Oxford Welsh Male Voice Choir

Founded in 1928...

Richard Bedwin passed away in March 2001. He was President of our choir for the last 7 years and was Musical Director for a number of years in the 1950's.

Richard published the following as a pamphlet in 1978 as a celebration of the Choirs 50th Anniversary.

FIFTY YEARS OF SONG

A Brief History of the

OXFORD WELSH GLEE SINGERS

1928 —1978

by
RICHARD E. BEDWIN

Dedicated to the memory of Morgan Williams, founder member and father of The Party, who passed away as this book was being prepared for publication.

bibury 1938
Morgan Williams (Chairman) and Willie Davies (Conductor)
Outside Bibury Church, 1938

Introduction

The story of the Oxford Welsh Glee Singers is a link in the chain of Oxford’s history for half a century. Connecting links are the rise of the motor industry, in which many of the singers have spent their working lives, and the growth of trade union power and influence in the Cowley car factories. Others will tell the stories of Morris Motors, Pressed Steel and British Leyland, and of the big unions at Cowley; their dramatic tales will be studded with stars from the world of politics, big business and the T.U.C. The story of the Oxford Welsh Glee Singers is not studded with big names, nevertheless the survival of a cultural tradition in an alien society for so long suggests a story worth telling

This is the story of the car makers and trade unionists whose off-duty pleasure is found in singing. Putting together a car is a collective enterprise; putting on a choral concert is a collective enterprise, implicit in the singers’ self-styled title 'The Party'. It is a title without political connotations, but it symbolises the team spirit which pervades their music-making. Membership of 'The Party' bestows a very special kind of fellowship which has stood the test of time. This is the story of 'The Party'.

R.E.B. Witney 1.4.78

CHAPTER 1

SOUTH WALES 1928

CHAPTER 2

OXFORD 1928

CHAPTER 3

THE PARTY

CHAPTER 4

PRE-WAR

CHAPTER 5

WAR

CHAPTER 6

POST-WAR

CHAPTER 7

PROPOSED & SECONDED

CHAPTER 8

JUBILEE