As reported in the Evening Post on Tuesday 12th August:
The choir was issued with “new” uniforms and this raised the issue of presentation on stages especially after their success during the year. It was agreed that hands should be tried out placed at the sides rather than in front with a trial carried out for the next few concerts. Due to the cost of the new uniforms it was agreed that they should be the property of the choir and returned should a member leave.
This year saw the choir take its first trip overseas. The visit to Mannheim, Germany (one of Swansea's twin towns) was hosted by the Facco-Chor and took place between the 14th and 20th October. A reciprocal visit was planned for Easter 1983.
Cutting from the Western Mail, 13th October
Choir members, families and friends visiting Heidelberg
The choir had a few disappointments having failed to win at the International Eisteddfod at Llangollen but had been awarded three 1st places at Eisteddfoddau including the third successive victory at the Miners’ Eisteddfod.
The choir membership increased to 39.
The “Musical Committee” which had been in operation for several years was questioned since the Musical Director was making musical decisions without reference to the Committee. On this basis it was agreed to continue with the sub-committee to assist the Musical Director on his recommendation.
The choir had held a prestige concert in the Brangwyn Hall.
The choir recorded the Christmas number “Stop the Cavalry” together with the Cory Band. This remains a most popular Christmas recording in the USA.
Miss Diane Myles was appointed as Accompanist.
Due to the increased workload of learning new pieces, choir practices were increased to two per week as in reality they had been for the past year.
It was proposed to enter the Pentryhdfendigaed Eisteddfod to try and secure a third successive win and the Rhymney Eisteddfod where prizes were more lucrative rather than the National Eisteddfod.
The choir became regular entertainers at Swansea University and Swansea City Council conferences.
Having been successful again at the Pentryhdfendigaed Eisteddfod for a third year, the choir agreed to present a cup to the Eisteddfod Committee for choirs to win in subsequent years – entitled the “Gwalia Cup”. [In reality the choir subsequently won its own cup back several times in future years!]
The choir recorded another ‘45 single’ record for Christmas entitled “White Christmas” together with the Olchfa School orchestra.
The choir had again been successful in competition including victories in the Rhymney, Cardigan and Miner’s Eisteddfodau. However they were unsuccessful at the Radio Wales and Choir of the Year competitions.
The choir entertained the “Facco Chor” choir from Mannheim at Easter.
The Musical Director proposed that a retirement age be established for choir members at 65 since clearly some of the members voices were failing with age. This was rejected by the choir as a whole, identifying that it was the Musical Director’s job to “weed out” failing voices!
It was agreed to enter the five major Eisteddfodau during the year, i.e. the National, Cardigan, Pontrhydfendigaed, Rhymney and the Miner’s.
The “Musical Committee” was finally abandoned.
The choir held an Extraordinary meeting to consider the possible restrictions caused by limiting its size to 40. Despite a strong discussion to raise this to 50 or even 60 it was eventually agreed that there would be no limit and that the size should be left to the discretion of the Musical Director. The choir had 41 members recorded on the books in this year.
The choir’s attempt at the “Grand Slam” of the four Eisteddfodau had not been successful but it had gained three 1st place positions and one 2nd place positions.
The choir had made a very successful tour of Birmingham with the Birmingham 51 club and made their first concert at the Coombe Cheshire Home.
The choir at Coombe Cheshire Home
Concern was expressed that the choir was becoming stale and that recruitment was paramount of new younger members. To this end a recruitment sub-committee was established. Membership stood at 32.
The choir visited Mannheim for the second time.
A record number of 26 concerts were performed throughout the year.
The choir planned a weekend to Bournemouth and had an engagement at London’s Dorchester Hotel.
Performing for a wedding reception at the Dorchester Hotel, London
Planning was commenced for the 21st Birthday in 1987.
The choir suffered a period of turmoil during this year, which resulted in several resignations of principal officers but survived after reforming.
The 21st Anniversary Concert was held at Bethlehem Chapel in Fforestfach, Swansea on Saturday 31st October. Guest artistes for the concert were Rebecca Evans (soprano) and Nigel Hopkins (baritone).
Cutting from the South Wales Evening Post, Thursday 29th October
The 21st Anniversary Concert at Bethlehem Chapel, Cadle
The choir held a special presentation social evening and arranged two trips away to Bournemouth and to Llandudno.
Recruitment was still a concern and choir membership was 34.
The recruitment policy appeared to have been successful and the choir membership had increased to 39.
The choir performed well again in the Pontrhydfendigaed and Miner’s Eisteddfodau and had performed in a competition in Cornwall.
The choir introduced its Patronship scheme and acquired 31 patrons.
The choir’s Ladies Section formed several years earlier had organised two supper dances and raised £450 towards new uniform trousers.
The choir celebrated New Year with a special outing to Llandrindod Wells.
Another visit to the Shobdon Flower Festival