel or hall or in a prestigious concert venue and that aim
is to give enjoyment to the countless numbers who come to hear them
and also to those who listen on radio, television or through recordings.
Many comment on the choir's large
repertoire which includes hymn tunes, songs from the shows and operatic
pieces, in fact music from a very wide spectrum.