NOVEMBER 2012 OUR SCOTTISH TOUR We left Aberdare on Thursday 1st November with our usual tour driver John from Thomas’s of the Rhondda, and headed up to Glasgow, arriving in the evening at our hotel, the Ibis. Some choristers and the Musical Team were already in the hotel having flown up from Bristol. On the Friday we went to spend some time in the capitol Edinburgh, which was the first visit for a few of the boys. On the scenic return journey to the hotel we stopped at Loch Lomond to admire the views. The following morning allowed us free time to explore Glasgow which has quite an exceptional City Centre and of course we
found among other things the piper in full regalia! We set off for Hamilton in the afternoon where we joined Hamilton Male Vote Choir for a concert at Cadzow Parish Church. This concert was followed by a social and supper at the Hamilton Bowls Club, where we were well looked after by our hosts! Cwmbach male Choir has been privileged to have had the opportunity to visit Bardi, Liverpool and Cardiff in events connected with the Arandora Star tragedy, and as a result we were invited to sing at the Memorial Garden based in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Glasgow. On Sunday 3rd November we were delighted to be asked to sing both Inside this magnificent building as well as delivering our offering of “Speed Your Journey” in the garden. Later on Sunday we joined Stirling Male Choir in a charity concert in the Church of the Holy Rood, situated close to Stirling Castle, where once again we were well fed by the wonderful supporters of the Church, The morning of Monday 5th November was the start of our return journey to Aberdare, arriving home mid-evening. Everyone had a great time in Scotland. Many thanks to our Chairman, Brian Williams, for his hard work in organising the tour! “
27 OCTOBER 2012 WHAT A FINE BREW! Saturday 27th October was quite a night! We sang to a packed Brewhouse Auditorium in Taunton. This was an evening when we shared the stage with the youngsters from the Taunton Junior Brass Band and they entertained the audience with some complicated arrangements such as “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Some fine instrumental and vocal solos from our young friends produced a nice variety from our more traditional choir pieces. We gave our first public performance of our new “Dirty Dancing” Medley, which was well received. We really enjoyed performing at Taunton, and the experience of being accompanied by the Brass Band in “Llanfair” was a wonderful moment during the evening for all concerned, Thanks to all who helped to make this evening a great success. Please read our guestbook for some great comments about the concert!
21 OCTOBER 2012 SAD LOSS It is with great sadness that Cwmbach Male Choir announces the sudden death of fellow chorister Haydn Evans. Haydn has always been a hard-working, dedicated and loyal member of Cwmbach Male Choir and he will be greatly missed by everyone. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
13 OCT 2012 THE COURTYARD, HEREFORD The Choir always enjoy performing in this modern and well-equipped theatre in the heart of Hereford. We were joined for this concert by the wonderful Rhiannon Llewellyn. Rhiannon entertained us all, not only with some wonderful singing, but with the addition of a great sense of humour. The night continued afterwards in the Hereford Welsh Social Club where members of the Choir entertained the crowd with their after-concert items interspersed with some brilliant solos. Thanks to all who helped to make the night so memorable!
20 SEPTEMBER 2012 SALEM CHARITY CONCERT Cwmbach Male Choir was delighted to take part in this charity concert at Salem, Nelson. We were joined for the event by Cor Rhosyn Ladies Choir. Jonathan, their accompanist delighted us with two violin solos. Our thanks go to all who helped to make this such a memorable night - special thanks to Gill, Jonathan, Jayne and Andrew, as well as, of course, the ladies and gentlemen of the two fantastic choirs!
15 SEPTEMBER 2012 JOHN TAYLOR It is with great sadness that Cwmbach Male Choir announces the recent death of John Taylor. John has served the Choir over many years, not only a chorister, but also as an extremely hard working and dedicated Registrar and Librarian. Our thoughts go out to Margaret, his wife, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy. The Choir has most certainly lost a dedicated, reliable, servant and friend.
16 July 2012 CWMBACH JUNIOR SCHOOL CELEBRATION Cwmbach Male Choir readily agreed to contribute to the Celebration event on Monday 16 July, to mark the end of a chapter in the school’s life, as it is to become the hub of the newly formed Cwmbach Community Primary School from September. The choir has had many happy years in residence at the school, enjoying its excellent facilities as an ideal rehearsal base. Good luck to all involved in the o ening and development of the school, and we look forward to remaining very much part of the fabric!
14 JULY 2012 SOMERTON REVISITED! The Choir loves visiting the lovely Somerset town of Somerton to take part in its Annual Festival, this time for our sixth visit! We sang once again in the lovely 800 year-old Church of St. Michael and All Saints, to a capacity audience who enjoyed our traditional mix of old and new, plenty in the language of Heaven, and ending joyously with our national anthem. We were joined by Aberdare born Morgan James, whose lovely tenor voice took the audience through songs from films and shows. Our festival hosts kindly extended a welcome to us to join the post-concert gathering at the Globe Inn, where we sang (again) after enjoying a hearty late supper! Thanks to everyone concerned, including our coach drivers, Leighton and John, who once again looked after us on behalf of our regular coach provider, VR Travel of Merthyr Tydfil.