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Mark Salmon, Poet and Festival Compere.
Mark Salmon, Poet and Festival Compere.

About Brecon Choir Festival 2023 at Aberhonddu | Brecon

The 2023 Brecon Choir Festival is welcoming the world-famous Treorchy Male Choir, described by Rowan Williams as 'the voice of a nation', to headline their Grand Concert at Brecon Cathedral on July 22nd.

With 140 years of history, Treorchy are perhaps the best known and most celebrated of Welsh male voice choirs. They have performed all over the world, alongside countless stars (Tom Jones among them) and for royalty. With 50 commercial recordings to their name, they are the most recorded Welsh choir in history.

Across four days in the heart of the Beacons the festival has also announced world-renowned The Gents of St John's College, Cambridge, Principality Stadium regulars Eschoir as well as local favourites Aberhonddu and District Male Voice Choir, for their second edition. Rousing Afterglows at The Clarence Inn are back by popular demand.

The 2023 festival is opening with local composer Rod Paton's celebrated Ascension Mass on Thursday 20th July and will end with a traditional Welsh Gymanfa Ganu on the Sunday evening.
Acclaimed Guardian journalist and author Jude Rogers will be discussing her book ‘The Sound of Being Human: How Music Shapes our Lives’ at The Hours Bookshop on the Saturday morning. In addition, the renowned Welsh composer Geraint Lewis will be speaking before The Gents of St Johns concert at lunchtime that day.

As part of the programme local children will be singing in the centre of town and local choirs taking part in a singing walking tour on the Saturday afternoon.

A mellow Sunday is ensured with the screening of the documentary film ‘Only Men Sing’, a humorous and melancholic portrait of a male voice choir re-inventing themselves and teaching the a new generation the joy of singing.

A special choral Evensong at the Cathedral will precede what promises to be a joyful English and Welsh hymn singing “Gymanfa Ganu” festival on the Sunday evening.

For tickets and more information please visit www.breconchoirfestival.co.uk


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