22 JANUARY 2011 WHAT A NIGHT! We were joined for our Concert for Christmas on Saturday 22nd January 2011 by the children of Aberdare Park Primary School. The concert had been delayed due to December’s poor weather conditions. It was a night well worth waiting for - we were treated to brilliant singing from the children, including some very modern part-singing and solo work which was a real treat for both the audience and the Choir. The Chair sang a mixture of items including some pieces recently added to our repertoire including the Theme from Exodus. Our Chairman Brian Williams made two very special presentations during the concert:- Gwyn Evans has achieved Life Time Membership after many years of loyal service to the choir. Norman Harris has been particularly supportive of the Choir in his role of Deputy Musical Director for many years, Brian once again remembered Kerry Griffiths - a loyal and hard-working member of the Choir over many years, sadly missed by everyone.
16 NOVEMBER 2010 NOT TOO MANY FIREWORKS On 6th November we once again entertained London Welsh in City Hall, Cardiff, We had an absolutely wonderful reception from our friends, many of whom (and some of the Choir) went off to the Wales y Australia match. We enjoyed a Welsh selection of food and drink while we watched the match on the “big screen”. Wales showed passages of real fire during the 90 minutes. However Wales lost their sparkle against the powerful Australian side as the match ended on this bonfire weekend!
23rd OCTOBER 2010 OUR SHORT TOUR OF NORTHERN IRELAND Our tour started early on Friday 23rd October when we boarded a Thomas of Rhondda double decker coach driven by John, We journeyed up through a sunny Wales to arrive just after lunch in Holyhead for the ferry crossing to Dublin on the Ulysses Cruise Ferry. The weather changed however as we landed in Ireland and we had a very wet journey up to Belfast. On Saturday morning we joined our hosts the Queens Island Victoria Male Choir for a rehearsal at the Theatre at the Mill, North of Belfast. This was followed by a buffet for the two choirs before heading back to Belfast for some free time. On Saturday night we took part in a joint charity concert with the Queens island Victoria Male Choir, and performed to a capacity audience. On the morning of Sunday 24th October, we were delighted to take part in a mass at the Saint MacNissi Catholic Chapel in Randalstown, County Antrim. This is the town in Northern Ireland where our Chairman Brian Williams’ son-in law was brought up. We had the most amazing reception from the congregation and a wonderful Irish welcome from the ladies who had prepared a magnificent lunch for us consisting of home-made soup with soda bread, sandwiches and home-made cakes. We had a city tour in the afternoon organised by Brian and Emyr, and we saw some amazing sights including the Stormont Parliament Building, the Harland and Wolffe Shipyard. For their Macmillan concert the choir have included as their special guest Tara McNeill. Tara is a local Antrim musician of many talents who is currently studying in Dublin. She will sing and play her Irish harp on the night. The concert will be held in St Macnissi’s Parish Centre Randalstown on Sunday, October 24, starting at 7.30pm. All proceeds will go the new Palliative Care Unit currently being built at Antrim Area Hospital. This twelve bed unit is due to open in June 2011, Macmillan’s centenary year, and will provide both in-patient and out-patient care. We were once again fed by the wonderful ladies of the parish, before finishing the evening in a country pub. Our final full day in Northern Ireland was spectacular! We were joined on an excursion and guided by some of Queens Island Victoria Male Choir. We travelled northwards from the hotel, skirting the North East coast with its picturesque villages and views of Scotland. At one time our rather high bus was expertly driven under a low bridge guided by our relentless organiser, Brian (with head and shoulders out of the bus roof). We continued finally arriving at the Giant’s Causeway. Some more athletic members of the group walked down and back up the track from the rocky bay (some of us took the shuttle bus!). The last evening was spent in the local golf club where we once again joined the QIVM Choir for an informal sing-along. On Tuesday 26th we set off for home. However our planned fast crossing to Holyhead was cancelled and we had to make our way down to Rosslaire for a very choppy crossing to Pembroke Dock. We arrived home around 3.30 am. We wish to thank everyone involved with the organisation of our visit, particularly our new Irish friends and of course our very own Chairman Brian Williams for all the travel arrangements he has made to make this trip possible.
16 October 2010 CONCERT AT THE ROSES This was the first time that we had shared the stage at the Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury with a local school. The John Moore Primary School joined us for the night, and what a fantastic night it was! As well as singing a selection of their own items, the Children joined the Choir for a wonderful rendition of ‘Jacob’s Ladder’. We are sure from the quality of their performance that many of the children will become future stars in their own right! We once again used the Acoustic Shell for this Concert and received some brilliant feedback regarding the performance. Many thanks once again to Miss Sally King, Headteacher, and the children of John Moore Primary School.
OCTOBER 2010 REDEDICATION SERVICE AND INVESTITURE On Saturday 9th October we took part in a service and investiture for St John Cymru. This took place in Parish Church of St Mary in Swansea. Celebrities taking part included BBC’s Lucy Owen. Other music was provided by the Church Choir. Cwmbach entertained while the guests arrived and also took part in the afternoon’s proceedings. We are grateful in particular to David Rees and Sheridan George who stood in for the first ten minutes for our musical team who were held up in heavy traffic. (Sheridan also transported all our equipment for the afternoon’s service - well done to him and the boys who helped!
30 SEPTEMBER 2010 GRAND CONCERT Once again we were pleased to take part in a charity concert for a local cause. This concert was held in Siloa Chapel in aid of Friends R Us - a group who meet in the chapel to support sufferers and carers involved with mental illness. We were joined by Athena, a group of singers who continue to grow from strength to strength.. The Choir sang from its fine repertoire in both Welsh and English. We are, as always, grateful for our very own Emyr, Jayne and Ken for their valuable contribution to the evening.