Hengoed Eisteddfod: Success for Juvenile Choir There was an excellent competition between Deri and Fochriw. The prize was awarded to Fochriw, conductor Mr. David John Thomas. Mr. Gabriel, the adjudicator, said this was a choir of excellent voices. The blend in certain parts was almost perfect, expression most effective, the attack clear and bright, and the whole choir under splendid control.
The next newspaper report confirms that they were still in being in February 1927 and a number of newspaper reports between February 1932 and March 1936 advised that they gave numerous concerts and performed operettas in Fochriw, Pantywaun, Abertysswg, Penybank and Trelewis.
Successes were recorded at the following eisteddfodau Bedlinog July 1932, Blackwood January 1933, Blackwood (2nd) March 1933, Nelson (2nd) July 1933, Treharris May 1934, Brecon (2nd) July 1934 and Blackwood November 1934.
No further reports are available after November 1934.
The Ladies Choir was formed during 1925 under the conductorship of David John Thomas and accompanist Wyndham Lawrence.
The choir’s first concert was held in February 1926, nine months after its formation, at Noddfa which was “packed to the utmost capacity”. Their first performance outside Fochriw was during April 1926 at the Workmen’s Institute, Bargoed.
The choir’s first competitive success, which was their first attempt, was at the Mountain Ash Eisteddfod during April 1926.
Concerts were given at Fochriw during April 1926, May 1927, November 1927, January 1928, Bedlinog July 1928, Rhymney August 1928.
It was the intention of the choir to compete in the National Eisteddfod in Swansea but whether or not they did is not known since, at the time, their conductor D. J. Thomas was confined to hospital and Willie Angell Davies filled the breach.
They next competed unsuccessfully at the Pontypridd Eisteddfod during December 1926 and were paid an excellent tribute by the adjudicator. The next competitions were at Mountain Ash and Cardiff during April 1927. Their performance at Mountain Ash is not documented but they won first prize at the Cory Hall Eisteddfod in Cardiff.