CHOIR TAKES A BREATHER

Sunday 04 July 2010

50th Birthday celebratory plans come together.....Media Officer, David Burt writes.....
  All the expectations from Bridgend Male Choir's 50th Birthday were realised in the past week with planned events meeting the expectations of all.

  Its celebratory dinner at the Heronston Hotel welcomed some 170 choristers, partners & guests where it was great to hear tales of bygone days & characters associated with the Choir. Speeches were of the most popular kind i.e. short & humorous and delivered by Choir Chairman, Mansel Abraham; Musical Director, John Jenkins; President, Paul Porter and Patron and First Minister, Carwyn Jones. Regular concert compere Gareth Davies held it all together and the evening ended with “afterglow” conductor, John Morgan leading a sing-along.

  On to the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl where choristers were delighted to share the stage at their Annual Concert with Sir Willard White. This excellent operatic bass/ baritone entertained the sizeable audience with songs old and new, with the author's pick being Lullaby & Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel. The Choir joined with Sir Willard for Still, Still, Still; Ol' Man River & Deep River, the latter synonymous with the 1950's film, Proud Valley starring many peoples favourite Welsh actress, Rachel Thomas.

  The week concluded with the Choir's support of cancer charities, entertaining the walkers at the end of their trek from Bridgend to Ogmore Village. The popular Mair's Walk organised by Mair ap Gryffydd and her numerous and busy helpers provides massive financial support to very necessary research costs, if this dread disease is ever to be conquered. Journalist & BBC Newsreader, Huw Edwards lent his support this year and pledged to return again in 2011 to popular acknowledgement. Long may the work of this worthy group of people continue.

  Bridgend Male Choir now knuckles down with revision of its musical content for its entry into the Welsh National Eisteddfod at Ebbw Vale on August 7th. The competition is very strong this year again and choristers know they have to be at their very best if they are to repeat their successes of 2004 and 2006.