THE INTERESTING LIFE OF A CHORISTER

Sunday 06 March 2011

No-one can say that choristers get bored, with the variety of singing opportunities that often come their way. Bridgend Male Choir choristers are typically representative.
    After a hugely successful 50th Birthday Anniversary Concert at Tabernacle Chapel, Pontycymmer, the choristers next found themselves at Torquay competing for prize-money at the resort's famous Riviera International Centre. Despite success on its visit two years earlier, this time it was not to be with all four top places being filled by ladies barbershop choirs. The ladies were marvellous, but great competition experience and enjoyment was gained by the men from Bridgend.

   Having helped Cancer Research Wales to raise a significant sum earlier, it was next the turn of Somerset's South Petherton Community Hospital to raise much necessary funds from a Choir concert at the village's St Peter and St Paul Church. Returning to its favourite pastime – entertainment - a packed Church and standing ovation rewarded the choristers for making the long journey.

   To add to the variety, Bridgend Male Choir then joined Choir Patron, Max Boyce at a private function in the Celtic Manor Resort, scene of Europe's 2010 Ryder Cup success. In the same week that Max re-enacted the scene of his “Live at Treorchy” LP recording, choristers were thrilled to join him at Newport in a show also featuring the Pearly Kings & Queens and compeered by S4C's Dai Jones, Llanilar. Next up is a Wedding at Taibach, before a fund-raising luncheon at Bridgend.

   Guest speaker at the luncheon on Friday, 6th May is Scrum Vs Rick O'Shea and an afternoon's enjoyment is guaranteed. Rick will amuse those present with rugby stories and anecdotes from the local & National scene, as well as his thoughts on the Rugby World Cup later this year. Bridgend Male Choir welcomes support at the lunch, by purchasing tickets at £20 each or in tables of 10 persons. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 120. Please register your interest by calling Choir Secretary, Gareth Rees on T. 07773 170373 or E-mail bookings@bridgendmalechoir.co.uk