CATHEDRAL SERIES CONCERTS OFF TO A GOOD START

Saturday 10 April 2010

Charity beneficiaries, Cancer Research Wales, Acting Fund-Raising Director, Liz McAndrew welcomed the Choir & thanked them for magnificent regular support
Bridgend Male Choir got their 50th Birthday celebrations off to a good start with a successful concert at the Metropolitan Cathedral of St David in Cardiff at the weekend, supporting Cancer Research Wales. Musical Director, John Jenkins led the choristers through a well rehearsed & well directed programme, accompanied by the excellent Laura Smith on piano and talented Scott Williams on organ.

Scott had entertained with an organ recital as the choristers took to the stage in both halves to the obvious pleasure of all attending. Laura again showed her talent with some wonderful piano accompaniment, most particularly with Music of the Night, This Little Light of Mine & Comrades in Arms.

Glyndebourne opera star, Helen-Jane Howells regally entertained the audience with her solo contributions which were of the highest standard. Easily reaching her notes, she glided through her programme taking advantage of a wonderful acoustic. Choristers are delighted that Helen-Jane is accompanying them at each of the Cathedral performances, as they will have the opportunity to hear her on several occasions. A good friend of the Choir, the soloist is a former Russell Sheppard Scholarship winner and made her debut with this band of men a few short years ago at Margam Abbey. The next time they perform together will be in the city of Birmingham on St Georges Day, 23rd April at the wonderful Catholic Cathedral of St Chad's on the Queensway. Ticket details appear on the Choir website www.bridgendmalechoir.co.uk