Local Choir Hits Top Note

Monday 07 February 2005

On the evening of Wales’s rugby success versus England, Bridgend Male Choir went on to make it a notable double achieving “Best Male Choir” status in the final of the S4C Cor Cymru

Also competing in the male voice final competition at Aberystwyth Arts Centre were West Wales choristers, Cor Meibion Llanelli and Hogia’r Ddwylan who hail from Anglesey. The International panel of judges led by Ward Swingle originally from Mobile, Alabama and who is known for his work with The Swingle Singers and latterly the English Swingle Singers in adjudication said that they expected an International standard of competition.

The panel concluded that they had not been let down and all three Choirs merited their position in the Male Choir final. In their summing up the Bridgend Choir’s contribution was described as exceptional.

Accepting the Trophy, Musical Director, John Jenkins, paid tribute to Accompanist, Rhiannon Williams and the contribution at Practice of Associate Musical Director, Marcus Hopkin and absent Accompanist, Cheryl Jones, currently working in Sri Lanka but who had time to send her best wishes. He saved his greatest praise for the hard work, dedication and high turnout of the Choristers, despite the obvious counter attraction.

There is no time to rest, as having achieved success in the Male Choir section, Bridgend Male Choir/ Cor Meibion Penybont ar Ogwr a’r Cylch return to Aberystwyth’s excellent venue again on Sunday, February27th. This time they will compete with winners of the Youth Section under 25 years; Ladies Choir and Mixed Choir for the title, Cor Cymru 2005.