Cwmbach Male Choir

Founded in the Heart of Aberdare - Queen of the Valleys


News Archive 3 - September 2011 - July 2012

10 JULY 2012 WHEN HANDS MEET - CONCERT What an amazing night for the capacity audience at the Coliseum Theatre, Aberdare. This was part of a short tour by Cenestra within a visit to the Choir of the World Competition In London. Cenestra wanted to visit our part of Wales and particularly Cwmbach and “The Land of Song’ from which the inspiration for the Cenestra Male Choir had sprung following a meeting with Cwmbach Choir in Cork. This had been the start of the great friendship shared between the two Choirs ever since. This was one evening in a busy week filled with music and local culture. Visits had included Big Pit Cardiff Bay, Ferndale and the Mayor’s Parlour, Pontypridd. In the Coliseum, Cenestra delighted us all with the quality and variety of their repertoire - from The Holy City to the Maskandi Medley. As well as performing some new pieces for the audience, Cwmbach Male Choir had the great privilege to join with Cenestra Male Choir to sing Morte Christi, Gwahoddiad and the very tuneful Shosholoza. It was certainly a night that none of us will ever forget!

23 JUNE 2012 WESTON REVISITED Well it was brilliant to revisit Weston-Super-Mare again, though the weather didn’t oblige. The last time we sang here was just after the very tragic fire on the pier, but it was a delight to see the new pier ¡n all its glory as we left the front to finish the night ¡n the Cricket Club where we had another delightful audience for our after-concert concert.
14 JUNE 2012 SAINT THOMAS’S R C CHURCH Once again the Choir were delighted to support another local charity on a particularly wet and windy night - but it was worth ¡t just to be part of a very entertaining evening. It’s always our pleasure to help raise money for good causes!
2 JUNE 2012 WALES V THE BAABAAS Yet again we take part in the wonderful pre-match and half-time singing on this momentous occasion in the Heart of Welsh Rugby. Thanks to the supporters who came with us and to Wales for the great match
20 MAY 2012 DARE VALLEY COUNTRY PARK This was a brilliant Summer’s Evening (Remember them?) in the local Country Park singing in the Quad. It was to raise money for the local Rotary charities, and we are proud to say that all monies raised that evening went totally to the charity funds! Well done boys!
24 MARCH 2012 The Blake Theatre, Monmouth This was our first concert in Monmouth at the Blake Theatre. We were joined on the night by pupils from Kymin View Primary School, Monmouth. We were thoroughly entertained by the children who sang enthusiastically in both Welsh and English to a delighted audience. For this very successful second concert of the month we were again under the direction of Andrew Quick. The children joined the Choir on the stage for the finale in a splendid rendering of “Jacob’s Ladder”.
26 NOVEMBER 2011 EVESHAM Evesham is a rural market town in Worcestershire, known for its tradition of fruit growing and market gardening. It was our first concert to take ever place in Evesham. We were joined for the evening by two barbershop groups from the local Prince Henry’s High School. The first of these quite unusual in that ¡t consisted of girls only. The second made up of boys. Both groups provided both the audience and the Choir with some wonderful and very unusual a cappella entertainment - a real treat for all’ The Choir sang a selection from an extensive repertoire, including a “Les Mis” selection. We owe great thanks to Emily Porter and our very own Brent Owens (who fitted the concert in even though he was working on a weekend tour) for their contribution to the evening. Lastly many thanks to the Royal Oak Public House for their warm welcome for our after-concert concert.
NOVEMBER 2011 ISLE OF WIGHT SHORT TOUR We set off early on Friday 11th November, Armistice Day, for our short weekend tour of the Isle of Wight. We were heading for Portsmouth to catch the afternoon Ferry to the port of Fishbourne. We were stopped at 11.00 am for a two minute silence to show our respect before continuing our journey to the South East. We made good time and managed to board the 2.00 pm ferry. We were staying at the Royal Pier Hotel in Sandown and arrived in time to explore the town before settling ¡n for our evening meal. Even though we weren’t singing until the evening of Saturday the 12th, the management of the hotel had kindly arranged some entertainment for us, in the form of a Karaoke (which incidentally means Empty Orchestra in Japanese). Some members of the Choir showed their versatility by performing some old favourites “on the mike”. After a satisfying breakfast, we were given a mini tour of the Island, taking us to Cowes where we spent some time taking in the sights. It’s a very busy working harbour. We made for the Yacht Haven - a great photo opportunity for the “sailors” in the Choir. After some free time back at the hotel, we had an early dinner in order to make an early start to Shanklin for our concert at the Shanklin Theatre. The Choir was enthusiastically received by the audience, whose numbers included Clive whose 90th birthday treat was a visit to our concert. Both our soloists were unable to travel with us on this tour due to illness and accident. Instead both the audience and the Choir were delightfully entertained by our very own Jayne Thomas with outstanding piano solos, including works by Katchachurian, Gershwin, Confrey, Nyman and Schubert. It was a wonderful opportunity for the Choir to hear Jayne’s playing! We ended the evening with requests for, of course, Myfanwy and Calon Lan. We were asked to take part in the Memorial Service on the Sunday morning at the beautiful esplanade on Sandown sea front, culminating with the service at the 1921 Celtic Cross Memorial. We left Sandown at 1.00 pm to take the 2.00 pm ferry back to Portsmouth. We arrived back ¡n Aberdare at about 7.30 pm
29 SEPTEMBER 2011 ABERCYNON CHARITY EVENT It has been many years since the Choir last sang at St Donat’s Church, Abercynon. We took part in a very successful Charity Event to raise funds for the Church, and sang a varied selection from our repertoire including Bui Doi with our very own soloist Brent Owens. We shared the evening with a young talented soloist from Abercynon, Holly Davies who delighted both the audience and the Choir with her choice of songs including items from shows such as “Annie” and “Jekyll and Hyde”. Thanks to Jayne Thomas, accompanist, and Sheridan George (organ) and of course Norman Harris, our newly appointed Musical Director. Bob Thomas compered the event.