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Hi Peter,

Will you please be kind enough to circulate the following to BMC choristers, President & Music Team

"Please can I pass on a huge thank you to you all for your strong attendance & commitment to Saturday's very successful concert.Success in musical terms was great, but the local initiative from Parkinson's in supporting stem cell research at Cardiff University has been boosted in excess of £3,000 and climbing.

Whilst my name was mentioned about 10 times too often, I was very proud to be part of BMC's great singing and to help Parkinson's put on this "Show". Sponsors & donations, both large & small have been positively received. I must have spent too much time watching "Keeno" in operation.

The Garage Gospel Choir, Rhian Hughes and our own music team and compere, together with Heulwen Webb and her team at BCLC were all fantastic and have been written to separately. Thank you my friends on behalf of myself and all at Parkinson's locally.

David"
Hi Gareth,
Just a big thank you, to you and the Choir for making our wedding such a special occasion.  You really did make a big impression on everyone attending and the day couldn't have gone much better even the weather was superb!

A lot of people attending who have not experienced a choir before said it was the best wedding they have been to.

I should have some more photos of the choir shortly and will send them onto you.
Thanks again to everyone concerned

Cheers
Julian (Fear)
31 Aug 17

March 17 - Three Choirs Concert

Brilliant Three Choirs Concert on Friday in St Mary's RC church with Bridgend Male Choir, Vocelle Ladies Choir and Oldcastle School Choir. All three choirs acquitted themselves superbly, but the overall winners in my view was Oldcastle. Not long before you boys can audition for Bridgend MC and the girls Vocelle. Well done everyone!

Paul

Choir President

21 March 17 - St John's House Trust (Bridgend)

To all members of BMC


Again - thank you all very much for giving your time to sing at our concert last Friday.  It was horrible weather to turn out in and we think this affected the audience numbers.   You sang magnificently as always, Bridgend is blessed to have you!


The finale with Vocelle has now become a much appreciated tradition sung so movingly by both choirs - an absolute delight.

      

Long may our partnership continue and I hope we can repeat the occasion in 2018.


Many, many thanks again to you all and especially to Ryan and Stephanie for their expertise.


                                                                                          From us all at St John's House Trust

Gala Concert Review by Choir President

Subject: SONY THEATRE CONCERT

Dear Gareth

Just a few lines about the concert.

Although I am not half as qualified as a certain other reviewer, I found the content of both choirs, and the concert overall was excellent. An audience couldn't have asked for better quality and diversity.

I thought our choir sang exceptionally well and the first class acoustics complimented our performance.

A special mention for Steph who was the quick change artist of the evening who worked particularly hard. Well done Steph.

I thought Mike Doyle was first class, and I will be asking him for royalties as he has clearly seen me walking in a hurry!

Well done everyone.

Paul

PS. Cool shoes Ryan!
PPS. Does anyone have a number for Worzil Gummidge?

2016 Gala Concert with Mike Doyle & Bridgend Rock Choir

 

It was a huge privilege last evening to be in attendance at Bridgend Male Choir’s concert at the Sony Theatre, Bridgend College. What a marvellous venue - a sorely needed cultural resource in a town which, apart from this, has a paucity of theatre facilities.

 

The discipline and focus of the men was evident from their first steps on to stage. Under the calm direction of Mr Mansel Abrahams they filed efficiently until the stage was teeming with their magnificent 78 in number. Very few male choirs can boast this strength nowadays.

 

An understated ‘Llanfair,’ which in fairness was perhaps a little more pianissimo than they intended, due to the overhanging proscenium arch*, allowed the men to warm up and introduce themselves. A heartfelt ‘Yfory’ was moving, the men’s diction exemplary and the Welsh convincing. ‘This is the Moment’, from the musical Jekyll and Hyde followed, which was sung with fervour and passion. Once the Sweet Charity favourite, ‘The Rhythm of Life’, commenced, the men were really getting into their stride and clearly enjoying themselves. The superb accompanist Ms Stephanie Bailey was remarkably adept and accomplished. Mr Scott Williams also aided her by playing the Primo part in this duet. Whereas the initial consonants such as rhythm, Canton and Scranton were clear and percussive, may I suggest that occasionally the final consonants, such as those of feet and beat were in need of a touch more clarity. This, of course, is immensely difficult at such a speed.

 

‘What Would I Do Without My Music’ followed. The atmosphere created by the wordless introduction was truly magical, moving swiftly from apparently random notes, to a melodious chord progression in seconds. Congratulations to Musical Director Mr Ryan Wood for having accomplished the mastery of this effect with such aplomb.

 

The next part of the concert, expertly conducted by Ms Stephanie Bailey (who had no rest all evening), introduced the audience to the Rock Choir. Numbering approximately 50 singers, smartly turned out in black trousers and their star tee-shirts, the only pity was how few men were part of it. A rousing ‘A Little Respect,’ was followed by more musically complex ‘Budapest’ and a contrasting ‘Mary’s Prayer.’ The choreography was visually captivating and each and every member was clearly thoroughly enjoying performing. One member was heard to say “It is hard to remember to smile when I’m concentrating”, but this was not apparent to those of us in the audience, as all members danced with conviction and energy and most were smiling while so doing. Their set was completed with ‘We Built This City’, which provided a rousing finale for the Rock Choir.

 

By their second set the Bridgend Male Choir were ready and willing to dazzle us. ‘Ride the Chariot’ was performed with ringing consonants and enthusiastic antiphonal dialogue between the sections. ‘Tell My Father’, prefaced by an extract from the Gettysberg Address, narrated by Dr Peter Morgan, was a particular highlight. The words were poignant, clearly sung and emotive. Phrasing was careful and breath control was exemplary. The audience favourite’ You’ll Never Walk Alone’ brought expressions of pleasure from the audience and was followed by ‘Bui Doi’ from Miss Saigon. What a wonderful rich melodious voice Mr Paul Carter has, he stood confidently forward and delivered his solo with sincerity. Familiar favourite ‘An American Trilogy’ was sung with excellent dynamic control and even phrase, cadential points subtly closed by the musical Director.

 

The second half of the concert was a spirit raising performance by the fantastic Mr Mike Doyle. Opening and closing with a musical number accompanied by his own four-piece band, he had the audience guffawing with laughter from the outset. Never lewd or offensive, he showed himself to be an incredibly adept student of Welsh and English dialects. He spoke from the heart about his upbringing and his subsequent rise to fame, having performed several times at the Royal Variety Performance. A clever and enthralling performance was an excellent close to a wonderful evening.

 

Naomi A. Hitchings B.A. (Hons) P.G.C.E. DipABRSM

Freelance musician (Violin / Choral)

 

*A proscenium arch stage is a type of theatre setup that allows the audience to view the stage from a perspective of a picture frame created by the proscenium, or the space surrounding the stage opening, and the arch that is on top of the proscenium.


Message from MD, Ryan Wood, following Dublin Tour 2016

Dear all,

 I’m sorry I can’t be with you this evening - I’m accompanying Only Men Aloud on their winter tour but I’ll be back next week - that’s not a threat!!


 I just wanted to send you a message to thank you most sincerely for your superb efforts during our three performances on our Irish Tour.  It was a tough schedule but you more than met the challenge and the three standing ovations proved that.  I also want to thank you for your support and kind words to me.


 No choir is complete without the support of a fantastic accompanist and there’s no doubt that Steph is an absolute star.  I am so grateful to her; not only for her superb accompanying but also her support and friendship - and for being my cocktail partner!

 
 Scott played beautifully.  Many choirs would love to be in the position that we are in and have a brilliant organist on tap! It was great to get to know him a bit better too and I’m sure we all enjoyed his solos - both in the pit on Thursday and in the rafters on Friday!


My thanks to Mansel for his sterling effort in making sure everyone was where they were supposed to be.  I must also thank Peter Morgan for his contribution to the concerts.  Many people have commented that the narration prior to Tell my Father provides the perfect introduction to that piece of music and has them in tears by the end!  I have apologised for not giving him a bow on Thursday AND Friday!!


 I’ve received many positive comments from Edward Holly since returning to Wales and I hope it won’t be the last time that our musical paths cross.


Congratulations to you all, gents.  I was very proud to be at the helm in Ireland and I look forward to many more trips to come.


Many thanks, 

Ryan

Comments following concerts

What another wonderful choral event last night's concert at the Betlehem Church Life Centre was, well done to all those who entertained us so very well! Really looking forward to the evening of Friday 25th November when the Bridgend Male Choir will be entertaining us alongside Mike Doyle and the Bridgend Rock Choir!

The singing by the choir of all the various pieces was fantastic,  Angharad 's voice and execution could not be bettered, the organist superb and all of it put together by the MC in such a streamlined and professional way. I watched Last Night of the Proms on television last night and can honestly say that the standard of music and enjoyment of Friday night's concert was on a par with it.

Thank you for a wonderful evening. when is your next concert?

Gill Nelson, Bridgend 

A stunning concert!   

 

Brigitte Davey   Facebook

My first time to one of BMC's concerts, I was blown away by so many beautiful voices...thank you one and all for such a wonderful evening, first of many I hope!

 
Roz Hellyer   Facebook

 

Ladies Under 25's Bowls Home International - July 2016

 Please convey my thanks to the members of the Bridgend Male Choir.When the idea of asking for the services of the choir was suggested a long time ago, little did I think how special it would make the event? They were absolutely wonderful and the comments from the spectators were overwhelming.

The officers of the other Countries said that the opening ceremony would go down in history as being one of the best and this in part was due to the performance of the choir.

Please thank the members of the choir, on my behalf, for giving up their time and putting Wales firmly on the map as the land of song.

Yours most sincerely

Gill

Gill Hughes Hon.

Secretary,  Welsh Women's Bowls Association

NEW CD SNIPPETS - # SOUNDS LIKE - Mar 2016

I have listened to your choir, what a great recording. The two best ones on the CD through my Hi Fi is The portrait of my love and The rhythm of life.Give the Choir my congratulation. What a great job.

Bill Maggs, Toronto

Bridgend Choir - One of the best choirs in the World!

Entertainer, Mike Doyle

Leicester Tigers - RWC 2015 - ENGLAND VS. WALES - Sept 2015

A note of appreciation and a big thank you to the BMC.
I attended the dinner at Leicester Tigers on Sat 26 Sep and although as an England supporter I did not enjoy the whole evening, I did enjoy the BMC! What made that evening special for my wife and I was the wonderful performance you gave. Diolch
CLIVE DISDEL, Leicester

ST. KENTIGERN'S CONCERT - June 2015

We wanted to let you know how both of us thoroughly enjoyed the concert at St Asaph Cathedral.
The evening was delightful, both Trelawnyd and Bridgend Choirs sounded wonderful and when both choirs came together the sound was just magnificent.
Likewise we enjoyed listening to the diverse repertoire of both choirs, soloists and what a wonderful accompanist ......just amazing!
As first time listeners to both Choirs, it will not be our last!
Thank you all for a most enjoyable concert.
Best wishes
Diane and Iain Platt (North Wales)

Visitor's Comments - June 2015

 I am writing to say how thrilling it was to hear the choir sing on 22 May. I was in Bridgend for only one day and found listening to the choir along with the Rutgers University Choir was truly uplifting.
I sing in a very small Celtic Choir in Canberra Australia. We do our best to sing some wonderful Welsh songs, hymns and the Anthem in Welsh.
The finale to the concert with all singing the Welsh National Anthem was out of this world.
A thousand thank yous.
Anne McNamara - Campbell, Canberra, Australia

Rutgers University Glee Club, New Jersey, USA -May 2015

Comments from some of the Tour Party follow:

Dr. Patrick Gardner, MD – A brilliant job hosting the Rutgers Univ. Glee Club.

Rob S Gillett – A joy to be with you and share our love of music and singing.

Valeria Rispo – Your singing is wonderful and you are great hosts. Thank You.

John Delaerve – Love the fellowship in song.

Ryan Morley – Thank you for your hospitality and fellowship in song.

Kyle O’Brien – Thank you so much for your welcoming atmosphere.

Ted Krakomer – Loved singing with the Bridgend Choir.

Nick Petroski – Whar a wonderful atmosphere and an amazing sound from the choir. Thank You.

Wells Cathedral Concert - Feb 2015

Bridgend Welsh Male Voice Choir:

Thank you for singing for St Margaret’s Hospice at the Cathedral event, you did amazing.

Your support really makes a difference & helps to make each day count…

Kind Regards

 

Rebecca Padgett
Community Fundraiser – Mendip area

Annual Concert 2014 - Feedback

"Independent" feedback from Ryan Wood, MD, Noteworthy Mixed Choir is on the News page www.bridgendmalechoir.co.uk Comments from Choir President, Paul Porter & MD, Rhiannon Williams-Hale respectively follow:

 PAUL The plaudits have come thick and fast,  but I must add my comments about such a wonderful evening. To comment on each piece or section would take too long, but the overall conclusion in my personal view is this:-

The content and balance of the programme was perfect. 

The professional team led by Rhiannon performed just as usual - perfectly.

The choristers sang with such feeling and accuracy that I have never heard before.

The whole performance of the choristers, music staff, compere and guest soprano was wholly profession.

The concert was so, so close to perfection, and I was so proud to be there, and to be your president. Regards. Paul

RHIANNON - Our 2014 annual concert was such a wonderful atmosphere and the many kind and overwhelming audience comments/feedback I've received have been gratefully noted. 

The choir singing (control, balance, dynamics) was SUPERB again from where I stood. Canu'n Bendigedig! any wonderful magical moments to commend.
Thank you to every chorister (how many were present?), a tremendous music team of which I am very proud; Stephanie and Scott performed professionally and aided our individual items to huge effect, Steph was particularly busy with solo accompanying also and spent time beforehand rehearsing with Jessica - thank you for the hours you put in Steph and for the wonderful  message you sent Friday eve also. Sentiments reciprocated as I also very much enjoy working with you!
The hard organising work by our committee and especially the main members , as well as the clever programming by Tim and our wonderful president Paul Porter, contribute so much to the overall evening and high standards expected. My thanks also to Terry for his cornet contribution (with limited practice!) and to our knowledgeable & confident compere in Gareth Davies.
We also attended the annual of Risca MVC last eve - equally impressive I must say, with some very difficult pieces of music (only one which wasn't particularly likeable or successful!) Similar to BMC, they too had a soprano soloist. Jessica had a very warming personality and voice didn't she....

 Many many thanks and wishes to you all.

Your MD (and a very proud one!) 

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The Appleton's, Herne Bay, Kent

We would like to say about the Bridgend Male Choir is that apart from the wonderful music they make is their friendliness. We are sure this comes through in their singing. You all give so much pleasure. We look forward very much to the next time we meet up. Very best wishes to you all.

Sheila & Derek 

Wedding, Pencoed House, Miskin - July 2014

Delighted Bride & Groom, Lisa & Tom write:

 Just wanted to send a quick message to say thank you so much for the amazing performance on Sunday. I am sure you could see how much it meant to both me and Tom ( I couldn't stop blubbering at one point ). We were so overwhelmed by how beautiful it all was and it truly put the icing on the cake for our wedding. All our guests loved it and I know it is something neither we or our guests will not be forgetting any time soon. Thank you for your hard work with the song list and please pass on my thanks to each and every one of the choir members. They were all so lovely and truly made our day.

St Leonards Church, Hythe, Kent- 26th Apr 2014

My wife and I attended the Hythe concert on 26/04/14. As an expat Welshman who comes from a line of choir members, I have to say the performance was outstanding and moving. As a retired police officer it was interesting to hear of the police connection. I was a member of the Kent Police Choir until throat problems put an end to it. My only criticism is that there could have been more Welsh content, but that is a purely bias view. Every success to you all and my very best wishes. Eddie Hughes.

From the Isle of Man Festival - October 2013

 As secretary of Froncysyllte MVC, I would like on behalf of the choir to say what a great weekend we all had in the Isle of Man. It was a pleasure to meet with you at the concert hall and also at the afterglow in the pub in the evenings. I hope that we can meet again soon and enjoy each other's company. Thanks to all in your choir for helping to make weekend a memorable time.
Yours
Barry Clark.
Hon secretary Fron MVC

Annual Concert Feedback - Sept 2013

Asked for a quote by Maggie Hughes, Vice President after the Concert, Wales' First Minister & Choir Patron, Carwyn Jones commented " Another wonderful Concert combining the traditional with the new. Great credit has to go to everybody involved with the Choir for performing difficult numbers with great aplomb. Well done everybody!"

Feedback for Newsletter Editor, Geraint Hopkins from a relatively new chorister - Sept 2013

I would like to take this opportunity to write to confirm how much I enjoyed the Choir Newsletter. As a relatively new member I found it of interest. I recognise the amount of time & hard work which must have taken place to put the content & format together. It is good to see this kind of communication being forwarded to choristers.

Geraint, would it be possible to include in your next Newsletter my thanks to my fellow choristers who have been of great assistance in helping me to progress and settle in. Without this support, I am afraid I would have fallen by the wayside many moons ago. With kind regards, JAMES ENOS

Wedding feedback - St Mary's Catholic Church - August 2013

 Hi, Just a note to thank you all so much for your wonderful singing at Matthew & Sophie's wedding. It enhanced the day no end and gave a great start to the whole of a fantastic day. Thanks again, Guy & Marilyn, Brian & Lizzi and of course Matthew and Sophie.

Prostate Cymru Ambassador, Paul Porter comments following the Inaugural Ray Murray Concert at Cowbridge Leisure Centre - July 2013

To: Mr John Gould, Chairman, Bridgend Male Choir

Dear John

It is difficult to find words to describe the overwhelming success of Friday’s concert, both in terms of the Choir’s quality of singing and audience participation. As ever, the Choir performed to their utmost and every piece was enthusiastically welcomed and applauded by the audience. Would you please thank the choristers, our compere Gareth and music staff for their outstanding performance.

Several people commented to me on the range in volume, especially the quieter passages, and this as we both know is a real measure of a good choir.

Pendoylan School Choir performed excellently, and the soloists were truly amazing, all bringing a sense of complete balance to the evening.

So on behalf of the Trustees of Prostate Cymru, can I thank you most sincerely for your support at this event, and I look forward to another joint venture should you decide to support us again.

With thanks and kind regards

From David & Rina Prager on holiday from Jerusalem - June 2013

Now that we are back home in Israel, I wanted to thank you for your very kind hospitality at Choir practice last Thursday. You made us feel most welcome & we particularly enjoyed the Choir's version of Hava Nagila. We left in uplifted spirits and a song in our hearts & have enjoyed listening to your CD.

From the Wedding at Ilfracombe - May 2013

David,
I don't know if you would be able to read this out (below) at the choir practice on Thursday but even if you could just pass on a heartfelt thank you to one and all from Wayne and me, that would be very much appreciated. Thanks also to Gareth for all your planning and support in the run up. I will write of course but obviously my Wayne won't be there in time for the practice on Thursday. Many thanks. Kindest regards, Verity.

Members of the Bridgend male choir,
To be honest I really don't know where to start because we can't seem to find words that do you and the choir full justice. Without wishing to sound dramatic as I write this, my eyes are filling with tears - tears of joy at the memories you and the choir created on our wedding day. Memories which we will cherish for the rest of our lives. Quite simply, you were all amazing. God bless you all and a heartfelt thank you for an incredible performance. It was so cold and windy and we just couldn't believe that you performed outside - true professionalism and stoicism through and through! And then the incredible impromptu singing in the bar. You really did blow everyone away - everyone we spoke to the next day just couldn't stop raving about the choir using words like awesome, amazing, spine tingling and "it made the day". So please do pass on our very best wishes and thanks to every single chorister for making our day so special and for bringing Wales to my wedding which meant the world to both of us.
Rhiannon, we are so full of admiration and respect for you, Stephanie and your choir. We also learnt that Stephanie was supposed to be moving on Friday - how utterly generous-spirited and loyal to you, the choir and also for us. This is the kind of dedication and professionalism that makes the difference between a good performer and a great performer. We absolutely loved the solos, thank you so much and the way you all just soldiered on, battling with elements was admirable. What a spectacular performance. Thank you. We will cherish the experience you created forever.
Diolch yn far i chi gyd. Cymru am byth.
Warmest regards and thanks.
Wayne & Verity Munden. (Married 24th May 2013)

Message from JOHN COSTELLO who sat in at a Rehearsal in 2010 - December 2012

Season's greetings from Ireland to all in the choir. We were enchanted by our visit to your rehearsal session in 2010. I was particularly impressed by the old boys sitting around the wall who - even though they could no longer taka an active part in the singing - were mouthing the words of each piece. Their love of and dedication to music encapsulated the spirit of the choir. Your former conductor John was in cracking form that night.
> Kindest regards, John Costello and family.

St Illtud's Church, Llantwit Major - August 2012

The Choir received the following on-line post after its Concert on the 3rd "I attended the concert last night at Llantwit Major where I enjoyed immensely the performance by your very talented choir. I am visiting my Sister for a few weeks at LLantwit and was delighted to have this opportunity. Well done to all and wish you all well. A pity Australia is so far away." Peter Phillipson, Fingal Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Also..........

I would like to thank you for the wonderful evening of music that you gave us. I have spoken with many of those who attended & everyone had a very enjoyable evening. You joked about being in competition with Only Men Aloud, but for us there was no competition.

Thank you for your very generous and unexpected donation of £150 which you made to the Eisteddfod 2012 Local Fund. We are very grateful for this contribution, which was our very last donation for this year's fundraising drive. Thank you from all the local committee for ending our efforts on a high note. Very best wishes, Ros Lewis, Local Appeal Coordinator.
 

Feedback - St Asaph Cathedral - July 2012

I have to write to commend the choir on a wonderful concert at St Asaph Cathedral last Friday. I loved the balanced programme and the tonality and richness of sound was truly memorable.
This was the definitive sound of Welsh Male Choirs, full of sensitivity in the phrasing and diction. This was a night to remember.

RICHARD THOMPSON, North Wales

Feedback on Annual Concert 2011 - Paul Porter JP & President

Dear Chairman

This is not easy. I write to you from time to time saying that a particular concert was the best ever. And here we are again, where I reiterate my words in the context of last Friday's Annual Concert. It WAS the best performance ever

On a personal note, I was moved that John amended the programme to include Gwahoddiad in memory of my late father, which was sung with even more hwyl than usual.

Further, I was absolutely bowled over by you presenting me on behalf of the Choir with framed picture of the Choir in its 50th Anniversary Year. I felt very humbled, and can tell you that the picture has already been hung in a prominent position in my lounge.

I read JJs email and couldn't agree more with every word insofar as Laura, Scott, Stephanie, David, Llio, the soloists and all the choristers were concerned. However, there was  -  perhaps inevitably - one glaring omission in John's email.... and that was the absolutely superlative performance of the maestro himself.  All those I spoke to mentioned the 120% that John gave on the night. What a feat to bring off such a varied, complex and magnificent performance. Bravissimo John!

In closing, can I tell you that my guests who flew in from Singapore, Holland, Spain and Portugal couldn't believe that they were listening to an amateur choir, as the standard of the entire performance was unquestionably professional in every respect.

I remain yours ever

 Paul  

 

Feedback from Scotland Tour (2) July 2011

On behalf of the Kirk Session and congregation of Comrie Parish Church, I would like to thank you very much for coming to entertain us and for the generous contribution to Church funds which is much appreciated. Everybody who was there on the night thoroughly enjoyed your performance and would welcome you back any time!
Our best wishes go to you for your continued success over the next 50 years.  
Yours sincerely
 Ann  Steel
 Session Clerk

Feedback from Scotland Tour (1) 23.7.2011

 
I attended your concert in Crieff last Friday evening along with my daughter. We both thoroughly enjoyed the singing of the choir and the bonus of the soprano Elizabeth Boyd.  I wonder on your next tour of Scotland if you would include Dunblane on your itinerary as the cathedral has wonderful acoustics and I am sure you and your choir would be made very welcome. The person to contact at the cathedral would be Ewing Wallace who is office manager, 
Yours hopefully 
Jim Eddie - Dunblane, Scotland

 

From St Peter Church, Newton, Swansea 16.5.2011

Thank you so much for a most wonderful concert last night. The choice of music and the sound your choir produces is fantastic.
This morning there was alot of talk in church about the evening - everyone enjoyed themselves. Also the extended concert in the pub gave the locals  unexpected entertainment, to which they joined in! 
So a very successful evening to which the Village Hall gained more friends & financially. Thank you for your support
Celia & Huw

 

Feedback from visitors from USA

Extract from Calendar from relatives of chorister, Mark Atkins:

"2011 was a great year, we did a lot of travelling. When we visited Cardiff, Wales, we missed out on the Doctor Who exhibition, but three things stand out - the hospitality of my Dad's relatives; the tour of St Illtud's Parish Church and hearing the Bridgend Male Choir at practice"

Dan & Beth Austin, United States of America 

   

RE-ENACTMENT CONCERT, 14.1.2011 AT TABERNACLE CHAPEL, PONTYCYMER

Just wanted to thank you for a wonderful night's entertainment at Pontycymer last week. It was one of the best Concerts my mother and I have ever been to. The Choir were fabulous, as were all the musicians and Huw Edwards made the evening perfect. It was very emotional, especially in the Chapel and I felt very proud to be Welsh. Thanks again to John Jenkins and everyone else involved in a wonderful night, we will always remember.

SUE SCOURFIELD (by e-mail to Choir website)

Margaret Dell from Brisbane, Australia writes........August 2010.

Hello from Australia! You may not remember us, but we came to a Concert last year. The night remains the highlight of our UK holiday! What fun it was at the Athletic Club afterwards too, when Barry joined you all in singing Waltzin Matilda. So wish we could be there this year. All the very best - please come to Australia.

Choir President, Paul Porter writes (June 2010)

Even tho' there was only a small audience at the Sandville Concert, I felt so proud that a big choir would undertake suchcharity work for such a relatively small reward.

I noticed a mother & daughter aged about 25 & clearly blind, tapping & nodding thro' all the numbers. I made it my business to speak to them after the Concert to say if there had been an award for tapping they would have won it. The sheer expression on the grls face, singing along when she knew the items made my day.

We should take pride that such a large choir can still bring enjoyment to small deserving groups, clearly giving pleasure to others more disadvantaged than ourselves.

Peterborough visitors write (MAY 2010)

We would like to thank you for allowing to visit your practice session whilst we were on holiday near Bridgend.

We both enjoyed it immensely & were touched when you sang for us at the end.

We wish you well in the Eisteddfod & look forward to again visiting Wales, specifically to attend one of your concerts.

Peter Gregory & Anne Fife

 

 

Feedback from Lyme Regis - Feb 2010

Just a quick e-mail to thank you for the prompt delivery my CD. I heard your amazing Choir in Lyme Regis and so enjoyed the music. With kindest regards, Gillian Roche.

Feedback from Queensland, Australia (Jan 2010)

H Griffiths from Ormeau & S Beinsenn from Hervey Bay were delighted to receive the Choir's new CD - donor, L Bostock of Goytre could not think of a better souvenir from Wales

Brynteg Comprehensive School Concert - Message from P Porter JP, Choir President

A resounding start to the 50th Anniversary Year at Brynteg School,  and performed to the usually high standard.

It started with the resounding Rachie and then by contrast Si Hi Lwli Mabi - that lovely lullaby.  My Lord What a Morning was heard with subtle harmony, and the same as Si Hi Lwli Mabi, had unaccompanied passages which made the hairs on one’s neck stand on end.

The old favourite Comrades in Arms was a huge success as always, which for a relatively simple melody has quite an intricate accompaniment which fell deftly on the ear. 

Acting Paul Robeson - Gethin Williams entertained with In Cellar Cool, and I can’t begin to tell you as a secondhand bass what delight this brought to my ears.  Oh that I could reach those notes with such volume and musical dexterity.  Paul Carter performed Bui Doi with usual aplomb, including the long and high last note.  Leon Evans, apart from giving his usual high quality rendering of Morte Criste, managed to ‘shine through’ the whole Choir at the end of the piece, such is the power of his voice.  All the other soloists gave of their best, and each of them got rousing applause at the end of their pieces.  John Morgan had his first hiccup in over 40 years, and on the basis that he doesn’t do it again for another 40 – we forgive him!

Russian Picnic was enjoyed by all, and when I glanced over at Laura and watched fingers at work, I thought I was on Fast Forward such was the pace she was playing at!  Keep doing what you’re doing well Laura!

At one point I could see JJ gesturing to the Choir to smile, and notably Ray, Graham and John all willingly complied.  Having reflected on this over the weekend, I wondered whether it was caused by something in the beer at Llantwit!

So, an excellent start to the 50th Anniversary Year and well done to everyone.  Diawn! Regards Paul

Brynteg Comprehensive School Concert - Jan 2010

The Concert was arranged to raise funds for School Rugby & Netball Tours. Organiser, Linda Evans writes "I would just like to pass on my thanks to all those in Bridgend Male Choir. You gave a tremendous performance last night at Brynteg Comprehensive. The school, teachers and pupils who you supported  are most appreciative of the effort you put in and the success of the evening. Many thanks again".