Friday 19 May 2006
The Bridgend Male Choir joined forces with the renowned Band of the Royal Welsh Regiment on Friday night
The concert was in aid of the Army Benevolent Fund - the Army’s national charity, committed to the welfare of soldiers, former soldiers and their families in times of real need.
The 3rd annual concert hosted at Monmouth School’s Blake Theatre was attended by a large and appreciative audience which included the Lord Lieutenant of Monmouthshire and MP David Davies.
The Band, familiar for its role in playing at the Millennium Stadium during Welsh rugby internationals, performed an arresting selection of military classics, film theme tunes, and popular numbers. Particular highlights included ‘I Will Follow Him’ from the film ‘Sister Act’ and the theme from ‘Titanic’. In addition, the audience was treated to the Light Show of the Corps of Drums of the Royal Welsh, who, in their own inimitable style added the final polish to the Band’s performance.
The Bridgend choir, staging a week after its remarkable triple victory at the Cheltenham Music Festival, performed a varied selection of its favourites, reflecting the versatility and commitment praised by adjudicator Andrew Padmore the previous weekend. In a similar vein, the audience commented on the entertaining enthusiasm of this dynamic ensemble developed by MD John Jenkins, in numbers such as ‘Russian Picnic’, ‘The Gospel Train’ and ‘Gwahoddiad’.
The evening concluded with an invitation from Col. Andrew Tuggey of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association for the Bridgend Choir and Band to perform again next year.