Choir Helps Annalese’s Campaign to Find Cure for Crippling Disease

Photos by Colleen Gauntlett.  Left click on the images to enlarge


As part of its ongoing charity fund raising efforts, the Choir was more than delighted to offer an Open Evening to a brave, little 4 year old girl from Caldicot.  Annalese Gosling is suffering from the rare, cruel and currently incurable disease known as FOP (Fibrodysplasia Ossifans Progressiva).  This means that her body is creating a second skeleton which will finally encase her and cripple her for the rest of her life.

The Choir has an open door policy at any practice night but every so often we publicise this and invite a local charity, with their supporters and other members of the public to come along, free of charge to listen to us practice and sing a few popular numbers.  So far we have helped the Seren Appeal raise well over £500 to help the neo-natal unit at the Royal Gwent Hospital, The Victims of Chernobyl Children’s Trust again raised over £500 on a Open Evening; another contributed about £160 to Prostate Cymru as part of our on-going campaign for this charity and finally last night’s event helped raise over an amazing £600 for Annalese’s appeal to help the Friends of Oliver find a cure for this dreadful disease.

About 64 choristers came to practice last night to support Annalese together with Musical Director Siân Hatton, Assistant Musical Director Shirley Ann James and Accompanists John Nicholson and Stephen Berry.  It’s worth recording the songs sung on the evening as a demonstration of the Choir’s versatility in its repertoire. The choir opened with its new piece Nirvana to demostrate how a complex piece of four part harmony is put together and when the four parts do harmonise it’s an amazing sound.  The audience was then treated to an eclectic mix of classical Welsh Hymns, Llanfair and Laudamus,  Elvis Presley’s Maybe I didn’t Love You, Can you Hear the People Sing and Bring HIm Home from Les Miserables, Can you Feel the Love Tonight from Elton John’s The Lion King in which Siân Hatton’s amazing soprano voice was the solo part; You Raise me up, made famous by West Life and many others through to spiritual Ride the Chariot in which the soloists were David Gould and Siân Hatton.  The evening would not have been complete without a rendering of Tom Jones’ Delilah!  Arguably the third Welsh National anthem!

About 50 supporters turned up and we would have liked to have seen a few more but nevertheless, Annalese endeared herself so much that many were moved to tears (they won’t admit it though) and it is worth mentioning that local Caldicot Builder and bass chorister, Ron Powell made a singular contribution of £200.  Well done Ron, for your generous gift to help this brave little girl’s appeal.

If you would like to contribute more to Annalese’s appeal please visit her Giving website by clicking on the link Annalese.  Doing this will also qualify your donation for Gift Aid adding another 25% to the donation if you are a tax payer.

The Choir is always willing to consider helping a deserving local or National charity by giving a concert, usually free of charge (except transport costs) and if you would like us to help you in this way, please contact us through this website and we will do all we can to help.  Over the years the choir has raised many hundreds of thousands of pounds for deserving causes.

Choir Opens NatWest Blast t20 at Swalec Stadium

The Choir this year seems to have adopted a plethora of varied Sporting Themes this Summer.  Not only will we be singing at the British Cycling Championships in Abergavenny on June 29th and at David Broome’s Event Centre in Cricklands, Caldicot on 28th July before a Show Jumping Event, but last Friday we were privileged to sing to the incoming crowds at the Cricket International Test venue, the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff for the Glamorgan vs Sussex Sharks NatWest Blast t20 opening match.

We believe this is the first time ever that a Welsh Male Voice Choir has opened the t20 season at any cricket ground in the country and together with West Indies t20 and one-day International captain Darren Sammy also making his debut for Glamorgan, it was an evening to remember.

Conducted by Siân Hatton and Shirley Ann James and accompanied by Stephen Berry, the choir entertained the crowds while the toss was being made (Glamorgan won it by the way and elected to bowl). The choir elected to open with Stout Hearted Men, Welsh favourites Laudamus and Rachie, followed by Fields of Athenry, we were video’d at the time and everyone could see us on the big screen.  We couldn’t see it, unfortunately because we were facing the cameras.

Following hearty applause, we then made our way to the stands to watch the first half when Glamorgan bowled out Sussex for 179 in their allotted 20 overs.

Going below the Cathedral Road Stand we sang to the surprised but appreciative crowds as they queued for their liquid refreshments and toilets with a mixed blend including songs made famous by Elvis; Always on My Mind and the Everly Brothers, Let it be me.  Again, Stout Hearted Men and a few more rousing Welsh hymns stopped the meandering crowd in its tracks (or maybe by this time a long queue had formed at the bar) but we know they enjoyed O Gymru with Tommy Hole singing the solo part, judging by the applause.  We were then treated to welcome, complimentary drinks at the members club bar.

The Choir then crossed the road from the Swalec stadium to fulfil our obligation at the nearby Y Mochyn Du (The Black Pig) public house where sang a non-stop afterglow of about two hours to a responsive, appreciative and supportive audience.

In the background we could hear roars from the stadium across the road as Glamorgan provided an  enthralling victory with the last ball of the twenty overs when debutant Darren Sammy hit the winning runs.

So an exciting night both for us, the supporters of Glamorgan Cricket Club and the players themselves and we hope we helped to inspire Glamorgan to their illustrious victory and wish them well in the remaining matches.



Photos by Lyn.  Left click on images to enlarge.

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