FRIENDSHIP CONCERT REVIEW - ST MARY'S CATHOLIC CHURCH

Friday 07 December 2007

CHOIR PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, DAVID BURT WRITES - "THE  CHOIR IS RIGHTLY PROUD OF ITS CLOSE FRIENDSHIP WITH FATHER ISAAC & PARISHIONER COLLEAGUES"

Fresh from sharing the stage with Laleston’s successful choir from Trelales Primary School at the Peter Karrie Concert, Bridgend Male Choir this time had the pleasure of working with a group of talented children again. This time it was with the excellent voices of the St Mary’s Catholic School Choir and what a treat.   

The children regally entertained the capacity audience at the Church and drew warm praise from the audience and a standing ovation from their senior choral entertainers. Their musical content was a tribute to their ability to learn and the hard work put in by their teachers at the School. Also appearing on stage were two former pupils of the School, firstly Year 12 student, Sarah Mainwaring, followed by her Year 10 colleague, Hannah Vivienne Byrne.   

Sarah, who had this week deservedly been accepted into the National Youth Choir of Wales, included in her items, I don't know how to love him, which popular show item was well received and sung with real feeling. Hannah, accompanied by her father, was also a class act. Her jazzy numbers included, Can't help loving that man of mine and she revealed an exceptional talent and maturity. There is little doubt that both young ladies can enjoy great musical success.   

Sandwiched in between the ladies, was the Bridgend Male Choir’s raconteur extraordinaire, John Jones. John delighted the audience with a reading of the late Charles Causley’s poem, The Ballad of the Breadman in his own inimitable way. The Male Choir’s Gwyn Williams, Thomas Jones & Leon Evans also gave their usual accomplished solo performances. Clearly, the Choir’s hugely committed Musical Director, John Jenkins and brilliant Accompanist, Rhiannon Williams-Hale have worked wonders to produce excellent sounds. It’s little wonder that the Choir recently set its all time stage record of 80 choristers. Church representative, Father Isaac, a keen supporter of the Choir had earlier welcomed the Choir to its “second home”.