By Carl Llewellyn


Philip Adams, third chorister from the top

The choir recently recognised one of its most valued choristers, namely Philip Adams, who has given 50 years of  loyal and dedicated service to Dowlais Male Choir.

Philip is the third generation in his family who has been involved with male voice choirs over the years. His Grandfather, Arthur F. Adams was a member of the Treharris Male choir and his father, Austin was one of the 13 founder members of the present Dowlais Male Choir. Austin was appointed choir secretary, a post he held for 10 years. Philip remembers when the Dowlais Male Choir’s first concert was performed at Bethania Chapel, Dowlais on Thursday Oct 13th 1966. Philip wanted to join the men of Dowlais choir there and then. He asked his father if he could join, but his father thought he was a little young and suggested that he should wait a year or so. Philip was disappointed but cheered up when he was asked to sell the programmes in that very first concert.

Philip also sold programmes in the second annual concert. By now Philip  was 17 and still at school, but now ready to join the Dowlais Male Voice Choir as it was known then. So on Wednesday Sept 4th 1968, after  a voice test with D.T. Davies in the practice hall in Dowlais library, Philip was accepted into the choir.

Just six weeks later, he was told that he could participate in the third annual concert at Bethania.. There were no dinner suits then, so he borrowed a dark jacket from his grandfather to go with some dark school trousers, and his father found a spare bow-tie for him.

As Philip marched on stage between choristers, Mog Davies and Percy Caswell on that Thursday evening of Oct 24th 1968, he was the proudest 17 year old there could ever be.

Two of Philip’s highlights with the choir are singing at the Royal Albert Hall in 1969 at the age of 18, while participating in the 1st Thousand Voices Concert. Also winning the National Eisteddfod at Ruthin 1973.

Over the last 50 years Philip has given exemplary attendance at choir concerts, tours and rehearsals, and since his retirement Philip has taken an active role in the choir as the Baritone Registrar.  

Philip is a true chorister; his passion for male voice singing is unsurpassed. It was a delight to welcome Philip’s wife Linda, his daughter Claire and son-in-law Matt to the Dowlais Male Choir’s 53rd Annual Concert at High Street Baptist Church on Saturday 8th September, giving him family support on such a momentous occasion.

Dafydd Iles, one of the choir’s Vice Presidents made the award to Philip, who said, “it gives me the greatest of pleasure to present Philip with a watch and glass plaque on behalf of the choir’s President, Vice Presidents ,  choir committee and fellow choristers.”

Here’s to many more years with Dowlais!

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