Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Tenby Male Choir – On the boardwalk

Last week was a week of three different performances demonstrating the variety and our versatility in the events we now do. On Tuesday evening 11th August we held our first outdoor concert on the new decking down at Saundersfoot harbour which proved to be a really good venue with a large audience. People were not only on the decking itself but also around the railings of the harbour in a sort of amphitheatre scenario. Then back to formality on Thursday at St. Mary’s church for a concert in aid of the Red Cross and then on the Saturday, 12 of the choir took their turn in a series of “a capella” performances we are doing as “the Specsavers choir” in aid of the Welsh Deaf Rugby Union cause. This one took place in Cardigan with the next one being in Haverfordwest tomorrow (Saturday).

The point is often made that singing can be good for your health and wellbeing so it was good to see a few faces from the Saundersfoot medical centre in the audience for the concert which took place on the new decking at Saundersfoot harbour. Perhaps the message could go back to recommend prescribing “singing to be taken with a glass of liquid twice a week”. Choir founder member Tom Pearce can be seen with the lovely background of Saundersfoot harbour.

The Red Cross concert was once again enhanced by trumpet soloist Corey Morris accompanied on piano by Dr. John Harrison BEM, organist of St. Mary’s church. Corey’s performances are always well received by the audience. His command of the instrument on both classical and lighter melodies is very enjoyable. You just know that people are singing the words to themselves when they hear such lovely songs as Over the Rainbow, My Way and What a Wonderful World.

There is no let up next week. As mentioned above we will start the week’s programme as “the Specsavers choir” in Haverfordwest on Saturday morning 22nd August where we will begin singing outside the Specsavers shop in Bridge Street. Specsavers are the sponsors of the Welsh Deaf Rugby Union. Then if the weather is good enough on Tuesday evening we will be outdoors again but this time at the entrance to the harbour in Tenby and then back at St. Mary’s church on Thursday for a concert in aid of RNLI. The lifeboat service operating from Tenby is one of around 200 in the British Isles and there has been a lifeboat station here for over 160 years. We are always glad to do concerts in aid of charities but I think there is a particular association with this very worthy cause which deserves the maximum support. So please come along if you can.

There is plenty of information and interesting stuff on our growing website including video clips. The website can be found at There are contact details and different ways in which you can get to know more about it all

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

This weeks Wilburism

Tenby Male Choir – Hear us Tonight at Cresswell Quay

We are singing tonight (Friday 7th August) in the open air at Cresswell Quay where there will be a barbecue available. There is no entrance fee and it has proved to be very popular in recent years. Come along, listen for free, join in and generally have a good evening out. It starts at 6:30pm.
Last week we had an excellent reception from a large audience for our concert on Thursday 30th July including a standing ovation and demands for an encore, which we complied with of course. We had people from the Netherlands, Switzerland, Norway, USA and New Zealand as well as all parts of England and Wales but nobody admitted to being Australian on the night which is unusual. MC Dave Blackmore did wonder whether it had anything to do with the Ashes result that week. The concert included a tremendous trumpet interlude with Corey Morris showing not only his talent with the trumpet but his overall confidence and comfort as a performer. He was admirably accompanied on the piano by St. Mary’s church organist Dr. John Harrison MBE playing some pieces which they had composed together. In all Corey performed Somewhere, Over the Rainbow, Oh What a Wonderful World, The theme from Ground Force, Henry Purcell’s Trumpet Tune and finally My Way. The concert was held in aid of the West Wales Prostate Cancer Support charity.

On the following Saturday 1st August a select group of 12 choristers performed unaccompanied in Pembroke Dock as “the Specsavers choir” including a very well received half hour stint in the Rugby Club. We were supporting the Specsavers’ campaign to raise funds for the Wales Deaf Rugby charity. You can see from the photo that bottom bass Eric Mullins selflessly put everything he had into making this fun event a success.

We’ve had some terrific feedback this season from people who have been to our concerts. It’s the result of good training by our MD “Wilbur” Williams and our accompanist Jill (No Relation) Williams but also due to a lot of practice both in rehearsals and because we hold so many concerts. We hope we sound as good as the feedback suggests but most of us are very much people who came to the choir just because we liked singing along. The vast majority came along wondering whether they were good enough and enjoyed it so much that they stayed on. The message is that you don’t need to be a competent singer, you don’t need to speak Welsh, you don’t need to be able to read music and it certainly doesn’t matter how young or old you are. If you come along to a rehearsal and decide to join you will simply learn words and music gradually. Whatever your level of ability you will get better with practice as in all things. We are always interested in people’s thoughts or questions about the choir especially those of younger people and we are willing to help anyone overcome their reservations.

There is plenty of information and interesting stuff on our growing website including video clips. The website can be found at There are contact details and different ways in which you can get to know more about it all.

Sunday, 2 August 2015