Risca Male Choir was founded in 1970 and explores many musical styles, in concert, in competition and in the recording studio.
Their repertoire includes both traditional and classical material, operatic and musical theatre items.
Competition successes have included Male Choir of the Year, the Welsh Choral Challenge Shield, the National Eisteddfod, the Malta International Choral Competition and the International Choir Festival of Jersey.
The choir has given premiere performances of works by contemporary Welsh composers including Mervyn Burtch and Richard Roderick Jones. A performance of Beowulf And Grendel – a large work by Mervyn Burtch for male voices and brass band – resulted in the choir being given the 1997 W S Gwynn Williams Award in recognition of its contribution to music making in the community and its continued promotion of new Welsh music.
In November 2000 the choir was invited to perform the cantata Owain Ab Urien as part of a centenary celebration of the Welsh composer David Wynne.
The choir is also renowned for its theme concerts, one of which was adapted for a feature-length television programme. Other television appearances have included The Magic Of The Musicals which featured Bryn Terfel, Peter Karrie and Catherine Zeta Jones; an appearance on the National Lottery’s first birthday broadcast; and a performance on GMTV’s Breakfast Show. In January 2000, Risca Male Choir also took part in the BBC’s Millennium Songs of Praise from the National Stadium in Cardiff.
The choir is featured on a CD entitled We’ll Keep A Welcome, along with Bryn Terfel, the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera and the Black Mountain Chorus of Wales. The recording was released by Deutsche Grammophon in 2000, and quickly went gold.
Risca Male Choir has undertaken many concert tours, including visits to France, Germany, the Czech Republic and California. To celebrate their 40th anniversary in 2010, they toured Austria and Poland. More recently the choir have toured Belgium with notable and memorable performances at both the Thiepval Memorial and the Menin Gate, marking the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.
In 2017, Risca Male Choir were honoured to be asked to sing at the 70th birthday celebrations of Sir Gareth Edwards at The Celtic Manor, Newport.
With the ever popular annual concert and themed Christmas concerts, concerts both away and at home, weddings and other events planned for 2018, it should be another good year for the Risca Male Choir.