Cor Ty Tawe is a mixed choir, established in Swansea 1990 as a Welsh medium choir. Over the years it has held many concerts, mainly in Swansea and west Wales, and has competed successfully in competitions and eisteddfodau. It has gained the first prize four times in the Pan-celtic competition, held annually in Ireland.
The choir’s performance of ‘Er Hwylio’r Haul’ (Although the Sun Sails) in Carmarthen in April 2011 and in Clydach in October was warmly received. This song-cycle by Robat Arwyn is based on a 13th century poem by Gruffudd ab yr Ynad Goch, a lament to Llywelyn II, Wales’s last prince.
The choir has travelled on many European tours, giving concerts in Munich, Berlin, Prague, Salzburg, Gdansk, Krakow, Barcelona, Wittenberg and travelled in 2011 Rovigo, Italy.
The choir sings a variety of Welsh traditional and modern songs, and also has a classical and religious international repertoire.
The choir welcomes Welsh speakers and learners of Welsh, and offers the latter an ideal opportunity to immerse themselves in Welsh culture and to enjoy socialising in the Welsh language.
The choir is led by Helen Gibbon, who has won the soprano solo compeition at the National Eisteddfod of Wales four times. The accompanist is John Evans who is an accomplished performer on many instruments.
The choir meets every Wednesday evening, at 7 p.m. at Ty Tawe, Swansea’s Welsh Centre at 9 Christina Street, Swansea.
The choir welcomes enquiries for performances. Please contact the conductor, Helen Gibbon: 01267 290518.
The choir has recorded two CDs, the lastest featuring ‘Ym Mhenrhyn Gwyr’ with words by Mererid Hopwood, the first female winner of the National Eisteddfod Chair, and music written especially for the choir by Swansea composer Eric Jones.