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Well Done Lyn

From ‘The Libretto’ – June 2010

I would like to say a big thank you to Lyn Gauntlett for the efforts he has made to raise money for the choir. Lyn has been selling his DVD of the choir and has given all profits made to the choir. The ‘Autumn Leaves’ DVD has so far raised £800 with grant aid should be £1,000. If you have not purchased the DVD yet you can still get them off Lyn. Once again well done Lyn for all your efforts.

VE Night

From ‘The Libretto’ – June 2010

What a fantastic night we had at the VE Night. It was well supported and well done to the Fund Raising Committee for the work they did on decorating the hall. What a difference it was with the crowd we had and everyone entering the spirit of the night by dressing up. Not many chorister there again, just the usual suspects. I believe that future theme nights include a Ladies Night, 1970’s Night and a Beach Party Night.

Choir Golfers 2010

From ‘The Libretto’ – May 2010

Nine Choristers and two friends made the trip down to Okehampton on the 22nd of March for a four day golfing break. We stayed at the Ashbury Golf Hotel, set in 600 acres of rolling Devon countryside. The hotel boasts 7 eighteen hole course options within its grounds., The Kigbear course, the Oakwood, the Beeches, the Pines, the Forest, the Ashbury and the Willows. In addition there is a driving range and a nine hole putting green. As well as the golf, the hotel has a huge sporting complex with facilities for swinning pool, sauna, indoor bowls, racket sports, gymnasium, archery and pistol shooting, ten pin bowling, darts, snooker (13 full size tables), plus many other amenities.

We arrived on the Monday in time for lunch and followed this by playing the first 9 holes on the Kigbear course. The winner was yours truly with Tom Hole, Tony Shepherd and Leon Jones close behind. After dinner we spent the rest of the evening playing snooker, along with plenty of the local brew.

After an early breakfast on Tuesday we played the Forest course but had to give up after 14 holes as the rain that had been falling for most of the morning became a deluge, accompanied by high winds. First prize went to Tony Shepherd then Tom Hole, Leon Jones and Dave Scott. After drying out and having lunch most of us had a little rest, then dinner and a darts match with plenty of  ‘sherberts’. It was unfortunate that Dave Scott had to return home this evening due to wife Helen being taken ill. We wish her well and a speedy recovery.

On Wednesday our tee-off time was not until 1.45pm so most went ten pin bowling before an early lunch. Roly Bennett appeared to be the ‘Bandit’ on the rink slinging them down as if they were tennis balls! Our golf was on the Oakwood course and we split up into 3 teams and played a ‘Texas Scramble’ competition which everyone thought was great fun. Winning team was – Leon Jones, Richard Llewellyn and John Huntley. As this was the last evening we had dinner, a good drink and a laugh before retiring a little worse for wear.

Thursday was our last day and we started with an early tee-off at 8.55 for the back 9 on the Kigbear course. I was the very lucky winner closely followed by John Huntley and joint third Leon Jones, Tom Hole and Phil Cody.

We had prizes for every game throughout the week and following our last game we had a tot up of all the points scored during the week to determine the overall Champion. Leon had made a superb trophy and on count up it was duly presented to Tony Shepherd with a score of 57 points closely followed by Tom on 53 points. A few who had not been fortunate in winning a prize took part in a lucky dip so nobody went home empty handed. The food, drink, facilities and the organisation at the hotel was excellent and this was borne out by the fact there were at least 250 people staying there. I think we all felt our trip had been a great success and definitely intend doing it again next year.

Dave Gould

 

Concert: Crickhowell 2010

From ‘The Libretto’ – May 2010

Date: 24th April – Choir number: 56

I thought the choir gave an excellent concert, many pieces were very well sung especially ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘The Rhythm of Life’, in particular. The audience were great and thoroughly enjoyed it, indeed, they would like to make it an annual event. The piano was terrible, and apologies to all those poor souls who had to do battle with it. Nevertheless, they all managed to make sweet sounds out of it which is a testament to their skill as pianists. At the risk of sounding biased, I thought Glenna sang beautifully and the duets and trios seemed to go down well too. Well done to all, a bit disappointing that the high numbers we have been getting in practice lately did not stretch to the concert, but let’s hope that the upward trend of attendance continues and keep on giving good concerts at every venue.

Siân Hatton

Autumn Leaves

From ‘The Libretto’ – May 2010

I’ve produced a DVD called ‘Autumn Leaves’ as a follow-up to the ‘Four Songs’ one, which has now raised £100 for the Choir.

The ‘Autumn Leaves’ DVD contains nearly 300 photos of Caldicot, Tintern and the Wye Valley as far as Monmouth taken last October and November. These are backed-up by music extracted from the last two CD’s (‘The Dream Alive’ and the ‘Dream Lives On’) and the last Annual Concert. It lasts just over half an hour including special effects.

The DVD’s are priced at £5 and we have raised £300 for the choir after all expenses and the aim is to reach a minimum of £750. So if you would like to buy one or more, or think you can sell a few to friends, relatives and work-mates, see me at practice nights. Please make an effort to help me reach this target. If you’ve bought one and like it, don’t tell me – tell the others.

Lyn Gauntlett (Baritone, maybe?)

Country & Western Night

From ‘The Libretto’ – May 2010

A great time was had at the Country & Werstern night. The night was made even better as most people dressed in western clothes.

The music was brilliant and even if you didn’t like Country & Western music you could not help but get up and line dance. On the downside there were only 40 people there, and out of that 40 there was only 14 choristers. We put this down to it being a bank holiday. The fund raising committee are trying to raise funds for the whole choir and not just the cruise.

Please support the fund raising events whenever you can.

47th Annual Concert

From ‘The Libretto’ – April 2010

After the glowing response from Siân and the general feeling from around and about I decided to ask two paying members of the audience what they thought of the concert. I told them to say it as it is and not pull any punches.

Presentation:

Both commented how the choir looked wonderful in the suits with the waistcoats underneath. Thought we all looked very smart.

Songs:

Llanfair:

It was ok and a good piece to open with made you sit up.

Liked it. A start of what was to come.

Somewhere Out There:

Loved it, sung wonderfully and made me nearly cry.

Thought it sounded beautiful and sung with feeling.

Alexander’s Band:

Again loved it and got my feet tapping.

Enjoyed it more that I thought I would.

Fields of Athenry:

First time I had heard the choir sing it. Liked it.

Did not like it. To slow and the sound did not travel. Sorry.

Nessun Dorma:

Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant. Fantastic never heard it sung by a choir, just Brilliant.

Breathtaking. Sung with such emotion and feeling. Made me shiver.

O Gymru:

Enjoyed it and loved Eleri joining the choir.

Great, always enjoy this song.

Martyrs of the Arena:

Did not know the song. It was so powerful in parts thought the walls were going to fall down.

Loved the way the melody changed and the story told. Very moving.

Both thought the first half was very enjoyable and it was great to have two artists this year. Thought Aled was very funny and sang well and Eleri had a wonderful voice. Much better than the screeching from last year. Loved the new look programmes.

African Trilogy:

Brilliant again. Love this piece of music and Jason sings it so well.

Was a great start to the 2nd half. One of them songs that makes you sit up and listen.

Eli Jenkins Prayer:

Beautiful, again sang with feeling that moves you. Always sang well by the Choir.

Loved it. Made me emotional as always. Never heard any choir sing it like Caldicot does.

Tydi A Roddiast:

Not sure on this one. Great ending.

I like it. Fantastic Amen’s.

Kwmbayah:

Another wow moment. I just love the harmonies in this.

Loved it. A simple song that gives out such a beautiful sound.

Rhythm Of Life:

Another great performance. Could not help but tap my feet and sing along.

Thought this was great. Never heard it sung by any choir before.

Sailors Chorus:

To short I could not get into it. Not the best of the night.

Not my cup of tea. Did not like it. Too short.

Marina:

Loved it. Made you move in your seat.

Thought it was a little short but still made you move your feet.

You Raise Me Up:

Wonderful. Again a very moving piece. Well sung as always.

I love the choir singing this. Brilliant and moving.

Morte Christie:

Great, I love this piece. Ended the night well with the choir and guest singers.

Wonderful, loved it. Was sad it was the last piece.

Overall View:

A great evening out. The choir were brilliant and some songs took your breath away. Nice to have two different guest artists. Best concert for years.

Loved every moment of it. The choir sounded fantastic, the sound was bouncing off the walls. The male and female singers were great. A brilliant evening. Loved Nessun Dorma. Well done to everyone.


Recording Sessions

From ‘The Libretto’ – April 2010

After the accomplishments of the annual concert I would expect to see the same number of choristers at both recording sessions. As with most concerts the larger the choir! The better the sound! So it is so important to have a large choir.

The music chosen for the CD reflects the diversity of the choir, with a mixture of typical four part harmonies and contemporary songs, whilst keeping alive the tradition of Welsh Male Voice Choir singing.

I feel very excited about this recording, as we are going into a recording studio this time. After the positive comments tht we have had back regarding the Annual concert I feel that it is only fair that we transfer that sound to CD. If that happens we will have a CD of exceptional standard and quality that is be fitting the choir that we are.

I hope that everyone enjoys the experience of making the CD and I just want you to relax and enjoy singing.

Concert: Faringdon 2010

From ‘The Libretto’ – April 2010

Overall, I thought the concert went very well on Saturday night. It was a difficult venue to perform in due to the layout of the church and the location of the piano for the choir. The choir was very squashed into a small space and the rows were not properly defined. Despite these problems, the discipline was very good and you put on a very good show.

I thought the artiste was superb and I took her address and telephone number for future reference. Th audience thought the choir was fantastic and I had many enquiries about buying CDs. The afterglow was one of the best for a long tiem, and I am sure we’ll be making another trip to Faringdon in the near future. Well done to you all!

Siân Hatton

Cruise News

From ‘The Libretto’ – April 2010

Well they say impressions last and after such a great Annual concert we must have left an impression on Aled and Eleri Edwards (guest artists on the night). They have both decided to join us on the cruise. I know they will be made welcome and be part of the choir family. It will also be good to hear more stories about Shirley-Anne from when she was in school with Aled. We know she was head girl but what else don’t we know. Watch this space…..

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