Côr y Penrhyn will perform a charity concert at Bangor Cathedral on 1st June.

The concert is supporting two charities, Motor Neurone Disease Association and St David’s Hospice and will also include performances by the Stavanger Brass Band from Norway.

The Stavanger Brass Band has been successful in a number of brass band competitions in Europe and is the most successful brass band in Norway.

With their roots in the slate quarrying village of Bethesda in the Ogwen Valley, Côr y Penrhyn can trace its origins back to the 1880’s when a united choir was formed from a number of smaller groups that existed on the various galleries or levels in the mighty Penrhyn Slate Quarry. Indeed, that choir travelled to Chicago for the World Trade Fair in 1893 under the name Penrhyn Male Choir and the present choir returned to “The Windy City” in 1993 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of their forefathers’ visit.

Famous for their accomplished performances of old favourites and contemporary pieces the choir had the incredible experience of singing with the “super group”, The Good, The Bad and The Queen which consists of Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon, Tony Allen, Simon Tong, recording a song – Lady Boston – at Penrhyn Castle, for the album Merrie Land.

Côr y Penrhyn performed with the group at a concert in Blackpool and at the London Palladium for a special concert last month, an experience which will stay with the members of the choir for a long time.

Tickets for the charity concert cost £10 and are available online at: https://neuaddogwen.com/events/cyngerdd-elusenol-stavanger-brass-band-cor-y-penrhyn/ or via Alun (Côr y Penrhyn) on 07379600899