Saturday 31 March 2007

Comments in apostraphes of Geraint Lewis, Music Lecturer & Composer, Adjudicator & Pundit, summarising live for S4C during the competition. Many thanks to Alun Guile for the translation.

Once again, Bridgend Male Choir (Cor Y Penybont) had made it through to the final four Choirs from the 16 entrants. First to take the stage in the Male Voice Final, his verbal summary stated -  

" There is a lot with which this Choir has to keep up because it wants to achieve and maintain the standard it set last time. I felt the challenge was there by beginning with Gareth Glyn's excellent piece - a piece that was very difficult and by following the piece in detail the diction was clear and the expression fresh and completely convincing. With Russian Picnic, a lot of words and small melodies with which the Russian adjudicator would be familiar. Again quite a difficult piece with a need to be quick and incisive, spitting out the words, everything there on the beat. I must say the Choir left me with a strong impression".  

After Bridgend, came fine performances from Hoggia'r Ddwylan (Ynys Mon), Cor Y Flint & Llanelli Male Voice Choir. After all four Choirs had concluded, Geraint Lewis was asked for his choice of winning Choir. His comments were -

" I have to say the first Choir I think, Cor Y Penybont pleased me across the entire programme. They are the ones who convinced me"

To shouts of joy from the winners and generous applause from the vanquished Choirs, the spokesman announced that the competition had been won by Cor Y Flint. Having won this competition when last it was held, the boys from Bridgend knew how the North Wales choristers were feeling. If only Geraint Lewis had been the adjudicator on the day!.