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History of the Choir


The Choir, whose Welsh name means ‘Choir of the South African Sons of Wales, was formed in January 1978 by a group of expatriates. Its mission is to promote singing in the manner of Welsh choirs. A non-profit-making organisation made up of amateur choristers, our reward is to give enjoyment to others – as well as ourselves – through the medium of song.

The seeds were sown in late 1976 in the Killarney Hotel, Florida, Roodepoort. On Friday nights, about half a dozen of the local Welshmen organised a revival of the Welsh custom of informal sing-songs. In mid-1977, it was decided that the formation of a proper Welsh Choir should be considered. The group started rehearsing in the Durban Deep Gold Mines welfare facility. By the end of the year, the talented Rosa Roos (sadly now deceased) had become involved. Sponsorship was obtained from the Light Horse Regiment and in January 1978, rehearsals moved to the German Hall in the then Rand Show Grounds (now part of Wits University Campus).

After at least fifteen hundred concerts, the Choir now has a repertoire encompassing a broad musical spectrum, from opera to spirituals, popular songs to classics, show hits to religious pieces (particularly Welsh hymns). Welsh, English, Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, Afrikaans, German, Latin, Italian and French, are some of the languages sung. As well as various other concerts, performances have included numerous church services, television, & radio. The Choir also featured in the film ‘Heel Against the Head’.

After several changes in rehearsal venues over the years, the Choir now practices on Tuesday evenings at Marks Park Sport Club.

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