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Competitions

The choir's first competitive effort was at Porth, where it sang " Crusaders" as the test piece, with 110 singers. During its first 25 years the choir competed regularly and met with a fair amount of success although victory at the National Eisteddfod eluded them, except for being placed second on two occasions.
    Some of the successes gained were
1922 Porth: First prize £10, and winners at Llanharan
1923 Hirwaun: First prize £15
1924 Mumbles: Second prize, beaten by half a point out of 18 choirs.
1926 Aberdare Park: First prize £10 at Abernant Park
    Mardy: During the General Strike when the choristers walked over the mountain to and from the Eisteddfod.
    Siloa, Aberdare: First prize £10, beating Pendyrus Male Choir. A handsome chair presented to the Conductor is now in Aberdare Museum
    Aberaman Public Hall: Joint winners with Trecynon Male Voice Choir
    Aberaman Park: Two weeks later, when Cwmbach defeated Trecynon.
Abernant Park: First prize £30
1928 National Eisteddfod, Treorchy: Second prize £20, beaten by the Scranton Male Choir, USA
1936 Aberdare Park: First prize
1937 Aberdare Flower Show: First prize £15
1938 National Eisteddfod, Cardiff: Second prize£20
1939 Brecon Eisteddfod: Joint winners with the Breconian Gleemen (Brynmawr)
1944 Pontllanfraith: First prize £15, and the "Burgess Silver Cup"
1945 Oakdale: Second prize.
1946 Third place at both the Treorchy and Ferndale Chair Eisteddfodau
     
During the next 25 years the Choir's success came regularly once it had re-established in the immediate post-war years; for in 1947 it gained the first prize of £30 at Ferndale followed by a second at the Glynneath Chair Eisteddfod. The following year, 1948, the Choir improved on its position at Glynneath by winning the competition, which carried a first prize of £40 plus a challenge cup. Later the same year the Choir competed at the Miners' Eisteddfod at Porthcawl, only to be placed fourth out of 24 choirs, but in the years to follow Cwmbach's record must be the envy of many choirs in Wales, but despite it's many successes it was unsuccessful at Llangollen International Eisteddfod in 1949,1950 and 1951.
 
    From 1952 to the present it has won many major awards at various Eisteddfodau.
    The record reads as follows
1952 Glynneath: £10. Miners' Eisteddfod, Porthcawl £20.
1953 Glynneath: £10. Miners' Eisteddfod, Porthcawl £60, and becoming the first choir to be awarded the Handsome 200 guineas Challenge Cup.
1954 Glynneath: £10
1955 Cardigan Semi-National: Winners of Second Male Voice Competition (£40) and third prize of £30 in Chief Male Voice Competition
1956 Winners Glynneath Chair Eisteddfod £40. Miners' Eisteddfod, Porthcawl, £15. Llanwrtyd Eisteddfod, £12.
1957 Winners Glynneath Eisteddfod, £40. Winners Seven Sisters Eisteddfod, £40, and the W. Morris Challenge Cup.
1958 Winners Miners' Eisteddfod (£60), and 200 guineas Challenge Cup; Second prize National Eisteddfod at Ebbw Vale, £60
1959 Glynneath Eisteddfod: First prize, £30 Llanharan: First prize, £40.
1960 Winners Miners' Eisteddfod, Porthcawl, £80, becoming first choir to win the 200 guineas Challenge Cup for the third time. Three, second prizes at Cardigan Semi-National totalling £80. Winners Llangattock, £25 and Blaenavon, £30.
1961 Miners' Eisteddfod, Porthcawl: Second prize £30
1962 Winners of Chief Male Voice Competition £200, and Second Male Voice Competition £80, plus the 200 guineas Challenge Cup at the Miners' Eisteddfod, Porthcawl, to become the first choir to achieve the 'double' at this Eisteddfod and to win the Challenge Cup for the fourth time. Winners Cwmbran, £30
1963 The choir achieved another 'double' by winning both Chief Male Voice (£200) and Second MaleVoice Choir competitions (£60) at the Cardigan Semi-National Eisteddfod. It repeated the previous years successes at Cwmbran to win first prize of £30 and first prize of £60 at Carmarthen.
1964 Winners Pontrhydfendigaid, £300. Second prize, £30, Miners' Eisteddfod, Porthcawl.
1965 £200 at Pontrhydfendigaid. £65 at Carmarthen. £10 at Morriston. £80 and the 200 guineas Challenge cup at Miners' Eisteddfod, Porthcawl, for the fifth time in the Second Male Voice Competition
1966 Winners second Male Voice Competition at the National Eisteddfod at Port Talbot, £200 and the Royal Welsh Fusiliers' Cup. Winners Pontrhydfendigaid Eisteddfod £200 and the 'Cwpan Rhys Thomas James'. £50 Second prize Carmarthen. £15, Miners' Eisteddfod, Porthcawl.
1967 £75 at Cardigan Eisteddfod. Challenge Shield at Bristol.
1968 Winners, Second Male Voice Choir Competition at National Eisteddfod Barry, £150 and Royal Welsh Fusiliers' Cup. £75 Cardigan Eisteddfod. £40 Miners' Eisteddfod, porthcawl
1969 Second prize £175, Pontrhydfendigaid. Second prize £80, National Eisteddfod at Flint
 
From 1970-1992 the choir did not enter the competitive arena. However during that year they came 3rd in the Male Voice Choir Competition at Llangollen International Eisteddfod
 
1970 Winners Pontrhydfendigaid £600 and 'Cwpan Rhys Thomas James'. Winners Cardigan Eisteddfod £200. Second prize Miners' Eisteddfod, Porthcawl, £30. Third place National Eisteddfod at Ammanford.
1996 Winner of the Male Voice Competition at the Limerick Festival Ireland
1998 Winner of the Chief Male Voice Competition at the Miners' Eisteddfod, Porthcawl.

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