Wales: Côr Merched Sir Gâr

Côr Merched Sir Gâr will represent Wales at Eurovision Choir of the Year 2017.

Côr Merched Sir Gâr is a choir made up of secondary school girls from the county of Carmarthenshire in West Wales. The choir was formed five years ago and is run by Carmarthenshire County Council’s Music Service. The ensemble is conducted by Mr Islwyn Evans, a highly successful and prominent Welsh conductor who has won numerous awards with many of his choirs.  The youth choir performs a wide range of repertoires in many languages including Welsh.

During its five year history Côr Merched Sir Gâr has enjoyed a significant amount of success.  It was recently invited to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London as part of the Music For Youth Proms. In April 2017 won the prestigious title Côr Cymru 2017 – Choir of Wales, a televised competition open to children’s, youth, female, male and mixed choirs.  Côr Merched Sir Gâr saw off tough competition in Wales’ premier choral competition and won much praise from the international panel of judges.

Find out more about Côr Merched Sir Gâr  on the website and Facebook page of broadcaster S4C.

About Islwyn Evans

(Photo: Keith Morris)

A leading figure in the Welsh choral scene, Islwyn Evans is founder and conductor of two flourishing choirs – Ysgol Gerdd Ceredigion and Cywair – and conductor of the National Youth Choir of Wales. He has received the British Federation of Youth Choirs conductor award and a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study training of children’s choirs in Sweden and Hungary, and has represented the association of British Choral Directors at Choral Conventions in Boston and Washington D.C.

Islwyn studied music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where he developed a love for conducting. After graduating, he moved back to Llandysul in West Wales and began his teaching career. Islwyn established Ysgol Gerdd Ceredigion in 1993 to promote singing of the highest standard among the youth of the area. In 2003 and 2009 Ysgol Gerdd Ceredigion, under Islwyn’s conductorship, beat adult choirs to win the coveted Côr Cymru title. They have been winners on numerous occasions at the National Eisteddfod and the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.

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