History                        Hanes Y Côr

The choir was formed in 1973 to compete at the Powys Eisteddford with Robin Williams as its Musical director. Since then the choir has gained many eisteddfodic successes and has travelled extensively both in the UK and Europe. Their most recent trip abroad was to ‘s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands to take part in the remembrance service held annually to commemorate the liberation of the city in October 1944 by the 53rd Welsh Division. The visits to the Netherlands also enabled the choir to renew  long established links with the Maasbre Male Voice Choir.

 

The choir has been successful in National Choral competitions within Wales and in Scotland, the first ever choir from Wales to compete in the Scottish ‘Mod’--the equivalent of the Eisteddfod in Wales. Members of the choir have sung on numerous occasions with the massed choirs at the Royal Albert Hall. The choir has made several television appearances over the years, usually in competition and also had great fun on the 'Bargain Hunt' programme with David Dickinson.

 

Following the retirement of Robin Williams, the choir’s first Musical Director, Ann Atkinson first led the choir in 1985 until 1990 when she left to study at the Royal Academy of Music. Gwerfyl Williams, the choir accompanist became MD, followed by Paul Johns until his retirement in 1998. Ann returned to take over the baton again with Gwerfyl as Assistant MD. Ann is well known internationally as a professional Mezzo Soprano and directs the North Wales International Musical Festival, the St. Asaph City of Music Initiative. The choir’s accompanist, Anne Jones is an accomplished pianist and church organist as was Alice Vaughan Evans her predecessor who recently retired from the choir after many years of  service.

 

The choir works hard within the community for the benefit of local and national charities. Under Ann's baton  the choir has staged several large scale biannual charity concerts in association with proffesional soloists and other local choirs, notably the Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir and Cor Merched Edeyrnion. Over all the concerts, a total of £16,500 has been raised to date for MS Research, Cancer Research Wales and Parkinson's Research. The choir received a Bronze Award for fundraising from the MS Society

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Ffurfwyd y Côr yn 1973 i gystadlu yn Eisteddfod Powys, gyda Robin Williams fel ei Chyfarwyddwr Cerddorol. Ers hynny mae'r côr wedi cael llwyddiant mewn aml i eisteddfod ac wedi teithio'n helaeth yn y D.U. ac Ewrop. Eu taith tramor mwyaf diweddar oedd 's-Hertogenbosch yn yr Iseldiroedd i gymryd rhan yn y gwasanaeth coffa a gynhelir yn flynyddol i goffáu rhyddhau y ddinas ym mis Hydref 1944 gan Is-adran Gymreig  53fed. Mae'r ymweliadau â'r Iseldiroedd hefyd yn galluogi'r côr i adnewyddu cysylltiadau a sefydlwyd yn y gorffennol gyda Chôr Meibion ​​Maasbre ​​.

 

Mae'r côr wedi bod yn llwyddiannus mewn cystadlaethau Corawl Cenedlaethol yng Nghymru ac yn yr Alban, y côr cyntaf erioed o Gymru i gystadlu mewn 'Mod' yr Alban, sy'n cyfateb i Eisteddfod yng Nghymru. Mae aelodau o'r côr wedi canu ar sawl achlysur gyda'r gorau yn llu yn y Royal Albert Hall. Mae'r côr wedi gwneud nifer o ymddangosiadau teledu dros y blynyddoedd, wrth gystadlu fel arfer ond cawsant lawer  o hwyl ar y rhaglen' Bargain Hunt' gyda David Dickinson.

 

Yn dilyn ymddeoliad Robin Williams, Cyfarwyddwr Cerdd cyntaf y côr, daeth Ann Atkinson i arwain y  cor am y tro cyntaf o 1985 hyd 1990 pan adawodd i astudio yn yr Academi Gerdd Frenhinol.Fe ymgymerodd cyfeilydd y côr sef Gwerfyl Williams, swydd y Cyfarwyddwr Cerdd ac yna Paul Johns hyd ei ymddeoliad yn 1998. Dychwelodd Ann i ofalu am  y baton unwaith eto gyda Gwerfyl yn Gyfarwyddwr Cerdd Cynorthwyol. Mae Ann yn adnabyddus yn rhyngwladol fel Mezzo Soprano broffesiynol ac yn cyfarwyddo Gŵyl Gerddorol Ryngwladol Gogledd Cymru, Llanelwy Menter Gerddorol y Ddinas. Mae Cyfeilydd y côr, Anne Jones yn bianydd ac organyddes eglwys medrus fel yr oedd Alice V. Evans ei rhagflaenydd a ymddeolodd yn ddiweddar o'r côr ar ôl blynyddoedd lawer o wasanaeth.

 

Mae'r côr yn gweithio'n galed o fewn y gymuned er budd elusennau lleol a chenedlaethol. O dan arweiniad Ann mae'r côr wedi cynnal nifer o gyngherddau elusennol ar raddfa eang bob dwy flynedd  ar y cyd â  unawdwyr proffesiynol a chorau lleol eraill, yn enwedig Côr Meibion ​​Froncysyllte a Chôr Merched Edeyrnion. Dros yr holl gyngherddau, mae cyfanswm o £ 16,500 wedi cael ei godi hyd yn hyn ar gyfer Ymchwil MS,  Ymchwil Cancr Cymru ac Ymchwil Parkinson. Cafodd y côr Wobr Efydd am eu hymdrechion codi arian gan y Gymdeithas M.S.

A strong male voice choir tradition in the Corwen area was re-established when the choir was formed in 1973 and it has since celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2013. The members are drawn from an area around Corwen, Bala and Llangollen in North Wales.

Taking its its name from the famous Welsh Prince, Owain Glyndŵr drew many of his warriors from the ancient region of Edeyrnion. The choir is based in Corwen, the central town of that region and as you travel on the A5 through the town you will see a magnificent statue of Owain astride his charger.   

Our Musical Director, Ann Atkinson is an internationally renowned Mezzo Soprano. (See Ann's profile by clicking on the "Our Music Team "  link above)

You are most welcome to come and listen to us rehearse, usually on a Wednesday night. Details of our next rehearsal can be found on this page.

Browse the above various links to find out more about the choir and its history,performances,engagements and activities and how to contact us.

Mae'r traddodiad côr meibion ​yn gryf yn ardal Corwen. Ail sefydlwyd y côr yn 1973 ac fe ddathlwyd ei phen-blwydd yn 40 oed yn 2013. Mae'r aelodau yn dod o'r ardal o amgylch Corwen,Y Bala a Llangollen .

Fe darddodd enw'r côr oddiwrth Dywysog enwog Cymru ac arweinydd y genedl yn y 15fed ganrif sef Owain Glyndŵr a daeth nifer helaeth o'i ryfelwyr o ranbarth hynafol Edeyrnion. Mae'r côr wedi ei leoli yng Nghorwen, tref canolog y rhanbarth ac wrth i chi deithio ar yr A5 drwy'r dref fe welwch gerflun godidog o Owain eistedd ar ei farch.

Mae ein Cyfarwyddwr Cerdd, Ann Atkinson yn cael parch rhyngwladol fel Mezzo Soprano proffesiynol. ('Cliciwch' ar y cyswllt 'Our Music Team' uchod i weld proffil Ann).  

Ceir manylion am ein noson ymarfer nesaf ar y dudalen yma. Mae croeso i chi ddod i wrando ar y côr wrthi'n ymarfer-- ar nos Fercher fel arfer..

Porwch drwy'r gwahanol ddolennau cyswllt ar ein gwefan am fwy o wybodaeth am ein hanes, ein perfformiadau a manylion ar sut i gysylltu â ni.