Our first public concert after two years and a wonderful evening was had by all at our joint Parkinson’s Uk Concert with Tabernacle Mixed Choir on 1st. April 2022
Bridgend Gala Concert compered by BBCs Huw Edwards raises almost £4,000 in aid of Parkinson’s UKCymru
Bridgend born Huw Edwards, journalist, presenter and known to millions of viewers as the main presenter of the BBC’s flagship 10 O’Clock News, returned to his roots on Friday 1 April to expertly compere our joint musical gala with Tabernacle Mixed choir in aid of Parkinson’s UK Cymru.
Organised by our very own chorister, Top Tenor, David Burt who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2015, the concert took place at the Tabernacle Church on Derwen Road, Bridgend after two years of planning and postponements due to the pandemic.
Dave was very ably assisted with the organisation of the concert by fellow chorister, Dave Davison, whose wife has Parkinson’s and also sings with the Tabernacle Mixed choir.
There were no empty seats and the audience was treated to an evening of musical delight with performances from Bridgend Male Choir and Tabernacl Choral Society. In addition there were solo performances from Soprano, Meinir Ann, and Cellist, Stewart Roberts.
Asked why he had returned to Bridgend to support the event Huw Edwards, who is also a patron of Bridgend Male Choir, said:
“There are two reasons. Firstly I have known and know quite a few people living with the condition and it’s a really valuable cause. Secondly, it’s wonderful to be able to show that support on home turf, in a place I know well and with people I know, it’s just a lovely combination.”
There are currently around 7,600 people living with Parkinson’s in Wales and it’s the fastest growing neurological condition in the world. Treatments are limited and there is no cure.
Bethan Palfrey, Fundraiser for Wales at Parkinson’s UK Cymru said: “We are so pleased that after the disruption of the last two years, the gala concert was able to go ahead. A huge thank you to David and his supporters who have put in an incredible amount of work and given generously of their time to make the night a huge success. The evening raised a fabulous £3946.90 which will go towards research into Parkinson’s.”