Côr Heol y March is a Welsh children’s choir that was established in 2009 and takes its name from a hamlet in South Wales, UK where it is based. Current membership comprises around 40 children aged 8-18 years.
After numerous successes at the National Urdd (Youth) Eisteddfod of Wales the Choir was chosen in 2013 as one of five children’s choirs in Wales to compete in the biennial Côr Cymru (Choir of Wales) competition held on S4C (Wales’ national TV channel), reaching the semi-final.
In 2014, the choir won the coveted Children’s Choir of the World prize at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod, competing against choirs from America, England, Russia, Czech Republic and Australia.
In April 2015, after first winning the children’s choir category semi-final of the S4C Côr Cymru 2015 Competition, it was victorious in the grand final against all the other category winners (male voices, ladies voices, SATB and youth) becoming Côr Cymru (Choir of Wales) 2015.
In November 2015 the choir successfully launched its first CD by Sain, Wales’ premier recording company.
The choir has appeared several times on the Welsh TV and has taken part in numerous concerts, sharing the stage with well known Welsh artists such as Dennis O’Neill, Rebecca Evans, Wynne Evans, Catrin Finch, Hannah Stone, Rhydian Roberts and Sophie Evans.
In October 2016 it participated in a performance of a major new work, Cantata Memoria, by the Welsh composer Karl Jenkins to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster, which also featured the world renowned Welsh baritone, Bryn Terfel. The choir also sings on the CD recording of the work.
Also in October of this year the choir competed at the Canta al mar International Choral Festival in Calella, Spain and after winning the children’s choir category, was awarded a Gold diploma.