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Emilie performing he momologue
Thornbury Castle. Weapons to fend off the fans in the back.
Carols at the new Medical Centre

2019 ended really well with our normal festive concerts plus carol services at the St. David’s Hotel, and Porthcawl’s new medical centre. The Arlington Road Christmas Carol Service was an amazing success with standing room only. Not only was the audience treated to a rousing evening of carols but a performance by 9 year old Emilie de Burgh had the audience in stiches. Her wonderful monologue ‘Birthday Hijack’, on having her Birthday on Christmas day, was the highlight of a wonderful evening; a star in the making. The ladies section surpassed themselves with excellent refreshments. Thanks to you all. The choir also had the pleasure of singing at a wedding in Thornbury Castle, a wonderful venue on the edge of the Cotswolds. The evening was truly magical and the enthusiastic guests were provided with a mixture of Christmas Carols, traditional male voice pieces and anecdotes from our evenings musical director Alex. 2020 has started well with number of interesting bookings are in the calendar. The choir is looking forward to singing at venues such as Cardiff City Hall and Castle. In February, we are celebrating the 40th anniversary and a Dinner at the High Tide is under planning. More on that to follow next month……

Stroke Club Concert. Potential new chorister?

With the Christmas program well underway our first two carol services were well received. Despite terrible storms, our service at the Masonic Home brought lots of festive cheer to the residents and guests alike. The Stroke Club Carol Service at the Grove Golf Club was once again a great success. As well as a great start to the seasons celebrations, the event was a good fund raising opportunity for the Club. A surprise performance for Aston Martin at the St. David’s hotel to celebrate the opening of their new plant took place early in December. It was a great honour for the choir to sing at such an iconic venue in front of such an illustrious audience. The choir enjoyed an evening of comedy and music at the Green Acres in North Cornelly. The packed audience were in stiches at the barrage of gags from the ever young Colin Price and were thoroughly entertained by the wonderful voice of singer Eve Sherratt, who performed some amazing numbers for us. Many thanks to Ray Hooton for arranging this great evening.

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This years concert will be a special event. Stunning special guests ‘ida’ will bring a musical feast of operatic, stage and pop music.
Mair has added some fantastic new numbers to our repertoire and some numbers where audience participation will be requires. Promises to be a special evening.
Fantastic evening in store. Two fine choirs performing for a great cause. Hope to see all of you there.
Choir ready for action

The choir have been very busy recently practicing for the upcoming tour to Cornwell on the 26th April. The highlight of the tour will be a joint concert with the famous Polperro Fishermen’s Choir at the Looe Lifeboat Station on the 27th April.

28 Choir members, together with 64 family and friends, safely returned from the tour of Newquay and Looe Cornwall. Storm Hanna made them all feel well at home with bracing winds blowing off the sea. The joint concert with the Polperro choir, held in the unique venue of the RNLI station at Looe, was well received by a large audience and culminated in a joint rendition of Gwahoddiad in both Welsh and English. This brought about a standing ovation from crowd who had experienced the rich blend of Cornish and traditional male choir arrangements. All proceeds from the concert were donated to the RNLI, a worthy organisation dear to the hearts of both host and visitors alike. Special mentions to Musical Director Mair Jones and pianist Sian Davies who guided the choir throughout the evening. The weekend was described as ‘magical’ from beginning to end and many thanks go to Mike Williams who organised the highly successful tour.

Polperro Choir performing at the RNLI station Looe.
Polperro Fishermen’s Choir