The choir has been rehearsing for over 9 months in order to be ready for their performance at the Royal Albert Hall (RAH) Festival of Voices concert, in October. The program of work is substantial and varied and has required a huge commitment from the choir, our Musical Director and our accompanists – for most of 2016.
Those choristers who are performing at the RAH attended the final regional rehearsal at Morriston Tabernacle on Sunday 18th September. Along with 5 other choirs including one from Notttingham – Radcliffe on Trent MVC – the boys were put throught their paces by Edward-Rhys Parry the Musical Director of the RAH concert. Whilst there are still few things for us to collectively work on, the rehearsal was very enjoyable….below is a short excerpt which hopefully will whet your appetite for the BMVC ‘dress rehearsal’ for the RAH concert – details of which are below the video clip.
As a final preparatory step we giving a public performance of a selection of music from the program that will be given at the Royal Albert Hall.
This will both allow the choir to have a dress rehearsal and will give our local supporters an opportunity to come along and hear THEIR choir perform.
The concert will be held at our rehearsal hall at Trinity Church Hall, Trinity Street, Barry on Thursday 29th September at 7:30PM (doors open at 7:15PM).
Appearing with the choir will be Jess Robinson – one of the lady soloists who will also be appearing at the Royal Albert Hall concert; in addition a number of our choir soloists will also be featured during the night.
There will be a break part way through the concert where refreshments will be available.
Please note that there will be limited seating availability for this concert; as the church hall has a strictly enforced maximum capacity. Tickets are available NOW! priced at (a suggested) £5 per seat – all proceeds towards the choir.
Tickets will be sold very much on a first come first served basis – when they’re gone they’re gone!
This is a rare opportunity to hear Barry Male Voice Choir as they reach peak readiness for what will be one of the most important U.K. Male Voice concerts of 2016 and a highlight of BMVC’s year – don’t miss it!!
More about the London Welsh RAH Festival of Voices 2016 event:rah-festival-of-voices-2016
On Sunday 11th September the choir participated at the RAF Battle of Britain commemoration at the Barry Cenotaph adjacent to the Memorial Hall. On a beautiful late summer day – very reminiscent of the weather in 1940 when the Battle of Britain took place – the choir sang 2 songs – Speed Your Journey and Calon Lan – and particpated in the communal singing of the Airman’s Hymn.
On the evening of Saturday 25th July, Barry Male Voice Choir performed twice during the first of the two Island of Fire events at Barry Island resort.
Although the weather was benign, the location for the performances was open to the sea breezes, which gave our accompanist, Sally Tarlton, some additional challenges in trying to keep her music manuscripts in order. Added to that other than by the ligth of the flames the performance took place in the dark so that Sally had to have emergency lighting from 2 assistants with mobile phones!
Despite those hurdles Sally, the choir Musical Director Dorothy Connell and the choir acquitted themselves very well. The audience numbered a few hundred and they were very appreciative of both of the choirs’ two performances.
Choir Chairman, Gareth roberts, commented that the evenings’ performances were ‘awesome’.
Please note that a Google calendar showing all forthcoming choir events can be found in the Forthcoming Events page or by clicking here
During the past winter BMVC was approached to provide the backing track to an advertisement being created to promote a local brewery – Glamorgan Brewing Co. – who are based in Llantrisant.
The advertisement is targeted specifically at web and social media channels so is not expected to be seen on mainstreamTV – the choir sang a song called ‘O Gymru’ which is a Welsh language song which speaks of the love for Wales that one Welshman has….
To see the advertisement – which is called ‘Lifeblood’ – please click here to go to site of Gray Hughes – the agency responsible for creating and producing it .