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Choir Tour to Palma, Majorca.


Tuesday, 24th to Friday 28th October 2017

Rotary Club 'Calvia' International - 7 November 2017


At their recent meeting Kate handed over the Banner  received from the Bridgend Male Choir at the end of their visit. As a result of the Choir's fund raising Rotary, Lions and the Anglican Church would each receive €1,460 (after expenses) for their charities. It was agreed Calvia Int would round-up the sum to be donated to ASPAYM (a charity for those who had been disabled after birth) to € 2,000.

Majorca Daily Bulletin - 28 October 2017


80-strong Bridgend Male Choir’s fundraising tour of Majorca reached its climax on Friday when people from all nationalities filled Palma Cathedral for their final concert.

The organising team - Kate Mentink, the Rotary Club, Adrian Elkinson, Calvia Lions, Edward Ingram, the Anglican Church and Suzanne Lyons - were on hand to introduce the choir and express their deepest thanks on behalf of Majorca for the money the choir has raised for local charities since they arrived and began performing around the island on Wednesday.

Gareth Davis, the Choir Master, who addressed the audience in his best Spanish, much to the delight of the multinational crowd, told the Bulletin that the tour had been a great success. "It’s been fantastic, we’ve had great feedback and been made very welcome, we can’t wait to come back. We’re all retired and amateur singers but we take it very seriously and try to be as professional as we can. We’re Welsh, so singing is in our blood, it’s part of our upbringing, our culture. We all come from a chapel background and school, and youth choirs are still as strong as ever in Wales which is great.

"You know what they say. Put four Welshmen in the corner and you’ve got a choir. We’ve raised over one million euros for charity over the past 60 years and we’ve won a number of the top awards in Wales and overseas. We’ve toured extensively, all over Europe and even as far as Canada and now we’re coming up to our busiest part of the year - the festive season. And it’s been extra special because we included a song in commemoration of a late benefactor Graham cuckoo Philips."

Gareth and his colleagues cover all their travel expenses so every euro raised goes to the designated charities. Before the concert began, he presented a representative from the Cathedral with a special pennant as a sign of gratitude for all the support the church has provided and another pennant to Humphrey Carter of the Majorca Daily Bulletin as a sign of thanks for all the backing the newspaper has given the choir and its cause.

Majorca Daily Bulletin - 23 October 2017


There is already a great deal of interest from music lovers across Majorca for the Bridgend Male Choir’s forthcoming tour of the island next week.

Following on from their recent concert successes back home in Wales, the choir will perform a varied programme of American spirituals, songs from musical theatre and of course, a selection of great Welsh hymns, including Gwahoddiad and Llanfair.

The choir’s tour begins at the Cap Vermell Cultural Centre in Cala Ratjada at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 25 October and moves on to the Hotel Zafiro Rey Don Jaime in Santa Ponsa on Thursday, 26 October (9.30pm), before coming to a fitting end in the wonderful surroundings of Palma Cathedral at 8.00pm on Friday evening, 27 October. Here, the 80-strong choir will be joined by soloist, Scott Williams, who will play the cathedral’s magnificent baroque organ for the first time in his career.

He sees it as a great privilege to be able to play the organ at Palma Cathedral and it will be the first cathedral organ he will have played outside Britain and Ireland, so he is very much looking forward to the experience. He is unlikely to be able to practise on the organ until a couple of hours before the concert, for which he has two organ solos as well as accompanying the choir.

His first experience of playing any organ outside of the UK was at the equally impressive St. Mary’s Basilica in Krakow, Poland as guest organist with Pendyrus Male Choir only two months ago. "The first notes I played on that instrument were the very first notes of the concert."

Before every choir concert, Scott has to do some homework on the organ itself - the organ stops are naturally labelled in Spanish, so he has spent some time translating these into their English equivalents, which he had to do when he played in Krakow. The characteristic of the organ Scott is most looking forward to hearing is the effect of the horizontal trumpets that will actually be projecting out not too far above his head.

These ‘battle trumpets’ are typical of Spanish organs and used frequently in Spanish organ music and he has one or two ideas for where the battle trumpets may sound effective during the concert. "I shall likely try them out at the rehearsal."

What he is really looking forward to is hearing how the choir and organ sound together, especially during the Welsh hymns after their rousing Amens, the combined sound fading away into the distance in the Cathedral’s reverberant acoustics.

Concerts:


Wednesday 25th October 2017 - Concert at Cap Vermell, Cala Ratjada 


Thursday 26th October 2017 - Concert at Hotel Rei Don Jaime,  Santa Ponsa


Friday 27th October 2017 - Concert at Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma

http://catedraldemallorca.org/es/articulo/465/catedral-concierto-bridgend-male-choir

Translation:
On Friday, October 27th at 8:00 p.m., the Cathedral of Mallorca will become the stage for a benefit concert by the Bridgend Male Choir from South Wales. The choir performs concerts for the benefit of social causes and to promote charity, hence all donations made at this concert will be allocated to the Association of spinal cord injury and major physical disabilities of the Balearic Islands (ASPAYM ) and children with cancer at Son Espases Hospital.  The event was organized by Calvia Lions, the Rotary Club Calvià International and the Anglican Church of Mallorca. The entrance is free with a collection at the end of the concert.


Music Programme for Majorca 2017 Tour


Musical Director:                Ryan Wood 

Accompanist:              Stephanie Bailey

Organ:                             Scott Williams 


The Cathedral of Santa Maria, Palma

 

Bridgend Male Choir

Builth               Jenkins/Charles; Arr. J. Howard

Pan f’or nos yn hir       Ryan Davies; Arr. M. Davies

Gwahoddiad         Lewis Hartsough; Arr. J. T. Davies

 

ORGAN SOLO – Scott Williams

 

Bridgend Male Choir

Ride the chariot              Trad; Arr. W. H. Smith

My Lord, what a mornin’          Trad.

An American Trilogy       Newbury; Arr. A. Humphreys

 

PIANO DUET – Ryan Wood & Stephanie Bailey

‘Berceuse’              ‘The Dolly Suite’       Faure

 

Bridgend Male Choir

Cwm Rhondda           John Hughes;   Arr. A Hughes

For the fallen               M Sammes / L Binyon

The Prayer                 ‘Lohengrin’        Wagner

 

ORGAN SOLO – Scott Williams

 

Bridgend Male Choir              

Morte Criste                       Emrys Jones

Tell my father                 Boyd/Wildhorn; Arr. Wood

What would I do without my music     B Belland;      

                                                    Arr. A. Humphreys 

Christus Salvator           Gounod;  Arr. E. Jones

  

            Cap Vermall Cultural Centre &

                  Hotel Rei Don Jamie 


Bridgend Male Choir
Builth                     Jenkins/Charles; Arr. J. Howard
Pan f’or nos yn hir     Ryan Davies; Arr. M. Davies
Gwahoddiad        Lewis Hartsough; Arr. J.T.Davies
 
Bridgend Male Choir
Ride the chariot                  Trad; Arr. W. H. Smith
My Lord, what a mornin’          Trad.
An American Trilogy       Newbury; Arr. A. Humphreys
 
PIANO DUET – Ryan  & Stephanie
‘Berceuse’               ‘The Dolly Suite’              Faure
 
Bridgend Male Choir
Bring him home      ‘Les Mis...’ Boublil/Schonberg;       Arr. J.Samuel
Tell my father ‘The Civil War’ Boyd/Wildhorn; Arr. Wood
Rhythm of Life ‘Sweet Charity’ Cy Coleman

 
Bridgend Male Choir
Morte Criste                    Emrys Jones
What would I do without my music      B Belland;

                                                    Arr. A.Humphreys
Christus Salvator           Gounod; Arr. E. Jones


Encore:
Llanfair            Robert Williams; Arr. M Thomas


Highlights of Tour

Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma

Teatro Municipal de Capdepera

Capdepera Castle - where a

civic reception from Capdepera council is to be held,  with entertainment by local children prior to the evening concert at Municipal Theatre