Côr Bro Ogwr
Côr Bro Ogwr was formed in 1998 following a successful performance of the Verdi Requiem on the stage of the National Eisteddfod at Bridgend. Alun John agreed to continue as Musical Director and the choir quickly established itself as one of the premier choral societies in Wales. In July 1999 Cor Bro Ogwr gave its first formal concert, supported by the National Chamber Orchestra of Wales in tribute to the late Mansel Thomas. Handel’s Messiah at Christmas was followed by Mozart’s Coronation Mass in 2000.
In 2001 the choir, with Bridgend Youth Theatre, received tremendous acclaim for its production of William Mathias’ dramatic cantata St Teilo. More recent performances include Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Mozart’s Vespers, Rutter’s Requiem, Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Summer Evening at the Opera, and in December 2018 it celebrated its 20th Anniversary Concert with a miscellaneous concert of the choirs’ favourite music.
Côr Bro Ogwr represented Wales at the Celtic Festival in Barbados, has toured in Belgium, Hungary, Spain, USA, Germany and joined the Volgograd Chamber Orchestra and Chorus to perform the Russian premiere of Karl Jenkins’ ‘Stabat Mater’.