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History

Haverfordwest Male Voice Choir was formed in 1896 and is one of the oldest Male Choirs in Wales.  They performed  their first concert at the Shire Hall Haverfordwest and on the same day and same location in 1996, when they began their centenary celebrations.  The Choir has performed at many prestigious concert halls n England, Wales, the Irish Republic, France, and Haverfordwest's twin town Oberkirch (www.oberkirch.de) in Germany, whose band members are now close friends of the choristers. The Choir has also toured Hong Kong in 1992, Kentucky in 1996 and Eastern Canada in 2001 .Whilst they were in Canada, the attack on the World Trade Centre took place on the 11th September and on that day the Choir sang at the Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal, which was a very moving experience. Also the Choir has taken part in 6 Albert Hall concerts organised by the Welsh Association of Male Choirs.  

In 1999, the Choir was pleased to take part in the celebrations of the 10th Anniversary of the twinning of Oberkirch and Haverfordwest.(www.haverfordwesttown.co.uk).  The Choir visited Oberkirch in April of that year and in July a large delegation from Oberkirch made a return visit. Also in July of that year, the Choir had the pleasure of a visit from the Moscow State University Academic Choir(http://choir.msu.ru/eng_about.php )which was touring the UK after competing in the Llangollen Eisteddfod. Also in that year the Choir took part , with other choirs, in the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup at the Millennium Stadium Cardiff and the following year had the privilege of singing at the Wales/Scotland match at the same stadium. Since then the Choir has visited Ireland, Lingen in Germany, when they took part in a festival with seven other choirs from Europe to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Lingener Mannerquartett  and Belfast, when they took part in a joint concert with Queen's Island Victoria and Bryncoch Male Choirs.  In 2002 for the first time, the Choir competed in the National Eisteddfod at St David's and were runners up in their category.  In 2009 to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the twinning between Oberkirch and Haverfordwest, the choir returned to Germany and performed with the Oberkirch band and Haverfordwest Ladies Choir.The Oberkirch Band returned to Haverfordwest in July 2009 and performed a concert with the Choir plus Friends in Harmony and the Haverfordwest Ladies Choir.  

In 2010, the choir were delighted and honoured to be invited to take part  in the Llanelli Proms with the Hywel Girls Choir, the Hywel Boys Singers and the Llanelli Choral Society.  Also in 2010, the choir were fortunate to secure the appointment of Mr. Richard Stephens as their Musical Director and were also fortunate to secure the appointment of Mr. Peter Griffiths as the Choir’s Accompanist.  In 2012, the choir travelled to Manchester to take part in the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the Welsh Association of Male Choirs by performing with other choirs in a Festival of Massed Male Voices at the Manchester Arena.  Also in 2012 saw the visit of the Sepp Ganter Band from Oberkirch, as guests of the choir.  It was wonderful to see old friends again.  The Choir has been friends with the Oberkirch Town Band and the Sepp Ganter Band since the two towns twinned in 1989.  This year, 2014. the two towns will be celebrating 25 years of twinning,  The choir took part in a concert with the band and other  guests at a concert at the Sir Thomas Picton School.  In May 2014 the choir returned to Oberkirch in October to take part in the celebrations  over there.  

 In 2015, the Choir took part in a Festival  of Male Voices at the Royal Albert Hall, London organised by the Welsh Association of Male Choirs.  Later in the year, the Choir , with other choirs from Wales, sang at the Millennium Stadium at a warm up match for the Rugby World Cup  between Wales and Ireland.  In May 2016, the choir received a visit from their friends, the Sepp Ganter Band from Oberkirch.

PAST MUSICAL DIRECTORS

Mr James Adams was the first musical director.He conducted the first concert and remained the conductor for some time. His celebration Baton of Ivory and Silver was presented to the current membership by his late son, Mansel and this baton receives the Choir's special acclaim at each Annual Dinner.

The following is a list of Past Musical Directors:

James Adams   .................   1896 - 1907    T. J. Mathias   .................   1907 - 1909         Jim James   .................   1909 - 1919

Eddie Jones   .................     1919 - 1946      W. J. (Bill) Price .............…   1946 - 1960       L. Newman Williams  .…    1960 - 1966

Mrs. E. M. Davies   ................1966 - 1982   Mr. D. Gwyn Griffiths   ...... 1982 - 2007      Mrs Christine Shewry .........2008 - 2010

Mr Richard Stephens   .................  2010-