Sunday 26 June 2005
Current Male Voice Champions at the Welsh National Eisteddfod and S4C’s Cor Cymru Competition, the Bridgend Male Choir now heads for its most difficult challenge yet.
On Saturday, July 9th, the Choir will compete at the International Eisteddfod, Llangollen for the first time in its history. One of eight choirs invited from around the World, a stern challenge awaits them from amongst others, the New Zealand National Male Voice Choir; the Boys School Choir, Hong Kong and the World’s most recorded male choir, Lin Ping from Sweden.
John Jenkins and Marcus Hopkin, Musical Director and Associate Musical Director respectively have been putting the Choir through its paces relentlessly and are pleased with the progress made. It is the intention for their Bridgend charges to peak on the 9th, as the choristers will have to be at their very best to have a chance of winning this most prestigious event. Hopefully there will be good live viewing on television that day, with the 3rd Test, Lions vs. All Blacks from Auckland in the morning and the Male Voice Choir Competition from Llangollen in the afternoon.
Favourable comment has been received from audiences as the Choir’s competition focus results in concert sharpness such as at the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea on Friday last when the Choir gave a Concert for Glamorgan County Cricket Club’s Balconiers Charity raising funds for Guide Dogs for the Blind. The Choir’s final local Concert before Llangollen will be on Friday, 1st July at St Mary’s Church, Nolton, Bridgend assisting former Brynteg School’s Rhys Williams and colleagues with a fund-raising event for another worthy charity, the Joshua Foundation. The Concert commences at 7pm and tickets are available at the door.