Welcome to the website of the Australian Welsh Male Choir
(Shwmae i chi, Croeso i safle wê Côr Meibion Cymreig Awstralia)
The Australian Welsh Male Choir (AWMC) is a choir of 60 members and is affiliated with the ‘Association of Welsh Male Choirs’ based in Wales. We sing in four-part male harmony in the traditional format for Welsh Choirs, and recently celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the beginning of the Choir.
Our members share a love of music, the pleasure of singing together and the camaraderie that comes from being part of a great group of men. While individual songs are sung in various languages, predominantly we sing in Welsh and English. Songs such as Men of Harlech, Calon Lan, Pantyfedwen and Gwahoddiad as well as other popular music from the musical theatre, opera, gospel music and other local favorites. See our CD page on this website for more.
In 1984, the Choir toured the United Kingdom and became the first Choir from outside Wales to sing at the 1000 Voice Festival of Male Choirs at the Royal Albert Hall in London. During the tour, members of the Association of Welsh Male Choirs were so impressed by the Choir’s singing of traditional songs in the Welsh language, that the Choir was invited to become a member of their Association. In doing so, it became the first Choir from outside Wales to be offered such membership.
We returned to the UK for a Concert Tour and an appearance at the Royal Albert Hall in 1988 where we performed for the first time ever as a solo Welsh Choir. No other Welsh Choir has done the same since. We have returned to the UK for Concert Tours in 2000, 2004, 2012 and 2015.
In 2005 another great highlight for the choir was to sing in the Sydney Opera House as part of a concert combining choirs from Australia and overseas. The choir was especially proud to be asked to perform two numbers solo. We were in the Opera House again in November 2007 as part of a massed international choir.
In October 2008 we toured the North Island of New Zealand, where we performed six concerts.
We regularly provide concerts throughout Melbourne and Victoria. We are also involved in the Male Choirs Association of Australia and will be performing in Wollongong with a combined choir in October 2017.
The Choir will be going to Hong Kong, China and Taiwan in March 2017 for another international concert tour
Our Music Director is Mr. Tom Buchanan and our accompanist Ms. Heather Wickes. Morale is high and new members are welcome. The first step to joining is to come along to a rehearsal and listen and share in the fellowship. On attending you will be invited to participate so that you can feel what it is all about.
If you would like the AWMC to be involved in a concert for your organisation, please contact our secretary. We are always happy to assist, where possible, with fundraising for your organisation.