Tuesday 11 April 2006
Bridgend Male Choir’s seventh successive annual European tour takes in a return visit to Germany later this month.
The Choir will give Concerts in the towns of Schwieberdingen and Weisacht to contribute to a year of Celtic tribute in the Region, reputedly the part of Germany from where many of the Celtic peoples originated. At Scwieberdingen the Choir participates in the Celtic Twilight Festival and will be joined by the local male choir formed almost 150 years ago for several of the items. At Weisacht the Choir is a guest of the local Flacht Choir to entertain an audience augmented by some 50 French town-twinning visitors to the area for the weekend.
Both Towns will be holding receptions for these ambassadors from Wales – Land of Song, together with a reception at Stuttgart’s City Hall at which venue the Choir have also been invited to sing by the Oberburgermeister. Staying at the picturesque town of Ludwigsburg for the duration of the visit, the Choir will give short renditions in the famous fairy tale castle courtyard and at the even more famous Schlosstheatre where Mozart himself performed. At this latter venue the Choir will select from Mozart items for what is likely to be a choristers’ tour highlight.
Also included in the visit is sightseeing; guided walks; a visit to the May Tree celebration at Malbaumstellen; the Fire Brigades Open Village Festival at Weisacht; some good dining and a visit to the Sudhaus – the brewery!
The Choir will be under the musical direction of John Jenkins, ably supported by his musical team of Marcus Hopkin and Rhiannon Williams-Hale.
Wales’ choirs contribute hugely to so many charitable fund-raising events and as on this occasion to displaying a positive, friendly and welcome profile for Wales throughout the rest of the UK, continental Europe and further afield – long may it continue.