The male choir delves into the world of rock music

Rhayader and District Male Voice Choir changed scenery and genres last weekend when they visited a legendary recording studio.

On February 26, the choir traveled to Rockfield Studios, located in the Wye Valley in Monmouthshire, to provide backing vocals for a local group.

A residential recording studio set in history; Rockfield Studios has hosted many famous bands and artists and recorded tracks such as Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. Other famous bands that have recorded there include The Stone Roses, Motörhead and Oasis.

During their visit, the choir provided backing vocals for the formidable Mid Wales Shop Front Heroes band. The band is made up of members Stevie Yeomans (vocals, bass and piano), Jake Owen, (guitar and bass), Matt Whitehouse (drums) and Tom Jaques (guitar). String support was provided by Jim Willis and Louis Robinson.

The choir were involved in the track, Caer Bryn, from their soon to be released full-length new debut album.

Caer Bryn was the name of a smallholding in mid Wales which no longer exists. The song celebrates feelings of hiraeth inspired by memories of the region’s past. The choir said the music certainly matched the quiet beauty of mid Wales.

Graham Brownley, of Rhayader and District Male Voice Choir, said: “This whole experience has been a wonderful, exciting journey into the world of rock music and professional recording.

“The band offered the choir the usual warm Welsh hospitality and encouraged our transition into their world.”

The choir added that they felt privileged and honored to have been asked to be part of such an exciting endeavor for Shop Front Heroes and wished them all the best for their future.