Snowdown Colliery Welfare Male Voice Choir - Performing at Electric Mountain, Llanberis on Sunday afternoon 18th June 2017

Snowdown Colliery Welfare MVC was founded in 1929 by mineworkers coming to Kent from Wales and elsewhere. As the sole survivor of the Kent colliery choirs, our history recognises the dedication and expertise of members over decades. The colliery closed in 1987 but the Choir flourishes still, with members now coming from varied backgrounds and a wide area.We are proud of our Welsh tradition. Last year we participated in a 1000 Voices Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, the latest in a series of events organised by the Welsh Association of MVCs in which we have been proud to feature on several occasions; we are currently rehearsing for the next event in May 2018.

We also retain strong links to mining.In 2012, we partnered with the local Snowdown and Betteshanger Colliery Brass Bands to stage a major concert to mark the centenary of coal being mined in Kent, while the following year we sang at the Folkestone screening of the film The Miners Hymns.Also, as one of our more unusual commissions, we accepted in 2010 a commission for "The Sounds Beneath", an audiovisual work set in a disused colliery under direction of the internationally-recognised Mikhail Karikis.For this work, which 6 years on is still being screened all over the world (in 2014 it was shown in Paris, Warsaw and Melbourne), the Choir recreated with voice the subterranean sounds of a mine.

Most concerts are local but we also regularly tour in the UK; our 2014 "Heart of England" tour included singing at Woburn Abbey and also concerts with choirs from Huntingdon and Luton (the "re-matches" took place locally in 2016!).In addition, we have frequently sung in France (including Bruay-les-Mines, Reims, Moutiers, Eurodisney and most recently Air Sur La Lys in December 2016) and the Netherlands (with Winterswijk, Deja Vue and Baarns Mannenkoor Choirs).We also participate in many special events, which in recent years have included a massed concert in Croydon to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of H.M. Queen Elizabeth 2nd, performing in a special concert in Reims to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Reims-Canterbury Twinning Association, participating in Songs Of Praise from Canterbury Cathedral and - last but not least - singing in front of nearly 20,000 people to support the Olympic Torch relay through Dover before the 2012 Olympic Games!In 2015, we very much enjoyed the Royal Albert Hall, as well as participation in the Cornwall International MVC Festival, (the largest MVC event in Europe).We also appeared at a Gala Concert at The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, as Special Guests of the Morriston Orpheus Male Voice Choir, one of the most respected MVC's in the world.This year, 2017, is also action-packed, as may be seen from our website Snowdown Choir, including a tour to North Wales – under the banner "Snowdown in Snowdonia" !

Overall, we present approximately 20 concerts a year and also volunteer monthly in a Silver Song Club to promote social inclusion.Finally, we run schools workshops aimed at sharing with children how a choir works, helping to maintain an awareness of MVC tradition and - who knows - "growing" new members!Very gratifyingly, the relationships established in these events led to our invitation last year to participate with two Deal schools in a highly successful "Voices Unite" concert at St George's Church.

15th July 2019 - Later Opening

Please note that the centre will open at 10am on Monday 15th July 2019 instead of our usual 9.30am due to Staff Training.

We apologise for the slight delay.

The main Visitor Centre is closed for Refurbishment

TOURS WILL BE OPERATING FROM A TEMPORARY BUILDING LOCATED IN OUR CAR PARK from 1/4/19 to 30/9/19 (please note that there will be no catering facilities within this temporary building. Llanberis village has a variety of cafes, restrauants, bistros for you to choose from).

Carrie Elspeth

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