BMVC achieves honours at Cheltenham Festival of Arts competition
The choir travelled over the border into England to Cheltenham on Sat 13th May to compete in the choir competition that forms part of the Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts.
BMVC competed in 2 classes – the first class for folks songs , the second a class specifically for Male Voice Choirs with more than 20 voices.
In both classes we sang our own choice of repertoire – in the Folk section (time-limited to no longer than 8 minutes) we sang a Canadian folk song ‘ She’s Like the Swallow’ followed by a medley of Sea Shanties. In the Male Voice choir competition (time-limited to 12 minutes) we sang ‘One Day Like This (Elbow), ‘Between the Valley and the Sea’ and ‘Viva La Compagnie’
Although we were unable to secure a first place in either competition; we gave the eventual winners in both classes a close race – coming just 2 points behind the winning choir in the Folk competition. In both classes we were awarded points that took us into the Honours banding.
This was a great learning experience and a way for the choir to gauge itself against other choirs; but was just as important as a really great social event for choristers and their partners.
After the competitions on Saturday, BMVC joined a number of other competitors at a local pub (the Bath Tavern), where a very loquacious afterglow took place – much to the appreciation of the pub regulars.
On the return to Wales on Sunday we stopped off at Tredegar House and gave a short open-air concert on the lawns alongside the house in glorious sunshine
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