On Friday, 15th November, as autumn finally surrendered to winter; Caldicot Male Voice Choir performed the first of a brace of official November concerts before the Christmas celebrations close the curtain on 2013.
In milky moonlight, blazers buttoned against the evening chill; the choristers alighted a warm bus to navigate a meandering lane to the contemporary village hall of Llanishen. The splendid amenity was the venue for a concert arranged to raise funds for The St. David’s Foundation.
The Choir regaled its enthusiastic audience with an eclectic mix of power and mellifluous control from its extensive repertoire. The majesty of Welsh chapel classics, Llef and Laudamus (Pen Calfaria) were intertwined with Georges Bizet’s world famous duet from The Pearlfishers. The tuneful tranquility of Wilfrid Shaw’s Evening’s Pastorale was juxtaposed with Gwyn Arch’s arrangement of African Trilogy. An audience favourite with its haunting Zulu melodies and South African national anthem.
A fine solo performance was given by the Choir’s Musical Director, Sian Hatton, who sang two beautiful Michael Head compositions, The Singer and The Little Road to Bethlehem.
Special praise should also be accorded to the evening’s other soloist, chorister Peter Hanks (top tenor) who very bravely sang W.S. Gwynn-Williams’ My Little Welsh Home and the traditional Cornish song Sweet Nightingale, despite suffering from a very heavy head cold. The Choir were accompanied on piano by Stephen Berry and John Nicholson.
Caldicot Male Voice Choir warmly welcomes new members and rehearses at Caldicot Choir Hall, Mill Lane, Caldicot on Monday and Thursday nights between 7:15 and 9:15pm.