2011 Gala Concert. A Tribute to Roy Shuck








 Holly’s three items were Ave Maria, Somewhere and Time to Say Goodbye


Brecon Choir Comments:


I’ve just been on the Brecon Choir website and extracted their comments about the Gala concert from the Newsletter page.  If you want to visit their web-site  go to our LINKS page.  Lyn

“……..Then a rapid 100 mile round trip to meet up with our old friends at Caldicot who had invited us as guests at a concert dedicated to the memory of their late Secretary Roy Shuck. The Caldicot Choir are some 80 strong so the contrast between their power and our more delicate tone was appreciated by a large audience. Their repertoire differs from ours and it was good to hear old favourites like “Nidaros” sung with power, accuracy and passion. It was good too to join with them to sing, as a massed choir, those stirring anthems “An American Trilogy” and “O Gymru” with the sweet voice of their other guest, soprano Holly Holyoake, singing the solo.

As always, we were greeted as old friends and royally entertained in their fabulous Choir Hall after the concert. There were new songs too in the ”Afterglow” where choirs traditionally exchange favourite party pieces like “Gospel Shoes” and “Rachie”.”


From ‘The Libretto’ – September 2011


What a fantastic night of music we had on Saturday with the Brecon and District Male Choir and Holly Holyoake. The crowd enjoyed every moment of singing and the entertaining compère Siân. Siân was both informative and amusing (she needs a new joke).

A mix of modern, Welsh traditional, foreign and hymns were sung by both choirs and an extra special touch was the family connection between both choirs. Brecon was conducted by Lynette Thomas who is the sister of our very own Shirley Ann James, it must have been a great night for the both of them.



Holly gave an outstanding display of singing both as a solo artiste and then joining the choir for the magical ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’ and the rousing ‘O Gymru’.



The highlight for me was singing ‘Nidaros’; never having sung it before on stage and I was a bit nervous when the piano struck up. As always, there was nothing to worry about as Siân guided us through it with ease.

Well done to Ron Powell on his first concert and all the new choristers who were experiencing the Gala Concert for the first time.

Afterwards, talking to two choristers from Brecon, who could not get over the choir hall or what a good choir we are (see Siân is telling the truth). They said it was great listening to ‘Nidaros’ which needs to be sung by a big choir and they could not get over ‘Calm Is The Sea’ which they had never heard unaccompanied before.

The afterglow was almost as good as the concert with both choirs joining together to give the audience a mini-concert.



 A big thank-you to all the women who helped by selling raffle tickets etc. and selling tickets on the doors.  Also to the choristers for all the food that was laid on for our guests.

Mark Stocker





Photos by Colleen Gauntlett

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