Bridgend Male Voice Choir in Concert

Wednesday 01 June 2005

Last year at the Moraira Music Festival I was approached by Mr. Trevor Veasey, the President of the Choir, with a view to arranging concerts for his choir to sing in our area.

His dream was to bring his choir to the Costa Blanca and last weekend we made that dream come true. After I was approached I immediately contacted Jeni Jackson Phillips, President of the Javea Community Group, to help in arranging these concerts. Jeni is well known for her organization abilities - so if you want the best - you go to the best. The arrangements for this tour were first class - which resulted in the huge response from the public in wanting to hear the choir. From the church square, Moraira on the Thursday night to the "Val Bon" Restaurant, Alcalali on the Sunday afternoon - the choir sang their hearts out and of course sampled the odd glass of refreshing beer.

The actual concerts took place in the Parador Hotel, Javea and the Casa de Cultura, Teulada to full houses at both concerts. Actually, such was the demand for tickets we could have sold both concerts twice over.     

The success of these concerts was reflected in the quality of the singing with a repertoire of classical and folk pieces, traditional Welsh anthems, and popular songs from the shows under the musical direction of John Jenkins BA, FTLC, ARCM, LTCL, MTC. The choir are the Welsh National Eisteddfod Winners of 2004, and were recently voted "Best Male Voice Choir" during "Cor Cymru" the annual Welsh Choir of the Year Awards on the Welsh language channel, S4C Digidol (channel 151 for those of you with digital satellite receivers).

Following the concert in Javea the choir attended a Civic Reception in the Social centre, arranged by Councillor Amanda Dean at which they gave us an impromptu "afterglow" concert. Eventually they were swept out of the centre and back onto their buses still singing. Our thanks go out to Amanda, her husband Roger and Ian Phillips for their help in the arrangements for this concert.

Following the concert in Teulada the choir gave another impromptu "afterglow" concert, in the plaza in front of the Town Hall much to the delight of all who were there. Our thanks go out to Sylvia Tatnell, 2nd Deputy Mayor and the Culture Department of Teulada Town Hall for their support of this concert.

On the Sunday afternoon the choir headed for the Jalon Valley for lunch. In total 120 people gathered at the "Val Bon" restaurant for lunch and another "afterglow" concert. Eventually, many hours later, the choir were poured back onto their buses, still singing and thanking Jeni and I for arranging the tour and for the great time they had here on the Costa Blanca.

INCREDIBLY, the members of the choir had traveled here specifically to perform these concerts for us with all proceeds going to Local Charities. They paid for all their own costs:- flights, hotels, buses, etc and were paid no fee for their performances. AND THEY ARE THANKING US!

Our final thanks go out to Emily Bolger and Sadie Carr for their help on the door on both nights and for selling over 1,000 Euros worth of the choir's CD, which will support the Choirs fund. The success of these concerts would not have been possible without the help of Humpty Dumpty in Javea, Panache Hair Salon in Moraira and Kelly's of la Xara for selling the tickets and lastly YOU the public for supporting these concerts with so much enthusiasm.

In all 4,500 Euros are going to these Local Charities: JAVEA: Amigos Europeos de Javea (Ambulance Service) and The Woman's Refuge Centre. MORAIRA / TEULADA: The Red Cross Service and The Alzheimer's Association.

The choir has made a number of recordings over the years, which are available to purchase as CD's. You can download a purchase form and also listen to some samples of the Choir singing, on the choir recordings page of their web site

This was the Choir's first visit to the Costa Blanca and we hope they return.

By Eric Taylor

This article has been reproduced from Round Town News, a weekly newspaper on the Costa Blanca.