Tuesday, 4 August 2015

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 www.tenbymalechoir.org. There are contact details and different ways in which you can get to know more about it all.

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