Bridgend Male Choir Royal Mencap Society Concert

Tuesday 09 November 2004

Bridgend Male Choir have been on the road again, wowing the crowds in the Birmingham area this time; as guest artistes at the Annual Concert of the Redditch and District Welsh Society.

The proceeds from the concert were donated to the Royal Mencap Society.

In front of a full house at the Palace Theatre, Redditch, the choir (under the musical directorship of John Jenkins) performed a varied selection from their repertoire. Stirring favourites such as ‘Rachie’, ‘Gwahoddiad’ and ‘Comrades in Arms’ were complemented by the spirituals ‘This Little Light of Mine’, ‘Every Time I Feel the Spirit’ and ‘The Gospel Train’ (featuring Hon. Sec. Jimmy Thomas on the swanee whistle).  In a theatrical vein, ‘Bring Him Home’ from the hit musical ‘Les Miserables’ also helped set the tenor of the evening.

The Choir, victors of the Welsh Fusiliers’ Cup at the National Eisteddfod this summer, included their three staged pieces in the programme, with Wagner’s ‘Pilgrims Chorus’ bringing a resounding finale to the first half.

Associate M.D. Marcus Hopkin displayed his wide-ranging talents by performing two solos to great effect and assisting Cheryl Jones in the role of accompanist. Choir soloists were also warmly received by the Midlands’ exiles, with much appreciation being shown to Thomas Jones, Graham Collins and Leon Evans.

The evening was rounded off with plenty of gusto and ‘hwyl’ as the choir and ex-pats in unison indulged in an emotional rendition of ‘Cwm Rhondda’.

The choir’s next engagement is once again over the bridge, at Radstock in Somerset.  But locals will soon be able to savour the Choir’s talents once again, at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Ewenny Road, Bridgend on Friday 3rd December.