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Choir Sings at Quirky Tin Shed in Shirenewton

Caldicot Male Voice Choir has sung in many strange and quirky venues but surely few can compare to singing in a tin shed at the back of a pub.

An ex school friend of chorister Tony Griffiths, Rob Davis runs the Tin Shed behind the Huntsman pub in the beautiful Shirenewton countryside near Chepstow and was pleased to welcome the choir to a rehearsal night at the venue on June 6th. The shed was built by local residents during Covid restrictions to provide a safe open air meeting place. The invitation provided an opportunity for the choir to present itself to the local residents of Shirenewton with the intended hope of recruiting a few members as well.

The choir, conducted by Musical Director Sian Hatton and Assistant Musical Director Shirley Anne James, accompanied by Olivia Dance and John Nicholson presented a range of popular items including ‘Rachie’, the spirituals ‘Every time I Feel the Spirit’ and ‘Give Me That Ol’ Time Religion’, ‘May You Always Have a Song’, ‘Stout Hearted Men’, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, ‘African Prayer’ and of course Cwm Rhondda.

The formal singing was followed by an ‘Afterglow’ session led by David Gould to which the audience was invited to sing along. This started as always with ‘Annie’s Song’ and included ‘Wise Men Say’, ‘My Grandfather’s Clock’, ‘Calon Lan’, ‘Llef’ and finalising with ‘Down Among the Dead Men’.

The whole evening was thoroughly enjoyed by all and hopefully will encourage some of the men present to join the choir or at least visit us at the Choir Hall in Mill Lane, Caldicot on any Monday or Thursday evening from 7pm.

Photos taken by Colleen Gauntlett

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