Tuesday 24 May 2005
The Bridgend Male Choir gave a Memorial Concert to its former Accompanist and Musical Director, the late Gwynfor Humphreys who passed away last year.
A hugely popular figure in both music and family circles, Gwynfor gave 42 years service to the Bridgend based Choir, as well as providing unstinting support to others, particularly the Tabernacle Chapel Mixed Choir where he was a chorister; to the Chapel itself, where he was organist for many years and to the Ogmore Valley Ladies Choir – all of which organisations remember him with affection.
Gwynfor followed his late brother Aldwyn into the Musical Director role with the Bridgend Male Choir and it is fitting that a Plaque acknowledging his contribution is now displayed alongside his brother’s Plaque in the foyer of Tabernacle Chapel. The Plaque was unveiled during the Concert interval by Gwynfor’s grand-daughter, Jessica, who appropriately shares his love of music.
The Choir sang a varied programme, which included many items which Gwynfor had brought to its repertoire and several where he had written the arrangement for male voice choirs. In the tribute paid by current Musical Director, John Jenkins, he said that Gwynfor would live on in the Choir through his music and he was pleased that Cheryl Jones who had worked with Gwynfor for many years, was still accompanying the Choir. Cheryl was ably supported at the piano by Associate Musical Director, Marcus Hopkin, who also gave a fine baritone solo. Former accompanist, Lowry Phillips was also present and played the organ for the Anthem.
Other tributes were paid by Mansel Abraham, Choir Chairman who praised Gwynfor for his commitment and dedication and by Tabernacle’s Minister, whose recollections included several humorous anecdotes.
At the request of Mair Humphreys, widow of Gwynfor and herself an accomplished chorister with the Ogmore Valley Ladies Choir, the proceeds from the Concert will be donated to the local Osteoporosis Society.
Please also see the Choir Photos page where there is a photograph showing the Choir at the Memorial Concert under the baton of the current Musical Director, John Jenkins.