Registered Charity No. 1151823
Croeso i safle Côr Meibion Tonnau!
The Welsh male voice choir is a Welsh institution, associated with the coal mining communities of South Wales. These choirs have their roots in Methodism, and their repertoires are particularly strong on hymns.
Although many of the communities which spawned them have turned up their toes, the choirs are hanging in.
Many people will wonder where Tonna is situated.
Tonna is in South Wales, the village is situated at the foot of the Neath Valley just 1 mile from the town of Neath itself and approx 9 miles from Swansea. It is in close proximity to both the Aberdulais Falls (National Trust Property) and Aberdulais Canal Basin.
The Tonna Male Voice Choir evolved from a weekly “sing a-long” at the Railway Tavern in Aberdulais.
From this group of men with a love of singing, in keeping with the Welsh tradition, it was not long before a committee was formed, and thus the foundation for the Tonna Male Voice Choir was laid. The choir’s first Chairman was Mr Harold Bradley, with Mr Clive Evans as Secretary.
An initial membership of 16 in 1968 increased rapidly and within a year the choir was some 60 strong; this necessitated a change of rehearsal room from the Railway Tavern to the Tonna Junior School.
Membership continued to increase and by 1971 the choir numbers had grown to over 80. This strength of numbers continued for several years but then in common with most other choirs in the area, the declining industrial base in the area took its toll and numbers started to decline. There has been a revival of interest over recent years and the current membership of the choir stands at 47.