The choir has been rehearsing for over 9 months in order to be ready for their performance at the Royal Albert Hall (RAH) Festival of Voices concert, in October. The program of work is substantial and varied and has required a huge commitment from the choir, our Musical Director and our accompanists – for most of 2016.

Those choristers who are performing at the RAH attended the final regional rehearsal at Morriston Tabernacle on Sunday 18th September. Along with 5 other choirs including one from Notttingham – Radcliffe on Trent MVC – the boys were put throught their paces by Edward-Rhys Parry the Musical Director of the RAH concert. Whilst there are still few things for us to collectively work on, the rehearsal was very enjoyable….below is a short excerpt which hopefully will whet your appetite for the BMVC ‘dress rehearsal’ for the RAH concert – details of which are below the video clip.

As a final preparatory step we giving a public performance of a selection of music from the program that will be given at the Royal Albert Hall.

This will both allow the choir to have a dress rehearsal and will give our local supporters an opportunity to come along and hear THEIR choir perform.

The concert will be held at our rehearsal hall at Trinity Church Hall, Trinity Street, Barry on Thursday 29th September at 7:30PM (doors open at 7:15PM).

Appearing with the choir will be  Jess Robinson – one of the lady soloists who will also be appearing at the Royal Albert Hall concert; in addition a number of our choir soloists will also be featured during the night.

There will be a break part way through the concert where refreshments will be available.

Please note that there will be limited seating availability for this concert; as the church hall has a strictly enforced maximum capacity. Tickets are available NOW! priced at (a suggested) £5 per seat – all proceeds towards the choir.

Tickets will be sold very much on a first come first served basis – when they’re gone they’re gone!

This is a rare opportunity to hear Barry Male Voice Choir as they reach peak readiness for what will be one of the most important U.K. Male Voice concerts of 2016 and a highlight of BMVC’s year – don’t miss it!!


More about the London Welsh RAH Festival of Voices 2016 event:






battle-of-britain-3On Sunday 11th September the choir participated at the RAF Battle of Britain commemoration at the Barry Cenotaph adjacent to the Memorial Hall. On a beautiful late summer day – very reminiscent of the weather in 1940 when the Battle of Britain took place – the choir sang 2 songs – Speed Your Journey and Calon Lan – and particpated in the communal singing of the Airman’s Hymn.


On the evening of Saturday 25th July, Barry Male Voice Choir performed twice during the first of the two Island of Fire events at Barry Island resort.
Although the weather was benign, the location for the performances was open to the sea breezes, which gave our accompanist, Sally Tarlton, some additional challenges in trying to keep her music manuscripts in order. Added to that other than by the ligth of the flames the performance took place in the dark so that Sally had to have emergency lighting from 2 assistants with mobile phones!
Despite those hurdles Sally, the choir Musical Director Dorothy Connell and the choir acquitted themselves very well. The audience numbered a few hundred and they were very appreciative of both of the choirs’ two performances.
Choir Chairman, Gareth roberts, commented that the evenings’ performances were ‘awesome’.



Please note that a Google calendar showing all forthcoming choir events can be found in the Forthcoming Events page or by clicking here

During the past winter BMVC was approached to provide the backing track to an advertisement being created to promote a local brewery – Glamorgan Brewing Co. Glamorgan Brewingwho are based in Llantrisant.
The advertisement is targeted specifically at web and social media channels so is not expected to be seen on mainstreamTV – the choir sang a song called ‘O Gymru’ which is a Welsh language song which speaks of the love for Wales that one Welshman has….
To see the advertisement – which is called ‘Lifeblood’ – please click here to go to site of Gray Hughes – the agency responsible for creating and producing it .



Ben Tarlton Choir Dot conducting




Choir formal pose Choir with Ben Tarlton standing Choir with Ben Tarlton

The Barry Male Voice Choir annual concert took place on Friday 3rd June at St. Helen’s Roman Catholic Church, Wyndham St., Barry at 7:00PM.
The evening was a resounding success. This year we had increased the number of choristers singing and varied the program to include 2 solo sessions from cellist Ben Tarlton who studies at the Guildhall School of Music.

Please click here for details of the choirs’ recent trip to Scotland.

The choir recently attended the first of 2 formal rehearsals for the forthcoming 2016 Festival of Male Choirs Concert at the Royal Albert Hall on October 15th.
The rehearsal was held in the beautifully restored Tabernacle Church in Morriston. BMVC were joined by members of 4 other choirs and we were collectively put through our paces by conductor Edward-Rhys Harry who will be conducting the concert in October.

On Wednesday 23rd March the choir gave a well-received concert for the Friends and Neighbours group at the Pioneer Hall, Beryl Rd., Barry.

Pictured below is the thank you letter kindly sent by them to thank the choir for their performance.

Thank you card 1 Thank you card 2

On Friday 15th April BMVC appeared with both the Barry Ladies and the Barry Community choirs at the 3 Choirs of Barry Concert hosted by the Mayor of Barry.
The concert was very succesful with all the proceeds going to the Mayor’s 2 nominated causes:
  1. Ty Hapus
  2. MNDA Cardiff and the Vale


BMVC ranks swell by another 10 new choristers following the recent very successful recruitment campaign.

Following our very successful recruitment evening in November 2015 we have added 10 new choristers to the ranks of BMVC.
The latest recruits now attend  the main choir rehearsals  which are held on Monday and Thursday evenings in Trinity Church Hall.

Information links: Please click HERE to a link from a recent article in the Daily Telegraph, that provides more proof, if it was needed, that being an active member of a male voice choir is good for your health and general well-being. Also some indications that membership of male voice choirs is increasing after years of decline  – something BMVC is seeing signs of – come on you men of Barry become a trend-setter – join our choir!!!!
Please click HERE to link to another medical study from Tenovus (published on the Science Daily web site in April 2016) that shows that singing for just one hour causes positive physiological changes in people affected by cancer.


If YOU couldn’t make it to the recruitment night ‘taster session’ but you are still interested in finding out more about what it takes to be a chorister at BMVC then all is not lost!!!
Please call in to one of our rehearsals and have a chat – or just have a look and listen. You’ll be made very welcome but with no pressure or obligation to take it any further.
Whilst we welcome men of all ages and backgrounds, who are interested in finding out more about the rewards of being a member of a male voice choir; in common with many male voice choirs we are a choir whose average ages are increasing so we particularly welcome younger men ! to come along and find out what being a member of a male voice choir is about. Ultimately our choir’s future is in the hands of you, the young men of the Vale!

Further information about choir activities can also be found on Facebook and Twitter or please contact the choir secretary via this web site for more information.

Presentation of cheque from BMVC to Air Ambulance Wales

Catrin Hall and Anne Hughes from the Wales Air Ambulance Service with BMVC Chairman Gareth Roberts, and BMVC Treasurer Nick Meyrick.


BMVC presents £900 cheque to Wales Air Ambulance Service.

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Wales Air Ambulance Service certificate thumbnail

You can keep up to date with the activities of the choir on Facebook – either click on the links from this web site or search for ‘Barry Male Voice Choir’ from within Facebook.






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