Côr Meibion y Traeth – Traeth Male Choir – was founded in 1969 in order to compete at the Anglesey Eisteddfod which was held that year in Bro Goronwy, near Benllech, where many of the members lived. Initially rehearsals were held at the Pentraeth Primary School, translated means “beach head”, the Choir therefore, unlike most Welsh choirs, takes its name not from a town or village, but from the word “traeth” meaning “beach”.
- Category: Cor Meibion Y Traeth Male Voice Choir
Artist: Y Traeth Male Voice Choir
Catalogue no: ARAN518
Release Date: December 5th 2010
It’s been a year of celebration for one of North Wales’s foremost Male Voice Choirs. Y Traeth Male Voice Choir was established forty years ago in the Benllech area on Anglesey. A number of events have been held to mark the occasion and in March a book was released detailing the history of the choir. However the celebrations recently reached their climax with the release of a new CD – ‘Dathlu Deugain’ (Celebrating Forty).
It was the Anglesey Eisteddfod in 1969 that provided the initial impetus to form the Choir. At first there were only fourteen members under the direction of Mrs Magdalene Jones, a local teacher and the wife of poet, Dewi Jones. Since then the choir has had nine different conductors, the most recent being Annette Bryn Parri. On the other hand, throughout this time there has only been two accompanists as the present accompanist, Grês Pritchard MBE has been at the piano since 1970.