In the Beginning
The Dublin Welsh Male Voice Choir owes its origins to the St. David’s Society, formed in the late 19th Century to assist indigent Welsh seamen who were stranded in Dublin.
On 20 October 1966 a group of the regular attendees formed a male voice choir.
The choir’s first public performance took place in 1969. The concert was remembered for the fact that the stage collapsed under the choir as it sang!
In 1970, on the eve of the Ireland-Wales rugby match, the choir sang in Old Wesley Rugby Club under the direction of Keith Young for the first time. Also in 1970, the choir competed in the Pan Celtic Festival in Killarney. In 1976, the choir returned to Killarney and won the male voice choir competition for the first time.
By the mid 1970s, the choir was well established and widely recognised in Ireland and beyond for its unique style and repertoire.
The choir has produced a number of CDs, covering a wide repertoire comprising operatic choruses, more popular music and, of course, the hymns for which Welsh choirs are internationally renowned. In 1999 the DWMVC recorded 2 CDs "All Through The Night" and "XV on Song". As a result of their success, the choir recorded two further CDs "Christmas Songs and Carols" in 2001 and "Live at Monkstown" in 2003. In May 2010 the choir recorded “The Creation” CD. Vincent Browne a longtime admirer of the Choir was the special guest speaker at the official launch. All the choir’s CDs are available for purchase from this website.
The DWMVC have appeared on television both in the UK & Ireland right through the 1970s to the current date. Some of the more memorable occasions in Ireland have been; The Late Late show on rte with folk singer Rita McNeill, The Live Mike Murphy Show with Dermot Morgan and more recently, Nationwide, Seoige Live and Tonight with Vincent Browne.
The Choir have also been featured on various recordings for the BBC, ITV and S4C. The highlight for the Scarlet supporters in the Choir the S4C filmed performance at Parc y Scarlets
The choir has had the privilege of preforming at some prestigious events and venues.
We have preformed at both St Patrick's and Christchurch Cathedrals and made several appearances at the National Concert Hall. DWMVC have sang the anthems at Lansdowne Road on three occasions, The Special Olympics in Croke Park and the Aviva. Recently we were invited to sing for the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin. In Wales amongst others we have sung at National stadium, Cardiff International Arena, and the Millenium Stadium. We have preformed at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Festival of 1000 Voices. The Choir have shared a stage with Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Bryn Terfel and Rhys Meirion.
In 2012 Conductor Emeritus Keith Young received and MBE by the Queen for services to Welsh Music and culture Overseas.
To the future!
2016 will be our centenary year where we will be celebrating 50 years of choral singing.
We have many exciting projects lined up both for 2015 and what promises to be a very exciting year following. Since 1966 DWMVC have helped to raise over 500,000 € for charities and good causes. We hope to continue having a positive affect through our music. We have travelled across Europe and North America and look forward to more trips and creating new memories. Watch this space as we evolve with the likes of social media yet remain the same! To the future........
History of the Dublin Welsh Male Choir
The Dublin Welsh Male Voice Choir was formed in November 1966 at a meeting of the St David’s Society, an organization that dates back to the beginning of the last century.The membership has gone from around twenty singers in those early days to over sixty at present.The choir entered many competitions throughout the 1970s and 1980s, winning in all the four main locations in Ireland, namely Killarney, Arklow, Navan and Galway. It has also competed in Wales four times, in Llandudno, Cardigan and twice in Porthcawl.In 1987 Dublin Welsh became the first Irish choir to be invited to participate in the‘Festival of a Thousand Male Voices’ at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Further invitations were to follow during the 1990s when the choir sang in three ‘World Choir’ events in the National Stadium in Cardiff as part of an enormous 10,000 voice choir, accompanied by famous soloists such as Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey and Bryn Terfel. The choir has regularly appeared on RTE Television, BBC Wales and S4C, the Welsh language channel, and has recorded programmes for radio. It has also performed at many prestigious venues in Dublin, such as St Patrick’s Cathedral, Christ Church and the National Concert Hall, as well as in halls and churches in other cities and towns all over Ireland.Tours abroad have become commonplace over the last seventeen years. These include visiting Georgia, USA in 1994, Normandy in 1998, Toronto, Boston and New Hampshire in2004, Paris in 2007 and Tuscany last year. The choir sang at many famous landmarks on those tours, with the Atlanta Bowl, the Basilica in Mont-St-Michel and Florence Cathedral standing out as the most memorable.Dublin Welsh Male Voice Choir has had strong links with rugby over the years and has sung on the pitch on Lansdowne Road at three Internationals between Ireland and Wales, in 2000, 2002 and 2004. Two years ago, on a short tour of South Wales, the choir sang at Llanelli RFC’s ground, ‘Parc-y-Scarlets’, on the eve of the Wales v Ireland game in Cardiff. The performance was televised that night, and the following day the choir sang at a Celtic Festival in Cardiff and also at the City Hall. To the delight of the choir’s Irish members, Ireland won the Grand Slam later that day. Earlier this year the choir returned to Lansdowne Road and the newly built ‘Aviva Stadium’ and sang again on the pitch in a curtain-raiser to the Heineken Cup semi-final match between Leinster and Toulouse.With such a strong connection with rugby, it was only natural that the choir re-issue the “Rugby Anthems” disc, its seventh CD, in a Rugby World Cup year.In June 2010, Keith Young, the choir’s Musical Director, retired after forty years of dedicated service. He was succeeded by Geraint Waters, the choir’s current Musical Director in September 2010. The accompanist, John Shera, has served the choir since 2004 with distinction.
The Choir has performed in 22 Irish counties. It has yet to perform in Cork, Donegal, Laois and Waterford.There have been 217 DWMVC members since the choir formation in 1966. The current membership is 76, ten of whom are presently on ‘leave of absence’During its 45 years Dublin Welsh has given over 500 performances at home and abroad
- NOTABLE MILESTONES
- DWMVC formed on October 20 1966 at a St David’s Society meeting.
- First performance on March 1 1967 (St David’s Day dinner).
- Guest Appearance in “Ceol Intercon” with The Johnsons, Brendan O’Duill and Dafydd Iwan.
- First RTE Television performance on “Fonn” in March 1971.
- First RTE Radio performance in O’Connell St Studios.
- Appeared in Oireachtas Celtic Nations Concert in the RDS in October 1971.
- First concert outside Dublin, in Rathkeale Co. Limerick in May 1976.
- RTE TV appearance on “Trom agus Eadrom” in February 1978.
- TV recordings for S4C and RTE (Christmas Day transmission) in 1984
- Competed in nearly all the Pan Celtic Festivals in Killarney between 1971 and 1991.
- Awarded many first prizes in Killarney, Arklow and Navan during the 1970’s and 1990’s.
- Featured in the “Exiles Ceremony” at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in August 1980.
- Achieved ‘Triple Crown’ of victories in the Killarney, Arklow and Navan competitions during1981.
- Competed in Welsh “Eisteddfodau” in Porthcawl, Llandudno and Cardigan.
- Also competed in Dundalk, Sligo and New Ross Music Festivals.
- Performed Brahms Alto Rhapsody with RTE Symphony Orchestra in the NCH in January 1983.
- Participated in Sean Davey’s “the Pilgrim” in the NCH in October 1984
- First joint concert with a Welsh male voice choir (Traeth) in May 1986.
- Celebrated choir’s 21st anniversary in the Gresham Hotel, Dublin. Guest of Honour Cliff Morgan.
- Appeared at The Royal Albert Hall, London (Festival of 1,000 Welsh Voices) in 1987.
- Hosted Pontarddulais MVC (Welsh Male Voice Choir Champions) in April 1989.
- Partook in 15 “Gift of Sport” services in St Patrick’s Cathedral during 1980’s and 1990’s.
- Celebrated choir’s 25th anniversary with a dinner and concert. Guest Alun Richards, playwright
- Part of “Choir of the World” concert in Cardiff Arms Park in May 1992, with special guest Tom Jones.
- Appeared again in the May 1993 “Choir of the World” concert in Cardiff with special guest Shirley Bassey.
- Toured Georgia, USA in March / April1994 appearing in “Choir of the World” at the Atlanta Bowl.
- Appeared in concerts and in functions in 4 locations - Dublin, Vidalia, Douglas and Fitzgerald, Georgia
- Participated in “Choir of the World” concert in Lansdowne Road Stadium in September 1995
- Appeared at “Cardiff National Stadium Closure” concert in September 1996 with special guest Bryn Terfel.
- Toured Brittany, France in October 1998 and performed in concert and at Mass in Mont Saint-Michel
- Appeared in the Millennium Stadium Cardiff concert in June 2000.
- Partook in the Special Olympics ceremony at Croke Park in June 2003.
- Toured USA (New Hampshire and Boston) and Canada (Toronto) in September / October 2004.
- Sang on the pitch at Rugby Internationals between Ireland and Wales in 2000, 2002 and 2004.
- Performed in joint Concert with Pontarddulais MVC at St Patrick’s to mark DWMVC’s 40th anniversary.
- RTE Radio broadcast (Vincent Browne) in March 2007 to mark 40th anniversary of the choir’s first concert.
- Performed in a joint concert in Paris during the Rugby World Cup in France in September 2007.
- Appeared on RTE’s “Seoige Live” Christmas programme in December 2008.
- Toured South Wales and recorded an item in Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli for S4C in March 2009.
- Appeared in “CeltFest” at Cardiff International Arena and at Cardiff City Hall during the above tour.
- Toured Italy and performed in concerts in Florence, San Gimignano and Montecatini Terme in May 2010.
- Sung on the pitch at the Aviva Stadium in Leinster v Toulouse, Heineken Cup Semi Final on April 30 2011.
- CHARITY CONCERTS
- 3T’s Suicide
- Amnesty International
- Autistic Society
- Cheshire Homes
- Chile Distress Relief
- Dalkey Old Folks Home
- Dublin Central Mission
- Dun Laoghaire Lions
- Enable Ireland
- Friedreich’s Ataxia
- Friends of St Luke’s Hospital
- Friends of the Rotunda
- Friends of the Royal Hospital
- Gift of Sport
- H O P E
- Marriage Counselling
- Moldova Relief Fund
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Ray Gravel Fund
- St Michael’s House
- St Vincent de Paul
- S O A P
- Special Olympics
- Simon Community
- Suzuki Charity
- FUND RAISING CONCERTS
- Community projects
- Church projects
- Golf Clubs
- Hospital projects
- Rugby Clubs
- School projects
- PARTICIPATION IN FESTIVALS
- Clifden Arts Festival
- Clonmel Junction Festival
- Dun Laoghaire Summer Festival
- Dundalk Arts Festival
- Galway Literary Festival
- The Liberties Festival
- JOINT CONCERTS
Welsh Male Voice Choirs
- Morriston RFC
- Mynydd Mawr
- Richard Williams Singers
Welsh Mixed Choirs
- Creigiau (Cardiff)
- Gore Glas (Dolgellau)
- Pontarddulais Pensioners
Irish Male Voice Choirs
Irish Mixed Choirs
- Castle Golf Club Singers
- Dublin County Choir
- Dun Laoghaire Choral Society
- Moy Singers, Ballina
- Skerries Choral Society
English Male Voice Choirs
- Carlton, Nottinghamshire
- Much Wenlock, Shropshire
- Steeton, Yorkshire
Male Voice Choirs
- Breton (Leeson Pk)
- Burlington Welsh, Ontario, Canada
- Canadian Orpheus
- Entresol, Choeur d’Hommes du Dauphine, France
- Nuenens Mannenkoor (NMK), Netherlands
- Manskoran Harmoni, Sweden
- Mastersingers USA
- Mouezh Paotred Breizh, Brittany
- Rowland Gregory Orpheus Singers, Orange, NSW
- St Malo Sea Shanty Singers
- Sweden (Beaumont)
- Sydney (NSW) Welsh
- University of New York Glee Singers
- Mixed Choirs
- New Harmony Singers, Norway
- Viry Chatillon, Paris
- Voices of the Heart, New Hampshire
Irish Brass Bands
- Arklow Band
- Army No 1 Band
- Concord Band
- Drogheda Band
- Dublin Concert Band
- Garda Band
- Stedfast Band
- TELEVISION AND RADIO
- ‘Fonn’ (Celtic Music Programme) with Horslips
- Trom agus Eadrom (Liam O’Murchu)
- The ‘Late Late Show’ (Gay Byrne) with Canadian Folk Singer Rita McNeil
- The ‘Live Mike Show’ (Mike Murphy & Dermot Morgan)
- ‘Seoige Live’ Christmas afternoon programme
- BBC Wales
- BBC Cymru
- Harlech TV
- BBC Wales
- COMPACT DISCS
- All Through the Night (1999)
- XV On Song (1999)
- Christmas Songs and Carols (2002)
- Live at Monkstown (2003)
- Together in Song (2005)
- The Creation (2010)
- XV on Song re-mastered (2011)
- COMPETITION LOCATIONS
- New Ross