DECEMBER REVIEW & PREVIEW

Monday 06 December 2010

Two great concerts at two wonderful Churches....David Burt writes.....
  The Annual Friendship Concert at the weekend held at St Mary's Catholic Church, Bridgend delighted the capacity congregation with all three participating choirs and organ soloist, Scott Williams receiving rousing applause. Scott opened the programme with an appropriate joyous contribution, followed by the John Jenkins led men's choir which has become firm friends over the years with the Church. Speaking of the Choir, Father William Isaac commented on the “friendship and welcome at Bridgend Male Choir's spiritual home”. He went on to compliment both Scott and the choristers for their rendition of Lead Kindly Light, the words of which were written some centuries ago by Cardinal Newman, who was beatified during Pope Benedict's UK visit earlier this year. Father Isaac was also delighted to welcome Cantorion Pontyclun again to the Church. The ladies, under the direction of Helen Wilson went on to spellbind those present with a popular and varied contribution including the song made popular by Eva Cassidy, Songbird, before bringing the house down with its medley from Les Miserables with solo contributions of On My Own; Castles in the Clouds & Bring Him Home. Bridgend Male Choir's piano accompanist, Laura Smith, expertly played with both choirs again showing her versatility. A hugely popular contribution to the evening's entertainment came from the children of St Mary's Catholic School Choir. Bringing a seasonal choral addition, the smartly turned out youngsters performed with enthusiasm and their joy of performing could be seen in every young face. Their Music Teacher, the School and the Church can justifiably be proud of them.

Bridgend Male Choir's final concert of 2010 is at the Christmas Tree Festival on Saturday, 11th December commencing at 7.00 pm. St Mary's Nolton Church will be the venue and a wonderful display of Christmas trees decorating the Church makes attendance well worthwhile in itself. The Choir will include some traditional items before moving on to Christmas Carols and other seasonal pieces. Accompanying the Choir will be soprano, Jennifer Walker whose included programme perfectly complements the male choir. For organ music fans, Bridgend Male Choir's popular organ accompanist, Scott Williams, will again be performing solo items. Bridgend Male Choir will be led again by Musical Director, John Jenkins and accompanied on piano by Laura Smith. Choir compere, Gareth Davies said “I encourage all to attend during Advent to support the Church's worthy charitable cause and enjoy the evening's joyous vocal and instrumental offering”. Tickets £6.00 available from the Parish Office and the Church.