Our History

The choir was formed in 1965 as the Tonyrefail Children's Choir under the musical direction of the late Richard Williams and very soon established itself as one of the premier youth choirs in the country. Prize winning performances in numerous eisteddfodau and the International Choral Festival in Montreux quickly became the norm. In 1973 the choir changed its name to the Richard Williams Junior Singers and later became the Richard Williams Singers. For well over two decades the choir performed on TV and radio programmes on an almost monthly basis, totalling around two hundred and seventy appearances including their own 6 week series on S4C, Gorau Corau Richard Williams.  in addition, the choir has made several very successful commercial recordings. Overseas tours by the Richard Williams Singers to Canada, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Ireland, Russia and the Ukraine, Switzerland and the USA have given more distant audiences the chance to hear the choir's unique sound. 

There have been many concert highlights over the years. These have included 12 performances at the Royal Albert Hall, London, being guests at the “World Choir Concert” in Cardiff with 10,000 Male Voices and Shirley Bassey, appearing at the opening of St David’s Hall, Cardiff followed by over 50 further performances at this venue.

The choir appeared on Rick Wakeman’s No 1 album ‘Going for the One’ recorded in Switzerland.  The choir has many friends and admirers both home and abroad among these being a number of artists with whom we have performed, such as Stuart Burrows, Dame Shirley Bassey, Bryn Terfyl, Owain Arwel Huggies, Rick Wakeman, Iris Williams, Max Boyce, Peter Karrie, Catherine Zeta Jones, Kerry Ellis, Ria Jones, Owen Money to name but a few.