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S4C crown its 2024 choral competition winners


S4C crown its 2024 choral competition winners

Côr Ifor Bach are the winners of the prestigious S4C choral competition Côr Cymru 2024…

The choir of students from University of Wales Trinity Saint David claimed the title in a thrilling final round at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre that was broadcast live on S4C this evening (Sunday 12 May.)

Eilir Owen Griffiths conductor of Côr Ifor Bach:

“Taking part in this competition has been one of those things that push the choir. The choir has been with me since October, and I hope this is just the beginning for us, because they’ve worked so so hard.”

The five choirs who won their categories in the first round competed for the Côr Cymru trophy and a prize of £4000. The finalists were Ysgol Gerdd Ceredigion (winners of the Children’s Choir category), Bechgyn Bro Taf (winners of the Choir of Identical Voices), Côr Glanaethwy (winners of Mixed Choirs), Côr Ieuenctid Môn (winners of the Show Choirs) and Côr Ifor Bach (winners of the Youth Choirs).

Each choir presented a varied programme of songs, impressing the international judges. On this year’s judging panel were Welsh conductor Grant Llewellyn, choral expert Greg Beardsell from Yorkshire and world-renowned conductor Dr Darius Lim from Singapore.

Hefin Owen, series producer for Rondo Media:

“Congratulations to Côr Ifor Bach on winning the 2024 Côr Cymru trophy. It was an excellent final at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre with the standard this year as high as ever. One of the competition’s aims is to give Welsh choirs the opportunity to take part in an international standard competition with experts from around the world invited to judge. The series has shown the excellent standard of choral singing we have here in Wales.”

You can watch all the Côr Cymru 2024 programmes, presented by Heledd Cynwal and Morgan Jones, on S4C Clic and BBC iPlayer.

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