|Our 2019 Spring Concert was held on Saturday 18th May at Rougemont School (our first time in their new concert hall). The concert celebrated the choir’s 30th Anniversary and the programme comprised some of the choristers’ own favourites. The soloists were Will Jowett, an up-and-coming young singer still at school in Year 12 at Llanishen High School, and a long-time friend and choir favourite, Kate Woolveridge. Despite the clash with the Eurovision Song Contest, I think everyone in the audience knew where they would rather be!|
|We were saddened by the death in February of our president, Mr Paul Flynn MP, but felt very privileged to take part in his funeral at Newport Cathedral last month. Paul’s wife, Sam, had asked us to perform “I would be true”, and this is one of the pieces we are performing in our forthcoming Spring Concert. Paul was a faithful and loyal supporter of the choir and, despite his busy political life, he always made time to attend our concerts whenever possible. We shall miss him greatly.|
|We are very grateful to Dame Rosemary Butler for agreeing to be our new Choir President. She is a politician who was a Member of the National Assembly for Wales for Newport West from 1999 until 2016.
Serving briefly as Assembly Secretary for Education in the first two years of the Assembly, she was elected Deputy Presiding Officer of the Assembly in May 2007. Following her election in May 2011 she was appointed Presiding Officer of the Assembly. She retired from political office in 2016.
|Dame Rosemary has always taken an interest in the choir and attended concerts when commitments permitted. We look forward to a long and happy partnership.|
|2018 Xmas Concert in Ss Julius & Aaron Church, featuring a group from Tongwynlais Temperance Band|
Despite problems with accommodation due to necessary maintenance, a capacity audience were treated to a fine performance of this iconic piece. At the end of the concert presentations were made to Guy Harbottle for 10 years as Musical Director, and to David Martyn Jones for 10 years as Deputy MD and also 30 years service to the choir.
|Thanks to all who made the Choir’s Christmas Dinner such a great success last Thursday – entertainment of the highest quality … as you would expect! Here are a few pictures from the occasion:|
|A group of choristers sang in Cwmbran town centre to raise money for Cancer Research.|
|Here are some photos taken during the Choir’s Christmas Concert of carols and songs, on behalf of Parkinson’s UK at Saints Julius & Aaron Church, Newport.
Tongwynlais Temperance Band provided a stirring brass accompaniment, helping us all to get into the festive spirit. The audience participation in The Twelve Days of Christmas was something to behold!
|Here are some photos taken during the Choir’s performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah for their Autumn Concert at St Julians School, Newport.
The soloists were Fiona Harrison, Kate Woolveridge, Paul Badley & Peter Grevatt.
Photos of the choristers during rehearsals for the upcoming Autumn Concert “Elijah”: