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The Stage Was Set

From ‘The Libretto’ – March 2010

Annual Concert: What a fantastic night.

On behalf of all the choristers I would like to say a big thank you to Siân, Shirley-Ann, John and Steve for another wonderful programme. To Leon for the staging which made a lot of difference. To Richard Evans and all the vice-presidents for the support they give the choir and to the bar staff at the hall for keeping the queues down. Also a big thank you to the wives and girlfriends who helped with the sale of the raffle tickets and programmes. Also well done to Alan Pearce and everyone else who sold concert tickets.

Welcome

From ‘The Libretto’ – April 2010

Welcome to our newest member Dave Matthews who is a 2nd tenor. I hope you enjoy the experience of male voice choir singing. Also I would like to say well done to the following new members Ray Needham, baritone (who is due for his final voice test soon), Kevin Jones, bottom bass and John Matta, 2nd tenor. Also a warm welcome to the four new vice-presidents that joined after the annual concert.

2010 Concerts

From ‘The Libretto’ – March 2010

  • March 6th – Annual Concert
  • March 27th – Faringdon (Oxfordshire)
  • April 11th – Pentyrch Recording
  • April 17th – Pentyrch Recording
  • April 24th – Crickhowell
  • May 22nd – Garndiffaith
  • June 5th – Horton (Somerset)
  • June 11th – Dewstow Gardens
  • June 22nd – Weesford Staff (90th birthday)
  • June 26th – Exeter
  • July 3rd – Penhow Church
  • July 17th – Budleigh Salterton
  • July 31st – St. Mary’s Church, Caldicot
  • September 11th – Gala Concert
  • September 25th – Cirencester
  • October 17-29th – Cruise P & O
  • December – Cherry Tree
  • December – The Barn
  • December – The Haywain
  • December – New Years Eve

Valentine’s night

From ‘The Libretto’ – February 2010

The Fund Raising Committee held a Valentine’s night on Friday, 12 February. It was an enjoyable evening with music by KETTLE O FISH. The turn-out was poor, with only 20 choir members attending the function. Please try and support the fund raising committee, they have many events planned. There will be themed nights, one of which will be V.E. DAY CELEBRATION NIGHT. Please remember that the funds raised by the committee are not just for the cruise but for the Choir fund in general.

Reflections of 2005

From ‘The Libretto’ – December 2005

2005 has been a good year for the choir. It’s been a year when we have had some new members who have embraced the choir with enthusiasm and dedication. We have given some excellent concerts and the spirit of goodwill and enjoyment has as always, prevailed. We have sung in some unusual venues; the National Museum of Wales; where we had the honour of being congratulated by the First Minister, Rhodri Morgan. He enjoyed our singing so much that we were asked to return last month for a repeat performance. Our excellent concert at St John’s Church in Newport coincided with Wales beating England in the run up to the Grand Slam. What a way to cheer our team on! Our Annual Concert was, as always a great success. The choir sang to a very high standard, although I cannot say the same of the artistes. I did not feel that their performance was of a calibre we are used to hearing in Caldicot. Nevertheless, that did not detract from the audience enjoyment. An outstanding concert at the Monmouth Festival in August once again established our position as one of the premier choirs in Wales. We also gave an excellent performance in the three choirs concert in September.

Sadly, not all our concerts have been to the usual high standard, namely at Monmouth a few weeks ago. This was solely due to poor attendance by choristers. It is such a shame when our standard is compromised by members ‘ apathy and lack of dedication. However, we must not dwell on negative thoughts and must look to the future. Let’s all start the new year with renewed hope and determination to make our choir the best it can be. We must all do our very best to attract and retain new members who will ensure the future is as bright as the present.

It is my pleasure to wish you all a peaceful and happy Christmas and a prosperous and healthy New Year. God Bless.

Siân

2006 Concerts

From ‘The Libretto’ – December 2005

2006 Concert dates

  • Sat. 18 February – Queens Camel (Somerset) – St. Barnabas Church
  • Sat. 4 March – Annual Concert – Canna Ladies Choir
  • Sat. 25 March – Performing Arts Centre Hitchingbrook
  • Sat. 22 April – St. Hilda’s Church Griffithstown – with Gwent MVC
  • Sat. 13 May – Duckpool Road Baptist Church Newport
  • Sat. 10 June – Romsey Abbey – with Michelmerch Silver Band
  • Sat. 8 or 15 July – Exmouth
  • Mon. 31 July – St Mary’s Church Monmouth – Monmouth Festival
  • Early August – National Eisteddfod ?
  • Sat. 19 August – Bingham Hall Cirencester
  • Sat. 16 September – St Woolos Cathedral Newport
  • Sat. 14 October – 3 Choirs Concert Caldicot – Canadian and Australian Choirs
  • Sat. 18 November – St Stephen’s Church Alexandra Road Newport

The above are the dates we have planned as at Dec 2005

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