On Tuesday 28th June we held a concert at St. John’s church in aid of the Pembrokeshire fundraising branch of Guide Dogs Cymru and Talking Books Wales of Carmarthen.
There was a very large audience with many visitors from far afield including some from the USA. The concert was a great success with many positive comments afterwards from a musical perspective but from a financial perspective it also raised £826 between the two charities.
It was a night for soloists young and more senior with 9-year-old Elizabeth Morgan from Tenby playing the piano and with popular local singer Eva Rich from Saundersfoot of slightly more advanced years also performing.
Elizabeth enthralled the audience when she played “Gondellied” by Felix Mendelssohn and “Swan” by the Japanese composer Karen Tanaka. Elizabeth began playing the piano at five years of age, which is quite amazing and only one year later gained a Distinction in ABRSM Grade 1 Practical. Her progress has continued and year after year since then she has gained commendations and had award-winning performances. She has recently had an audition with The Welsh College of Music (Junior department) and been accepted to start there in September of this year. I am sure we will hear a lot more of Elizabeth and we hope that she will perform for us again in the future.
Eva also delighted the audience with popular songs “What a Wonderful World”, “What Will Be Will Be” and “If I Only Had Time”.
A couple of the choir members made contributions as soloists with vice chairman Tom Pearce singing My Little Welsh Home and top tenor John Butland contributing a solo verse in Working Man.
Our next performance is a less formal one TONIGHT (Friday) when we have an outdoor event at Lawrenny Arms where there will be a BBQ available. This is a free concert so just turn up if you wish to hear us. It starts at 6pm. It’s a fun evening in a lovely spot.
All our rehearsals are in our headquarters at the County Club and people are always welcome to come and listen or even just join us for a chat before rehearsal. We are normally arriving from 7:30 onwards and congregate in the bar. We often have guests from nearby hotels calling in so if you are a hotelier make a note that we rehearse on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8pm if you wish to add a little something free of charge to your guests holiday. Of course we sometimes do concerts on those nights and so it’s wise to ring our secretary if you want to check or look out for posters around the town. Your guests are of course more than welcome to have their holiday enhanced by coming to the concerts as well.
There is much more information about the choir on our website www.tenbymalechoir.org or Facebook account (just do an internet search for Tenby Male Choir Facebook). A final thing for local people male or female to think about is that we are keen to develop on the small “Friends of the Choir” organisation and if you perhaps don’t want to sing but would like to join in the social side and if possible help the choir you would be very welcome.
Our secretary David Stewart-Walvin is always glad to receive a phone call from interested people on 01834 844926.