A little more about us...
It is a little surprising to find Welsh Culture alive and well amongst the dreaming spires of Oxford. Many Welshmen came to Oxford in the dark days of the 1920's depression looking for work. They were attracted by the offer of jobs in the rapidly expanding car factory. The choir is their legacy, as well as being a fun way for a group of blokes to meet, sing, help charity and have a real sense of achievement... and fun.
It was from these inauspicious beginnings that enthusiastic and talented Welshmen came together to form what is now the Oxford Welsh Male Voice Choir. There are many mixed choirs and musical societies in Oxford, fiercely competing for new members, and it is against this background that the choir maintains a fairly constant membership of between 35 - 40 choristers.
At 86 years young and still with many members with strong Welsh ties, the choir still prides itself in following the Welsh traditions and it is only on one day a year when there is any real dispute amongst the ranks - the annual Wales vs. England rugby match!
Equally at home in village halls or Cathedrals, the choir has something of a cult following in and around Oxford. The Oxford Welsh aim to perform, on average, one concert a month for charitable causes. The choir has ventured further afield. Venues include; Cardiff Arms Park, Westminster Abbey, Dublin, Holland, South Africa and the USA. In 2000 the choir joined many other Welsh Choir in the Royal Albert Hall for the first festival of 1000 voices concerts. We returned to the RAH for each massed event and are now working towards the 2015 festival of massed voices.
In 2003 the choir celebrated it’s 75th anniversary. To mark the event, Morriston Orpheus joined us at a very special concert in the Oxford Town Hall, the venue of some of our earliest concerts (As you will see from our “History” page).. Also, since many founder members of the choir actually walked to Oxford from Wales, a few of the more brave choir members walked back - to Risca, where many connections with Oxford can be found. In all, we raised over £4000 by singing at hostelries on the way and from personal sponsorship. For more details of this escapade click here.
2008 was our 80th year and we are planned a number of events to celebrate the choirs long history. Highlights incude the first public appearance of our new uniforms on St Davids day, singing at the Millenium Stadium at the EDF Semi finals on March 22nd, choir of the year 1/4 finals (fingers crossed)....
2014 sees the choir bigger than ever with over 40 members, we have a full concert programme for this year including two joint choir events with Tenby (April 2014) and Builth Wells (Nov 2014). Such is the strength and reputation of the Choir that we are now booking two years ahead.
Choir is always looking for new members and men of all backgrounds
are very welcome - you don't need to be able to speak Welsh or read music - you do need to want to sing. For more details click
here. Please give us a try
Thank you very much - Diolch yn fawr