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Friday 29 October 2010

Pre Concert press release sent to Wirral Globe; Wirral News; Hoylake & West Kirby News and the Arts Editor at the Liverpool Daily Post

A leading Welsh Male Voice Choir is to visit Hoylake on Friday, 29th October 2010. St Hildeburgh Church will be the venue for the first visit of Bridgend Male Choir, as part of its tour of the North West.

Celebrating its 50th Birthday this year, the Choir has been invited to the Church to give a Concert in support of the Hoylake 1810 Memorial Fund. Appearing with the 65 touring choristers of the Bridgend Male Choir will be soprano, Llio Evans and organist, Scott Williams, both helping to add to the variety of what is likely to be a wonderful evening's entertainment.

A registered charity itself, the Choir's Golden Celebrations have this year included recognition in the form of a Citizenship Award for it having assisted in raising in excess of £1 million for charity and as ambassadors for the Town, from the Mayor of Bridgend County. It has also had the opportunity to sing during the year at Cathedrals in Cardiff, Bristol and Liverpool, as well as venues on the south coast at Torquay and Lyme Regis. The highlights of its performances in its native Wales in 2010 include its entry into the Welsh National Eisteddfod, which it won in 2004 and 2006; two memorable concerts at its refurbished local premier venue, the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl, one with leading opera star, bass baritone, Sir Willard White and the other with the iconic and very popular Welsh entertainer, Max Boyce, as well as most of the venues in its locality, at which it has performed throughout its history. On Thursday, 28th October, the Choir will entertain at Burnley's Mechanics Theatre demonstrating its versatility and its next post tour engagement is at Tabernacle Chapel, Pontycymer. At the historic valley venue, the Choir will re-enact its inaugural Concert of 50 years ago, as close a resemblance to the original as possible, but this time being compeered by local boy, Choir Patron and BBC Newsreader & Journalist, Huw Edwards. With much else still to come in 2010, choristers will look back on this year as very special.

The Choir is led on Tour by Musical Director, John Jenkins, who together with Accompanist, Laura Smith has forged this group of men into a Choir with the ability to sing all kinds of music from the traditional to the spiritual and the challenging to the popular West End show tunes. A sample of all will be included at Hoylake. The Choir will also perform two items with soloist, Llio Evans, “O Virgin of the Angel Host” and “Home Again”, the latter being the Church premièred performance of the words and music of Roy Davies, arranged for the Choir by John Jenkins. This beautiful song includes poignant lyrics associated with servicemen returning from current conflicts overseas. Llio will also entertain with a selection of popular items and is guaranteed to please. Another solo spot goes to Scott Williams whose ability with the organ keys has received much praise on his previous performances with Bridgend Male Choir.

Tickets for the Concert at £12 are available from St Hildeburgh Church, Hoylake and by telephoning 07740 704026. Hope to see you there!


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