On Saturday the 28th April, on our return from the wedding of Michael and Rachel at Mathern, we were thrilled to receive the following notification by e-mail from the Welsh Association of Male Choirs confirming that we will be representing it at Buckingham Place on May 22nd.
HRH The Prince of Wales is Patron of the WAMC and as such his office invited the Association to recommend a Welsh male choir to share in his birthday celebrations. To be fair this was to be done by a draw of interested choirs and since our interest was expressed we were entered. I’ve reproduced the e-mail sent to us by Ellis Davies, chairman of the Association below.
This is a very prestigious event for the choir following our appearance at the Festival of Massed Voices at Royal Albert Hall and will mean a lot of practice to get us as near perfect as we can. If you look at the list you will see that there are several outstanding choirs, including Morriston Orpheus, Treorchy, Swansea, Dowlais who were interested so we are representing them as well. We’re not just representing the Association and Caldicot but the whole of Wales. A huge responsibility but I’m sure we’re up to it.
Further details will follow but this is all we have at the moment. Be patient.
To all Member Choirs and the WAMC Executive Committee
16 Member Choirs put their names forward to represent the WAMC at the Prince of Wales’ 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration in Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, 22 May.
A draw was made at the 12 Knights Hotel, Port Talbot today to select the choir with Caldicot Male Voice Choir being drawn out first.
Aber Valley Male Voice Choir were drawn out second and will be the ‘Reserve Choir’ if Caldicot cannot attend for some unforseen reason.
In the interest of impartiality, the draw was made by Victoria Prydie, the Manager of the 12 Knights Hotel in the presence of myself and WAMC Vice-Chairman, Richard Howells.
Congratulations to Caldicot Male Voice Choir on being selected and my thanks to the remaining choirs listed below for putting their names forward:-
Alcester, Blaenavon, Bois Goetre-Hen, Builth Wells, Côr Meibion De Cymru, Cowbridge, Dowlais, Flint, Morriston Orpheus, Oxford Welsh, Pelenna Valley, Swansea, Treorchy & Ystrad Mynach.
Chairman ~ Welsh Association of Male Choirs