About us

CF1 is a mixed choir based in Cardiff. Since its inception as a Youth Association by Eilir Owen Griffiths in 2002, CF1 has developed into one of Wales’ most competitive mixed choirs.

Over the years, CF1 has had considerable success in the Urdd Eisteddfod; the National Eisteddfod; Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod; Pontrhydfendigaid Eisteddfod; Cheltenham Choral Festival and North Wales Choral Festival. The choir won the Mixed Choirs Category in the Côr Cymru Competition in 2013 and winning the BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year in 2014 was the icing on top of the cake.

The choir enjoys performing on the international stage. The choir has travelled to the United States, Poland, Canada, Italy and Ireland, as well as across England and Wales. In 2016, representatives of the choir went to the state of Mizoram in India to perform at the Kristian Thalai Pâwl Conference – a Christian Youth Association founded in 1954 by the Welsh missionary, Rev. O. W. Owen. CF1 were the first choir from Wales to visit the province and performed to a pavilion of over 20,000 people. In 2017, the choir went for a week to Rhineland, Germany where they paid a musical tribute at the grave of Ellis Humphrey Evans – Hedd Wyn and participated in an afternoon service of worship at Cologne Cathedral.

CF1’s highlights include performing in the official opening of the Wales Millennium Centre in 2004; singing in the Millennium Stadium before rugby matches – and before the 2015 England Rugby World Cup; singing in the Basilica San Zeno Maggiore in Verona and Basilica St. Marl’s in Venice; performing Cantata Memoria - a multilingual text by Sir Karl Jenkins and Mererid Hopwood to mark 50 years since the Aberfan disaster with Sir Bryn Terfel, Elin Manahan Thomas, David Childs, Catrin Finch, Joo Yeon and Sinfonia Cymru, conducted by Sir Karl Jenkins at the Wales Millennium Centre; performing as part of the Festival of Voice – Cardiff’s first international arts festival.

CF1 has released two CDs ‘Côr Aelwyd CF1’ (2006) and ‘Con Spirito’ (2011).

Eilir Owen Griffiths

Musical Director

Eilir Owen Griffiths is one of Wales’ most dynamic choral directors. With over 15 years’ experience as a Musical Director and a composer, he has conducted CF1 since its formation back in 2002.

Eilir is also the Musical Director for Llangollen International Eisteddfod and has won many awards for his work as a composer including ‘Tlws y Cerddor’ (Musician’s Award) at the National Eisteddfod in 2008.

Eilir has conducted many different choirs over the years. He was previously the Musical Director for Côr Godre’r Garth between 2004 and 2014 where the choir managed to win the mixed choir competition no less than five times at the National Eisteddfod under his directorship. Eilir was also one of the first Musical Directors for the Cardiff Blues Choir which was formed as part of the Codi Canu series on S4C back in 2006 and he also conducted the Trinity Saint David Carmarthen choir, the winners of the Youth Category in Côr Cymru in 2007 and also Dyffryn Tywi School of Performing Arts.

Eilir works as a BA Course Coordinator at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Performance Centre (Canolfan Berfformio Cymru) and is also the Artistic Director for the Trinity Saint David Festival.

Eilir has also accepted a number of invitations to travel as part of his work as a conductor to Ireland, Germany, Poland, France, India and the United States and he also contributes regularly to television and radio programmes including the Urdd and National Eisteddfod.

Rhiannon Pritchard

Deputy Conductor & Accompanist

Rhiannon graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2009 after studying under the tutelage of Richard McMahon.

She has been awarded many prizes for her work as an accompanist and repetiteur including the Welsh National Youth Opera Seligman Award, the RWCMD Mansel Thomas prize and Accompanist Prize, and Gwobr Goffa Eleri Evans, the accompanist prize at the National Eisteddfod.

Rhiannon was accepted for the late Yehudi Menuhin’s musician scheme, Live Music Now, in 2009, and performs all over the country in recitals and workshops.

Other accompanying roles include: Welsh National Opera, RWCMD, the Wales International Academy of Voice, Llangollen International Eisteddfod, The National Eisteddfod, The Music in the Vale Competition, and the Bryn Terfel Scholarship. She also works extensively as a piano tutor and vocal coach.

Rhiannon is also accompanist of the Cardiff Blues Choir, City Voices and the Morriston RFC Male Voice Choir. Her choral roles have seen her travel to South Africa, America, Canada and Europe.

Richard Vaughan

Accompanist

Originally from Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, Richard, a graduate from Royal Holloway, University of London, is an accomplished pianist having twice won the National Urdd Eisteddfod of Wales along with winning the coveted pianist of the festival award. He has played across Europe including the British Ambassador’s residence and ‘Church in the Rock’ in Helsinki.

Richard is also the Musical Director of the Cardiff Blues Choir, is a regular accompanist on S4C programmes and is regularly in demand as a session musician. He's worked as a vocal coach with the ‘Big Talent’ school at the Wales Millennium Centre. He has been a professional piano tutor since the age of 15 and continues to teach privately.

Richard has also worked as a Researcher and Musical Assistant on many television productions and as an actor, has starred in the S4C productions ‘Pam Fi Duw’, ‘Maxn’ and ‘2 Dŷ a ni’. He is in regular demand as a voiceover artist, and working as a composer, wrote the music for S4C’s children’s production ‘Herio’r Ddraig’ and the recent S4C film, ‘Pianissimo’. His choral compositions and arrangements are increasingly in demand by choirs from across Wales and beyond.

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Join us

New members are welcome.

We rehearse at Crwys Church, 77 Richmond Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF24 3AR every Monday night at 7pm.

If you would like more information, please contact us at: [email protected]