Saturday 26 April 2014
Article from the Folkestone & Hythe Herald
The award winning Bridgend Male Choir was formed more than 50 years ago and is made up of 98 choristers, a number which regularly grows and bucks the choral trend of diminishing numbers. The Choir is led by its accomplished Musical Director, Rhiannon Williams-Hale, supported by Piano Accompanist, Stephanie Bailey & Organist, Scott Williams.
The young music team has already led the Choir to two recent successes gaining runners up position at both Torquay's Riviera International Centre and the Isle of Man's, Villa Marina in 2013. Having twice been successful at the Welsh National Eisteddfod in the recent past, Bridgend Male Choir is delighted to have been invited to compete at the World renowned, Llangollen International Music Festival in July.
One of the Choir's proudest achievements is receipt of an Award from the Mayor of Bridgend County acknowledging the help given to charities and good causes, raising in excess of £1 million and still climbing and for being excellent ambassadors for Bridgend and Wales.
Choristers are looking forward to visiting St Leonard's Church, which will add to its prestigious list of venues which include the Cathedrals of Liverpool, Worcester, Llandaff, Cardiff Metropolitan and Bristol. It has also graced stages at Llanelli's brand new, Theatre Ffwrnes; Swansea's Brangwyn Hall and Cardiff's St David's Hall and Millennium Theatre, to name just a few. The Choir has performed with many artists including most recently from opera, Sir Willard White; singer/ entertainers Max Boyce and Mike Doyle and the wonderful mezzo soprano, Katherine Jenkins.
The Choir has an extensive repertoire including traditional Welsh; hymns; spirituals; folk; ballads and songs from the stage. It is most happy performing for appreciative audiences and congregations and believes that its willingness to compete sharpens stage performance, You can judge for yourself on April 26th. Go along and enjoy yourselves.