Caldicot Male Voice Choir has a long tradition of opening its doors to visitors from around the Globe and as such were delighted to welcome Susan Crewe and her son Haydn to practice last night (22nd February). Sue sings in a choir in Australia and thought that it would be a wonderful opportunity to visit first hand a Male Voice Choir while in Wales. We are as always, happy to oblige anyone who wishes to visit us on practice nights at our choir hall. They can be assured of a warm welcome.
Sue is from Echuca, a small town on the banks of the Murray River in the state of Victoria and Haydn hails from Port Macquarie on the mid-northern coast of New South Wales about 240 miles north of Sydney.
Sue and Haydn are paying a short visit to Sue’s Sister in law, Annette Crewe who lived for about 20 years in Magor but now lives in Greenmeadow, Cwmbran. Annette sadly lost her brother a short while ago and in remembrance the choir sang the traditional hymn Gwahoddiad which means ‘Invitation’. Several choristers were happy to give up their time during the break in practice to chat to and welcome our visitors and ensure they would leave with fond memories of us to take home.
The choir were busy practising for the forthcoming March 3rd St David’s Day concert under the instruction of Shirley Anne James and Accompanists Stephen Berry and John NIcholson. The practice included Rachie, A Miner’s Song, The Lord’s Prayer, Alexander’s Ragtime Band and many others; all of which were hugely appreciated by Sue, Haydn and Annette who remarked that it was a wonderful experience and will be remembered for a long time to come.
Our visitors were thrilled that Secretary Jeff Williams presented each with a CD recording ‘One Moment in Time’ and PRO Lyn Gauntlett, who lives a short distance from Annette will present her with a DVD of last year’s Annual concert and other memorabilia as mementos of their visit.