Category Archives: 2011

Bishton Church

The next concert for the choir will be at St. Cadwaladr’s Church, Bishton on Friday, 20th May. The evening will start at 7.30pm.

Bishton or Bishopston (WelshLlangadwaladr Trefesgob or simply Trefesgob) is a small rural community in the east of the city of Newport, south Wales. The parish lies in the Llanwern electoral district (ward) and contains the eastern end of Llanwern Steelworks, the Underwood estate as well as Bishton itself.

The original decorated and perpendicular church was damaged in 1760 when part of the tower collapsed into the nave and considerable rebuilding and restoration had to take place. The north porch is a 19th century addition. Whilst some of the lancet windows are original, the east window, the west tower window and the two south windows to the nave are Victorian insertions. The chancel arch is a mystery – presumably reconstructed from earlier stonework and incorporating medieval corbel heads of a monk, a nun, a man and a woman. Also look out for a stoup, located near the north door, to contain holy water. The font is a late medieval piece, whilst the stained glass to the east window dates from c.1915 and depicts Christ as the light of the world and as the good shepherd. It is recorded that the use of the Welsh language in services continued here until 1828.  ‘Bishton’ is a corruption of ‘Bishopstown’ and this was the location of one of the residences of the Bishops of Llandaff for many centuries. Bishop John Pascall died here of the plague in 1361. Cadwaladr was the last Welsh ruler to call himself ‘King of Britain’ and he earned the title ‘blessed’ for his peaceful disposition. Bishton church is the only church is the country dedicated to Cadwaladr, although there is a suggestion that Magor church also was originally dedicated to him. He died of the plague in 664AD.

Welcome to the new website

Welcome to the new website for the Caldicot Male Voice Choir.

This site will include information about the choir, including concerts, choir history, the musical team, choristers etc., and will in the future include archived history and the ability to hear and purchase the choir’s back catalogue.

Wanted Bar Staff

From ‘The Libretto’ – May 2011

The choir is looking for any members of the choir who would like to be trained as bar staff.

At the moment we have 3 bar staff and we want to at least double that. This will give us more flexibility in the bar and also would keep queues down when we have the Annual and Gala concerts. So if you fancy pulling a few pints then please see Dave, Wyn or Roger.

Roy Davies

From ‘The Libretto’ – April 2011

The passing of Roy was a big shock as he looked so well at the Race Night. The funeral was held at St. Mary’s Chepstow, where there was standing room only. Approx 40 choristers sang at the funeral conducted by John Evans. Roy had requested ‘The Fields of Athenry’ and ‘Gwahoddiad’. Our thoughts and wishes go to Marilyn and the family.

48th Annual Concert

From ‘The Libretto’ – April 2011

This years Annual concert was again well turned out with Sian making comments on the way we sang the following songs, ‘Tydi A Rhoddaist’‘The Crusaders’‘The Lords Prayer’ and ‘O Gymru’ (sang with Rhys Mierion). “The hairs on the back of my neck stood up” was the response from one member of the audience when we sang ‘Calm is the Sea’.

I thought Rhys was outstanding in both his singing and the way interacted with the audience. I can still picture Sian sat at the piano with a cigarette and a bottle of some South American spirit on the piano.

A big well done to the musical team for the outstanding contributions they gave on the night. This goes to show how lucky we are at Caldicot to have a dedicated musical team, also a big thank you to the choir we had over 70 choristers on stage.

Special thanks also to Mrs Worwood & Mrs Kirton for the beautiful flower arrangements and to all the women who helped on the doors with ticket sales, programmes and Raffle tickets.

It is also nice to see Richard Evans back on the mend after his accident at the concert.

Programme:

  1. A Cole Porter Medley
  2. Lleucu Llwyd
  3. Bohemian Rhapsody
  4. Calm is the Sea
  5. American Trilogy
  6. The Lords Prayer
  7. Can’t Help Falling in Love With You
  8. Nessum Dorma
  9. Crusaders
  10. Ti Y Dy Ddoniau
  11. If I Were a Rich Man
  12. Tydi A Rhoddaist
  13. Fields of Athenry
  14. Alexander’s Ragtime Band
  15. African Trilogy
  16. Gwahoddiad
  17. O Gymru

 


Choir Golf Tour

Birdie Boys in pink !

From ‘The Libretto’ – April 2011

The Annual golf tour to Ashbury in Devon was a great success all due to Dave Gould. 20 of us set out on a Sunday morning in glorious sunshine and headed off across the bridge. the overall winner was Leon Jones and the choir. We gave a few sing songs in the evening and from this we may have one new member and a concert in Hereford. Leon was giving out choir info left, right and centre.

Alyn Dawe had a fine’s book which everyone seemed to go into. The funniest fine was for Rolly Bennett. His fine was “He needed to slow down his swing and speed up his walk”.