Monday 21 August 2006
Fresh from winning the 2006 Fusiliers Cup at Swansea’s Welsh National Eisteddfod, a successful double after winning the same competition at Newport 2004, the Choir is continuing plans for progression.
These wins, along with the 2003 success at Verona in the Incontro Internatiozionale Di Canto Carole; 2005’s Best Male Choir in S4C Cor Cymru competition; a top four place the same year at Llangollen’s International Eisteddfod and winning the Gold Cup earlier this year at Cheltenham’s prestigious Performing Musical Arts Competition place the boys from Bridgend amongst the Country’s most successful choristers in recent years.
Competition preparation and success has a huge benefit on Concert performance and the Choir looks forward to its September engagements:
2nd September at 7 pm sees the Choir supporting the Royal British Legion at St Illtyd’s Church, Llantwit Major, supported by the Welsh National Opera’s, Charlotte Ellett and the Choir’s own Marcus Hopkin, Baritone, fresh from his second place success in the Eisteddfod Baritone Solo - in a regular annual engagement for a worthy cause.
14th September at 7 pm sees a welcome return visit to Cefn Cribbwr’s, excellent venue, Bethlehem Church Life Centre, for a Concert to raise funds for the Church.
17th September, between 2 pm – 6 pm, the Choir visits Duffryn Gardens at Bonvilston to take part in the BBC’s National Village Show, presented by Alan Titchmarsh. This is the Welsh heat of a six venue national competition, which will be broadcast in the Antiques Roadshow slot in the spring of 2007.
30th September, again at 7 pm, a Concert is being given at St Peter’s Church, Newton, Swansea to celebrate the completion of building improvements, a promise given by the Choir to return after an earlier Concert to signal the works commencement.
The end of the Competition “season” signals the start of a new term for the Choir, when the music staff introduce a number of new items to the repertoire. Arguably, this is the best time for prospective choristers to come along and try the choir experience. Anyone interested in singing in an enjoyable environment with a forward looking Choir are welcome to join us at the OCLP Club, Bryntirion, Bridgend for 7.30 pm on Thursday evenings (you can contact us online if you'd like to let us know in advance that you'll be coming along). See you there.