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Cardiff choir shines to take Choir of the World title

One of Wales’ foremost choirs was triumphant in the main choral competition in the Llangollen International Eisteddfod this past weekend, winning two categories on their way to win the Pavarotti Trophy for the first time.

Côr CF1 from Cardiff, rose to the top in the Choir of the World on Saturday, against international choirs who won their categories during the day. This is the highlight of competing in the Llangollen Pavilion, held for the first time since 2019.

CF1 were crowned winners after a very successful day of competing, winning the Mixed Choirs and Open Choir Category, the second with a very high score of 95

In their winning programme, they included Gwinllan a Roddwyd i’n Gofal, a new arrangement of Dros Gymru’n Gwlad (Finlandia), and French and Russian songs.

Eilir Owen Griffiths, the choir’s musical director said:
“It was so good to be back competing at Llangollen. Winning the Mixed Choir and then the Open Choir was great, especially against so many other high calibre choirs from all over the world.

“Winning the Choir of the World means so much to us a choir, and it proves that we still have a wealth of musical talent here in Wales. The last time we got to Choir of the World was in 2019, the last time the Eisteddfod was held, and Johns’ Boys won it then. It’s great to be able to celebrate Welsh choral singing by keeping the Pavarotti Trophy in Wales, for another year at least!

“Since the pandemic, we’ve worked so hard as a choir, to get back to proper rehearsals, just like everybody else. COVID is still causing mayhem, with members not being able to compete this year because of it. Seeing the high standard of everybody in the Choir of the World was an absolute pleasure. And then to win… there are no words!

“This year the choir is celebrating 20 years, and winning Choir of the World is just the icing on the cake. It’s a great way to kick off the celebrations!”