Recent Events

Memorial Concert 27th May 2016

Although an emotional night, it was possibly one of our best performance. Remembering Colin Shurmer our past chairman who past away in post one year before. We decided to hold this concert to raise funds for Velindre Cancer Center – we were delighted to be hand over £1000 to this fine cause.

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Scottish Tour, 23rd to 28th May

What a fantastic week the choir spent in Dumfries, Scotland, we were welcomed wherever we went. The staff at the Cairndale Hotel cairndale-hotel-leisurecould not have been more welcoming and attentive – we would recommend this hotel if you are in the area. Thank you Janet.

 

We had a number of trips out, Gretna Green, Kirkudbright & Castel Douglas which we enjoyed seeing may sights and sounds from the area. It also gave the shoppers a chance to stretch their legs.

Performance

The main reason for the trip was to perform at Fiona’s home town, Dalbeattie. We were greeted by the President of the Rotary Club who made us most welcome. We practiced in the church on the Tuesday and had the main performance on the Wednesday. The audience of over 400  thoroughly enjoyed our show. not only did the choir sing out of our skins,  Clive Lemon gave his usual fun but outstanding solo performance. Fiona also sang solo which the audience lapped up,  but the duet with Clive was the jewel in the crown.  Although the concert over ran we were still demanded to give an encore – we obliged. After the performance we gathered in  the church hall where we were joined by members of the Dalbeattie Male Voice Choir,  who were in the audience, for an impromptu afterglow. We were not finished there – back to the hotel for another 2 hour sing song – truly amazing night. We dedicated the night to our chairman Colin who was to unwell to travel with us – we missed you.

So then it was all over and the long journey home. We would all like Edwardsto thank Stuart our driver and Edwards Coaches for the transport, we are going to be using your services again.

Friday 15th May – St Mary’s Church

Report to follow

21st April 2015 – Celtic Manor Resort

Corporate Pre-dinner, Although we only sang four pieces we were warmly received by the assembled dinner guests. Short but sweet and many compliments given to us all after the performance.

28th February 2015 – Tidworth Barracks

Royal Welsh Sergent’s Mess St Davids Day Ball

In full song - guarded from behind
In full song – guarded from behind

It was a real privileged to receive an invitation to perform for The Royal Welsh at their St Davids Day Ball in the Sargent Mess at Tidworth. It was a great day out for us and the welcome and hospitality was outstanding. Even the Wales v France game was put on the TV for us. We performed two sets for the soldiers and guests – First as they settled down for their meal, but the best was saved for the second set. We our set of Welsh pieces including Fantasia Of Welsh Airs and our tribute to them “Tell my Father” which brought a few tears to our audience. Although we had thought we had finished the standing audience demanded we sing our Anthem with them – passion to match the Millennium Stadium on match day – Thank you for this opportunity to perform for you.

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Exchange of plaques
Our chairman with some props
Our chairman with some props

26th February 2015 – Holy Trinity

Joint St Davids Day Concert with Serenata Ladies Choir

Both Choirs
Both Choirs

What a fantastic  evening for both choirs, performing to raise money for Shelter. With a large audience  both choirs gave their all for an excellent night for everyone.

Serenata Ladies Choir
Serenata Ladies Choir

Both choirs performed on their own with some favorite music.      Serenata sang some modern pieces along with some fantastic       renditions of Welsh songs – we recommend going to any concert    involving these ladies.

Both choirs also joined forces to perform together – Speed Your Journey was a real crowd pleaser, but the joint performance of a medley from Les Miserables brought the house down. The best part of the evening was finding out we helped to raise over £700 for this fantastic charity.

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20th December 2014 – Newport Market

Our last outing of the year but always a favorite – so many people joining us upstairs singing along to our Christmas voices. Joined by a primary school we sang together and then listened to their rendition of “Oh Little Town” – beautiful.

15th December 2014 – YMCA Newport

We do enjoy joining the local community at the YMCA for there carol concert. We join the brass band and local primary school children along with the YMCA staff and sing all the Christmas favorites.

6th December 2014 – Holy Trinity, Christchurch – Wedding

What a beautiful wedding for Joide and Gareth, the sun shone on their special day. We entertained the large congregation before the bride arrived and we sang at the signing of the registrar. Somehow we found ourselves in the Greyhound after for a little afterglow.

 4th December 2014 – St Johns, Maindee

It was a pleasure to join the staff, players, there family and friends of Newport County AFC in this annual carol service. We enjoyed the first of our full carol services and look forward to doing the same next year.

29th November 2014 – Newport Wetlands

What a beautiful day to come to the magnificent center sing to support it continuing work. It was great to see so many people supporting the center and we hope they all enjoyed our performance

27th November 2014 – St Mary’s Church, Marshfield

We had a super evening singing along with the children from the local primary school. We sang some traditional music and then listen to the children sing. We then joined forces to sing some carols. We look forward to doing this again next year.

13th November 2014 – Wellwood House

Cheshire Home 1We had a wonderful evening entertaining the residence – we were made very welcome and enjoyed them joining in with us

23rd October 2014  – St Julius & Aron Church

This was the first time we have helped the Street Pastors and definitely won’t be the last. Although our numbers were slightly down due to illness we gave the concert our all. The Pastors give their time freely, so it was a pleasure to give something back to them. We know they raised over £300 which we feel is well worth doing. We look forward to next years concert.

18th October 2014 – Magor Baptist Church

It was a pleasure to help the church raise money for charities in Africa. We performed a mix of our recent repertoire with some solo performances with Clive (even if Barbra mixed up some music).  The tea and cakes after were fantastic.

9th October 2014 – Holy Trinity Church

Report to follow

4th October 2014 – Rhys Prytherick

It is with sadness that I have to report that Rhys passed away on the 4th October. Rhys had been singing in choirs for many years and was a valued member of our choir, Our thoughts and prayers go to all his family and friends at this sad time.

25th September 2014 – St Mellons Church

What a delightful evening at this quaint church, we performed the same repertoire as our annual concert to the audience who thoroughly enjoyed it. We were so glad to help them raise funds for the upkeep of this lovely church – hope we go back again next year.

19th September 2014 -Annual Concert

Truly a fantastic night to a near sell out audience. We performed a full repertoire of the songs we have practiced over the last year. The Beatles Melody and Rock Around the Clock had the audience singing along. A special thank you goes to Serrenata Ladies Choir for standing in at the last moment due to the children’s choir having to pull out due to unforeseen circumstances. The Ladies performance will live in our memory for a long time. Also a big thank you to Clive Lemon who gave us all the delight of his voice. However it was slightly overshadowed by his duet with Fiona – magical. Thank you to all our VIP guests for their continued support and to all the ladies for their help in setting up and buffet – we can’t do it with out them. We very much hope we will be back at St Patrick’s next year.

 NATO Summit 2014 – City of Newport

We were delighted and privileged to be asked by the American Embassy in London to perform for their video production the beautiful Welsh song “Ar Lan Y Mor”. They have produced a video as a preview of the Celtic Manor for the visiting dignitaries. Here is the link to the video they produced – we hope you enjoy it.

A Sneak Peak at the 2014 NATO Summit in Wales

 

30th August 2014 – Cheshire Homes,         Llanhennock

What a lovely afternoon we spent at their home to perform during the BBQ and Fete they had organized. It was great to see so many people supporting this fabulous place. We did our first set outside which had it’s challenges for Fiona and Barbra – wind and sheet music don’t mix!!! then we had a small shower so we all went inside. The residents and staff smiled through the whole performance and one lady could not contain her self and danced with our treasurer Colin when we sang Rock Around The Clock – this is a first for us. We look forward to singing carols later this year at the home.

French Theater  Company Visit 31.08.14

Committee and musical team welcome Pascale & Herve to practice
Committee and musical team welcome Pascale & Herve to practice

 It was an honour and privilege to welcome Pascale Oyer & Herve George from Compagnie de la Yole  a regional French Theater Company to our rehearsal. Pascale in doing research for her latest production wanted to visit a Male Voice Choir and to our delight she selected us. We started with Gwahoddiad, Autumn Leaves and Calon Lan  before working on some of our new pieces. We finished the night with “we’ll keep a welcome in the hill side” .

Pascale thanked the choir for allowing them to join us and was blown away with the passion and sound we produced. We hope it has helped her research and there was a few offers of going to France to help her out.

19th July 2014 – St Fagans Castle

IMG_2936What a privilege and a pleasure to be the first Male Choir to perform at a wedding ceremony at this Venue. We were delighted to perform at Rhiannon and Dave’s special day in this magnificent setting. We performed for the guests before the service and the brides arrival. After the service we performed our full concert repertoire whilst the guests enjoyed some refreshment and the photographer assembled everyone for all the photographs.

3rd July 2014 – Ringland Labour Club

What a great evening. This concert in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care was very well supported. The audience enjoyed an evening of fun and music. Our guest singer Clive Lemon snag four fantastic ballads during the evening whilst we went through our repertoire of old and new songs. The most important part was the £524.00 raised for this fantastic cause.

AGM 9th June 2014

Last nights AGM was  well attended and the committee for the next 12 months elected. Mike decided to stay on as Secretary whilst Les will take on the position of Vice Chairman to back up Colin. Details of the awards will follow and now it is time to get prepared for the Video recording on the 23rd.

Roy Hill 1943 – 2014

Sadly Roy passed away peacefully at home on the 6th May 2014. He was a much loved and admired member of the choir, singing in the 2nd tenor section for over 20 years. He will be hugely missed by all of us and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this sad time. We were privileged to sing at his funeral on 30th May and will always remember Roy with great affection.

24th May 2014 – St Mary’s Newport

St Mary'sEven the rain could not dampen the spirit for the wedding of Laura and David.  The bride did keep us waiting a short while (25 mins) but it was worth it in the end. We entertained the congregation before her arrival and sang during the signing of the registrar. Father Richard Aziati conducted a super service. We all wish Laura and David every happiness in their marriage.

8th May 2014 – All Saints, Brynglas

What a great evening at All Saints Church, from the welcome to the standing ovation at the end. The vicar gave us a fantastic welcome, following which we went through our new repertoire. Barbra battled on with the keyboard even if the bass was intermittent and the stand was a little unstable.  We look forward to going back there soon.

3rd May 2014 – Amersham

St Mary's Church Old Amersham
St Mary’s Church
Old Amersham

The first away trip of the year took us to St Mary’s Church, Old Amersham, Bucks for the wedding of Alexandra Rance to Thomas Gooder. The weather was fantastic and the service was lovely. We entertained the guests before the brides’ arrival, Alexandra walked down the aisle to “Myfannwy”. We performed during the signing of the register. After the bride and groom had left the church we sang “you’ll never walk alone” as the guests left. Before we came home we visited some local hostelries and gave the locals an unexpected treat!! – Congratulations to the happy couple.

2014 First Concert

Glyn Anwen, St Julians

Thursday 17th April took the choir to Glyn Anwen, St Julians for the first concert of 2014. The residents gave us a fantastic welcome and enjoyed the concert. It was the first time we tried out some of the new pieces Fiona has introduced and they all went well. Some of the choir members benefited from the prizes in the raffle much to the annoyance of a few of the residents. We were rewarded with an        excellent buffet and we look forward to going back again.

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