About Us : Musical Team : Choir Officers

The Ospreys Supporters Choir was originally formed in 2006 to participate in the S4C television programme ‘Codi Canu’. This programme involved choirs from the four rugby regions in Wales competing for the honour of singing the Welsh national anthem on the hallowed turf of the Millennium Stadium, prior to the Wales v England International Match. Commissioned for a second series in 2007, the programme continued with the Ospreys Choir again under the expert musical direction of Alwyn Humphries and Sioned James.  Joined by a North Wales choir for this series, the competitors were fortunate enough to witness Wales outstanding ‘Grand Slam’ in 2008 as they entertained the crowd. This provided an impetus to continue singing whilst enjoying rugby, and the choir secured the services of an outstanding Musical Director - Mrs Novella Roberts-Lewis.

The Choir’s repertoire and ambition grew and its reputation spread across the communities of the Ospreys region and beyond. During the 2008/9 season, the Choir travelled to Limerick to support the Ospreys, joining the Munster Supporters Choir to give a number of rousing performances. A second tour followed in 2010, when an invitation to sing at the European Parliament in Brussels as part of Welsh Culture week was received. With successful performances and an extended repertoire achieved under its skilful Musical Director, the Choir was set for greater things, but at the end of that tour Mrs Roberts-Lewis announced her decision to ‘retire whilst at the top’.

 

The Choir’s current Musical Director, Aled Hopton, and its Accompanist, Angharad Davies, have brought a dynamic new approach to the choir, extending the repertoire yet again and introducing challenging and contemporary choral works, whilst maintaining its original ethos.  Tours to Scotland and a performance at the Hawick Sevens tournament in 2011, was followed by a tour to London and a performance at Southwark Cathedral in 2012, and Oxford to entertain guests at London Welsh RFC in 2013.  The latest memorable tour was to Belgium at Easter 2014. This involved performances in Ostend, Ghent, a visit to Hedd Wyn’s (Bardd y Gadair Ddu) grave, and a memorable performance during the moving daily remembrance ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres.

With a sustained growth in chorister numbers over the last three years, a solid foundation and ethos as to what the Choir is about, and an inspirational musical team at the helm, the Ospreys Supporters Choir is looking to the future with confidence and excitement.  If you enjoy singing and having fun and would like to join the Choir, or if you simply want to book the Choir for your event, please CLICK HERE

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