Singing group in Birmingham, B46NT
Canoldir Male Voice Choir is based in Birmingham. It was founded in 1966 and many of the singers are Welsh and the choir has a strong allegiance with Wales and with the tradition of Welsh Male Voice Choirs.
2011 was a very special year for Canoldir the highlight of which was winning three prizes at the Cornwall International Male Choral Festival in Truro. We won best UK Choir, Best Large UK choir and came first in the large choir competition. Our winning performance can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/canoldirmvc
We regularly perform concerts at the Birmingham Symphony Hall and Birmingham Town Hall and in the past the choir has performed with Bryn Terfel, Aled Jones, Operababes, Philip Madoc and Elin Manahan Thomas and many others.
Canoldir is always keen to welcome new members, we rehearse every Tuesday and Friday at 7.30pm to 9.30pm, anyone interested in welcome to come along or you can contact our Secretary John Peters on 01827 830480 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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James Llewelyn Jones
B Mus (Hons) M. Mus.
James was born in New Zealand and raised in Montgomeryshire. He was, for many years bass section leader of the National Youth Choirs of Wales and Great Britain and a founder member of the National Chamber Choir. His musical education continued at Birmingham Conservatoire where he gained his B Mus (Hons) and M Mus.
Clive Griffiths MBE LTCL
D. Clive Griffiths is the Founding Musical Director of the choir. He was born in Aberfan and studied at the College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, prior to taking up a teaching post in Birmingham. Under his direction the Choir achieved numerous successes, and will undoubtedly continue to maintain this high standard as a result of his musical expertise.
Jill Godsall LRAM
Jill was born in Birmingham and educated at King Edward's High School and then at Birmingham Conservatoire where she studied piano with Lilian Niblette. Having completed a graduate course she was awarded a scholarship to Siena where she studied the art of accompanying. One of her fellow student at Siena was Gwyneth Jones.
Since then, Jill has been a piano and music teacher at Solihull School. Some of her former pupils have gone on to distinguished musical careers, for example the internationally celebrated organist and composer David Briggs who now lives in America.
She has made innumerable appearances on radio, television and the stage, accompanying artists such as Sir John Tomlinson, Benjamin Luxon, Philip Langridge and Robert Tear.
For many years, Jill was the key member of her local operatic society both as accompanist and secretary. Her association with the choir goes back nearly 40 years when she became the chosen accompanist for many visiting guest artists. Finaly in 2002 Jill became the choir accompanist.
Heather Howell GBSM ABSM
Heather was born in Sussex and brought up in Devon. She began playing the piano at the age of 11 and was the accompanist for the local operatic society by the age of 16.
Heather graduated at Birmingham Conservatoire where she studied the piano with Beryl Chempkin and piano accompaniment with Malcolm Wilson. She was the winner of many awards including the Burke trophy for piano accompaniment and the Vincent Lieder prize with Elizabeth Hetherington.
Heather now teaches music and piano at Edgbaston High School for Girls in Birmingham.
She is in much demand as an accompanist for both singers and instrumentalists performing in many locations in Great Britain and abroad. She joined Canoldir in 2009 as deputy accompanist
In 1966, a St. David’s Day celebration at Birmingham Welsh Rugby Club inspired a group of Welsh exiles together with some English comrades to form a choir. They decided that the Choir would be called ‘Canoldir’, because the name translates from Welsh as ‘Middle Land’. One of the group, D. Clive Griffiths, was asked to be Musical Director, and he has been the Choir’s inspiration ever since.
We started to rehearse in the Birmingham Welsh Rugby Clubhouse: a wooden structure with, here and there, daylight streaming through slits in the wall planking, which tended to make the piano damp, so that the "action " had to be removed and dried out over a radiator before it could be played.
About two dozen men and a lady pianist assembled. The conductor, pianist and a brass player were musicians; a few of the choristers had previous musical experience, others were raw material. But the bar was open, throats could be 'oiled' at half time break; hot dogs cooked to order, all producing a warm welcoming reception for newcomers, and creating a bond of brotherhood.
We had gathered together because we loved to sing and that was the thing; the rest followed naturally, and with the aid and hard work of good men and women off stage, it still continues.
More Recent Times
Canoldir still cherishes the Welshness of its origins, although the original membership has now been augmented by choristers from all parts of the UK and beyond, and the magical blend of these voices has given the choir its own unique sound.
We continue to produce new recordings to join our impressive collection of CDs. Our recordings are on sale at concert venues and via this website.
We took part in the interval entertainment of the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest, and in 2000 we were proud participants in the London Welsh Millenium Festival at the Royal Albert Hall.
An enjoyable Spring Bank Holiday in 2001 was spent in Normandy and tribute was paid to the fallen at Cimetiere Americain, Omaha Beach, the United States war cemetery.
Also in 2001 we sang the National Anthems at the Ryder Cup.
In 2006 Canoldir won the prestigious Jenner Trophy awarded for the best individual item at the Jersey International Music Festival.
One of our more recent trips was a successful tour of Poland