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Friday 13 September 2013

Ewenny Priory's 12th Century Setting was the opportunity for Geraint Hopkins to give a preview of an article for the next Choir Newsletter:

Schools holidays over, senior people re-claiming the local supermarkets and there is the morning dew and the hint of a chill in the air. Early autumnal days are arriving. Such hints make people take the opportunity to venture out in the darker evenings.

And so the surprise was that it developed into an unexplainable concert night that could well end up being seared on the soul. It just happened. On a Welsh wet "in for the night" early autumnal evening, the brave people of Bridgend, the Vale and wider afield turned up to support “We are Macmillan” musical evening only to walk away with Bridgend Male Choir on their lips.

The delightful, picturesque 12th century Ewenny Priory combined the choir and audience as one. The performance was the talk and the forgotten rain was the walk - at the end of one of the best concerts for a while. The programme had something for everyone and the contents more than satisfied a most appreciative audience. The knowledgeable compere, Gareth Davies was at his informative best with his style of humour to the fore.

The jiggery pokery coordinated visual actions and the rich sound of the choir had the capacity audience enthralled. In fact the choir itself was spellbound with their coordinated clapping percussion and head nodding singing that brought out the best in an all smiling appreciative audience. The very sound and soul of BMC thrives on such a gathering.


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