Friday 25 September 2015
For anyone who has just returned from Mars & missed the Rugby World Cup so far, last night's show in Cardiff would have brought them back to earth.
Phil Steele was at his best, not just with rugby anecdotes, but his moving portrayal of "And the Band played Waltzing Matilda" noting the 100th Anniversary of the WW1 ANZAC Landings was well received.
Bridgend Male Choir, under MD, Rhiannon Williams-Hale, supported by Stephanie Bailey on piano, was on top form regaling an enthusiastic audience with songs from RWC qualifiers inc. New Zealand; South Africa, France, USA & many others. as well as singing its brilliant MD's composition. National Glory (a medley of home nations & others favourites). Chorister, Peter Morgan added dramatic narration. Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, sung as a duet by Stephanie & Rhiannon brought the house down.
Interspersed with the singing were interviews with Adrian Hadley & John Devereux, both recalling proud World Cup moments, with expected humour. A worthy addition was when Phil interviewed 67 years old chorister, Gareth Davies who had mistakenly received a text call up to Warren Gatland's squad when he was sitting on a Corfu beach! It was intended for the Scarlet's 9 of the same name who starts on Saturday. It could have been interesting for the bass singer & former Garw Grammar School flyer!!! Also introduced from the audience was the ever popular Lyndon Thomas, former Bridgend RFC captain & Clive Norling, formerly one of the most respected referees on the circuit. Apologies to others not mentioned.
Most importantly the charity to benefit was Shine Cymru, whose Chief Executive, Kate Steele (wife of Phil) both opened & closed the evening with warm words of welcome, support & appreciation