Tuesday 24 July 2012
Following a successful tour to North Wales, Press Officer, Tim O'Hagan writes....
Bridgend Male Choir has recently returned from a foray into the choral heartland of North Wales where they won praise from local residents and visitors from far afield in two charity concerts.
In this year of the Olympics, the choir once again gave acclaimed performances in synchronised singing. Aided by the musical team of Cheryl Jones, accompanist, and Scott Williams, organist, the choir’s musical director, Rhiannon Williams Hale, displayed again her trade-mark of tight yet sympathetic control resulting in singing which was full of contrast in sound and intensity. Afficionados of male choirs at both concerts praised the performances and the range and variety of the choir’s repertoire, saying they had not heard a better choir for many years.
The first concert was in St John’s Methodist Church, Llandudno on 19th July, and the soloist was the delightful Eleri Owen Edwards, mezzo-soprano At the second concert in St Asaph’s Cathedral on 20th July, the choir was supported by two excellent soloists. Mezzo-Soprano, Sioned Terry, gave a wonderfully varied programme, as did the impressive bass, Phil Harrison.
The short tour was a great success, not least for the two organizations, St John’s Church and the St Kentigern’s Hospice, who benefitted from the money raised both during the concerts and as a result of impromptu collections taken by choristers over the weekend.