The 70-person ensemble will travel from the Rhondda Valley in South Wales for the concert at St Savior’s and St Peter’s Church at 7.30pm on Saturday 3rd September.
Rotary spokesman Bob Hamblyn said, “From its inauspicious beginnings in 1883 at the Red Cow Hotel, the Treorchy Male Choir has grown into what is probably the most famous male vocal ensemble in the world.
“The choir has shared a stage with some of the greatest in the entertainment industry, including Sir Tom Jones, Dame Shirley Bassey, Katherine Jenkins and even Ozzy Osbourne!”
Bob added: “In our centenary year, we are honored to welcome this legendary Welsh institution to our city. Tickets are on sale now and we look forward to a wonderful concert that will raise funds for our Homes for Homeless centenary project.
“The Rotary Club of Eastbourne’s Homes for Homeless initiative aims to develop four one-bedroom homes for people living on the streets of Eastbourne. The ambitious financial goal will allow the Rotary club to purchase, redevelop and develop a suitable site dedicated to providing dignified housing for the city’s homeless.
“All tickets sold for the canceled event in April are still valid for the rearranged concert. For more information and to book, visit: https://homes-for-homeless.org/events/ or call the box office at 01736 810181.”
A spokesperson for the choir said: “The present Treorchy Male Choir was reformed on October 16, 1946 under the direction of John Haydn Davies. This remarkable man led them to a kingdom of gold in the space of 20 years, transforming the first musical recruits into an international institution.
They reached the heights of musical distinction in the eisteddfod realm by winning a record eight national victories (six consecutive), a total of 22 first prizes from 27 entries.
“The unique Treorchy Sound has been heard around the world on regular radio broadcasts, television appearances, commercial recordings, two feature films and an overseas tour in Switzerland where they sang in front of 85,000 people during the parade of the mayor of Zurich.
“Treorchy was to become the first male choir to venture into the uncharted territory of popular music and subsequently the choir made nearly 60 commercial recordings, making it probably the most recorded in the world.
“In recent years their radical attitude to music-making has included a groundbreaking album of music by Freddie Mercury and Queen, two recordings of music by Bob Marley and, in stark contrast, they have become the first British choir to perform the Kullervo Symphony from Sibelius in Finnish.
“The choir has also shared the stage with some of the world’s greatest artists over its long and illustrious history. TV programs with Sir Tom Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Julie Andrews, Sir Harry Secombe and Burt Bacharach were just the start of their long association with big names and now their list of performances is more like a who’s who of international stars.
“This group of Welsh amateur singers have since appeared on stage, screen and in the recording studio with the likes of Dame Shirley Bassey, Dame Gwyneth Jones, Michael Ball, Bryn Terfel, Katherine Jenkins and Aled Jones.”