The Choir entered its first competition in 1923, coming second in a contest in Batley.

Since then and through to today, competition work all over the country has featured in our regular activities. It keeps us sharp. We want to have fun but we also want to  be excellent at what we do.


For many years we’ve sung at the  International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen and no choir has a better record than Colne Valley since the festival’s inauguration in 1947.

Our  22 appearances, over the years, in the Male Voice Choir Class shows a tally of six first prizes, five second prizes and two third prizes with consecutive wins in 1960,1961, 1962 and 1998,1999.

Matt Houston 'Yes we did win it!' Cornwall Cornwall  May 2007

We were judged ‘Overall Best UK Choir, in May 2015 having defended our 2013 title at the Cornwall International Male Voice Choir Festival. 

We couldn’t manage to make it a 4th title in  our last appearance in Cornwall in 2019. Covid and generational change have rather cramped our competition activity in recent years but we are making a gradual return to the competitive stage and expect to return to Llangollen in 2025.

Click on these links to view the Choir’s Llangollen successes or  see our ongoing success in Music Competitions and Festivals