Members of Canoldir Male Choir are often asked “Where in Wales are you from?” The choir are, in fact, based in Birmingham and were formed on St David’s Day, 1966 when a small group of Welsh exiles and some English friends decided to form a Male Voice Choir. The name CANOLDIR is Welsh for “the Middle Land”, the choir crest shows the Dragon of Wales and the Lion of England and they are very proud of this joint heritage.
Canoldir soon established very high musical standards and have competed frequently at both the National Eisteddfod and Llangollen International Eisteddfod and have enjoyed successes at the Jersey International Choral Festival, Cornwall International Male Voice Choral Festival and North Wales Choral Festival. The choir have performed in many prestigious venues in the UK and abroad including the Eurovision Song Contest and at the opening ceremony of the Ryder Cup.
In 2006 the choir marked both their 40th anniversary and the retirement of Clive Griffiths MBE their founding Musical Director. At the same time James Llewelyn Jones took up the baton of leadership and his enthusiasm, skill and innovative approach to music continues to lead the choir forward into an exciting future.
Having celebrated their 50th Anniversary year the choir continues to work to raise money for charities through their concerts and also make it a priority to encourage the musical youth of Birmingham, by giving talented young musicians and singers from local schools and up and coming stars from The Birmingham Conservatoire a platform from which to showcase their talents.