Côr y Penrhyn will be appearing at Glastonbury this weekend, the first time a male voice choir from Wales has performed at the music festival.
The choir, from Bethesda, will perform alongside former Blur star Damon Albarn and his super-group The Good, The Bad and The Queen on the ‘Park Stage’ on Sunday evening between 6.15pm-7.15pm.
The choir, which originally formed in the 1880s, sing the backing vocals for the band’s song Lady Boston, from the album Merrie Land, which was recorded at Penrhyn Castle in Bangor last year.
They joined forces when Albarn asked Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys, also from near Bethesda, if he could recommend a good male voice choir. Gruff then passed on the details of Côr y Penrhyn to Albarn.
Côr y Penrhyn musical director Owain Arwel Davies said: “Damon got in contact with us, I went down to London to see him, went through the music together and we agreed that they should come up and record because he’d never been to North Wales.”
Ahead of Glastonbury, Cor y Penrhyn have already shared the stage with Albarn in Blackpool and at the London Palladium.
“We sing three songs with The Good, The Bad and The Queen, two of them we recorded with them, and one of the previous albums they’ve asked us to sing too,” added Owain .
After Glastonbury, there is another concert with the band at Somerset House in London in mid-July, and they are also trying to arrange for Albarn and the band to come up to perform in Bethesda in the near future.
Owain said: “He wants to come, we started organizing one date but unfortunately that date has fallen through, but we’ll see. “it’s a matter of being able to bring the whole band up.”
Photos BBC News: Cor y Penrhyn performing with Albarn’s band The Good, The Bad and The Queen and in rehearsals for the Glastonbury Festival